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Coaster, 'The Masquerade Bar'


About this object

This drinks mat is from the Masquerade Bar on Cumberland Street in Liverpool city centre. The original Masquerade had been one of the city’s first gay bars, located near to Clayton Square on Cases Street until it closed in the 1980s. When the original Masquerade was closed this new venue opened on Cumberland Street and was named in its honour. The new Masquerade prides itself on being “Liverpool’s friendliest gay bar” with drag queen DJs, karaoke and cabaret acts at the weekend.

At an unofficial Pride held in Liverpool in 1995, rain caused the majority of the over 1000 attendees to seek cover in the Lisbon pub or the Masquerade Bar, where “there was standing room only, cheek to cheek as it were, as everyone tried to continue the day out, on the inside” (Pulse Magazine, Issue 37, 1995).

Object specifics

  • Title
    Coaster, 'The Masquerade Bar'
  • Accession no.
  • Type
  • Artist/Maker
    The Masquerade Bar
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
    80 mm x 80 mm
  • Related people
    The Masquerade Bar (Artist/maker)
  • Collection
    From the Museum of Liverpool collections
Object view = Social History
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