Walking down Market St. this afternoon, I passed by the darkened facade of the old Detour bar (the place I used to call The Sure Thing). I still lament the passing of that place - it lost its charm years before it closed down and was sold. It was so fun and dirty in a not-quite-too-much way, full of hot guys who probably didn't spend 45 minutes trying on outfits before they went out, and it had the best fucking music in town.
Anyway, walking past I saw some legal notices posted in the window. One was for a liquor license for the new owner, Greg Bronstein, who took the place over from Les Natali after Natali's lease expired in October (background
). The notice included the new name for the establishment. It will henceforth be known as the Bare Bone Bar
Why doesn't he just call it the Raw Penis Bar, or the Unprotected Sex Bar, or the Get Infected Bar? I fully understand that some people choose to have unprotected sex for whatever reasons, and there's nothing I can do or say that will stop that. That doesn't mean it's ok to promote unsafe sex. We're still in the depths of the HIV crisis, and the number of infections each year is still rising. Naming a bar in a way that plays off of people's desire to get drunk and fuck unsafely is just stupid. It's like naming a redneck bar Fagbasher's. We wouldn't put up with that kind of insulting attack on our community. Will we have to put up with Greg Bronstein's stupidity?
Is there something I'm not getting here?