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Working in Clark County: John Treadwell and Mark Joseph, UnderBar owners

By , Columbian news assistant
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Updated: June 22, 2022, 9:45am
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Partners in life and in business, Mark Joseph, left, and John Treadwell are the co-owners of UnderBar.
Partners in life and in business, Mark Joseph, left, and John Treadwell are the co-owners of UnderBar. (Photos by Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

With Pride Month in full swing, many LGBTQ+ citizens and their allies are looking for local spots to join the celebration. From simple food and drink, Pride parties, trivia nights, and even drag brunch and bingo, the UnderBar cocktail bar is a Clark County gathering spot for celebrants.

Partners in life and in business, John Treadwell and Mark Joseph are the co-owners of the speakeasy-themed UnderBar, in the basement at 1701½ Broadway.

Their number one goal is to cultivate a truly fabulous experience for every patron who walks through UnderBar’s doors. Each co-owner takes responsibility for this in their own way.

Treadwell leads the front-of-house experience, working with customers, managing wait staff and making and curating the bar’s signature cocktails.

Joseph takes charge of leading the kitchen staff in the design and creation of their food menu, as well as managing inventory.

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The partners’ most fabulous creation has to be UnderBar’s Drag Brunch, which occurs the first Sunday of every month.

The brunch features a special menu, as well as live comedy from the drag queen troupe The Campers.

When it comes to queer culture in the Pacific Northwest, Portland often outshines its neighbors across the river, with many Vancouver members of the LGBTQ+ community making the commute across the bridge to socialize at the far more abundant gay-oriented businesses there.

Treadwell and Joseph saw that although there is a large and thriving queer community in Vancouver, there are hardly any openly queer spaces for them to gather. So, the pair decided to make one themselves.

“The gay community is fractured in Vancouver because there are so few unambiguously LGBTQ+ friendly businesses for the community to gather and feel safe in,” Treadwell explained. “We hope that UnderBar can serve as an inspiration to create a more cohesive LGBTQ+ community in Clark County.”

Treadwell and Joseph are grateful for the opportunity to serve their community by creating a fun and safe space for people from all walks of life to enjoy.

“When it comes to making connections with people who are different than yourself, I believe the most important thing is to be accepting first and understanding second,” Treadwell explained. “I do not understand much of what I have done in life; at the end of the day I just want to be accepted for who I am. That’s why everyone is accepted just as they are here at UnderBar.”

For those looking to join in the fun, event and reservation information can be found on Underbar’s website at www.underbar.pub.

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