Friday, 15 June 2007
Bad News: The first and the only Yerevan gay bar - Meline's bar, was closed down...
UPDATE: Last Day of Meline’s bar – 31 July 2008
Update (22 August 2007): Meline's bar re-opened! For more info, read here
I've just learnt that Meline's bar was closed down... Meline's was opened in November 2004. It was the first and the only openly gay bar in Yerevan with gay staff and clientele.
Here is the announcement posted on Meline's website (12 June 2007):
We are so sorry people but Meline's Bar is CLOSED FOREVER. Only our Travesty Shows will go on in different clubs. Regards
I do not know the reasons behind this closing, will try to find out (does anyone know any details?), but this is very sad news for LGBT community in Armenia. We had our bar and we lost it... I hope there were just technical or tactical reasons behind the closing. In any case, people who run this venue deserve encouragement and gratitude. They were the first, they were brave, they were great. Thank you!
Let's hope that LGBT community in Armenia will not remain deprived of 'own' venue.