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Cathedral City Police Raid Barracks Bar on Closing Night of Leather Pride Weekend: VIDEO

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Barracks Bar in Palm Springs was raided by police last night during a beer bust for Palm Springs Leather Pride, which was happening this weekend.

CcpdLeatherati writes:

Breaking news...we just received a text indicating the Barracks Bar in Cathedral City, CA was shut down this afternoon by the local police department for "capacity" issues. The closure came during one of the busiest Sunday beer busts of the year with the town crowded with attendees to Palm Springs Leather Pride. The Barracks has had ongoing difficulties with the Cathedral City police department over capacity issues and displayIng porn in the bar. We'll update as we get more info.

A video posted online supports Leatherati's claim. As of yet, we have heard of no reported arrests.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. LOVE the PORN on the walls. The Barracks is not a spot for High-Tea, ladies. It's a bunch of sweaty, leather clad, hairy chested, studs that are there to drink and have a good time. So keep the porn on.

    As a matter of how many people inside, they should adhere to that at all times. That's for their safety. If you have outgrown that space, then you should look into a bigger location.

    Also, you shouldn't have to "tip" your local law agency, that's BS. Stay within your legal bounds, and have someone at the door with counters so they can dispute any problems.

    LEATHER LOVE!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Nov 14, 2011 5:30:35 PM


  2. You can't show porn inside a gay bar?! Are they expecting some kids to stroll in?!! The cops look like the would fit right in with this crowd.

    Posted by: jaragon | Nov 14, 2011 6:12:41 PM


  3. The porn is not the problem.
    The bar owners have been trying to work with police & fire dept. officials on the occupancy issue & there was a person counting at the door.
    This is the 1st time in the bars history that the police actually moved everyone out of the bar & the number that they let back in was 49...by the time they did that, there was less than 49 that wanted to come back in.
    You may not like the bar but how do you feel about the wasted money spent to send 5 police cars & a fire truck on a Sunday night (Overtime?) to kill a busy night that visitors from all over the world participate in? Cathedral City tends to shoot itself in the foot when it comes to gay men spending money.

    Posted by: SRJP | Nov 14, 2011 9:48:46 PM


  4. Yeah, what is that"suggested donation" about?
    They can cut that out. There were people manning the door last weekend for pride, there was never much of a line for a drink, only to get in the door. What happened last night. I wrote 3 news stations and the desert sun...haven't seen anything yet.

    Posted by: LiamPS | Nov 14, 2011 10:21:30 PM


  5. The suggested donation was for the Tom Of Finland foundation. They are there every Leather Pride Sunday. No chance of that not happening. It's better than trying to sell raffle tickets when it is that busy & it's not required to get in. If you remember, Gay Pride weekend, The Bare Chest Calendar men from SF were there raising money by selling raffle tickets. This is fund raising season.

    Posted by: SRJP | Nov 14, 2011 10:52:53 PM


  6. But is it suggested or mandatory? I know some folks on a budget. Some people were crying in their beer when bust price went up by 50 cents. But I'm sure the bartenders took the brunt of that decision in their tip jar.

    Posted by: LiamPS | Nov 14, 2011 10:58:35 PM


  7. Sorry, got it...

    Posted by: LiamPS | Nov 14, 2011 10:59:58 PM


  8. As for overcrowding, The Cathedral City police Department, was only doing their jobs.
    To Serve & Protect.
    They were protceting the lives of the BARRACKS PATRONS.
    When will bar owners of ANY bar learn. What will it take ?
    Do we need to have pile of dead people at the exits.
    We have all seen on the news about a bar where the patrons panic, run for the doors & pile up and trample each other to death.
    These bar owners, put the ALMIGHTY DOLLAR first, and their patrons LAST! Whats it going to take...... to see your friends dead because they could not safely exit a bar.I say have a person at the door counting, and stop letting people in when it's unsafely overcrowed. Problem solved!The Barracks always cries discrimation, but if they were not breaking the LAW!, They would not be watched by the police. The Barracks thinks its above the LAW.Always seeing how far & what they can get away with.
    I was there one WED. nite and they were letting a patron walk back & forth to his car . He was only wearing boots & or a jacket. IT was hot ! But against the LAW! The bar is in front of a gas station.The front door faces the gas station. They were lucky no one called the police. Its a wonder they have not been closed down premanetly.Follow the LAW, and think about the safety of your patrons............... DEAD PATRONS EQUAL NO PATRONS!!!!
    NO ALMIGHTY DOLLARS!!!

    Posted by: curiousgeorge | Nov 15, 2011 12:50:52 AM


  9. I THINK THE WHOLE COMPLEX SHOULD BE REVAMPED AND HAVE A LEATHER SHOP NEXT STORE AND OTHER RELATED SHOPS TO FILL IT OUT TO THE END...............SORT OF WHAT THEY HAVE @ THE FAULTLINE............STOP PLAYING THE BLAME GAME AND HAVE A COUNTER AT THE DOOR.......ALL THE OTHER BARS DO. AS FAR AS PORN, I LOVE PORN, BUT IF IT IS A ISSUE WITH CAT CITY TONE IT DOWN.........I DO WITH MY ART............BILL

    Posted by: bill | Nov 15, 2011 11:30:13 AM


  10. I go to Barracks and most weekends it is packed. The owners (who are not very friendly and kink of stuck up, especially John) have been warned several times. They don't care as they are raking in big bucks on Sundays (told by their staff).

    I read all the comments below and it really gets to me how caddy you all are to each other. The whole bar scene is falling apart, in fact with the presence of al these stupid phone apps where everyone sits and home and pretends they are in a relationship with a phone screen is pathetic. Gay men (most) no longer care about the values, they only care about filling their faces with booze and cock. The bars get greedy (as in the case of the Baracks) and the gay men, looking for anything that moves, jump on that opportunity, Look at CCBC, run by a straight guy who is making money on us. He doesn't care about the community, he and his son, just take the dollars as we pay each day to find a f**k buddy to fulfill a need that will satisfy us for the day.

    And for all of you who will bash me, it's now a "Gay Thing" to put each other down, instead of supporting each other. You wonder why straights hate us? Because we hate ourselves. Stop supporting the greedy bars and start banding together as a community again. The video looks like something I remember seeing in the 70s and for the owners of the Barracks, SHAME ON THEM.. THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING.. PURE GREED!

    Posted by: Justinswords | Nov 15, 2011 12:56:52 PM


  11. I guess the police don't have any murders, assaults, rapes, or property crimes that remain unsolved in that city?

    The residents of Cathedral City should be outraged at this waste of taxpayers money!

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 20, 2011 7:23:53 AM


  12. Hank hates a place that promotes bad stereotypes????

    Ummm the place is pack for a reason! If it oinks like a pig, it must be a pig.

    Posted by: G | Jan 18, 2013 9:11:14 PM


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