Carbondale’s only gay bar to close

By Emily Cooper, Editor in Chief

Street Bar, Carbondale’s only gay bar, is set to close.

Following the celebration of 50 years since Stonewall the weekend before, Street Bar, located at 213 East Main Street, will be closing its doors.

The closest similar bar is in Cape Girardeau.


Jodie Santana, show host /show director for the Saturday night drag shows at Street Bar, posted on Facebook about the closing.  

(See more: Meet Carbondale’s royal family: Members of the drag community share their stories

Santana said, in her post, “I got the word from the owner, it’s official.”

In her post, Santana said all the bookings for June have been canceled.

She is not sure what is going to happen next, she said.

“They may open up a smaller bar close to The Old Bar, but … Street Bar is going to be closed,” Santana said.

In her post, Santana thanked all of the Street Bar patrons for their loyalty.


“I want you to stay tuned on Facebook, will still be doing shows at The Varsity once a month, and … we may pop up somewhere,” Santana said. “If they decide to open something up, they decide to have us back, we will be there.”

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Editor in Chief Emily Cooper can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @ECooper212.

To stay up to date with all your southern Illinois news, follow the Daily Egyptian on Facebook and Twitter.