Chelsea Mega-Bar SPLASH Puts Up Closing Notice
At roughly 2PM today, a collective gasp was heard around Manhattan as news broke that after a 22 year run, Splash, the mega bar and nightclub, long seen as the anchor of gay nightlife in Chelsea, would be closing its doors on August 10th.
A statement written by Splash's owner Brian Landeche, posted on Splash's website reads
"To Our Loyal Customers,
For 22 years, it has been a privilege providing you with New York City's most exciting, safe and spectacular gay venue.
Splash will permanently close at our location, 50 W 17 Street on August 10, 2013.
Please join us in our final countdown as we dismount the disco ball with 10 magical farewell celebrations beginning Aug 1st.
Thank you for the memories!
Brian and The Staff"
Splash first opened its doors in 1991 and soon became a nightlife cornerstone in the then recently homo-gentrified Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea. At a time when the popular fad in New York was themed restaurants and bars, Splash literally made a splash by featuring a parade of go-go boys taking live showers on satellite stages set up throughout the venue.
In its 22 year history, Splash played host to numerous A-List performers including Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Cyndi Lauper and Katy Perry. During its first year of operation, Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, then a chorus boy in The Will Rogers Follies on Broadway, staged the first Broadway Bares fund raising striptease event on Splash's stage which raised $8,000 in tip money to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.