Leather bar Eagle 562 coming to Long Beach

Eagle 562, a Levi-leather bar, is scheduled to open in North Long Beach in February at the site of the former Pistons. Photo: Q Voice News.

LONG BEACH – Get out your chaps because a new Levi-leather bar is coming to Long Beach.

Eagle 562 (not affiliated with the Eagle LA or any other Eagle bar) is scheduled to open at the site of the former Pistons in North Long Beach, which — after 51 years — closed April 17. Eagle 562’s opening date has not yet been determined.

Eagle 562 is owned by Michael Barber, who purchased the bar in the summer and also owns The Falcon bar and Paradise Bar and Restaurant, two venerable gay establishments along Long Beach’s Broadway Corridor.

Expect Eagle 562 to be naughty like any other Eagle bar, assistant manager Robert Rios said.

“It will be raunchy, cruisey and seedy,” he said. “It will be a destination bar. It will be worth the drive from L.A., Orange County or San Diego.”

The bar will cater to the former Pistons crowd, including the leather community, bears and muscle men, Rios said.

Crews have gutted and expanded the space and painted the interior blue, black and red, colors of the leather pride flag. The walls will be adorned with Tom of Finland art, Rios said.

“It will look totally different,” he said. “You won’t recognize it.”

A variety of theme nights will be scheduled during the week, and the bar entrance will be in the alley, not on Artesia Boulevard, Rios said.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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