The bar is famous for live drag performances and celebrity patrons such as Elton John, Madonna, and Princess Diana.
The Palace cites renovations as its reason for closing, though it will reopen in another (as yet unknown) location in the future. Interested parties can text 64600 for the latest updates.
A spokesperson for the bar stated that “everybody is sad” to see the bar leave its home on 12th Street and Ocean Drive, adding that “it’s a place where everybody is welcome.”
Characteristically, the Palace is determined to go out with a bang, celebrating Pride Month with the Last Dance Sessions, billed in promotional materials as “a series of parties dedicated to three decades of dance, drinks, and drag.” The festivities began on June 10 with a disco party to honor the founders of gay liberation.
The owner, Thomas Donall, stated, “As we look back on Palace and its thirty monumental years, we thought it was important to also honor the community it serves.”
The bar made headlines this week for a video of a drag queen jumping into a split from the top of a double decker bus parked in front of the Palace. Whatever the future holds, it’s clear the bar hasn’t lost its spirit.
See that video on NewNowNext.com.