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The exterior of Candy Bar in 2013.

Candy Bar was a lesbian bar that was based in Carlisle Street in Soho, London. It was started in 1996 by Kim Lucas who decorated the interior pink and provided lap and pole dancing.[1][2] Men were allowed into the bar if accompanied by a woman.[3]

In 2011, the bar was sold by Lucas to Gary Henshaw, owner of the Ku chain of London gay bars. New management brought in by Henshaw toned down the bright pink decoration.[2] The bar was featured in a Channel 5 six-part fly-on-the-wall documentary series named Candy Bar Girls.[4]

The bar closed in January 2014 following an increase in rents.[5]


  1. ^ "Candy Bar". Time Out.
  2. ^ a b Margolis, Eleanor (27 October 2013). "Lesbians mourn as Soho's Candy Bar announces it will close". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Claire Gervat; Francesca Gavin (2006). Night + Day London. ASDavis Media Group. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-9766013-7-1.
  4. ^ "New reality TV show on Soho lesbian bar". Pink News. 10 February 2011.
  5. ^ Roberts, Scott (21 October 2013). "London: Lesbian hangout Candy Bar to close". Pink News.

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