Never underestimate Guerilla Gay Bar
Have you heard of Guerilla Gay Bar? It's a gay happy hour which travels to local "straight" bars once a month. While the bar knows a couple days ahead of time, the location is kept secret for the patrons until the day before.
Last Friday, when the organizers of Guerilla Gay Bar got to Ryan's Daughter, there were only two or three bartenders on duty, according to one of my spies. Uh oh ...
The Ryan's Daughter crew thought only 35 or 40 folks were going to show up. It was more like 300 or 350, according to my source.
"Straight people don't realize the success of this," my source said.
That made getting drinks a nightmare.
"They were over-packed and overwhelmed," my source said. "It was incredibly hard to get a drink."
I did a piece on Guerilla Gay Bar shortly after it began in November 2008. Several cities, including Washington, have their own Guerilla Gay Bar events The happy hour "invasion" can come as a surprise for unsuspecting regulars.
"We don't want a ton of warning, because we don't want people to avoid that bar that night," co-founder Mark Yost said at the time. "We want good, peaceful interaction with people."