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Wellington rallies around for Our Bar

Wed 4 Jul 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

Management of Wellington LGBT venue ‘Our Bar' says community support has helped get them through difficult times as winter sets in and business slows down, and further special events are planned. Co-manager Sharon Boyd admitted last month that the Cuba Street bar was struggling to stay open as colder weather meant a fall in numbers of people meeting at the venue. A ‘Save Our Bar' party on 23rd June was a success, says Boyd, and a couple of weekend DJ evenings since have also been popular. “We are so lucky to have so much support from the community and we are very very grateful for all those people that have helped us and shown there support over the last few weeks,” Boyd tells GayNZ.com. New winter hours mean Our Bar will no longer open on Sundays or Mondays. The bar will continue to open at 3pm Tuesday to Friday, and from 5pm Saturdays. The next big event at Our Bar is a ‘UniQ 90's Revival Night', planned for Saturday 21st July. “The 80s Party is becoming a bit tired,” laughs UniQ Victoria President Laressa Donaldson. “So we've decided for our next theme party we're gonna spice up our lives and go back to the 90s!” The decade that gave us Beverly Hills 90210, pulp platform shoes, the Spice Girls, and saw the America's Cup come to New Zealand is due for a major revival and Our Bar will be the place for it, explains Donaldson. “We're going to decorate the place with posters of some of the 1990s' brightest stars… Think of the likes of Peter Andre, Steps and Melrose Place and you're heading in the right direction.” The music promises to be just as much fun, with the party including a 1990's tribute ‘Macarena' dance-off. “I think we're a safe enough distance from the 90's to look back objectively at some of the music we listened to then and acknowledge how good some of it really was. I can almost guarantee that as the night goes on and people get a bit more jovial that there will be people doing the Tragedy dance with great enthusiasm.” Performing on the night will be three of Wellington's upcoming drag performers: Rhubarb Rouge, Nalia Star and Felicity Fockaccino, who are promising “camp as shows”. “So dig out your orange pants, pulp platforms and Charlotte Hornets jacket and come and boom shake the room!” UniQ 90s Revival Night 9pm, Saturday 21 July 2007 Our Bar, 201 Cuba Street, Wellington - $5 doorcharge     Ref: GayNZ.com, UniQ Victoria (m)

Credit: GayNZ.com News Staff

First published: Wednesday, 4th July 2007 - 12:22pm

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