501 Eagle Tavern gay bar

The ever popular 501 Eagle bar in Indianapolis is to close.

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The owners of one of Indianapolis’s busiest gay bars, 501 Eagle has released a statement revealing their plans to close the popular bar in October.


The owners have told patrons that after twenty-two years of running the venue they’ve made the decision to “retire”.

“It’s time for my wife, Margie, and I to retire. The 501 Eagle (Tavern) will close forever Oct 15, 2016. Until then we will be open 7 days a week doing blue lite specials on all drinks. It’s been a great 22 year run. Thanks for all your business. Tom n Margie”

The venue which is focused on serving the bear, leather and pups community of Indianapolis will be closing permanently on the 15th October.

It is not known whether another owner will take on the bar and continue running the venue as an LGBT establishment.


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Fans of the bar have shared their sorrow for the closure of the venue but wished Tom and Margie well, adding that the couple had been “a shining light in the Indianapolis gay community”and that they would be sorely missed.

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