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Lights Out for Omega Bar, Longtime Fixture in LGBT Community


Omega Bar suddenly this Wednesday. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Washington Blade ran a story today that the bar, Omega, has closed, effective immediately. Located in the alley just off the 2100 block of P Street NW, the bar had a decades-long history. It was formerly The Fraternity House, an establishment well-remembered by members of DC’s LGBT community, especially in the 1970s and 1980s.

According to a quote in The Blade, “ ‘I can confirm that,’ ” said Chris Smith, who performed there about 15 years as his drag alter ego Kristina Kelly. “ ‘Joey (Oldaker) called us all today.’ Oldaker, who managed and DJ’ed there for nearly six years, said he doesn’t know who bought the building or what the plans for it are.’ ”

According to a 2011 story in MetroWeekly, Omega/Frat House celebrated its 35th Anniversary last year.

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