According to owner Jennifer Mickey, XY nightclub and 1181 Lounge will close its doors at the end of the year.
Mickey shared the statement on social media, stating that the decision to close the venues came from “high commercial lease rates on Davie street, and increasing challenges in obtaining hospitality insurance.” Although it was a difficult decision to make, she says it was her only option.
Read the full statement below:
1181 Lounge, also arguably known as Vancouver’s best gay lounge, first opened in 2006. Mickey took ownership of the venue in 2011 where patrons enjoyed checking out topless bartenders, drag shows, fancy cocktails, and live music.
As for XY, the gay bar opened its doors in 2015, giving Vancouver a taste of “amazing cocktails, edgy entertainment, and a staff that understands the value and importance of customer service.”
With the closure of two queer venues closing down, LGBTQ2+ spaces in Vancouver are dwindling at a record speed. Other spots that have bid farewell include Odyssey Nightclub and the notable brunch spot, the Elbow Room.
After the news dropped online, people on Twitter were quick to express their sudden sadness.
Very sad to hear of XY and 1181 closing at the end of the year due to gentrification of Davie Village. I wonder if this isn’t also a by-product of resistance to density in much of the rest of Vancouver. Hoping new owners will help keep the queer spirit alive 🏳️🌈
— Patrick Oystryk (@padeeo) December 5, 2018
So sad to hear that both 1181 and XY will be closing at the end of the month. Such a loss to Davie Street and the community. Thank you to Jenn Mickey and all the amazing staff for all the great years!
#1181 #xy #loss #wherewillgaybingobe
— Egan (@Egacity) December 4, 2018
omfg 1181 is closing… pic.twitter.com/3le6XqxYKf
— ramsay (@wierdvine) December 4, 2018
On the bright side, the venues have decided to go out with style. XY and 1181 will host a number of farewell parties to bring locals “goodbye parties like you’ve never seen.” So before you go crying by your lonesome self over the devastating news, grab a few friends and hit up the parties before it’s too late.
Here’s hoping that 2019 brings some good news to the queer community.