In a rare good news story for LGBTQ+ business during the pandemic, London’s Zodiac Bar is set to move to larger premises.
The Zodiac began life earlier this year as a twice weekly event at Tufnell Park’s Northern Soul Bar & Kitchen, soon expanding to five nights a week with established acts performing to sell-out crowds with the venue struggling to cope with demand.
The Zodiac’s success comes during challenging times for the hospitality business, with many venues in danger of closing owing to restrictions brought in by the government to help stem the spread of Covid-19. Even before the pandemic, many of London’s LGBTQ+ bars and clubs have been struggling, with some reports claiming that as many as two-thirds of the capital’s gay venues have closed since 2006.
Zodiac’s new venue is opposite Tufnell Park tube station, next door to the iconic Boston Music Room, is opening in December. Until then, the Zodiac’s temporary home will be The Dome, above the Boston, kicking off with a raunchy fetish cabaret on 29th October.
Owner Jade Phoenix, aka The Mother of Zodiac, commented, “My mission has always been to create the most inclusive and welcoming LGBTQ+ venues in London. I want everyone to feel like Zodiac Bar is their home away from home.
“Our success is down to the community that has embraced us since we started in July, and I am so grateful for the support we have received. With our new venue, we will be able to maintain social distancing more confidently, host more guests, offer increased security, and make this a hub for the North London LGBTQ+ Community”
For more information visit zodiacbar.london.