Photos: 1851 Club celebrates grand reopening with drag show

Lana O'Hara performs Feb. 5 during the grand reopening at 1851 Club in Arlington. Arlington's only gay bar closed in early January because of financial struggles related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Arlington's only gay bar, 1851 Club, held a grand reopening Friday night after closing in January. The previous owners closed the bar due to financial struggles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dalton Haynes purchased the bar from the previous owners after hearing of the closing on Facebook. 

1851 Club held a drag show featuring several local entertainers to celebrate the reopening of the bar. 

Photos: 1851 Club celebrates grand reopening with drag show

Kiana Lee accepts a tip during a performance Feb. 5 at the grand reopening of 1851 Club in Arlington. Lee was named Miss Gay Arlington America in 2019 and 2020. 

Photos: 1851 Club celebrates grand reopening with drag show

Bartenders tend to patrons Feb. 5 during the grand reopening at 1851 Club in Arlington. The night featured a drag show with several local entertainers.

Photos: 1851 Club celebrates grand reopening with drag show

A sign encourages patrons to practice social distancing Feb. 5 at the grand reopening of 1851 Club in Arlington. Temperature checks were required as guests entered the bar. 

Photos: 1851 Club celebrates grand reopening with drag show

Kiana Lee performs Feb. 5 during the grand reopening of 1851 Club in Arlington. Lee hosted the night's drag show, which helped to celebrate the reopening of the bar. 

Photos: 1851 Club celebrates grand reopening with drag show

A photo and plaque memorialize Dalton Haynes' grandmother Sherry Boling on Feb. 5 inside of 1851 Club in Arlington. Haynes bought the club from the previous owners after it closed in January. 

Photos: 1851 Club celebrates grand reopening with drag show

1851 Club owner Dalton Haynes holds cash for a tip Feb. 5 during the grand reopening at 1851 Club in Arlington. Haynes purchased the club from the previous owners in January after seeing a Facebook post announcing the closure. 

Photos: 1851 Club celebrates grand reopening with drag show

Sapphire Davenport performs a number Feb. 5 during the grand reopening of 1851 Club in Arlington. The drag show featured four local entertainers who performed several times throughout the night. 

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