Adelaide Gay Venue Mars Bar To Shut Down After Four Decades


Adelaide’s Mars Bar has announced that they will be closing later this month after more than 40 years.

In a letter posted to the venue’s Facebook page over the weekend, manager Andrew ‘Madge’ Hobbs said that Saturday May 13 would be the venue’s last party.

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“Thanks, everyone for your support over the years without you the awesome customers we wouldn’t have been able to give you this club,” Hobbs wrote.

“Thanks to all my staff, DJ’s and amazing drag shows. It’s time for Madge to move on after 29 years.”

He said the bar, which is one of Adelaide’s last LGBTI venues, “will be reopening with new owners after a few weeks closed for some stunning renovations.”

“New name, new direction, bigger and better than ever before. I hope you support the new owners as I’m sure they will endeavour to give you an amazing safe venue,” he wrote.

“I will be doing an official goodbye later so I can thank everyone a little more personally.”

(Top photo by Sophie Killoran/Mars Bar)