Jolly’s Bar in Banjo-Tooie


Screenshot of Jolly Roger’s Bar Image credit

In Banjo Tooie, the character Jolly Roger owns a bar called “Jolly’s.” While not represented explicitly as a gay bar, players have interpreted it as a gay bar (see here, here, and here). Their evidence: First, it is owned by the flamboyant Jolly Roger and his partner Merry Maggie Malpass. Second, the bar’s signature drink is “Ginger Beer” which is old Cockney rhyming slang for queer (see here, here, and here). Third, additional bar items such as “toad in a hole” and “seaman’s surprise” are assumed to be suggestive references to homosexual sex. Finally, after Banjo rescues Maggie, she tells Banjo (who is male) and Kazooie (who is female) that it is “grab a sailor night every Wednesday” (which can be seen in this video). Although the gender of the sailors is not explicitly stated, players have read this as suggesting it is a bar that attracts men who would like to grab other men.

Other LGBTQ references in this game:

Jolly’s Bar

Jolly Roger

Merry Maggie Malpass


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