Monday, March 23, 2009

Bachelorette Parties Not Welcome

Last summer, as a farewell to my days living right off Halsted (down the street from the whips and chains store AND Gaymart), I organized a Girls Night hitting up the Halsted bars. The night was fabulous, until we abruptly turned a corned onto Clark Street and quickly got accousted by exactly the men that we were avoiding that night.

I digress.

Point is, throughout the night, we did get a few stares and a lot of questions asking for the bride-to-be. One bar even had a sign, "No Bachelorette Parties Allowed." My first thought was, is this the Halsted-version of "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service"?

We didn't think too long, quickly took a shot at that bar and left... knowing that although we weren't a bach party, we were pretty much everything that one might be... dressed up straight girls who belonged more in Central than Sidetracks.

So I found it interesting this morning, the Tribune had an article entitled, "Gay rights put a strain on parties," discussing just what we had witnessed ourselves. I completely understand the bachelorette thing... because it's a bit insensitive given the current laws on gay marriage. But does this mean no more birthday parties at the Kit Kat Club?!

Let's just hope not. Are you a straight girl who just enjoys the trendy and fratboy-free Halsted dives? Or a gay man who is sick of Vegas-style bachelorette parties from Wisconsin crowding your bars? Do tell...


Katie B. on March 23, 2009 at 3:26 PM said...

whoa whoa, Kit Kat Club bday parties are the best- I don't care what they say, they can't tear me away from the "shims" who have better legs than myself...

jaclyn on March 25, 2009 at 7:18 AM said...

isn't it discrimination? i happen to love the boystown clubs occasionally but have never been with a group of rowdy girls to them (only with my eccentric gay friends). not sure what i think about this one. (or why bachelorette parties would want to be such spectical. ha!) it's a funny dynamic in boystown for sure.

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