Rawhide bar is closing Mar 31st.

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    Mar 09, 2013 10:57 AM GMT
    Rawhide was just served with an eviction notice, this Chelsea hangout has been serving the leather/levi community for over 25 years, and will close March 31st. Plans for a relaunch are indeed already in motion, but in the meanwhile, stop in by the end of March to say goodbye...

    That's sad. Greedy landlord raised the rent. I miss Big Cup
  • PR_GMR

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    Mar 09, 2013 12:53 PM GMT
    Ive been there a couple of times. It's an... interesting place. They have a stage with a hole cut on it. icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 09, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    Gentrification -- a hoity-toity-sounding word for the displacement of the human animal.
  • Whipmagic

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    Mar 09, 2013 8:19 PM GMT
    Another leather bar bites the dust. That seems to be happening everywhere for the last few years. And leahter / motorcycle clubs see their membership shrinking. It feels like something is being lost.
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    Mar 09, 2013 8:24 PM GMT
    Turin saidRawhide was just served with an eviction notice, this Chelsea hangout has been serving the leather/levi community for over 25 years, and will close March 31st. Plans for a relaunch are indeed already in motion, but in the meanwhile, stop in by the end of March to say goodbye...

    That's sad. Greedy landlord raised the rent. I miss Big Cup


    Noooo!

    I'm lucky. After not having been there in many years, I got to revisit this bar a few months ago when I was vacationing in New York. I used to live near it and used to visit it frequently. It was (and still is) kind of trashy (like me).

    On the other hand, quite seriously, I will always remember it fondly; I met my first lover there.


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  • calibro

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    Mar 09, 2013 8:55 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidBig Cup is gone??


    even i remember big cup... i feel so old
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    Mar 10, 2013 12:13 AM GMT
    Aristoshark saidBig Cup is gone??


    it is gone 10 yrs ago.. The new store last 3 yrs ago, Now closed
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    Apr 01, 2013 2:04 AM GMT
    Chelsea, the West Village and many neighborhoods in New York City are rapidly losing their unique bars, social hangs and stores. I've lived in Chelsea since '81 and have seen many gay bars come and go - but Rawhide had been there since '79 - and it's an honest shame to see it go as well.

    It wasn't my favorite bar - and I don't think I ever 'hooked up' with anyone from there (almost a few times...!) - but it was 'cozy', divy, kinda random and Cheers-like in a certain way.

    I also liked their mix of pinball (yeah!!!) and classic 8-bit arcade machines. I'd often drag a friend in just for that & a strong-inexpensive drink. The bartenders were nice, and they had go-go BEARS(!). Seriously. BEEFY, sometimes older/hairy guys in very very little. Younger guys too - but they really mixed it up... lots of black and bario-boys too... but NO SKINNY TWINKS. Strippers aren't my thing, but I thought that was kinda cool as a variant against the norm.

    I stopped in the last few nights and it was utterly packed! Great crowd - a lot of cute guys and people just havin' a great time. NO ATTITUDE. Not many newer bars can claim that. Even the Eagle gets a bit cliquey.

    Anyone have any fun stories about the place? There's gotta be some. I mean - it was open 'til 6am, closed 'til 8am and then would re-open. I'd wound up there more than once around 8:30 after an all-night party or hang with friends. What a trip!

    Here's a link to a great article on Rawhide and the comments following it are worth a good read on an 'historic' local. So - goodbye Rawhide - and thanks for your unique flavor. For me and a few close friends, you will be missed.

    http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-rawhide.html
    http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2013/03/rawhide-history-future.html