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The E Room, last surviving local “dyke bar” announces closing

The Egyptian Club - Portland's only remaining dyke bar, will be closing October 9th

The Egyptian Club - Portland's only remaining dyke bar, will be closing October 9th

We all heard it was coming, we all know why it’s happening, and yet, the news is still a bit of a shock. The storied Portland dyke bar has officially announced closure (except in case of a miracle) via it’s website citing the large overhead associated with running such a cavernous club, the decline in attendance, and the economic situation overall as it’s main reasons for closing it’s doors after many years in business.

The final closing party that will take place on October 9th of this year, and The E Room will remain open until this day.

It is with a conflicted yet undeniably heavy heart that I post this – any loss of queer business is a loss for all of us, in my opinion, especially a tried-and-true dyke bar, which has it’s place in queer/dyke culture, yet I am also hopeful that this will galvanize action to create another queer owned and operated bar/performance space in the gayborhood.

A more in depth farewell for the E Room will be forthcoming.

You can read the whole “goodbye letter” posted by The E Room here.

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