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The Barstool Fund - Play Louisville

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Play has been voted Louisville's Best Place to Dance, Best Gay Club, and Best Bar. The popular club also offers sensational Drag Shows, weekly special guests, and a world-class dance floor.



Reader Email

Dave and the Barstool team,

I own and operate Play Louisville in Louisville, Ky. We are one of the largest LGBTQ nightclubs in America. We have been in business for 7 years and have been voted best place to dance in the city of Louisville for the last 6 years. We also have drag shows every night we are open. Since March, due to restrictions we have not even had our award winning dance floor open, as we have been completely closed for 20 out of the 40 weeks and our business is DOWN 95 percent. The Covid restrictions are just KILLING the bar and restaurant industry. 

On a personal note when we opened Play, I put every penny and nickel I had into opening the business. We have been blessed over the past 7 years and have paid it forward in helping 60 plus different organizations raise over $750,000 for local charities. We even held a huge fundraiser for the Pulse Nightclub survivors after that horrible massacre in Orlando 4 years ago. At that event, we flew in a couple of the survivors and raised $75,000 for the Pulse survivors in one night. I am a father of 2 small children and absolutely love what this industry. I’ve been in the bar business for over 20 years.  I got my start checking IDs and have done everything from scrubbing toilets to bartending to barbacking and now owning my own place. Any help you guys could give us would be forever appreciated. I’m a huge fan of Barstool and absolutely love the fact that you are doing this for small businesses. It is unfortunate that the federal government can’t do the same thing. I am sure you are getting bombarded with requests for help, so if you can’t help us, I totally understand. However, just please consider helping out as many bars and nightclubs as you can……we are getting absolutely DESTROYED by Covid, these restrictions, and the changes in consumer behavior. Our industry was the first to be closed and will be the last to be reopened. Please check out everything we do online at also on Facebook we are Play Louisville and our Instagram is @playlouisville.

Thanks so much for all you do, you are a true hero. 

Micah McGowan