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Weird Bar (formerly the E Room) closing for good this month

E Room/Weird Bar owner Kim Davis. Photo by Jamie Francis / The Oregonian

When lesbian bar the Egyptian Room threatened to close its doors and instead re-emerged as the “normal-friendly” Weird Bar the community roared. Some supported the efforts of owner Kim Davis, some decried the changes as a lie and a betrayal.

Less than a year later it may be a moot point. The weird, lesbian, normal, whatever bar that has existed in SE 37th and Division for 15 years is set to close August 20th with Kim Davis saying, “…we originally were looking to sell when we announced the closing of E-room, but we couldn’t get the value we needed, so we tried something new. ¬†We now have an offer we must take.”

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Take this survey on the creation of a dyke bar in Portland

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 9thSince the closing of The Egyptian Room last year Portland has been without an official lesbian bar. We’ve muddled along pretty good attending numerous queer nights and sort of claiming some dyke-friendly spaces such as the Florida Room for our own but many among us can’t but hope that another permenant location will spring up eventually. Now performer, community member and, with any luck, entrepreneur Mel Heywood has created a survey to better assess the needs and wants in our community for a new bar. Will it happen? Who knows but taking this survey is the first step in helping make it so. So do it.

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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

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.

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