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Sellers Underground Closes

The 4th Street bar said that COVID-19 capacity restrictions made it impossible to continue.

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Photo credit: Sellers Underground / Instagram

In a post on Instagram of Saturday, Sellers Underground announced that is was closing permanently, effective immediately, as a result of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The post on Instagram read:

“A few days short of our 4 year anniversary, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close Sellers Underground effective immediately. COVID-19 capacity restrictions have made it impossible for us to continue. Thank y’all for the support!”

Michael Icenhauer of Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street opened Sellers Underground in mid-December 2016, in the heart of the Warehouse District on 4th Street, sandwiched in between two of Austin’s most popular gay bars — Oilcan Harry’s and Rain on 4th. When it opened, it was defined as an ‘ally’ bar, but it made quick inroads with the LGBTQ+ community, hosting several community events and weekly shows until eventually ‘coming out’ as an LGBTQ+ bar in February 2018.

Rainbow ally sticker, along with Austin PRIDE and HRC stickers at Sellers Underground on 4th Street / Photo credit: @kris2pherwithak / Instagram

Prior to Sellers, the space at 213 West 4th Street has been home to several gay bars, including most recently Castro’s Warehouse, Hyde, and Boyz Cellar.

Sellers is the second LGBTQ+ bar in Austin to close as a result of the current public health crisis. BT2 in North Austin closed in May.

Before all the he said she said…this is sad news. I proudly called Sellers home for over 2 years leading into this…

Posted by Nadine Hughes on Saturday, December 5, 2020

I… can’t process this right now. Sellers Underground was my home bar for YEARS! It was my job. It’s the first bar that…

Posted by Emerald Van Cartier on Saturday, December 5, 2020

From Lip Service to Sassy Saturdays to Body Beautiful to Help a Hoe Hoedown to Crave, the Sellers stage was where I…

Posted by Maeve Haven on Saturday, December 5, 2020

I’m sad that yet another queer space has closed. For the last three years I’ve called this place home on several nights…

Posted by Gma Steven on Saturday, December 5, 2020

Chase is the founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, former host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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