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One of Dublin's leading LGBT bars is closing and being replaced with a music venue

RIP, The Front Lounge.

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THE FRONT LOUNGE, one of Dublin’s leading LGBTQ bars, is due to close in the coming weeks.

The Outmost first reported the news two days ago and cited “new ownership and management” as the reason behind the bar’s closure. A new bar, Street 66, is set to take over the premises in December.

Following the announcement, people took to Twitter to mourn the loss of yet another LGBTQ venue in Dublin. There are now just two exclusively gay venues in Dublin — The George and Panti Bar. (The Dragon closed in 2015.)

So what can people expect from the new venue taking its place?

The people behind Street 66 tell DailyEdge.ie that it’s set to be a music-driven venue with a particular emphasis on “roots, funk, reggae, ska, dub, soul, jazz and all good music”.

Basically we will continue doing what The Front Lounge has been doing for years while adding a live music venue to the front part.

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Street 66 plans on hosting weekly live gigs with the owners noting that they have put on “big reggae events” in the past.

They will have a wide range of craft beers, wines and spirits, and intend on showing live sports events as well.

The bar is set to launch on December 8th with four nights of live music.

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