New Upscale LGBTQ Nightclub The Birdcage Opening in Old Shooters Space on Race Street Downtown

The former Country Western space has gotten a facelift in preparation for its debut

click to enlarge The in-progress interior renovations - Photo: Provided
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The in-progress interior renovations

The Dock closed. Adonis closed. On Broadway, Golden Lions — it might just be easier to list the LGBTQ-leaning bars in Cincinnati that haven’t shut their doors recently. In 2016, after the passing of its owner Howard Sharon, Shooters — the Country-themed bar on Race Street downtown — closed, too. But now another club hopes to fill the void left behind and bring new life to the bar.

The Birdcage, “an upscale LGBTQ nightclub and lounge” now holds the torch — and the future of the space — in its hands.

Managed by Guy Ulam, once the general manager at Adonis, The Birdcage aims to carry on the spirit of community that other bars have helped foster.

“We support equality, diversity and inclusivity,” Ulam says in a release, “and stand firm against discrimination of any kind and we ask that you do, too.”

The drink menu reflects the bar’s fresh take. Cocktails are named for tropical birds, featuring “fresh juices and unique spirits.” You’ll get more than a simple lemon twist with that, too — drinks are garnished with candied fruit and lollipops made by local candy makers Minges confectionary.

Owned by the same group that runs The Butcher & Barrel, Ché, Coffee at Lola’s and more, the former Country Western theme has undergone some major cosmetic procedures in preparation for the grand opening on Sept. 28: the floor has been refinished, the walls painted and decorated with an eclectic collection of art and decor. And it boasts a new state-of-the-art sound system, a definite requirement for gettin’ your groove on.

A soft opening for friends and fam is planned for Thursday, Sept. 27, but the party really kicks off with the grand opening on Friday, featuring live entertainment from DJ Patrick B, appearances from drag queens Mirelle Jane Divine and Armani Devine and a private VIP event with Southern Glazier Wine & Spirits.

The nightclub will be open Tuesday through Sunday, with availability for private events on Mondays. As a new addition to Cincinnati’s bar scene, The Birdcage promises weekly entertainment like DJ Jules’ Studio 54 Throwback nights, Sunday Fun-day Tea Dances, and Menagerie, a new drag show hosted by Mirelle Jane Divine.

4 p.m.- 2:30 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday*. The Birdcage, 927 Race St., Downtown.

*A previous version of this article incorrectly listed the hours as Thursday through Sunday instead of Tuesday through Sunday.

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