Bidding a Fond Farewell to Marlena’s After 23 Years


"[When I bought it] it was a little bar in a rundown neighborhood. The freeway was still up, the whores and drug dealers were working across the street. It was risky." Garry "Marlena" McLain waxing nostalgic during the closing weekend of old-school drag bar Marlena's (488 Hayes). The bar's last day was yesterday, and it will reopen under new ownership and with a new name this spring, though we understand it will remain gay/gay-friendly, sans drag. [Hayeswire, Earlier, Earlier still]