Lauren Cusimano

Kobalt

Lauren Cusimano
The current Kobalt is the second location of this Park Central gay bar. In the former spot, about 100 yards north in the same plaza, patrons spent years singing show tunes and ‘80s hits during its many karaoke nights, howling at the big screen during a watch party of RuPaul’s Drag Race, prepping their singles for the next drag show number, or happily munching the complimentary popcorn while ordering another drink. The new location offers all this with a bigger stage, i.e. more opportunities for performers and customers, or both, to ham it up during a wild night at Kobalt. This socially responsible watering hole also hosts national debate viewing parties and fundraisers, and staff members can often be seen around town at protests. The best seat in the house? That’d be near the bathrooms next to the larger-than-life mural of Freddie Mercury and Judy Garland.

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