Last Dance as the Dallas Brick and Joe’s Say Farewell

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brick dallasThe Dallas Brick and Joe’s bar and dance club are scheduled to shut down soon but they will have a final Farewell before the curtain shuts for good. Some of us have been going to the Brick and Joe’s bar for years since they were located on maple. They then moved in the shopping center just off of Wycliff and the Tollway.

They have struggled to maintain a busy crowd during the week although they do have some weekends that are busy it is most likely not enough to support the lease on such a prime location as rent and real estate has been going up each year in Oaklawn. We have enjoyed many parties at the Brick including the Dallas Purple Party events and “One Night in Bangcock”.  They have also been bringing in Ru Paul’s Drag Race girls each month which can get rather costly as they get celebrity bookings these days. We thank them for being part of the community for so long and wish their staff well. Who knows maybe the Tin Room and Marty’s Live with buy them… they seem to own all of the other smaller bars such as the trashy tuesday hot spot “Zippers”.

The Brick Dallas would like to thank the community and our patrons for 25 wonderful years in Oak Lawn. We have seen many changes in the last 25 years in the LGBT community and the bar industry, made many new friends over this time, and lost some along the way. The Brick has an amazing staff who has been loyal and now are some of our closest friends. This includes DJ’s, promoters and entertainers. We have strived to provide a fun, entertaining and safe environment for everyone.

It is now time for us to start a new chapter in our lives. Over the years we have watched many young men and women go from kids into productive members of the community. We started here when our community had few places to go. Times are changing and we are hopeful that progress continues for the LGBT community and Oak Lawn.

July will be our last month in business and our final day will be Sunday, July 24.

We hope you will come by in the following days and say goodbye to us as we prepare to say goodbye to Dallas. We have a full calendar of events in July and hope to see all of our customers before we close our doors July 24th with our “Farewell” Party.

As one of the last founding members of The Dallas Tavern Guild I want to say thank you to all the members and bars who have been a part of this group. Michael Doughman has been a great leader and we wish many more years of events and strength for The Tavern Guild and all the bars.

We could not have been in business for 25 years without teaming up with these great agencies: Resource Center Dallas, AIDS Arms, LifeWalk, AIDS Services of Dallas, GDMAF, Legacy Counseling Center, The Red Foundation, The Purple Party and many more…

Thank you to our softball (Titans, Hashtags, Synergy). Volleyball (DIVAS) and Rugby teams that have been very supportive to us for many years.

Thank you to our loyal poker players who come out week after week to play poker and eat pizza.

Thank you to Greg Turner (Camille). Bob Wright, Dan Lambert, Betty Neal, Gaylan Zant, and Adam Metts for your years of service to The Brick.

A very special thank you to Mikey Howard, and Dannee Phann for being the most amazing managers we could have asked for.

Thank you to our staff and friends Jimmy, Laurie, Shawn, Dwayne, Mickey, Charles (DJ Unique), Ivan (Ida Mae), Netta, Michael, Brittanie, Larry, Jason, DJ Rudeboy, Stanley, Chris, Andy, Brandon, Jennifer, Shy T, Jay, Blake, Pay, CJ, Cooper, K, Baby, Lukas, Skylar, Aubrey, Kingston, Travis.

Orlando Strong!
Howard Okon
Greg Parrish