From the Bike Stop:
The 2020 year has been more than devastating to the members of our community on a level that is hard to describe. We closed our doors on March 16, 2020 and walked away from a place many of us call home in hopes that as the pandemic raged on we’d take care of our friends and neighbors.
Once we re-opened despite our due-diligence, dedication to COVID compliance, and trying our best to bring you The Bike Stop you know and love but with very limited resources and minimal support from the government we’ve not been able to manage to lose almost a years worth of revenue. While the government must view us as collateral damage this space stands as a stronghold to many members of the LGBTQ community and has worked diligently to preserve our history, evolve with the present, and build collectively towards an intersectional future.
Once gone, leather bars don’t find their way back and we won’t go down without a fight! We just need your help
Since its inception in 1982, the Bike Stop has been committed to serving the leather, fetish, and BDSM communities of Philadelphia and beyond. We’ve always known we wanted to be in the business of creating a safe environment, giving back, connecting the line between working hard and playing hard, and keeping it weird because that’s what we do in Philly.
Over our 38 years we’ve :
– Been home bar to countless leather/fetish clubs
– Hosted hundreds of Events Facilitated many fundraisers for many facets of our communities and continue to do so.
– Grown a lineage of amazing Philadelphia Leather Titleholders who constantly keep us proud.
Curious about the ethics of our bar? The answer is simple. Everyone is welcome with a zero-tolerance policy on hate. We do not stand with racists, we support women, trans rights are human rights, and we have space for every pup, bear, otter, and everyone in between. We’ve remained steadfast in being a space that is moving with our intersected communities and not against them.
It doesn’t mean navigating that is always easy but we always find our way back to the core of why we do what we do…….and that’s all of you. So whether it was The Philadelphia Leather Contest, A bar night with the amazing clubs in the Mid-Atlantic/North-East, Phlthy Pups Mosh, Women’s Leather Bar Night, VICE, any of our community lead events, A cigar social, POSE night, An Eagles or Phillies Game, any of the bangers we get to partner with producers to throw from DILF and Bearracuda to CutnPaste and Crankshaft, or RuffHouse or even just a quiet evening to pass a smile and a stiff drink after a long day.
We thank you for many amazing years and can’t wait to have so many more. We’ll make it through this together. We are humbly asking you for funds to help us recover from the devastation that this has caused us and should we be able to exceed our goal, to help propel us forward while navigating what seems like an endless sea of unanswered questions and perpetual fear of our unknowns and the unknowns of all of our extended families. We hope that this call to action finds you in a better position than ours currently, but we understand that most of us are struggling. If you are able to donate to our cause we’d love (most) of you forever! Well, some of you. Ok, we will still love all of you forever. If you aren’t in a position to donate, a share is truly just as good, our true power rests solely in the hearts of our family.
In Love and Leather
The Bike Stop Family