LARGO – Quench Lounge, 13284 66th St. N., will hold its grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. Following the grand opening party, the bar will open for regular business at 8 p.m. and close at 2 a.m.
Quench will make its home in the same plaza that once housed Christopher Street, a gay bar that shut its doors last June. Steven Rodriguez, an owner of Quench, said the new bar will fill the void left behind in mid and north Pinellas County by Christopher Street’s closing.
“There are so many [LGBT] people in that area,” said Rodriguez, of Seminole. “And there’s nothing there to meet their needs. Until now.”
Rodriguez said the bar’s atmosphere will be trendy, but casual, and it will be “welcoming to everybody – whether you’re gay, lesbian, transgender or straight.”
Weekly special events include Musical Mondays, featuring music from the ’70s and ’80s; Two-stepping Tuesdays complete with line dancing; male dancers on Friday and Saturday nights; pool tournaments on Sundays; and a monthly drag queen gospel brunch with food provided by the Village Inn. Happy hour drink specials will be available seven days a week, even on weekends, Rodriguez said.