The concept of Tabu was created out of a need to have a true sports bar that caters to the the diverse and dynamic crowd that makes up the Gayborhood as part of Washington Square West. Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar was envisioned to be not just another business on 12th Street, but a part of the community that gives back to the community in ways that others only think about. In December 2012 (after just two and a half years of being open), we held our 200th fundraiser in support of local non-profit organizations. We also provide significant support and assistance to several of the largest non-profit organizations in the community.
Within our first few weeks of opening, Tabu has come to be known as one of the best venues for performance art. We host weekly drag shows, Liberty City Kings, comedy shows, variety shows, talent shows, and musical acts. Over the last few years, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar and its sports teams, performers, and staff have received more awards / trophies / acknowledgements than any other bar in the community including, but not limited to, "Best Gay Bar with a Philanthropic Twist", Best Bar for Beer, Best Sports Bar, best male bartender, best female bartender, Champion of the C Competitive Division of the City of Brotherly Love Softball League Division "C" 2012 and 2013 and Third place at the Gay Softball World Series 2012.
Throughout all these achievements Tabu has committed itself to being a place for everyone. A place where everyone is welcome, where everyone feels comfortable, where everyone wants to bring their mom or dad. We continue to work toward improving Tabu for you.
Say hello to Larry Emeigh, who will almost always greet you with a smile.
A native of Western PA, Larry moved back to the Philadelphia area in 2010 to pursue a second career with a degree in Nursing. His future plans are to pursue a Masters of Science in Nursing in Community Health Administration and to become licensed as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. He also volunteers at Mazzoni's Washington West Project and hopes to give back and make a difference within the Philadelphia LGBT Community.
He began bartending in the small gay-friendly beach town in Southern Maine called Ogunquit. He was crowned Mr. Gay Ogunquit in 2011. He has also bartended at Woody's in Philadelphia and has proudly called Tabu his home since January 2012. Check out Larry's Spot on Logo's NEWNOWNEXT where he makes one of his favorite Tabu Signature drinks. http://www.logotv.com/video/interview/747958/hot-bartender-larry-talks-philly.jhtml
What he loves most about bartending is meeting so many fascinating people from all walks of life. In his free time, he enjoys the beach, traveling, working out, and spending time with friends, family, and his beagle.
He also stars on a local independent web-series called Secrets. Check it out, you may even recognize some other Philly residents as they have fun playing make believe. www.secretstheseries.com
When to Find Larry: Tuesdays from 9pm to Last Call