The Stud, San Francisco’s Oldest Gay Bar, Permanently Closes Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

One of the nation’s most iconic gay bars announced Wednesday it will permanently close its current location due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Stud is the longest continually running gay bar in San Francisco and “known throughout the country as one of the bohemian, gender-bending, anything-goes institutions that made San Francisco into a gay mecca,” as NBC News notes.

“Because of a lack of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the historic bar will be announcing that they are permanently closing their location and will be holding a drag funeral to honor the end of an era of LGBT nightlife,” said Honey Maghogany, one of the bar’s 18 co-owners and a RuPaul’s Drag Race alum.

“We’ve known that we had to move and we’ve been looking,” Mahogany said. “Nothing has been finalized.”

Pre-pandemic, the bar appeared to be quite successful and stable with lines of decorated patrons regularly wrapped around the outside of the building socializing and waiting to get inside, reports KTVU.

“The Stud Collective will not end – it will become mobile, with the hope of finding a new space when things settle down,” California state Sen. Wiener tweeted late Wednesday.

He pointed out that the bar survived HIV and the cost of real estate and that these “sacred spaces” need to be protected.

“This is a tragedy. The pandemic is threatening nightlife. We need to protect these sacred spaces,” he said.