Already a hit in cities like Detroit, Boston, and Cincinnati, Guerrilla Queer Bar has now hit Montreal and is bound to take off. While the name may sound militant, the Guerrillas in Montreal are only out to have a good time while pushing a few boundaries and meeting new people.
GQB was initially propelled by a lack of gay bars in certain cities in the US, but in Montreal, the reasoning is a little different. There are plenty of bars in the village, but many queers just don’t identify with that culture or they feel like they are missing out on all of the other great nightlife opportunities our amazing city has to offer.
GQB’s solution? With enough gays you can make any bar a gay bar.
Here is the recipe for GQB’s gay agenda:
One part party: Try out new drinks, new bar stools, new music, and a new scene and bring together all of the beautifully clad, gorgeous homogays of Montreal for an outrageous night of gropping, grinding, flirting, tight pants and amazing hair.
One part social experiment: It’s a takeover, but it’s also blending. The experiment is to mix with straight peers in normally straight bars, to have conversations, to push boundaries, and to be present everywhere in our city, to be VISIBLE.
One part activism: It’s important to party, it is also important to support our community. From time to time GQB will host a charity event and all proceeds will go to a community organization serving the LGBT community in Montreal or Quebec.
From the Washington Post:
Gay patrons easily outnumber the bemused regulars and staff, and the vibe on this slow summer night is overwhelmingly positive. Other than the overwhelming number of men sitting and talking together (and the propensity of snug-fitting jeans and T-shirts in the bar), there’s nothing that differentiates this from any other busy weekend at the Big Hunt. “The big story is that there is no big story,” co-owner Kyle Remissong says. “It’s just not an issue here.”
…”Did we notice [the takeover]? Sure. But it was more like, ‘Oh, okay. That’s cool.’ . . . It wasn’t a big deal. We’ve always had an eclectic crowd.”
GQB Montreal also has numerous other activities planned for the future including Guerrilla Girl Bars, Guerrilla Boy Bars, 5-7 takeovers and other non-bar type adventures.
GQB Montreal’s first 5 a 7 event will be held on September 22nd, but of course it wouldn’t be guerrilla-like if anyone knew where, right? The location details will only be released on the Wednesday prior to the event so you need to like GQB on Facebook to get the deets.