Boots & Saddle, the well-loved gay bar that has stood for 40 years on Christopher Street, is trying for the fourth time since it closed in August to find a new place to call home. NIMBYs have fought the bar, which is known for its drag shows, at every space it's tried to move into, and most recently the community board voted to deny the bar's liquor license application for a space at 47 7th Avenue South.
Now owners Rob Ziegler and Ron Silver are negotiating the lease for the space at 100 7th Avenue South that used to house the Actors Playhouse. They hope to have better luck getting a liquor license there, because the space it below street level, and because no one lives above it. But all that will be determined at the next community board hearing, on November 10. At the moment, Boots & Saddle is still open in its original home on Christopher Street, but it will be forced out soon by rising rents.