Gay 90s - Minneapolis\
The Garden - Des Moines\
The Max - Omaha\
Mickey''s - LA\
Hooked up in all but the Max.
sorry, formatting didn''t take.
Mary''s Lounge, The Locker, The Silver Dollar Saloon, The Farmhouse, The Silver Bullet, Numbers.\
Houston in the 70s.
"The Garage" in Columbus Ohio, late 70''s to early 90''s... also known as the "Gay Rage".%0D\
It was awesome.%0D\
Late-90''s early 2000''s "Dicks Deja Disco" in Austin. Hottest strippers ever. I had so much fun there.%0D\
"Dicks Deja Disco"\
LOL. I''ve was at Dick''s many times.
Wonderbar. East Village early 90''s.
Seattle early 70''s before Brass door era: the fun sleazy taverns down on 2nd & 3rd with address-names; Boren Steet Disco, Shelly''s Leg, plus that scary one with all the leather persons and probably fisting, and of course the Monastary which we don''t talk about too much and was only a "bar" up in the steeple%0D\
TRACKS Tampa. Late Eighties, early Nineties.
I hooked up in the Max, OP. A threesome! \
My youth: Berlin, Sidetracks, Christopher Street, Paradise...all Chicago.
Uncle Charlie''s in the Village!
Pasadena''s most "happening" gay bar: "Mirage," which later became "Encounters" and is now departed (though its neighbor, Spring Garden Chinese restaurant, soldiers on).\
An obese, bipolar, fey seated doorman who was only nice to cute young guys... Friendly, flirty bartenders who''d sneak you drinks on the house and down shots with the regulars...Male strippers like Playgirl centerfold Angelo Berrios who''d let you get as wild as you wanted...and a dance floor the size of a bathmat. Good times.
The Nectarine in Ann Arbor
Class of 95
Uncle Charlie''s, of course.%0D\
And around the corner on West 10th Street: %0D\
Legendary - unlike the fake Stonewall Inn.
Cuffs - Silverlake
This thread would be 1,000 times more interesting if some of you old fucking queens did more than just list a bunch of old bars.%0D\
Tell us stories, cunts!
Uncle Charlies in Miami - fun, fun times. Many BJs, HJs and one fuck in the bathroom. First time I was 17 and on a date with a 19 year old cutie from U of M. Now a used car lot.%0D\
Backstreet in Fort Lauderdale Sunday Nights - tons of fun!!%0D\
Copa in Fort Lauderdale after Tuesday gay skate. Went with my date and gay friends after my high school prom.
Loved the Garage and Eagles in Columbus, OH. Was deathly afraid of the Tradewinds until I got older and more adventurous. My buddy and I used to play truth or dare when going clubbing and one night he dared me into doing something that I still feel ashamed whenever I think about it.
Los Angeles - 80''s:\
Rage, Studio Backlot, Probe.\
Dynasty night at Studio - always a great night!
In St. Louis it was Fallout, followed by City Center Complex for after hours. Thankfully, both place had very fast and loose door policies.
The New Colony, Greenwich Avenue between Christopher and 10th, now a gay-owned Asian restaurant/bar.
The Garage, Wall Street - Columbus%0D\
Roscoe''s, Sidetracks, Berlin - Chicago
Maxey''s Famous Door - Indianapolis%0D\
The Blue Bugle - Stroudsburg, PA
Was there ever anything quite like Boy Bar?? I think I spent every Thurs. night there from ''83-''89. The drag queens included Lady Bunny (who used to disrupt my pool games on the 2nd floor), Connie Girl (who was also head cocktail waitress), Princess Diandra (who sold good X in the ladies room), Miss Shannon (who scared me), Peau de Soir (who always flirted with me), \
Dean Johnson once literally threw me and my friends down the stairs because we were dancing in the wrong place. Hated her. She''s dead.\
Gawd I enjoyed my gay youth.
The Tender Trap and Trapeze.
Mars Needs Men in New York City %0D\
Drinking and dancing with Marc Jacobs%0D\
Summer of 89
All in NYC in the 90s:\
Hatfields in Queens - hottest latin guys ever. Jessica Fox was always the mc. Ugly miserable cunt of a drag queen. \
Sound Factory Bar - more of a dance club, but their Factoria Bente Uno party was hot. Again, gorgeous latin guys.\
The Bar on 4th street and 2nd avenue. Great mix of local art fags and homo tourists back in the waning days of the east village as a fringe neighborhood. Amazing jukebox by Ed Scriba who eventually went over to Phoenix bar. \
The Spike - fun leather bar in the meatpacking district with a mix of guys. I was there closing night. It was amazing when they switched on the lights at 4 a.m. Guys with their pants around their ankles all over the place.\
And the ultimate - Spectrums in Brooklyn. My god, the gorgeous Italian boys that would pack into this place. Nothing like it will ever exist again. I got so much ginny tail there it was insane. 1/2 of them still lived with their mothers (many of whom made us breakfast the next morning).
The Music Box - Lake Worth, FL%0D\
Keith''s Cruise Room - Hallandale, FL
Tracks - DC\
Trumpets - DC
The Red Raven and the Four Star - L.A. I was in my early 20''s, just had come out and these were the two bars that I frequented most often while I lived in L.A. Had a mad love affair with the doorman at the Raven named Mike, who rode a Harley and, to me, was the epitome of Marlon Brando-sexiness. I''ll never forget him.%0D\
Toad Hall and The Stud - San Francisco. I moved up to the Bay Area in 1972 and Castro Street was coming into its heydey. Toad Hall was THE place to hang-out, gorgeous hippie guys everywhere, Barry White on the jukebox. The Stud is still going strong today...back then, it was so packed on the weekends you could hardly move...80% gay, 10% straight and 10% undetermined, but a lot of women and straight couples mixed in just fine. It was wild and crazy and very memorable.
The Warehouse, Hartford, CT -- 1975. A real warehouse practically under the highway. Huge, dark dirt parking lot. Inside, christmas lights and a disco ball at one end, a big long bar down the side, and PACKED with men and women dancing, smoking, sweating together. Drove there from UConn in Storrs, CT many Friday and Saturday nights.
The Round-up, The Phoenix, The Corner Pocket....\
New Orleans circa 1992.
Diablo''s-San Diego-the 70''s great little dyke bar but lots of cute guys, too.\
The Shadows-San Diego-great patio and festive back room.\
The Rafter''s & The Family Zoo- Portland, OR-many good times at both bars.\
The Sun Tavern-Salt Lake City--nice horny men there.\
Boren Street Disco, the Brass Door, the Monestary-Seattle one of the best fucks ever I pulled out of the Brass Door in the early 80''s.\
The Gandy Dancer, Vancouver, BC- nice bar but most pretentious queens on the west coast.
I think "Wallstreet" in Columbus is still there.%0D\
And I KNOW that Corner Pocket in New Orleans is still there.%0D
The Graduate - Tucson, AZ, early 70s\
It had the nicest ambiance of any gay bar I''ve ever been to. It seemed like everyone went there. Very little attitude. Nobody looking down his nose at everyone else. Nobody forcing himself on you. Good times.
Okay R14 here''s one. I was in the Brass Door (Seattle) one night in the late 70''s. Typical cruisy dance bar, fairly glitzy for the era. About midnight, it was full into the shirts-off, sweat-pouring, popper-air frenzy when the music suddenly stopped and the lights blazed up. Good God, what a shock! In walked Charles Royer, candidate and future Mayor, with a small, uncomfortable-looking entourage. Instead of leading a police raid, he made a few jovial political remarks, waved and left. It took about 40 seconds for the scene to rewind back to its previous frenzy, but I distinctly remember thinking, "This is the end."
[quote]Numbers. Houston in the 70s.\
I forgot Numbers used to be a gay bar! It still exists but is now an alt-rock concert venue, like Fitzgerald''s. \
The adult bookstore next door finally closed last year. \
Mary''s and all the others you mentioned are all long gone.
Numbers in Key West. Naked dancers, early-to-mid 90''s. %0D\
Had an eastern european gymnast, naked, doing all sorts of things to me one night. I will remember that night until the day I die. %0D
Rounds in New York and Numbers in L.A. (when it was hidden on Sunset). For those that recognize those names, yes, I was an escort. Rounds was pretty wild, and dangerous at times. Not just b/c of drugs, but dangerous people you could end up with there. Numbers was much more laid back and discrete and you more likely to meet a celebrity, as a potential client. On the other hand, money was better in NY.%0D\
Rounds closed down years ago. Numbers moved locations, not sure if it''s even still open.
the stud, SF in the 80''s. complete awesomeness.
SF in the early ''80s. WAY too many to mention! Favorites were The Midnight Sun and The Stud in their original locations, Cafe Sn. Marcos, El Rio, and The End Up. When feeling extra slutty, I''d go Badlands, Esta Noche, or The Pendulum. I was a magnet for Blacks and Latinos (incl. my partner for the last quarter century), for some reason. Fave place to dance was The I-Beam. When partying with my dyke friends, loved Amelia''s. I was intrigued with, but usually way too intimidated to go to the leather bars, sweater bars, and that suit and tie place in the Financial District.
Now aged 65, in gay people''s years.
Milwaukee-Club 219 the ''80''s. I was an underage club kid
Pee Wee Poundstone
Bump for history''s sake.
Uncle Charlie''s in NYC, summer of 1992. I''d been taking graduate courses at NYU while still living at home in NJ. I was so terrified to go in, not sure what to expect. If anyone is familiar with the area, for days I sat on the stoop of a building perpendicular to the street UC''s was on, just trying to get up the courage to go in. I finally held my breath and went in one Thursday night. I remember Elton''s John''s "The One" was playing. I went almost every evening the entire summer. It did eventually get stale, but I had the time of my life. Then it all went downhill from there :(
The Odyssey in LA. It was an under age disco- no liquor. Lots of 18 year-olds and many 16 year-olds that could pass. It used to be a great place to hang out with friends of both genders, but then they got really pissy about keeping women out. This was the heyday of disco. Great music- King Creole and the Coconuts, Peter Allen, etc. I got a bit sick of Disco Star Wars, though.
r32 I used to dance at the Corner Pocket. Do they still have strippers?
Uncle Charlie''s was the place to go for happy hour. And Wednesday night''s for DYNASTY viewings.\
Wonderbar, in the EV, was just FUN. No attitude. Movie nights were fun there.
The late 1980''s in Providence, RI:\
Mirabar (Still here)\
Galaxy (Good for Latino trade!)\
Those are the only ones I remember.
Hey r29 - I went to UConn also during the 70s (Graduated in ''78). Never went to The Warehouse though. I did go to the Brook in Westport and Partners in New Haven a lot.%0D\
There was also a place in New Haven called "The Apple". Then there was a fire and it reopened as "The Baked Apple".
Rich''s (a/k/a/ Mecca 1986-1988) in Houston, which is now a guido-ish straight club.
The original "Buddies" on Boyleston St. in Boston was my favorite. After it burned, they reopened on Stuart St. in the theatre district, but it just wasn''t the same.
Discovery in Little Rock, which is still the epicenter of the Miss Gay America demimonde but has a mostly straight thug clientele
Does anyone still go to Splash in NYC anymore? A gym acquaintance is a go-go boy there as well as at some other venues in NYC, and he says it''s mostly older gay guys. He says they proposition him a lot, but he always turns them down. He''s straight, and only dances there. He doesn''t escort.
"He says they proposition him a lot, but he always turns them down. He''s straight, and only dances there. He doesn''t escort."\
That statement just means he charges more then the other guys who dance there. They can all be had for the right amount of cash.
He''s straight. I know it''s a cliche, but he''s just dancing to put himself thru grad school. At least that''s what he told me. He also dances for women at those hunkamania-type things. He''s ridiculously hot, so I have no doubt he''s fucked some female patrons. But as far as the guys go, it''s just dancing and some pawing. Maybe that will change once some of the patrons wear him down and he sees the easy cash, but for now, he doesn''t escort.
Late %E2%80%9870s/early %E2%80%9980s%0D\
Austin: The Boathouse%0D\
Houston: Montrose Mining Company and Numbers%0D\
Dallas: Village Station, JRs, Crews Inn, Old Plantation (OP), Bayou Landing, Throckmorton Mining Company%0D
I Was A Whore, Darlin''
Austin--Boathouse, Hall''s, 505. Those were the glory days, when Austin was an intoxicating mix of preppy frat boy and hippy culture.
r54 - are you still in Dallas?
[quote] Those were the glory days, when Austin was an intoxicating mix of preppy frat boy and hippy culture.\
Is it not anymore?
Haven''t been in 20 years
R56 - no. Moved to SF in the mid-80s. Moved to Dallas after college. Used to go to Dallas (on occasion) for the weekend when I was in college to have fun (went to school near Austin)%0D\
Dallas was an OK place to start out - but so glad we moved to CA...
I Was A Whore, Darlin''
The Pink Elephant in Santa Monica
Boston late 70s to 84: 1270 (the bar everyone came out at. 1st song heard I Need a Man by Grace Jones), Chaps behind the library, Darts, 119 Merrimack which had 3 for one nights...oy...the hangovers and the penultimate at the time Boston-Boston and its new wave counterpart Spit. Then to SF...and I-Beam on Sundays, the old Stud on Folsom and the Trocadero. Misty popper scented memories.
ALl you posters who are mentioning Uncle Charlies in NYC, is this the same Uncle Charlies near Grand Central? That bar is supposed to be for older guys.
Garden Grove 80''s%0D\
DOK West, Iron Spur, Mug, Tiki Hut. All gone now.
70''s & 80s in Savannah, GA was Dr. Feelgoods (dance your ass off) and the Basement (low key dyke bar).
Rowdy''s s half-mile off the exit of I-35
Does anybody remember Christopher''s on Christopher St.? I *think* it eventually became the Hangar.
[quote]Late-90''s early 2000''s "Dicks Deja Disco" in Austin. Hottest strippers ever. I had so much fun there.\
I''m sorry, but Dick''s was just skeevy and gross. Hottest strippers ever? Good God, no. You need to travel more often, boy!\
It wasn''t exactly my "youth" per se, but I still direly miss NYC bars circa 2003. The Cock! (in its original location, before the back room was shut down) Wonderbar! The Park! (now *that* had some of the hottest strippers ever, and best of all, they were all gay) I really wish I''d had a chance to see the city''s bars of the ''80s and ''90s, particularly the club scene during its prime. Here in Austin, the bar scene has only marginally changed in the years since I moved home from college; all the bars R55 mentioned were before my time (and no, R56, Austin isn''t terribly hippie these days, though there are still plenty of preppies), but Oilcan''s and Charlie''s are still there, with the newer additions of Rain and Kiss ''n Fly.
I loved the Gay 90s when I attended the U of M. Is it still open?
L.A. ''80s, the perfect time to come of age -- Act Up and Queer Nation and the Pink Panthers patrolling the streets to rid them of gay bashers. And still fun, a true sense of community even/especially with that holocaust.%0D\
Lived at Revolver and loved it. And, of course, we''d wander down to Rage, Mother Lode, Spike... I just looked up a list and THEY''RE ALL STILL THERE apparently. Amazing somehow. So not just a part of the past.%0D\
Quit drinking and got out of the bar scene a while ago but miss it when I read these posts. :) Somehow I think anyone who finds the Austin TX bar scene exciting hasn''t traveled much, ha. (Or it''s just normal aging on my part. But I''m glad I didn''t waste a second of it back then! And lived to tell.)
OMG! I miss The Frat House in Washington, DC so, so very much. The dance floor was taken away during renovations in the mid 90s to what is now just a bar, albeit a good one called Omega House but The Frat House was a lot of fun. It was the first bar/dance club I fell in love with and went to frequently. It always had a very racially diverse group of patrons. In DC, even now, that%E2%80%99s a rarity.
I remember the Frat House in DC. Also huge sprawling Tracks and the intimidating Other Side, lesbian bar featuring hardfaced women in pastels. Tracks and Other Side had lame music, very top 40 and boring. The Hung Jury was a weird bar in an alley owned by an Egyptian family that hosted punk shows as well. The Fireplace in Dupont once hosted a fun eccentric mixed clientele and now seems to have turned into a rather scary black hustler bar.
That%E2%80%99s another thing about The Frat House. It had the best deejays and club music in the city.
The Fireplace has been somewhat of a scary and seedy place for a long time. I think the last time I went there was several years ago. Most of the upper floor was very crowded and occupied by blacks. Downstairs was a tad more mixed but very seedy and that place always had a strange smell.
Another bar I use to go to in DC was The Circle on Connecticut Avenue between Q and R. That was another wonderful place with a very diverse crowd. It had three levels. The ground level was a bar with pool tables, the lower level was used for weekend/holiday dance parties, and the upper floor was the main bar with a terrace. Everything was kept so clean and the bartenders were a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, my understanding was that the owner had a serious coke habit and basically snorted up all the money. I stopped going there a year before they closed because the place had gone downhill. It wasn%E2%80%99t being kept up, and younger and more less diverse crowd started hanging out there and more fights were breaking out. Very sad because it was a great bar.
IN Toronto, the year I came out , a regular Saturday night would be starting at The St. Charles, going on to The Parkside, then The Quest and finally The Carriage House.
While not my first gay bar - the one that was clearly the best mans bar here in Phoenix - The Connection. A classic mans cruise bar with a semi truck cab just off the dance floor where many different things happened in that cab. The owner died of AIDS around 87 and stipulated in his will that the bar die with him. His family sold the property and even though people tried to recreate it, the bad copies never lasted. It was gone forever.
The 70s Baltimore, The Pink Hippo, I think its still there. It''s like they had to get the "gayest" name.%0D\
I was in highschool but we got in illegally.
r61, there was an Uncle Charlie]s on east side of Third Avenue corner of 36th or 37th. Two doors were labeled Men and Women. Men was a toilet, the Womens door opened to the sidewalk.
third avenue charlie''s
LA! I did the late 70's! Revolver used to be the Blue Parrot! Amazing tropical theme decor, palm trees : ) Always packed & hot from body heat! I'll always remember going home with this very hot looking middle-eastern guy who lived in this amazing house in Beverly Hills. He was so romantic, gentle, & attentive all night long! When I woke up in the morning Carol King's "Bring In The Clowns" was still playing on the stereo...
Boyz Cellar in Austin was good.
Paragon, Warsaw, Torpedo- South Beach in the early 90s was the best!
NYC(1980 to 2000) - Uncle Charlie's, The Works, Cahoots, The Anvil, The Mineshaft, The Spike, The Eagle, Badlands, Marie's Crisis, The Monster, Ass Trick, Candle Bar, Dick's Bar, The Cock, 1984 at Crowbar, Zone DK, Trix, Club USA, Private Eyes, Mars, The Palladium, The Union Club, The Saint, Studio 54, Limelight, The Tunnel, Better Days, The Tool Box, Crisco Disco, Paradise Garage, The World, Quick, Danceteria, Escuelita, Krash, Jay's Hangout, the Locker Room, the Men's Room, Rounds, and - of course - The Roxy.
San Juan (1975 to 1995)- Bachelor, Stars Disco, The Abbey, Lion's Den, Lion's Disco, Vibrations, The Village, Atlantic Beach, Krash/Eros/Krash, Bocaccio's, Caimito, Laguna, Tía María's, Asylum, Billy Joel's, Danny's.
Copenhagen 1984-1985 - Pan Disco, Madame Arthur's, Sauna Club Amigo.
Phildelphia 1985-1986 - Key West, DCA, Woody's, Equus.
Atlantic City 1987-1988 - Saratoga, Club (insert anumber), The Brass Rail
Bergen, Norway 1988 - Manhattan
Miami 1984-1986 (pre-South Beach) The RR, that big resort in South Beach, Warsaw, Something with a D
Key West - 1990's - La Tee Dah, others
Ft. Lauderdale 1990's - The Copa, Backstreet
Atlanta 1994 - Backstreet
Nashville 1989 - The Chute, The Warehouse
Minneaplois 1995 - The Warehouse
Paris 1992- Manhattan
Fire Island Pines 1990's - The Pavillion, Sip N Twirl, The Blue Whale
Fire Island Cherry Grove - The Ice Palace, The Monster
New Brunswick, NJ 1981 - The Den
New Hope, PA 1981 - The Prelude
Last two were my college bars (+ all the stuff in NYC)
Show Biz Bar Hopper who traveled a lot
Pittsburgh had a beautiful place called Zack's. Huge dance club in a former bank. Marble everywhere. Got fucked on a sink by a beautiful Puerto Rican man. The music was loud but he was deaf. It was heaven.
Columbus: Eagle in Exile, Tradewinds - lots of fun.
U4ia in Cleveland. Never hooked up there but had a blast watching bitches fight and get cracked out together. And Keys in Cleveland….where I fed my, uh, chocolate cravings.
Chicago: Eagle, Clarks on Clark, Different Strokes, Gentry.
Toronto: The Toolbox, The Barn, Woodys. Ah, the Toolbox….where you could have sooooo much fun on the back patio.
"Numbers" in Key West... back in the early-to-mid 90's, full frontal nude male dancers and lap dances.
[quote]Columbus: Eagle in Exile, Tradewinds - lots of fun.
I thought The Eagle, and The Exile were both still there.
I think I did read that Tradewinds closed...
Equus in Philly
I was 16 and a much older man (25!) made out with me on the dance floor, then pulled me off to a corner and blew me and swallowed. I was thrilled, my first BJ. A little later I found out about twenty people had watched us. Song playing was Karen Young "Hot Shot". Laugh whenever I hear that song.
I need a hot shoooooooooooooot!
Another Columbus native here.
The Eagle, Garage, Tradewinds, and Downtown.
London, UK - Heaven
Ibiza, Spain - Disco Anfora
Budapest - Angyl Bar and Action Bar
Tampa - Tracks
Orlando - Parliament House and Southern Nights
Chicago - The Man Hole, Side Tracks, Circuit
Washington,DC-The Green Lantern(in the 90's), Badlands, Frat House
I came of age at "The Garage" (and the front bar, "Trends"). I even had a drink named after me... a pink-lemonade and vodka, called a "Faux Paul" ("Faux Pas", get it?)
There was a hot bartender ("straight") named "Frank" in the late 80's and off and on in the very early 90's. SO hot, and extremely friendly with a great memory for drinks. I once went 2 years without seeing him, and when I did again, he not only remembered my name, but my drink, and had it waiting for me when I got to him in line. I was shocked.
Trends/Garage was so great. I breaks my heart that it's closed. There's nothing really like it there any more.
Memphis - George's, The Other Side
Nashville - Warehouse, Chute, The Jungle
West Palm Beach - Roosters
Ft Lauderdale - Cathode Ray, Copa
Kirker, what's up with you these days? I hardly see you online anymore.
I have to agree that Dicks was pretty crappy. Charlie's was too cruisy in the bathroom (as is Oilcan's these days--I mean who is so desperate to look OVER the stall to watch someone piss?). Rain is still fun (and, truth be told, Oilcan's is too, especially now that we have a drag scene). But what absolutely BOGGLES the mind is that 'Bout Time is always packed. It's insane.
Forum was fun. Boyz Cellar too...
Arena in LA and The Lion's Den in Costa Mesa, CA in the 90's..
As bury Park...the old M & K...the 3 floor new M&K....down the street/Atlantis...and of course The Odyssey! When Donna Summer released "Bad Girls" the queens set it in the middle of the dance floor and danced with it! And amazing drag queens...
"Set it in the middle of the dance floor and danced with it!"
I have absolutely no conception of what this means. Is this an idiomatic expression?
Boston in the later 70's - Darts, Sporters, Chaps, Sticks, Buddies, 1270.
[quote]especially now that we have a drag scene
Ugh.... Drag sucks. There's a new bar "Hyde" where Boyz Cellar was, and where "Qua" was. And the first "soft opening" nigt it was all drag. BLEH.
Dicks was awesome. Very fun, friendly people, and lots of very hot dancers.
Forum reopened as a new gay bar, "Hush" which then closed less than two months later. WTF.
'Bout Time is a big druggie place. At least in the summer it has a nice outdoor space (sand volley ball court and everything). But I heard a rumor they're moving.
Ann Arbor in the mid-80s:
Nectarine Ballroom, filled with cute college gays one or two nights of the week. The Rubaiyat, my first gay bar experience with an oddly small dancefloor. The Flame: a relic of the 1950s with super dark lighting, bad green paint on the 30 year old booths, lots of older townies (disparagingly referred to as trolls by college boys, though now I'm troll-age myself), and the desperation of last call efforts to get laid.
NYC: Boy Bar, filled with what I as a visitor to NYC thought were the most stylish gays ever (o misguided youth), Mars and its seemingly heavy drug using patrons, and Uncle Charlie's with handsome and more established looking professionals.
Tampa: Baxter's, a piano bar on Dale Mabry. The Ritz Theater in Ybor City had straight porno movies on the big screen and a little room with folding metal chairs, a super 8 projector, and gay porn movies on a portable home movie screen. For romantic night out with the HL (homosexual lover, as we said back then), the Lighted Tree Beach Bar at Passe-A-Grille
New Orleans: Strippers and hustlers at Le Bistro, which was across the street from Bourbon Pub/Parade Disco. Cafe Lafitte in Exile was the best place to meet regulars, and Jewels for sleaze. For a very short while Menefee's was an upscale gay club. Water volleyball at the Country Club on Louisa Street in the Ninth Ward.
Boston: Yes, the old Buddies on Boylston was my first gay bar, what a meat market. Club 1270, Pipeline, and Paradise in Cambridge, with all the bizarre characters.
Chicago: Gentry when it was a piano bar in a townhouse near Chicago Ave. Dugan's Bistro, of course. The old Artful Dodger in Wicker Park, where I saw a mock wedding of Puerto Rican midgets in drag....
Flint, Mich: the Copa.
Inkster, Mich: Heavy gay action at the Melody Theater
Detroit: Menjo's, Salute. Probably had more tricks from the Mt. Chalet in Royal Oak, a straight place, than from any Detroit bar.
Nashville: the Chute, the World (now I am dating myself)
Seattle: Timberline for CW line dancing
Neighbours, but what attitude.
San Francisoc: What was that place in the Castro that everyone used to gather to watch the Golden Girls?
Dallas: JR's of course, and Throckmorton Mining Co.
There used to be a very classy gay bar on Euclid in Cleveland, whose name escapes me.
Pegasus Lounge in Pittsburgh
Tradewinds II in Columbus
At one time, I figured I'd been in ten percent of all the gay bars in the country, back in the 70s and 80s.
For me it was The Starck Club in Dallas. Not "officially" a gay bar, but ecstasy was legal and everyone loved loved each other.
I went to Mabel's and Eunice's (originally Fantasies) a lot in college, R95.
The first bars I sneaked into underage -- all long gone -- were the Casbah (later Club 21); the original Gizmo on 22nd Street; and Basics, a lesbian bar near the Civic Center. There was also Belle Watling's, The Rage, and Bill's Club.
The 'Ham used to have a really lively bar scene for a city of its size. Now, not so much.
Fantastic names, R95.
[quote] There used to be a very classy gay bar on Euclid in Cleveland, whose name escapes me.
Wasn't that Keys?
Pegasus in Pittsburgh…..ugh, a dreadful fucking pit. Literally, underground.
Who knew so many of the DL bitches were from…of all places…Columbus, OH?
Warehouse 28 in Nashville. Chute and W28 were in Berry Hill, a separate city, that's why they were allowed to operate.
All the gay boys from the Columbus (MS) Air Base used to dance at disco night at Holiday Inn.
My ex said his hottest gay bar experience ever was one outside of Columbus GA where the Ft. Benning men used to party.
"Does Your Momma Know" - Los Angeles
Always picked up hot young dudes there that were always tripping on XTC and willing to experiment.
Also danced with Tori Spelling and her friend.
The Pharr Library in Atlanta got the uptown crowd.
I remember watching first run episode of the Golden Girls on NBC at Rascals in Dupont Circle my first year out in 1989. They had a little strip club upstairs called Shooters with some pretty sad skinny dancers. The Frat House/Trax/Lost & Found/Badlands were visited most weekends. Good times.
The Boy Pussy
Brie's Vagine (dyke bar)
The Peacock Feather (ladies' bar)
Buddies 'n' Pals
The Glass Coffin
Bras 'n' Girdles
Biddies 'n' Buddies
I remember the scandal when one kid from business school gave the address of the Atlanta Eagle on his alumni record.
Was the Eagle a chain? I know the Copa was.
And there were so many that had the same name from city to city. There were even bathhouse chains like Midtowne Spa or (nationwide) Club Baths. Club Baths had a membership card that you could use in any city. But they were so cheap and dirty I figured it was more a "brand" like Best Western than a true chain.
Are there any bars near the military men in DC? Is that Alexandria?
I just remember being there and seeing nothing but wall to wall studs….amazing physical specimens. I wanted to live there!
Uncle Charlie's was a small chain for awhile but wasn't there a fake too?
And Studio One, didn't they try and fail to create a chain?
The Boathouse in Austin was sleazy. Probably still is.
I always thought the Backstreet Boys were named after the gay bar Backstreet in Atlanta.
R2, do you remember a bartender named John Tillotson at The Locker? Is he still with us?
No, R114, The Backstreet Boys were named after Lou Perlman's favourite sexual act.
Club 620 in Cleveland.
I think it was some company out of Memphis called "Bad Intentions" that started the whole dirty card, in your face t-shirt trend of the late eighties.
Omaha had one of the biggest gay bars I ever saw, or maybe it was only gay one night. I forget what it was called.
I remember stipping naked a guy in a video booth in a basement on Hennepin in Minneapolis just steps from the Gay 90s, while holding him up in the air (he was a pocket gay). Then I opened the door and let all the trolls have him, while I left, and I watched all the trench coats moving in towards the prey.
Anybody ever stay at one of those sleazy bar/motel complexes -- e.g., the Parliament House in Orlando, the Habana Inn in OKC, the now-defunct Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg?
I would drink at Parliament House, but I never stayed there other than a few 15 minute "sessions" with customers who already had a room.
Even though it wasn't as sleazy as a body fluid club, it felt much sleazier.
Emerald City in Boise was very clean and nice.
The Trapp in Salt Lake always smelled of marijuana.
Or did the bunkhouse at Douglas Dunes resort? I was too chickenshit with body shame issues.
I had a drink at Parliament House in Augusta, but I never stayed there. It was dead.
The Marlin Beach in Fort Lauderdale was legendary, but I never stayed there.
[quote]The Boathouse in Austin was sleazy. Probably still is.
It probably wouldn't be even if it were still around, which it hasn't been for a very long time.
Parliment House in DC
The original "La Cage" in DC
"Wet" in DC
Tracks in DC
All amazing places. All gone.
"I remember watching first run episode of the Golden Girls on NBC at Rascals in Dupont Circle my first year out in 1989."
There was a place in DC near Dupont Circle that used to play the famous The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia scene from "Designing Women" and the patrons would recite it word for word. I don't recall the name of the place.
Does anyone remember Uncle Paul's, around the corner from the Ninth Circle, in the Village?
Scaramouche and Caesar's in Toledo.
Jesus, this lineup at the Dunes is enough to give me nightmares.
What about the Power Company in Durham, NC for all you UNC and Duke alumni?
Accidentally left out:
NYC 1990's - The Break, Champs, Splash, and the one on 3rd and 28th that kept changing names.
1975 - It was a little restaurant/cabaret with checkered tableclothes and a mirror ball.
Late 70's - It was the hottest male bar in the Caribbean with a very guarded door policy (a little window would open up and Tony's face would check you out before you were allowed in - totally Mafia run). The best sound system and dj's. Very few women.
1980's - refurbished, fabulous, more eclectic and the place to be. Progressive straights wanted in. Still the best sound south of Miami.
1990's - celebrities and anyone who was anybody. Still gay and still cruisy, but a must stop for anyone trying to sell a CD.
Closed in the mid 90's and re-opened with a different look that didn't catch on. Never made it past the internet/dotcom/technology revolution
Yukon in the East 50s, The Cell on West 11th near the federal prison (now condos) and Coven (recently Ruby Fruit) on Hudson. Will never forget their handsome, hairy bartender Jerry Fitzpatrick.
In my childhood, there was Harry's Back East in NYC as well as Charlie's, on the Upper East Side. Bars were generally filthy (70's, early 80's), as though we were supposed to be grateful that there was anywhere for faggots to go. I'm not generally political, but this was an outrage. They were reputedly mafia owned.
Speaking of which, does anyone else remember the story of Lou Katz, owner of Charlie's (and its affiliates)?
When Roy Cohn had tax troubles, he put everything in the names of his boyfriends. When he dumped them, not all of them were inclined to give back the cars, houses, etc. In came Lou Katz, and they signed them over. He allegedly left the country hurriedly after the second time one of his boyfriends died inexplicably.
And that, children, was how gay bars used to be. Oh -- there was also the Regent East, at 204 East 58th, an address I remember because I walked past it so many times, trying to gather up the nerve to go in. The patronage was so old that the management used pink, funeral parlor lightbulbs to help things along. It was sort of an after-hours club for Bloomingdale's.
The Swamp, in the Hamptons, where one could spend all evening teaching men to put their sweaters on, instead of having to tie them around their shoulders.
The best strippers and strip-show in Columbus was at "Garretts" ... south of Downtown. I had so much fun there. The strip troup "Nine Inch Males" used to perform there.
Anyone remember the guy who left the country after someone died after S&M sex? He picked-up guys, take them home and administer rubbing alcohol enemas among other horrific acts. IIRC, he had a big job on Wall Street.
The Works, Upper West Side of Manhattan. Loved that place. First gay bar I went to.
r138 did you go to The Works when it was the larger bar at 77th and Columbus, or the later compact version at the Old Cahoots on Columbus bet 80th and 81st?
The first was hard core, latter was preppier
R94, I also went to zippers and Free Spirit. Also Disco 36 and tim's playroom, which was a horrible dump, but I picked up a lot of hot men there. And I can't remember the name of the weird little place on Pine next to the ABS, but I used to go there after work, about 5 in the afternoon, and it was a guarantee I would find some hot construction worker type who wanted action.
And I went to Backstreet in Atlanta a lot, and Steven's to pick up guys, and I liked Carr's on Christopher Street in NY, because they had a great juke box and it was mostly older men just hanging out.
The Napoleon Club in Boston. Had a wonderful piano player, Jack, who played lots of Gershwin and whose playing had a wonderful 1920s Broadway/Tin Pan Alley sound thanks to one of his teachers, Dorothea Freitag, a Broadway legend.
Also, used to see Vladimir Horowitz occasionally at Uncle Charlie's North on Lexington Avenue at 75th. Small bar and not really good for cruising. Lots of serious drunks at the bar.
Harry's Back East too up on Third and 88th (?) Street. In the 1970s, loved all the guys in Gucci shoes with no socks and cashmere sweaters worn over their shoulders.
The real fun was walking up Third Avenue (on the east side) from 14th Street to Harry's Back East. Non-stop street cruising. Hustlers at 53rd Street. Married johns in cars at 65th Street. It was like Dante's Paradiso.
R139, the latter.
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Set the open vinyl 2 RECORD set on end on the dance floor and danced adoringly around it....idiomatic schmidiomatic ....some people really need to relax their sphincter abit on here...waaaaayyy too uptight
Colonial Hotel cocktail lounge--- Springfield, Mo (it was the best Springfield could do back then)
Kansas City, Mo - Cabaret, Traxx, Starz,(personal favorite) The Dover Fox (personal favorite), View on the Hill (somewhere in Kansas) and Joseph's (a really sleazy hustler bar downtown).
Let me think. The Newport. Harry's. Fluties. Endochine. Nell's. Comell Club. The New York Yacht Club. The regular places.
Peanuts - Hollywood, CA
Babylon, Pittsburg, PA (QAF)
The Birdcage, South Beach, FL (The Birdcage)
La Cage Aux Folles, Paris, FR (La Cage Aux Folles)
Zorro, The Gay Blade, Los Angeles, CA (Sanford & Son)
Hot Buns, New York, NY (Will & Grace)
Le Rectum, Paris, FR (Irreversible)
Mo's, Springfield, USA (The Simpsons)
Pegasus in Pittsburgh. Early 1990's.
Oh... And Bourbon street, Winston-Salem, NC. Mid-to-late 1990's.
Late 90's, Pegasus in San Antonio. TONS of hot naked dancing boys. Amazing fun, amazing times.
Then the police raided. And the gay bar scene was a ghost town in San Antonio for the next year or so.
R145, Endochine? Do you mean endocrine or Indochine?
R151, don't make me think of the latter. It is too painful to bear, but one must.
Ain't there no one from Lawn Guyland on here?
Cheeks - Island Park
Starz - Deer Park
KISS - Lake Ronkonkama
Bunhkhouse - Sayville
Thunders - Smithtown
Pal Joeys - Bellmore
All gone like the wind
R153 I was just going to chime in, I'm from The Island too, I miss all of those places, they were so much fun. So many places to go, yet you were always sure to run into plenty of people that you knew. And when you got tired of seeing those faces, you went into the city to get away from them! So much fun, I miss those days.
Kansas City, MO in the '70s:
The Jewel Box (had underage bar in basement, called the "chicken coop"), I was 18, looked much younger and had a hell of a time seducing others, they were too scared and all thought I was lying about being 18....
The Dover Fox, I was in my early 20s finishing school at University of Missouri-KC, met a couple of my professors there, had a couple of memorable affairs....
The White Swallow in San Juan Capistrano,Ca.
yeah i remember bare foot boy in nyc and the ninth circle cruise bar also tracks and the saint now all gone no more great dance clubs much better in the 70s and 80s it was the best in a life time the days of real good disco and house music, TJ
Early 60's in SF,
Rendezvous upstairs on Sutter St.
Pearls in the Tenderloin
The Jumping Frog
Jackson's Powell and Bay next to Ceasars
The Copper Lantern in North Beach with nude togo boys
The Missouri Mule, the first gay bar in the Castro 1963
The Tool Box, south of Market
There were fun and sleazy after hours hang outs on the embarcadero
There were countless others but those are the few names I recall. I worked summer vacations at the Rendezvous.
There would be so many more postings for SF but AIDS killed thousands that might post if they had remained alive until today.
Boston area-Rifleman, 119 Merrimac, Sporters, Skippers, Buddies, Chaps, Ramrod, Fantasy's In-Town Campus, Randolph Country Club, Playland, Jacques, Diroccos, Mallory Dock
New York City Area- Ice Palace, New St Mark's Baths, Bunkhouse
Florida - Old Plantation (Tampa, Jacksonville & Key West) Carousel, Rene's, 2606, El Goya, Tracks, Baxters, Ki Ki Ki III, Southern Nights, Parliament House, Howard Avenue Station,
and many many more!
The Kismet bar and lounge. Columbus. 1979
[quote]I always thought the Backstreet Boys were named after the gay bar Backstreet in Atlanta.
I remember Landover Baptist doing a story about just that, the boys sucking off old men on the dance floor.
If I recall correctly, LB was hit with a lawsuit.
The Gallus, on Cypress Street, the male-prostitution epicenter of Midtown Atlanta. Housed in an old funeral home, it consisted of an upscale restaurant upstairs and a sleazy hustler bar in the basement. As someone here once noted, you could enjoy a nice dinner [italic]and[/italic] get your dick sucked without leaving the premises.
Boston - Bobby's, Fritz, Paradise, Campus, The Loft
Houston - Heaven, Pacific Street, EJ's, Rich's
Paris - Le Depot, Les Bains Douches
Marseille - Le Trolleybus
What, no mention of the Ramrod in Boston? What a place! Spent many Safurday nights there in the 90's, met all sorts of hot leather men and got introduced to the scene. Good times.
Laguna Beach, the Boom Boom Room....
met a very rich man there once.
Long Beach - Fire Island, Executive Suite
The Sweet Gum Head (every drag queen on the planet knew about the SGH).
Backstreet: Probably the best gay bar ever in the city
The Magic Garden: Great show bar that brought in big name mainstream entertainment
The Cove: MAJOR cruise action went on there for many a year.
After Dark: HUGE gay bar that burned to the ground
Blakes: Still in operation
Bulldogs: Still in operation
Burkharts: Used to be mainly for the eldergays. Still in operation.
Eagle: Rough crowd on Ponce de Leon Ave. Still in operation
I always went to the 1270 in the mid to late 80's. I had such a crush on the piano player there.
Saw Gloria Gaynor at the Pipeline in Boston '82
The Festival Lounge
Hollywood Hots/The Locker Room
Illusions (a.k.a. Lavita's and Lipstix)
The Model T
The Tower Lounge ([italic]the[/italic] lesbian bar; Alicia "I Love the Nightlife" Bridges used to DJ there)
Free Spirit, Oklahoma City in the 70's. It was in an old Church, great disco in the main cathedral, balcony to watch, giant lights that lowered from the celing. Bowling alley in the basement.
Had some great times there.
Broadway Limited: Set well off the street, entrance to the bar was through a long, dark, narrow passageway. Had to have been run by the mob.
Crystals Blinkers: Also on Broadway, this place had a really nice neon-lit dance floor that Blinked (just like on Saturday Night Fever)
Angles in OKC
Lost and Found in Redondo Beach & the Blue Parrot in Hollywood :)
Galaxy - corner of Washington St. and Empire St.
Mirabar - Allens Ave. We called that the S&M bar - for Stand and Model.
Yukon Trading Company - leather/levi place. My favorite. Over on Snow St.
Twelve Ceasers - All gay male strip club. Also on Snow St. Another favorite, it had relocated over the Westminster St. at one point. It's now the Financial Aid office of Johnson & Wales University. And it's old location on Snow St. is a straight strip club called the Satin Doll.
Only one still standing, and not for much longer is Mirabar. And it's relocated and transformed from a leather/levi place to a more mainline gay bar.
Are Scot and Donnie still around OKC? I remember Angles.
The Vaults in Cleveland was a great place, especially their Sunday evening dinners--the place had 3 floors and was packed on Sundays. It had 2 orgy rooms and sold leather goods on the second floor. The orgy room in the basement was a dream come true--I got more pieces of men's asses there than all the other gay hangout places I went to put together. This was in the late '70s/early '80s and unfortunately declined when AIDS hit. I have no idea what is there now but it isn't too far from the Flats on West 9th St. The Club baths was located next door so it was as close to gay heaven as you could get outside of San Francisco, I think. Sumner Trucking Company also in Cleveland deserves a mention and Cleveland also had a great adult movie theater which I heard burned down in the 90s (?)--I guess it got a little too hot in there one night.
Rascal's in Houston with Montgomery, Plant and Stritch performing.
Nectarine Ballroom in Ann Arbor, so many good memories.
Then Menjo's in Detroit, which was also the first gay bar Datalounge favorite Madonna went to.
Alcatraz. It was hell getting in but the man on man sex was unbeatable.
Getting out was a bitch though.
The Bird Man.
r79, I was at Backstreet in Atlanta with you in 1994.
178, We are lucky you are still with us. How did you avoid AIDS?
Many of the New Orleans bars mentioned are still there chuggin' along.
- TT's: Sleazy N. Rampart Street bar known for being the place to get drugs, and for the dark hallway where it was always easy to score a BJ.
- Jewel's: Gay biker bar that had monthly theme parties, often with a punch bowl on the bar spiked with LSD. Even those who weren't staying for the party were known to pop in for a glass of punch before hitting the town. Tubs in the bathroom; a friend once went to the john and found his boss in the tub being peed on by a group of guys.
- The Mint: Cabaret bar where Becky Allen and Ricky Graham first developed their high-camp shows. They're still around. Not so Aux Shea, whose performances were legendary. One night she did a number in a Scarlett O'Hara outfit with a gigantic hoop skirt. At the end of the performance she lifted the skirt, revealing several black children who ran out the front door, to the astonishment of the audience.
- Mother Bob's: Rough tranny bar right across from the projects. They served giant $1 tap beers in plastic go-cups, so housewives from the projects would come over to get beers for their husbands. One Fourth of July a drag queen finished her set by lighting an industrial-strength Roman candle stuck up her "pussy" and deluged the bar with fire.
- Wolfendale's: Disco for black men and the white men who loved them. Always jam-packed.
- Charlene's: The dyke bar where Ellen DeGeneres got her start performing. Caught a few incidents of great bull-dagger drag-out fights and drama in there.
All these were walking distance from one another, so if one place wasn't fun, you could always go to the next and see who was out on the town. This was in the 1990s, before cellphones, which made it even more interesting to run into your friends ("I didn't know YOU came to Jewel's!").
Probe, Full MOON party with Grace Jones, what a night!!!!!
David's and the Southtown Lumber Company in Denver - got arrested in '76 for fucking in the corner of the dance floor in David's.
In DC: Mr. P's (where I sucked off Joe Theisman in the backroom), Friends (best piano bar ever), and the eXile.
I went to Tracks fairly often, but didn't care for it that much. The eXile, though, was the most amazing place, a former meat packing plant, with one of its three bars in the old meat locker. The hottest men (often wearing very little), and whenever they'd host the local piss club, the parties were extraordinary. Best of all, it was also an after-hours club, so we'd start at P's, head over to Friends until closing time, then drive to eXile until dawn, then go to Pied du Cochon in Georgetown for breakfast (always fried eggs and lobster, their specialty) before heading home.
Those were the days.
So Joe Theismann liked the boys too eh, r187? Now he's pushing prostate medicine, do you think there is a connection? Alot of those football players had fairly nice asses but they get bounced and beaten around alot--I wonder what kind of ass Joe Theismann had/has.
Pretty surprised that no one's mentioned either the Gold Coast or the Redoubt in Chicago. Man, those places were hopping in the late 1970s!
The Gold Coast was a complete firetrap but somehow never burned to the ground. They had these wild murals by Etienne on the walls, a toy store in the basement, and all these guys in leather, and a dress code on the weekends.
There was an arcade across Clark Street, and people would do a circuit between the Gold Coast, the Redoubt, and that arcade whose name I forgot. And a place for (ahem) hot dogs.
In L.A., the only gay bar I ever liked at all was a hard core leather bar called the One Way. I met a Colt model ("Scooter") in there one night and went home with him.
Ah...The days of "Bill's" in Birmingham!
SF early 70s
The Club Rendezvous
The Black Cat
The End Up
The In Touch
So many more.
Faces Bar, on the East Side across the river from St. Louis.
I was home for the summer from college and my dad had gotten me a job at the very large St. Louis company he worked for. We all had to wear security badges with our name, and since my name was the same as my father's, a lot of people who knew him commented on it.
Anyway, a friend from college told me we could get in Faces even if we were underaged, and he was correct. We were in there, and I had my first experience with drag queens. There was one in particular who was pretty drunk and obnoxious. He was a middle-aged man wearing women's clothing and a wig but no makeup. Worse yet, he kept calling out "I'm Jimmy Walker, the mayor of New York!"
Fast forward to the following week. I'm at work in the office support department and this middle-aged man comes in, sees my name tag and says, "I know your dad. Tell him Jimmy Walker, the mayor of New York says hi!"
[quote]So Joe Theismann liked the boys too eh, R187?
For all I know he was just horny and heard it was an easy way to get a free blowjob. In the dark, you can't tell whether it's a guy doing it or a girl, so long as no one strikes up a conversation. I know a friend also "met" him in the back room one night, so it wasn't a one-time thing, but he always left immediately afterward and always left alone.
Chumley's and Player's dance club in state college PA.
The Raven in New Hope PA. I though the cartwheel was OK but usually just went to the raven.
Woody's and The Bike Stop in Philadelphia.
R6 I have a friend in Seattle who would go to Monastery/Sancturary when he was younger and he stayed far away from the creepy chicken hawk owner George, just went there to meet other gay men his age and dance and he was not into the drugs like crystal and MDA even though that stuff was there and people used it.
Then when he was of age he went to Brass connection or Ass Infection as he said people called it.
There's a link I posted that you'll like and people wrote about that after hours disco there.
It's obvious that Joe Theismann is either gay or bisexual.
He's a pro sports player so it makes sense he'd just hook up at that place, and leave alone. Or he'd probably hire take out while on the road.
A few more Long Island bars; (Late 80s/90s) Crystals (which became Heavens) across the street from the second Thunders (in Smithtown. The first was in Elwood, the third in Huntington). Misters on Sunrise Highway, Sizes in Bayshore, Chameleon in Island Park, Silver Lining in Floral Park (I think) Grand Central in Rockville Center, Millenium in Huntington, Evergreens which became Forevergreens (a women's bar. what was great about LI was women and men hanging out together).
Tracks - Tampa and Tracks Washington, DC
anyone have any good 80's stories from Tracks Tampa?
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Not a gay bar per se, but I second The Starck Club in Dallas
The Saloon, Minneapolis: They always had the hottest bar crowd in town on Thursday nights.
Someone earlier mentioned that Spike and Revolver are still there. Spike has been gone a few years. Revolver too was gone for at least a decade and was East West but has returned.
I also remember Santa Fe on Melrose (favorite hang-out) - picked up a few there. Also Apache where I connected with my husband in a decade long long ago.
The first bar I ever went in was the Ninth Circle, on W. 10 between Greenwich Avenue and Waverly Place. It was after the 1973 gay pride parade where I'd seen Bette Midler sing "Friends" in Washington Square. I went home with a guy named Stanley who lived on W. 15, and we dated for awhile, until it was time for me to start college in DC.
My first night in DC, I went barhopping in Georgetown with a guy I'd met that day in my dorm. The one we stayed at was called the Georgetown Grill. I didn't know where any of the bars were, let alone the gay ones, so I was totally trusting this guy Rick, who seemed to know where we were going.
I went into what must have been a blackout, because the next thing I knew, I was on some Asian guy's sofa, and he was sucking my cock. Rick, the guy I'd gone out with pretended he didn't know me when we ran into each other in the dorm thereafter.
I didn't go to many bars in DC then. I wasn't actually old enough to drink, plus I just didn't like drinking. And I met a boy and fell in love. But that's not a "bars of your youth" story.
I started going to bars a few years later, when I moved to NY. First, a place with peanuts and peanut shells on Columbus Avenue. Kind of boring. I ended up living on the east side after one summer on the west, and went to Uncle Charlie's and the Barefoot Boy. I started out on weekends, but began going during the week, too. I was waitering while going to SVA, and I had a lot of nights when I could stay out late.
I met some interesting enough characters, but I didn't really like disco music, which was all the rage. So eventually, I would go to bars to meet people, and try and fit them into relationships. With some it worked, but I didn't really fall in love until I'd been in NY for a couple of years. I met a guy at the Ninth Circle with whom I'd have a relationship, including the most extremely protracted breakup of my life, that lasted a few years.
By this point, I had a "real" job I should have been getting to by 9 AM at the latest, but I was spending so much time with this guy at the Ninth Circle, some weeknights until 4. Ultimately, I lost the job. I don't blame anyone but myself. I'm the one who prioritized the way I did.
Oh, it goes on and on. I'll write more later. Gotta go make dinner.
Does anyone else remember the Los Angeles gay bar called "1"? It was on Melrose, across from (I think) the Groundlings Theater, in the mid-1980s.
It was the one bar that wasn't either twink or leather -- a great mix of people, all ages and types, generally friendly, and played great music. You might hear some Culture Club, then hardcore punk, then some campy thing like Annette Funicello.
Dallas - I was good-looking, scrubbed suburban kid of 16/17 with good clothes and great feathered hair (haha) in the late '70s and could get into all the bars in Oak Lawn - Old Plantation (aka "The OP", later Village Station), JR's, Throckmorton Mining. I had more that average body hair for a kid my age so, before the weekend, I'd not shave for a few days and leave a couple buttons undone when going out to show off my chest hair so I'd look older - or so I thought. Also had a fake ID just in case. Had too much illegal fun for a kid my age, especially the time I was dragged into a store room by an OP bartender who I sucked and got fucked by while my friends disco'd the night away on the dance floor below. Lots of shirtless, sweaty dancing and making out on the dance floor - including once with a friend of my parents college-aged son, who I barely knew. Sort of just happened in a drunken, high frenzy then realized who he was. Good, dirty times until I went away to college. Also Starck next to downtown was fun in the early 80's but the gay/straight crowd seemed older to me - still fun.
I remember fondly the Gay 90's in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and even more fondly Belle Watling's in Birmingham, Alabama. That's where I first came out! Pharr Library in Atlanta, Georgia, was also a special place.
New York Meat Market Area sex club circa 1980 - Manhole???
Atlanta: Chicks with Dicks.
Austin: Pearl Street Warehouse.
They even had a disco ball in 1977
[quote]The Sun Tavern-Salt Lake City
This infamous club was Ground Zero for a highly unusual tornado in '99 that destroyed the place. Apparently the prayers of the Mormons are heard!