Celebration of Life

Earlier this month, Austin's queer and kink and bear communities lost a good one. Former Chain Drive bartender Garold Bates, who later made a home behind the Iron Bear bar, passed away. Raise a shot of $2 peppermint schnapps (his shot of choice) in his honor and help raise some money to pay off the bills he left behind.

Garold was a cherished member of the qmmunity. In fact, the Chronicle was one of his many fans and in 2012 we awarded him a Best of Austin for being the very best LGBTQ bartender in town. Former "Gay Place" contributor Robbie Cohen wrote a poem in Garold's honor:

over the oil slick rainbows

of chain drive

there is a light that never goes out

a roman candle smile burns bright

perpetually refracting

kaleidoscopic love

welcoming me back into night

i love you garold bates

No events scheduled.
301 W. Sixth
www.theironbear.com, roger@theironbear.com
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