Wow, BED has been in existence for five years? In a world where bars come and go, especially in the PLU scene, BED achieving it’s fifth year is quite a rare thing. So, to celebrate this milestone, BED has thrown a three-day lineup of parties this weekend from April 10 to 12.
Among all the places PLU people patronize, BED holds a special place in my heart. I first stepped inside its doors in 2003 during its first year, back when it had less than half the size it has now. That night was my first taste of the public gay scene outside the comforting anonymity of Internet chats that had been my only outlet before. (Yep, I never did get to experience the heydays of Mint, Mr. Piggy, and Joy.) I consider myself a home boy and a Web junkie and going to a place like BED was quite a huge step outside my comfort zone. I’m glad I had friends to show me the way.
I actually miss the old hole-in-the-wall BED, where you literally had to squeeze your way between hot guys just to go somewhere. There, I met some good friends with whom I still keep in touch with. I also learned to humor the advances Doc Tony (BED’s perennial paparazzi and partner of one of the owners) makes at me (he always gravitates to the young and cute guys). Hehehe.
Two of BED’s original DJs, Cocoy Puyat and Travis Monsod, have gone on to Alchemy (an Embassy-like club in Pasig City) while their protege Toy Armada still headlines in BED along with several other DJs. It was in BED that I learned to appreciate electronic and dance music and I still have nostalgic memories of dancing to the heavy sets of DJ Travis.
While the new “Queen-size” BED has lost the intimacy it had when it expanded, it’s still no less an institution among the PLU population. I haven’t been there as often as I used to, but I still go once in a while for the music, the fun, and the people.
To the people behind BED—Jay, Anthony, Dennis, Ronnie and the others—congratulations on your fifth year! May your club continue to have success!
Photo above by Doc Tony.