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Baltimore leather bar is selling gay face masks & poppers-to-go to stay in business

Examples of masks available at the Baltimore Eagle
Examples of masks available at the Baltimore EaglePhoto: Baltimore Eagle

During the coronavirus crisis, some otherwise-closed restaurants and bars have been offering meals to go, wine to go, even cocktails to go.

Now one Baltimore leather bar has added another item to the menu: poppers to go.

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While its state remains under strict stay-at-home orders, the Baltimore Eagle Night Club and Bar has been offering curbside pick-up for poppers, with prices ranging from $15 to $20.

“NEW FLAVORS, just in. Order online, concierge service today until 7,” reads one Facebook message, posted in mid-April.  An accompanying photo shows five different brands:  Super Rush, Blue Boy, Iron Horse, British Extra Strong, and Jungle Juice Black Label.

Poppers are one of many products that the Eagle is selling while patrons are subject to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s lockdown – a period Baltimoreans refer to as the “corn-teen.”

The city’s liquor board has relaxed its restrictions and permitted bars that normally can’t sell alcohol off-premises to do so temporarily.

Besides cocktail kits, sparkling wine, and flavored rum and vodka, the Eagle is offering items from its leather shop for those spending more time at home. The list includes lube, sex toys, cigars, books, kilts, and hankies. Also popular is a line of LGBTQ-made face masks featuring images seemingly inspired by the Village People.

“Combat this pandemic,” the Eagle suggests, “by letting a cowboy, lumberjack, or camp counselor sit on your face.”

You can order online. Orders are pickup only, and times are Fridays and Saturdays between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Baltimore Eagle is one of several unrelated Eagle bars around the country that cater to the leather and kink communities. Managers, led by Tom Kiple, say they’re grateful to everyone who has placed an order.

“During this quarantine,” the bar’s staff said, “the online store is keeping us going.”

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