Portland's most prominent gay-friendly club will shut its doors for good at the end of 2016 after 35 years of being in business. 

For some, Styxx nightclub in the Old Port is a landmark. People give directions that often start with "you'll pass by Styxx on your way to Monument Square". That's the kind of status you receive when you've been an establishment for 35 years. But as times continue to change, so do business models. And because of a changing landscape, Styxx will close its doors for good after New Years Eve this year.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Styxx owner Josh Moody just couldn't keep up with rent, taxes and new businesses burgeoning in the Old Port. Known by locals and tourists as a "gay club", Styxx tried to preserve its reputation as a welcoming environment for anyone, whether straight or part of the LGBTQ community. But as new and vibrant places open, and online interactions increase, business began to dwindle. Like several other older businesses in Portland in the last 12-24 months, it will meet its end shortly.

We highly suggest you continue to read to Ray Routhier's article in the PPH on Styxx's place in the Portland community and the likely void its set to leave. Additionally, Routhier outlines Styxx's lengthy history of name and ownership changes.

For now, the plan is to use part of Styxx's large basement space for new retail development. There are no plans to put another nightclub/bar in the remaining space currently.