Founded by Robin Gans and Sandy Sachs in November 1990, GIRL BAR is the largest dance and entertainment group for lesbians in the United States. After moving to LA from New York in the late 80’s, Sachs and Gans recognized the need for an upscale nightclub catering to the lesbian community. In response to that demand, they launched a weekly event unlike anything else that had been done before. The concept was simple: to provide the most exciting events, in the most elegant of settings with the hottest women in town. Today, their vision continues to grow and set a standard for excellence in the lesbian and gay community.
“We wanted to do something to help make the lesbian community more visible and create a place for women to come together,” said Girl Bar co-founder, Sandy Sachs.
“Girl Bar is a place where our patrons can come and feel safe, feel comfortable – and most of all – feel empowered,” adds co-founder Dr. Robin Gans.
For nearly two decades, Girl Bar has built a worldwide reputation for featuring incredible special events, hot music and the sexiest clientele. On Friday nights in Los Angeles, it is THE place for women to be! Along with Girl Bar’s success, Sachs and Gans have gained national notoriety. Dubbed “The Poster Children for Lipstick Lesbians,” they’ve appeared on such shows as Maury Povich, Jenny Jones and Montel Williams. They’ve also been featured in such national mainstream publications as USATODAY, TIME, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES and THE NEW YORKTIMES, and such International publications as MARIE CLAIRE, PARIS.
In addition to Girl Bar, Gans and Sachs are producers of the “Girl Bar Dinah Shore Week.” This yearly event takes place in Palm Springs, California in late March/early April and is now heralded as the largest lesbian event in the world. In 2009, Girl Bar Dinah Shore Week will celebrate its 19th anniversary – with record attendance and its most spectacular line up of events to date.
By popular demand, Sachs and Gans have also held special out-of-town editions of Girl Bar in San Diego and other cities in Southern California. They’ve also brought the Girl Bar experience online, with GirlBarMatch.com– the hottest dating service designed solely for gay, lesbian and bisexual women.
2004 marked the launch of Girl Bar-Las Vegas, on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Opening night drew rave reviews and with its ongoing popularity, Sachs and Gans went on to open Girl Bar nights in Phoenix and Chicago, with more cities on the way.
In the spring of 2005, Sachs and Gans were honored at the L.A. Gay &Lesbian Center’s annual Women’s Night gala and received its prestigious “Board of Directors” award. Sachs and Gans were named “2005Women of the Year” by Christopher Street West and rode in L.A.’s 2005 GayPride Parade. In addition, Sachs and Gans were selected for the prestigious 2008 “OUT 100” magazine for, significant contributions made to the gay & lesbian community.
As if they don’t have anything else to do, Sachs also is a DJ spinning every Friday and Saturday night at Girl Bar and at such prestigious events as Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing’s “Garden Party”, movie premieres including “HOUSE OF WAX”, and the most recent “BATMAN BEGINS”. Sachs is also co-owner of one of L.A.’s top fitness centers, The FITNESS FACTORY name done of L.A.’s top ten gyms by LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE.
In 2007, Sachs and Gans opened the highly-acclaimed Murano Restaurant Bar& Lounge, located on Los Angeles’ fashionable Melrose Ave.
Dr. Gans has a full-time practice in Los Angeles as a licensed clinical psychologist, focusing on issues that affect the Lesbian & Gay community.
Enjoying nearly 20 years of success, Girl Bar shows no signs of slowing down. Upholding its commitment to excellence, it continues to be the #1 place for women to meet, dance, play and feel proud.
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