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Tourist-tempting bars along TJ’s Avenida Revolucion have been shutting down, one by one, in rapid succession. This remarkable phenomena is due to warnings issued by the US State Department regarding the public safety aspects of a visit to Tijuana, according to Andres Mendez, coordinator for the merchants of the avenida.

The proverbial straw was the recent decision by the California State University system to pack it in, banning scholastic activities involving registered students and formal exchange programs with class attendance occurring in Tijuana. Mendez said that as soon as this edict was issued, just before Holy Spring Break Week, bad things began to happen to the local bar biz.

Right now, he says, only six bars remain “abierto” on “La Revu” out of a flourishing 24 taverns. Night life has been especially affected, added Mendez, but so has the bottom line of more placid watering holes like the 55-year-old Nelson Hotel and La Placita, both of whom offer fine dining.

A couple of large bars have opened off the thoroughfare on Calle Sexta claiming to feature exotic international beers, but they never seem to be open.

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Bob McPhail April 25, 2010 @ 5:30 p.m.

Sad times on old revu. One caveat about the story: it's a real stretch to say La Placita and the Nelson "offer fine dining." La Placita is mostly a basic menu Mexican food stop for tourists, the Nelson is more akin to a diner or greasy spoon -- although the food at both places is pretty good. But "fine dining" -- nah.

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JohnEdwardRangel May 8, 2010 @ 9:21 a.m.

Tell the whole story man. The bars on the revu are closing but who cares. They cater to dumb youngsters from the US anyway. You just wrote an article about cock fighting at Las Chavelas. If you were actually standing in front of Las Chavelas then you had to see the remodeling that's going on at the bar on the corner of La Cahuilla(across from the police station) as well as the bar next door to the Playboy/Odyssey.Also there's a reasonably new place that opened across from the back side of Hong Kong and Las Chavelas called the Mermaid if I'm not mistaken.'Collected courtesans, bastions of ribaldry, hoochies and go-go dancers. That's pure titillation. How do you really feel about these poor women? Stop making money talking about them and start talking to them. That's where the real stories are. Not by translating the pablum spewed by the local fishwraps.

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David Dodd May 8, 2010 @ 3:52 p.m.

John, he does talk to them. He lives right next to the Chicago club. I don't get why he nabs stuff out the Tijuana papers either, he's a good writer on his own. He's one of the good guys, you'll meet him soon and you'll see.

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nan shartel May 8, 2010 @ 6:08 p.m.

this saddens me...i spent so many happy hours dancing and drinking in Tijuana...i wouldn't give up those memories for anything

there were always the DANGER stories floating around...i even got my car towed once because i had inadvertently parked in front of a driveway...it didn't seem like one because it had a fence across it

and the police were very accommodating when i got it back

i care...about the business owners and employees of those bars and taverns

everyone needs to work

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David Dodd May 8, 2010 @ 6:32 p.m.

Nan, there just isn't much tourism at all in Tijuana anymore. It declined sharply when the WTC fell, the border tightened immediately. The recent reporting on the drug smuggling-related violence killed what little tourism was left. Now some of the guys that used to work in the bars and clubs and sell curios are resorting to petty crime. Others have taken low-paying factory jobs. There are still plenty of bars and clubs downtown, but the ones that catered to tourists are closing.

It's a sad thing to see.

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