Wednesday, June 25, 2014



Location: 1218 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Opened: At least by 2007

Closed: 2013?

Here's how Ten introduced herself:

Indy's largest girls' gay club is discreet, owned and run by a family of women who want to provide a comfortable home for those who might not be comfortable elsewhere. Open mic nights and drag shows are counted among the amusements. Wednesday Karaoke No Cover $1.00 Domestics $2.25 Wells Thursday Customer Appreciation Night $4.00 Cover All Drinks Half Price Before 9:00pm Friday Fabulous Recession Friday $2.00 Cover $2.00 Domestics $2.00 Wells Saturday Hip Hop / R& B $5.00 Cover $3.00 Domestics $3.00 Wells Sunday Open Mic Talent Show $3.00 Cover $1.50 Budweiser Products $2.25 Wells

The write-up at Nuvo, an Indy "alternative" paper:

Finally, one for the ladies! Indy's only club dedicated to lesbians, the Ten continues to offer some of the best dance nights and drink specials in town, as well as great karaoke nights, excellent DJ's and weekly drag shows. Closed Monday Tuesday, check out the open mic talent show on Sundays featuring music, poetry and comedy. DJ Vanillasoul controls the house and the beats Friday and Saturday. Beer is always available for a buck or tow and the crowd is mostly friendly to just about everyone who drops in.

And here is the description from GayCities:

Lesbian dance club with shows Men are welcome, but the Ten is noted as one of the most fun and friendly lesbian bars in the midwest. Karaoke, dancing and drag shows. Drop your attitude and bring your fun.

As usual, customer reviews are a mix. There are six at Citysearch, and they run the gamut from the straight lady who loves it, to complaints about crabs (!) in the bathroom, and all else in between. Here's one:

Indianapolis Lesbian Bar – The Ten is where all the gay girls hangout in Indianapolis. Its def. not the cleanest (the bathrooms) or anything like a Chicago or San Francisco bar based on design or size. Its a hole in the wall place that we all love and embrace. Its nickname is the "dirty dime" haha! They play hip-hop music that everyone gets down to on the small dance floor. If you aren't into hip-hop then The Ten probably isn't the place for you. Its a place where all the different social groups throughout Indianapolis come to hangout. You will see all different styles in one location. Its got the old and the young in one place having a good time. There is a pool table in the back of the bar if you are needing a rest from dancing or just want to practice your game. Thursday night is 1/2 price drink night and the bartenders are super sweet (one is the owner) but sometimes you will be waiting for a good minute for a drink. However, you will 100% be drunk when you leave, they aren't stingy with their drinks. Friday night is Drag Show night. The show usually isn't done until around 12:30. The drag isn't the best place for drag in Indianapolis, however it can be very entertaining with a large group of friends. Once the drag is over everyone is more than ready to start dancing. Saturday nights is the most urban night of the week. If you love the urban style Saturday night is the night for you. The place is usually packed from wall to wall. There is a famous "Dance Contest" on Friday nights. Its fun to watch and the crowed can go wild based on the talent of the dancers...not surprising if a few dollar bills start to show up. It also isn't out of the norm for a fight to break out during some point of the night, however the bouncers are good at clearing out the problem quickly. Can be super funny to watch though! Sunday nights are Karaoke Night/Open Mic Night. Sunday nights are normally not packed at all with the regulars who love to sing and practice their drag.

It is reported on Facebook and at GayCities, Foursquare and elsewhere that Ten is now closed. But there is no date. The only dated reviews are from the customers, and they run from 2007 to 2013, so that's the best we got for opening and closing dates.

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