Rainbow In owner Margie Teal
Rainbow In owner Margie Teal
Rainbow In owner Margie Teal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A second LGBT bar in the local area has announced it, too, is closing, following news Tuesday that Hartigan’s Irish Pub in Uptown Charlotte will close its doors this weekend.

The Rainbow In, located just over the state line in Lake Wylie, S.C., has announced Wednesday evening that it will not be reopening. It has been closed for two weeks, as the owners were facing “unforeseen family circumstances.”

“[I]t is with great sadness that we announce, the Rainbow In will not be reopening,” the bar posted on its Facebook page. “We would like to thank everyone and let all our entertainers know how much we appreciate everything that you have done for us.”

The bar added, “We would like to take a minute and let you all know we have shared more laughter and good times than anyone could ever imagine. We made it a point to make sure we kept a Safe and Drama Free environment that everyone could enjoy. There is absolutely No Way that we can tag every person that has been here, but we do love and appreciate each and every one of you that have helped create so many wonderful memories.”

The Rainbow In first opened in 2009 and was owned and operated by Margie Teal, who first started in the bar business in 1969. In 1983, she and her husband opened their first gay bar, The Hide-A-Way in Rock Hill, S.C. It is still running and owners say it will reopen soon.

The two bars were currently the only LGBT nightlife establishments in Charlotte’s suburban areas.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

3 replies on “Second gay bar announces closure this week”

  1. Bars open, bars close everywhere else, lose insurance, their lease, owners get sick, lots close and re-open twilight zone style, not to grieve. Scorpio and the Shack gone?
    Don’t like activism? Drive to Augusta honey I did for 50 yrs.
    Simply locally this lifestyle sucks with self-recrimination, here have a cracker.

    1. Just FYI, no Scorpio is not closed. I’m not sure what you’re referring to when you talk about “the Shack.” Maybe The Woodshed? It’s still open, too.

  2. CASE IN POINT, MATT the “PS” (Polk Street) had been closed 1.5 yrs but one afternoon while walking past I glanced within to behold the highlighted bar in the darkened bar and a few seated patrons having one. Weirdly the ps closed bec the owners were peeved at AIDs, CIAids, fyi.

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