It was called the Mineshaft. It was the most famous gay bar and sex club in the world. Hidden among the warehouses of Greenwich Village’s meatpacking district, it became a symbol of the sexual revolution that exploded during the freewheeling seventies.
For nearly a decade, men in denim and leather came from all over the world to visit this theatre of sexual excess, where their most secret sexual fantasies could be brought to life in the sex-on-premises scenes that were played out night after night within its gritty, grimy walls.
Located on Washington St. at Little W. 12th St., (Now a Chinese Restaurant) it was open around the clock from Wednesday night through Monday morning, featuring a roof deck, clothes check, theme rooms, dungeons and other amenities. Opened in 1977 before the AIDS era, and closed in 1985.
Most if not all of the original memorabilia is gone. So I created these tee-shirts
For good or bad The Mineshaft will always be a part of the Gay Sexual Revolution History of the late 70’s and a memory that must be carried on.