Tel Aviv serves as Israel’s most culturally diverse location and the Middle East’s most LGBT-friendly city, a place where every year thousands descend for the Pride march on the Mediterranean coast.

But the city will now be left without an exclusive hotspot for this community after its last gay bar closed its doors Saturday.

Evita, which sat just minutes from the beach, ended its 12-year tenure on the Shabbat on Saturday evening. While other, mixed bars are LGBT-friendly, Evita served as Tel Aviv’s sole gay bar. According to newspaper Haaretz, it served as a lynchpin for the LGBT community, both locals and tourists, in the city. READ FULL