RIP Phase 1 For Real

phase 1 finished
525 8th Street, SE

Was quite a ride for Phase 1. It’s gonna be pretty weird when a Compass Coffee opens up here.

Ed. Note: I do not know who will open here, but whoever it is, it will be weird. I will also post about it.

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  • Should be noted: This had been the oldest continuously operated lesbian bar in America.

  • A Compass Coffee is moving in?

  • It truly is the end of an era and it makes me really sad. My now wife and I had our first kiss here 7 years ago. I was hoping someone would buy it and reopen or restyle it, but I guess that was a pipe dream :-/

  • northeazy

    Nellie’s should buy it. Call it NeLie’s or something.

  • justinbc

    That begs the question, what is the most ironic / juxtaposed / opposite thing you could open in the former Phase 1 space?

  • Man, that’s sad. Lots of good memories here from watching jello wrestling to dancing.

  • This is really sad, and also happens to be part of a larger discussion as to why queer spaces are disappearing (especially queer spaces for women). So sad and not good for quality of life.

    • justinbc

      My (total) guess is that as the culture becomes more mainstream and accepted, especially in a progressive city like DC, that there is less need to have “safe space” places where only people of one type hang out. Rather they can feel pretty openly free to be who they are at any bar throughout the city. Now if only we could get the hate crime number down…

      • Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Regardless of things becoming more accepted, safe spaces like this are still very much needed…even in DC.

        • justinbc

          Yeah I don’t mean to imply they’re not needed at all, but from a business owner perspective you will see decreased foot traffic and revenue as your previous customers find other places where they are equally welcomed. Each individual person may find benefit, but as a whole the communal “need” may decline.

  • So sad to see this. I enjoyed many fun nights here when i was coming out, dancing and hanging out. It’s the last of the city’s lesbian bars. Remember Hilltop (?) across the street? Or the oddly named Hung Jury in NW? And the old Wonderland on Kenyon. Sigh.

  • Wonderland was not a lesbian bar it was called Nob hill an old black gay bar from the 70’s. I went the as a Howard student coming out in the late 80,s. RRely saw ant women in there. One of the oldest gay spots on the east coast.

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