Sisters Nightclub Closes

Owners are closing the doors on the Gayborhood’s only lesbian bar after 17 years.

Shocking, sad news for the LGBT community: Sisters Nightclub manager Denise Cohen just posted this status update on her Facebook page, announcing that the club — Philly’s only lesbian bar — has closed after 17 years: 

How do you say goodbye to something that has been part of your life for so long – a dream – a passion – a love …

I have worked within the Gay & Lesbian community for 24 years with 17 of them at Sisters … today with much sadness no actually with a broken heart I am announcing that Sisters Nightclub is no longer in business.

I was informed by the owners this morning – I told them I would prepare something to post on our social media outlets and website but now I find myself struggling to convey a professional statement versus a personal statement.

I want to thank each and every employee that has been on my staff as well as all of the wonderful DJ’s and performers that have graced our stages and of course a Thank you to our community – the customers who have been there for all these years – many so very loyal and appreciative through this horrible economy.

It was an amazing 17 years and we thank you for all of your support.

For a nice follow-up article, check out “Saying Goodbye to Philly’s Beloved Lesbian Nightclub” by former G Philly editor Natalie Hope McDonald.

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  • Stephen

    I’am really going to miss the place…

  • Dee

    Not going to miss this place at all. In recent years, it just wasn’t as welcoming a space for ALL LGBT women as advertised. Many of us women of color just didn’t feel the love. Sorry, but I won’t miss it. Went twice and the manager was a jerk each time. Deuces!!

  • Brandon

    It’s a shame that anyone would want to see them out of business. With so many people out of work, I would never wish unemployment for anyone I barely know. I met my boyfriend there and will be very sad to see it go.

  • tt

    I am going to miss the place i felt like that was the only place i started to go out and enjoy and i was by myself I never ever went out to a club by myself trust me when i tell u but sisters was alright with me.

  • Nicky

    As a gay man, with Lesbian friends, I was always willing to patronize this bar, but found the refusal of the bartenders to serve men to be absolutely ridiculous. Touted as a “safe-haven” for the LGBT community, I found this place to be extremely
    judgemental, unfriendly, and prejudiced against men. I witnessed, first-hand, multiple female bartenders overlook men at the bar, myself included, in favor of women. I stopped going in the mid 2000’s, but heard of similar situations up until this establishment closed. How sad for the gay community that people continue to be mistreated on the basis of sexual orientation/gender in a place geared towards the LGBT community. I can’t say that I’m surprised, or sad, to hear that this place has closed it’s doors for good. Perhaps “openness” would have kept your doors open.

  • H

    I’m 50/50 on it closing. I don’t like lesbians and now all of them are going to be trying to come to ICandy and Woody’s! Gay men are fine and I adore them, but I am not a fan of lesbians.