Bringin' Gay Back 

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Despite the name, memories of Amnesia — the once-popular gay club near Poplar and Tillman — live on nearly 10 years after the club closed its doors.

That's because Senses — the hip (and primarily straight) nightclub that opened in Amnesia's old space several years ago — is bringing back the club's gay glory days with Retro Amnesia Nights on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Last Saturday, nearly 500 people — mostly gay men — crowded the dance floor, the Orange Room, and the outdoor beer garden. That's the largest crowd Senses has seen in a while.

"It was fabulous, like being reborn," says owner George Mironovich of the turnout on the first two Saturdays of Retro Amnesia. "It's a breath of fresh air."

Back in the day, the building at 2866 Poplar housed lively drag shows, amateur strip nights, plenty of dancing, and even a patio pool. It also featured some particularly filthy unisex bathrooms, most without stall doors.

After Amnesia closed, the property was remodeled into a dance club with chic space-age décor and gender separations (and stall doors) for restrooms. In a wise insurance liability move, Senses removed the pool from the patio.

Retro Amnesia Thursdays feature a $5 beer bust and karaoke from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday nights boast a drag revue and music by DJ's Record Player and Wolfy. Both events are 21 and up.

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