another one bites le dust

The way I feel  about trans bars is the same way most American’s feel about public transit: I fully support them, even if I don’t really use them.  This is why I was dismayed to learn that Le Roundup – one of New Orleans’ most unique gay bars – will be closing tomorrow.

Le Roundup - closing December 20, 2014

Le Roundup – closing December 20, 2014

I recently learned that Le Roundup, which is well known for its transgender and sex worker clientele, has been sold and will be closing its doors for good on Saturday, December 20th at 3pm.  A bartender I spoke to believed it would reopen after the New Year “as a straight sports bar.”  He was young, he had long dreadlocks, and his forearms were covered in tattoos – it was clear that neither he nor the handful of patrons mulling around the bar anticipated feeling welcome in whatever Le Roundup becomes.

Sure, a dive bar which caters primarily to a niche within a small gay community can’t last forever in one of the most desirable [hyper-gentrified] parts of town, but it is sad to see Le Roundup go.  Add it to my list of 2014 New Orleans gay casualties:

Second Skin
Voodoo
Ninth Circle
The Club New Orleans
The Country Club
Le Roundup

12 comments

  1. No shit. On my return home to New Orleans, in need of a job I applied here and was immediately hired. I being freshly 21 an raised in a modern openly gay friendly family. Was excited for the opportunity to bartend in such a lbgt environment. I’m sad to hear this news. I worked there for a year and met some of my really good friends there. People I still talk with today and hangout with. I have learned a lot from that place as shady divey and dingy as it is

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  2. thank God as a gay male I work near it. I feel the most unsafe walking by it. This morning my self and my boss saw a pimp beat up a hooker coming out. Hopefully new owners will clean up St. Louis Since NOPD won’t

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  3. As a former long-term resident who lived on Burgundy and St. Ann, it is disheartening to know that these places have closed. Is this a sign of the “new” New Orleans? I surely hope not. The older bars, gay or straight, is what I always loved about the Quarter, you could go in and it was like seeing family. I love Le Roundup after closing the bar I worked at in the wee hours of the morning. You could get a stout drink, enjoy some interesting conversation, and there was never a dull moment. I must say that when, or if, Rawhide ever closes, that’s the end of French Quarter gay bar society. Sad.

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  4. Oh no! We’re here for FQF and after a twirl at the Carsouel Bar we headed over to the RoundUp. We have been coming for the last decade or so and loved the place. We live in SF and always felt right at home. We lost our favorite bartender Carol a year or ago and that was sad as well. Interesting to hear about the Country Club. Our foodie girlfriend booked reservation for brunch this weekend and I thought that see may get an eyeful along with her eggs. Oh well, time marches on. Thanks for the blog as the closing of the Roundup was the first thing that I googled today. We’ll walk by with fond memories on our way to the Double Play and the Corner Pocket! RIP LeRoundup.

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  5. I lived in New Orleans in the mid 80s to early 90s. LeRoundup and Gregory’s were my two favorites. Figured those two places would bite the dust when the nanny state puritans banned smoking in bars of all places.Never met a transvestite that didn’t smoke. So sad.

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