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Corner Pocket - New Orleans

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Great write up, exactly as I remember it!

I had one of the back area lap dances, nothing much.  

However, they still to lap dances at the bar, right?  They vaguely grind against you for a song or two, and in my experience pretty much stay in your lap afterwards until they have somewhere else to be...  

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Yes, they will grind, etc while you are seated at the bar. They can be very liberal if they know you and/or you are tipping well (even can be a hand full :)  ).  Just don't sit near the front door. As with any situation, your mileage will vary depending on the night, crowd, and dancer.

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Went to the Corner Pocket this past weekend.  Decent crowds and good set of dancers. The dancers pictured below were dancing along with 5 or 6 others.  The boys are still very interactive - My hands were very busy :)The long time DJ, Lisa Beauman, passed away this week so they are trying to find a replacement.  Things calmed down for a few weeks after the Rawhide bar 4 blocks down was cited for customers having sex in the bar.  They had to add lights among other things so needless to say that bar is struggling a bit.  Rumor is that they may try to become a dance club.  No arrests since the undercover agent was there for a different reason and "stumbled" upon the action.

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Another Bar hit by the ATC in New Orleans for "violations".  Undercover agents with hidden cameras filmed "acts" taking place on the 2nd floor of the  Phoenix (just like Rawhide mentioned above).  Interesting Timing right before the Busy Mardi Gras events.  Needless to say, other bars including the Corner Pocket were exercising caution this weekend.   Times are definitely changing.......

 

This is posted on the Phoenix Website:  for full statement:   http://www.phoenixbarnola.com/announcements

A STATEMENT FROM OUR OWNER CLINT TAYLOR REGARDING THE CITATIONS FROM ATC

February 23, 2019

We want to take this moment to thank everyone for the outpouring of support from our incredibly loyal and beloved Phoenix family. You’ve been in our corner for more than 35 years now, and we have overwhelming felt that support these past few days, too.

On Thursday afternoon, ATC cited us that we were in violation of some state laws. The citations were not unlike what we have seen them recently give other gay bars. We plan on attending our hearing and stating our case.

We feel it’s important to state the bar was not raided. Patrons were not arrested.

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As we work toward our hearing date, the entire bar is open, upstairs and down. While we wait for that date, there might be some slight differences to what you’re used to seeing. Most things will go on as planned

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Here is an update on the New Orleans scene.  There is a very good article in ambush magazine this week, detailing what caused the Alcohol Board to investigate the Rawhide and Phoenix.  The entire article can be seen at: https://www.ambushpublishing.com/issue/ambush-magazine-volume-37-issue-07

(page 24+).  However to summarize:

During Decadence 2018, a few women tried to enter the Rawhide for a leather event that was advertised as open to all. They were denied entry because they were women.  One of the women complained to the New Orleans Police,  who in turn contacted the state alcohol Board.  The complaint reads "This establishment allows lewd public sex acts, including oral, anal, group sex, and masturbation in clear view of patrons. There is also a room in the back of the bar in which people engage in obscene and lewd sex acts. Male prostitutes solicit (including those that may be minors). Drugs are rampant. Wed, Fri, Sat after 9pm are best times to view"

Of course, this triggered the ATC sending in a minor to buy alcohol along with under covers documenting the acts with hidden cameras.  The bar only lost its liquor license for 1 week, paid a fine, and had to stop the activity.    Naturally, business declined. 

In December, supposedly the owner of Rawhide (he also owns Good friends, Lafitte's, Glover Grill, and others); filed complaints against The Phoenix (in the article he admits "crying foul"). The letter to the commissioner of the State Alcohol board requests that they conduct a confidential investigation of the Phoenix Bar based upon information and belief that lewd and improper conduct occurs on a regular basis within the licensed premises ........"    Following this request, in the following months, someone filed a complaint that pornography was being played on the TVs, that a customer feared for their life because there were no emergency exits upstairs, the Louisiana gaming commission received a complaint that a "no minors allowed" sign was not on the front door (turns out someone removed the sign, hmmm), the fire department was called from a concerned customer that no fire extinguishers were in the bar (they were there),  and the building and permits department was called claiming smoking was being allowed inside the bar.  All complaints (except to Alcohol board) were not substantiated.

The article points out that the gay bars were not a target by the city, state, fire, or any other agency.  What started out as a complaint to 1 bar, turned into an internal gay community complaint "to even the playing field", so to speak. However, this has had repercussions on other bars as well such as the Corner Pocket.  Since these well publicized events, there is substantially less fun allowed in the bar.  Not sure if this was the major factor, but bartenders at the Pocket said this was the worst Mardi Gras ever.

Truly a sad chain of events, that have substantially altered the New Orleans scene, most likely forever.

 

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