Bidding a Fond Farewell to Marlena’s After 23 Years


"[When I bought it] it was a little bar in a rundown neighborhood. The freeway was still up, the whores and drug dealers were working across the street. It was risky." — Garry "Marlena" McLain waxing nostalgic during the closing weekend of old-school drag bar Marlena’s (488 Hayes). The bar’s last day was yesterday, and it will reopen under new ownership and with a new name this spring, though we understand it will remain gay/gay-friendly, sans drag. [Hayeswire, Earlier, Earlier still]