Farewell to Atlanta's legendary all-male strip club-Axios Atlanta

2021-12-08 06:22:51 By : Ms. Lisa Liao

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Atlanta’s legendary all-male nude strip club Swinging Richards will close on January 15th, after thirty years of entertaining LGTBQ+ residents, out-of-towners, and occasional bachelor parties that managed to pass safety measures.

Importance: The closure of Swinging Richards is another blow to the once thriving but now declining nude dance industry and the evolving LGBTQ+ nightlife scene in the Atlanta metro area.

Quickly catching up: After years of staying in a small nearby place, the club has taken a place in a residential block away from one of Atlanta's most upscale and growing restaurants, retail, and residential areas.

Yes, but: Before facing the difficulties caused by the pandemic, the club was sued by former dancers who argued that they should receive a minimum wage.

What are they saying: "Our kids will miss your friendship, your kindness, your participation, and seeing your smiling and excited faces, especially those who frequent us," the club said on Instagram last week Said in a statement. "We love our regular customers. You have made us famous all over the world, and there is no gratitude that can express enough gratitude."

The big picture: The gentrification and new development of once thriving nightlife venues such as Cheshire Bridge, coupled with the emergence of epidemics and dating apps, have prompted some clubs to close or relocate, marking the city’s LGBTQ+ integration and networking methods. Variety.

For some out-of-towners, local community advocate Angel Poventud told Axios that Swinging Richards is a famous attraction in the travel itinerary — “just like the gay version of the world of coca-Coke,” He said.

Reporter Martin Padgett told Axios that when nightlife has a chance to rebuild two years after the pandemic and are forced to close or change their operations, these events may take place in larger clubs-or just in When the spirit touches revellers.

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