When the news was announced last fall that the Lexington Club, S.F.’s only genuine lesbian bar, would be closing, the obits were written almost instantaneously. A bunch of other beloved spots (the Orbit Room, Empress of China, to name two) have shuttered in the interim, but after a six-month reprieve, it’s time for last call.
Two last calls, actually. We Belong: Lex Forever! Final Parties (Friday and Saturday, April 24-25) will be tearing it up over two nights of “celebration, mysticism, merrymaking and remembrance.” There will be go-go performers, DJs (among them Miss Pop of Club SomeThing and Durt from Ships in the Night), a commemorative designer giveaway by Tanya Wischerath on both nights, and probably a fair amount of valedictory alcohol. Noted one Facebook commenter, “I’ve rented a backup liver.”
As the founder of lesbian social networking site HER, Robyn Exton, told SF Weekly last month, the scene’s center of gravity has long since shifted away from bars and toward parties, and 19th Street has certainly changed a great deal in the 18 years that the Lex has been there. And while the bar will technically still be open through Thursday, April 30, you can join the girls for these two last hurrahs so you can say you were there when the Mission was still cool.
The Lexington Club, 3464 19th St.