Hot on the heels of the recent closing of Therapy in Newtown, a statement from the owners of Oh! Bar has announced the immediate closure of one of Joburg’s gay institutions.
This leaves the city’s gay nightlife at a new low; the only gay bars that remain open in Joburg are RisquÃ© in Bryanston and Simply Blue in Braamfontein.
According to Stephen Hadden, one of Oh!’s owners, the Melville bar “fell victim to fraudulent swindle and rather nefarious deceit by two persons who pretended they were going to buy it.”
He claims that their inept management left the bar bankrupt. He also says that they squandered large sums of cash and alcohol.
“It is therefore my decision to close oh bar immediately and pursue these individuals for criminal negligence and fraud,” says Hadden.
It is unclear if the bar’s closure is permanent and attempts by Mambaonline to contact Hadden for more information have been unsuccessful.