More Chicago Bars Stop Selling Russian Products to Boycott Country’s Anti-Gay Stance

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Four more Chicago bars—Elixir Lounge, 3452 N. Halsted, Halsted's Bar and Grill, 3441 N. Halsted, Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 N. Halsted, and Replay, 3449 N. Halsted—have said that they will stop selling Russian products, according to a statement released today.

And a fifth bar, Parlour, has also pulled products.

The four bars that issued a joint statement said they "have been monitoring the unfolding events in Russia and we are extremely outraged by the open attacks of the government against the rights of the GLBT community. Effective immediately, we will be pulling all Russian made products from the shelves at all of our establishments. We have been working with our distributors over the past few weeks to identify a premium spirit produced in a country that recognizes and respects the importance and equality of every citizen of the world."

The statement further announced that the bars would be serving Reyker Vodka, produced in Iceland, and that "the Chicago based Reyka Vodka brand team is making a generous donation to Equality Illinois, an organization which tirelessly fights for equal rights not just here in Illinois, but globally, wherever the equal rights of the GLBT community are compromised."

Read more at our media partner Windy City MediaMatt Simonette


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