September 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm EST | by Staff reports
Brass Rail reunion at Remington’s Sunday

Drag queen Barbara McNair performing at Brass Rail. (Photo courtesy Rainbow History Project.)

Remingtons (659 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.) is having a Brass Rail reunion on Sunday at 8 p.m. with a cash bar, buffet and show.

The Brass Rail, opened in 1967 by Gus Papanicolas, Theo Christatakes, Greg Cahill and G.W. Glenn, went through many transformations, starting as a biker bar then turning into a country and western bar, before becoming a bar and nightclub that catered to the African-American gay community in 1973.

The Brass Rail was internationally known, famous for its drag shows and the Railettes, a popular in-house entertainment group. When the AIDS epidemic hit in the ‘80s, fundraising shows were held to help support various causes related to the epidemic.

The Brass Rail closed in 1996.


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