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After 48 Years, Portland’s Embers Avenue Gay Bar Will Shutter on Thursday

The “main owner” has suffered a stroke

Pride flags outside of Embers
The Embers Avenue/Facebook

The long-running Old Town/Chinatown gay nightclub The Embers Avenue announced yesterday that it will close after service this Thursday, November 30. Released with little warning, the sad news is joined by more sad news.

“The main owner of our beloved club has had a massive stroke and we can no longer operate as a business,” the Embers Facebook farewell post reads.

The PSU Vanguard reports the owner is Steve Suss. Eater has reached out for details.

One of Portland’s few remaining gay bars, Embers celebrated 48 years of business in 2017. The venue is dominated by a massive 30-foot fish tank and features drag shows, karaoke, DJs, and dancing — and it will continue to do so right up until the doors close for good at 2:30 a.m. on Friday morning.

“We will be doing the Wednesday night show as normal, and, on Thursday night, Onyx Lynn will be hosting the final show of the bar,” the Facebook post reads, adding a call for a “huge ass” turnout for the final night.

Luckily, the Portland neighborhood still boasts a few iconic gay clubs, such as Darcelle’s and CC Slaughters.


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