Bench and Bar holds its Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony this Friday, November 20, at 5:00 p.m. sharp, at its new digs at 510 17th Street in Oakland. Ceremony attendees are to include City Council members and local business owners, in addition to management, staff, and customers. The new Uptown District facility boasts the necessities, such as multiple full bars and dance floors, and state of the art sound and lighting systsems, as well as such amenities as ample parking, full air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Specialized spaces–billiards parlor, smoking room, and VIP lounge and seating areas–round out the ambience of excitement. An Oakland landmark for 31 years (making it older than the featured go-go boys), Bench and Bar draws its quirky name from the judge and attorney who founded it, and is well known, both for its high visibility in the LGBT community–from the 12,000 or so monthly visitors to club itself, to Pride events, to the hundreds of thousands of dollars it has given back to the community over the years through fundraisers and sponsorships–and its strong support of the local and regional Latin American music scenes. The wildly popular Latin Explosion (Fridays from 9 – 2) will be coming along to the new location, and is just one of Bench and Bar's noteworthy weekly features. Each night of the week brings a happy hour and a musical or performance motif, often with Latin music on the main dance floor and Hip Hop, Old School, R&B, House and mash-ups on the second dance floor. For a preview of the new showplace, visit the club's website. Full photo and video galleries, along with listings of upcoming events, sign-ups for text, Facebook, and MySpace alerts, and other resources, make it an experience in itself.