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Opened in August 1989 as Liaisons, The Bar at 316 is one of the oldest, continuously-operating LGBT bars in the city. Under its current ownership and name since 2009, the bar has undergone remodeling and a transformation into a modern-day lounge that caters to every stripe of the community — with a diversity of activities, parties and events planned every week throughout the year.

But some of the biggest parties The Bar at 316 will host soon are its Charlotte Pride weekend festivities on Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15. The bar is partnering with SILVERLY, SILVERLY SPORT and Bud Light to host a weekend Pride parties like never before. The iconic historic Dilworth home the bar occupies will be bathed in rainbow lights. Bud Light is also bringing in professional body painters for Saturday’s glow party where revelers can head upstairs to a blacklight party and “glow in the dark with pride” and hang out with underwear models Topher DiMaggio and Matt O’Reilly. The bar will also have a photo booth at the front door and a professional photographer.

barat316_lgDiMaggio and O’Reilly will be on hand Friday, too, when they’ll help host an underwear party and contest. Want to participate? Show up with your best pair of undies and sign up!

The Bar at 316’s Kolby Brinkley said he was shocked when Bud Light told him they wanted to host their Pride after-party at the bar.

“I was extremely surprised,” he says. “They came up to me and said they wanted to do a party. I asked them why us? They jus said they’ve seen how we give our support back to the community and they wanted to help us out and put on a big show for us.”

The Bar at 316 does support the community — every week, all year. They’ve sponsored events or fundraisers for most local LGBT charities in town, including big events for the Human Rights Campaign, Charlotte Pride, Stonewall Sports – Charlotte, Time Out Youth and others.

Bringing them all together for a big blow out Pride party is what means the most to Brinkley.

“It’s just everybody coming together for Pride. That’s my favorite part,” he says, “just seeing how many people come together and enjoy it all.”

Throughout the rest of the year, The Bar at 316 offers customers a regular retreat and relaxation. It’s one of only a handful of LGBT bars open seven days a week, and each night the bar offers drink specials, fun times and friends. Every Sunday and Tuesday, The Bar at 316’s popular karaoke nights pull in the crowds. On Saturdays, the Big Fun comedy Drag Hour with Patti O’Furniture and Buff Faye keep the party going. On Wednesdays, come out and play some bingo on their game nights. Thursdays are time for the bar’s weekly House Party and, on Fridays, a house DJ rocks it out.

Customers can enjoy two bars — upstairs where all the karaoke, drag and other parties keep things rolling or downstairs in a more relaxed lounge environment. On both floors, patrons can step outside to the balcony and enjoy the breeze as they have drinks with friends and family.

The bar is the right mix of classic and contemporary. Its surrounding neighborhoods, Dilworth and South End, are historic and charming environments filled with a variety of restaurants, retail outlets and more.

The Bar at 316 is a place to come with your friends and have a drink in a non-smoking, home-inspired environment. Our goal is to create intimate conversation areas to meet with friends as well as provide a relaxed neighborhood bar to have great drinks and listen to good music.

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