Prizm News / February 7, 2018 / By Bob Vitale
The state of Ohio has bought the nightclub to make way for nearby bridge improvements, but its final night isn’t yet certain.
By Bob Vitale
Say goodbye to another gay bar: The Dock in Cincinnati, home of the city’s first Pride festival and the starting point for many a coming-out story, will be torn down later this year.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has purchased the bar and other property around it as it plans improvements to the aging Brent Spence Bridge, which carries I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River into Kentucky.
Bar managers announced the sale Friday on Facebook but didn’t say when the Dock will close. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the state paid $675,000 for the property and will take possession July 2.
Jessica Dimon, entertainment director for the nightclub, hinted that the final night could be next week, but the newspaper reported that the bar will close its doors in June. We have a call out to the club for clarification.
“The rumors are true,” Dimon said on Facebook.
Darkotica, the weekly goth/industrial/alternative night, ends Thursday.
“We will stay until the doors are locked,” Dimon said.
It’s the latest in a string of gay bar closings throughout Ohio over recent years as acceptance eases the need for purely LGBTQ spaces and social media and dating apps give LGBTQ people more options to meet.
Just since November, bars in the state’s four biggest cities have closed: Level Dining Lounge in Columbus, Bounce in Cleveland and Bretz in Toledo. Level was purchased by an owner who is removing its LGBTQ identity. Bretz, which had been struggling for years, was sold to an undisclosed buyer that last week was revealed as an anti-gay church.
Although Dimon said there are efforts under way to create a new nightclub in Cincinnati, the closing of the Dock marks the end of an era.
“The Dock is the first club I ever went to when I turned 18 and realized I was not alone and felt accepted by seeing that there were more people that identify as Gay on this planet than I had thought,” one patron posted on Facebook.
“I had so many crazy fun nights there, found love and found heartbreak there,” wrote another.