Overheard in Tampa Bay: G.Bar turns 9 years old!

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Buy Georgie’s Alibi for $895,000
It looks like the rumors are true: the space currently occupied by Georgie’s Alibi is for sale. According to Earnest Realty in St. Petersburg, the property is available for $895,000. The 6,500-square-foot club and it’s liquor license are both for sale and in the listing, it’s clear that the property—not the business—is what’s up for sale. Earlier this year, rumors circulated that the building would transform into a new Hamburger Mary’s location, but that deal never solidified. So does this mean no more Georgie’s Alibi in the near future for St. Petersburg? Phone calls to the bar weren’t immediately returned to Watermark. Georgie’s has been a staple of the LGBT community for 14 years and began as a franchise expansion of its mother business in Fort Lauderdale.

More royalty for Tampa
Tampa Bay’s entertainment community continues to rack up royalty titles. The latest is Jeffery Abess of Tampa, who took the Mr. Gay USofA 2014 title at The Saint bar in San Antonio, Tex., the first week of November. Abess is well-known for his incredible dancing and dashingly good looks throughout Tampa Bay, and is often spotted side-by-side with his partner, Alexis Mateo of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame. Abess took the crown in Texas after securing the top scores in both “Interview” and “Club wear” during the competition. “I want to thank my team, the judges, mu supporters and especially Alexis Mateo. Thank you so much and thank you for believing in me,” Abess posted on Facebook following his crowning. We know this handsome entertainer will make promoters of USofA proud this coming year.

Busy Blu Room
As we’ve reported here before, The Flamingo Resort has converted its Blu Room space into a theater, which has already attracted several amazing acts. So it was a frenzied, organized and hectic weekend when three different groups and shows occupied the resort at once. Leather-n-Fetish Pride was in full swing around the pool area and in the Code Bar beginning Friday night, Nov. 7, and on Nov. 8, the Florida/Georgia Gay Rodeo Association held its royalty competition in the Blu Room early in the afternoon while the folks in leather continued the celebration and demos outside. Also that weekend, the Blu Room was host to David “Scarbie” Mitchell’s hit musical comedy show LipSchtick, which had the Sarasota-based actor change costumes seven times without ever leaving the stage! After every performance, Mitchell received a well-deserved standing ovation! Somehow, the staff at Flamingo kept everyone accommodated while each entity enjoyed its time in the spotlight. Well done, Flamingo. It sounds like the newly christened space is working out great!

9 years of G Bar!
It’s hard to believe, but G.Bar is turning nine years old this month, and club owners plan to celebrate in a big way. On Saturday, Nov. 22, guests can drink free from 9-11 p.m. and participate in a free champagne toast celebrating the club’s success. On top of the drinks, the bar has brought world-famous DJ and producer Gustavo Scorpio in as a headliner. If you’re not familiar with the name, you’ll probably recognize his signature style from his official featured gig at Gay Days in June. DJs Bruce Devery and Charles Machado are also on the bill. To top off the celebration, G.Bar will hold a double balloon drop—one drop in each room—with a total of $1,000 in cash for the taking! There’s no cover before 10 p.m. Enjoy the freebies and celebrate G.Bar’s ninth anniversary. Congratulations guys!

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