First the Barker Lounge went dark on Santa Fe Drive in January. Then Crown Social closed this past weekend on South Broadway. Now comes word that the Eagle will be shutting its doors after the end of business on April 2; the building in hot-hot RiNo has been sold, and the bar will be looking for another spot. That's three strikes for places popular with the gay community. Coincidence? Says Rob:
Most gay bars end up getting redeveloped over time. The gay bars usually move into depressed areas well before the hipsters and douches show up. This isn't unique to Denver.
For that matter, the biggest killer of bars, both straight and gay, are dating apps. Welcome to the 21st century.
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What do you think of the changes in RiNo? Are bars being killed off by dating apps — or by real-estate prices?