Judy was also the warm up act, in 1987, for “Helen Reddy” at Tampa Pride. Pete Pride, Orlando & New orleans Prides & Daytona Beachfest. Owners John & Michael, Tim & Brian 1470 Located at 325 Main Street in Dunedin. Also see “Dallape’s” 1470 on 325 Main Street was also called at one time, Club 325, i know, i bardtended there for a short time, i forgot who owned or ran the club, but the boss man i remember was a guy who also was a hairdresser., do you remember this club in dunedin? J.’s Factory, The A large dance club with 2 clubs & VIP Room. i just wanted to say “flavour” was short lived but fondly remembered! it had a tecno dance floor upstairs and a packed disco 70’s bar downstairs with all the stairs and confessional booths upstairs it was quite a place. With its electric atmosphere, eclectic crowd, sexy dancers and flaggers it has something for everyone.
anthony Addickshun Located in the basement of the Rehab Lounge a leather-bear club, with entrance on the alley. Had Tampa Pride there in 1997 after a mixup with the Port Athority over liquor sales. A mixed club that promotes unity between gay women men the and transgendered community Darlene and the staff are very friendly and keep it real.
Memory: Sue, my aunt’s partner, e-mailed me: I wrote a blurb about Jack’s 809 in the early 70’s when I bartended there…….that’s the bar I “came out” in……. Pete Beach….air during the day and “mixed”……gay at night…….to be buzzed in……”Joy to the World” was the first song I danced to with another woman…….. Sundays Pass A Grille was the place all the guys went to the beach. First opened downtown Tampa next to the bus station. Knotty Pine, The One of the first Gay bars opened in the 50’s in Tampa. One of the little hottie waiters was flirting with him, and he was flirting back, which kinda pissed me off. I was living on Clearwater Beach when that place was open, and walked in one night only to find some guy who also lived in my building there.
Then move to a new location downtown, Where they had a restaurant, which took over breakfast chaos from the infamous “Denny’s” on Hillsborough River. It became the original KIKIKI Pictures from The Knotty Pine. I had to go looking for him a couple of times that night, and actually ended up leaving him there. I’m originally from Dade City, so I’ve spent a lot of time in the Bay Area, and have actually visited quite a few of the bars you have listed… Funny thing is, it never occurred to me he was gay, and needless to say, I ended up at his place later that night… Then, there’s Bedrocks, and the Backroom Bar down near St.
Owned by “Uncle Tom Barcia” who played the organ & had fish fries! BOY Located on the Franklin Street Mall in Tampa Brass Rail Located in Tampa Photos of Bobby Smith & Female impersonators Tommy & Jackie Maye 1949. Located in an industrial park, and if you stayed early enough into the morning, you would see workers working in their warehouses. Florida Ave., Tampa A leather bar see “Northside” – “Joey’s”, -“Flings On Florida” now called “Midtown Tavern” Brothers In St. One time coming out of the Op after work, he was jumped by a gang of teenagers, who bashed him pretty bad. After we dated for a time, we became best of friends. When I was 19 I went to Rene’s and I guess Rene saw that I was a newbie and made every effort to make feel at home. He introduced me to one of his friends, whom I dated for a short time. Bill Knauf of Tombs & Treasures leased the restaurant, Eagle’s Nest and his lover at the time, Richard Shanks, leased a store that sold leather goodies named The Eagle Shop. It burned in the 70’s then reopened, Later it became “Tracks”, then “Pleasure Dome”. ,orginal owners of “The Parliment House” owned “The El Goya” till the fire. It starred Tissie Malone, Stephanie Shippae’s “cousin”, and she was one of the first queens to get implants (she had named them). It was the first time there was a show room, and there were shows 5-7 (? I can’t believe Roxanne must be in her mid-20’s by now!! Fuzzy Mouse Opened in the late 70’s on Howard & Armenia in Tampa.
He even had me over to his house for dinner a couple of times. I will always remember the impromptu Drag Shows between the tables at the Red Apple. It was started my Rebecca in 1999 * Started as “Chrome @ Mellenium 2000” at 901 Franklin * The lease ended at the beginning of 2000 so they moved to Club XS across from the Conevention Center * In June of 2000 they moved back to 901 Franklin and was called “Chrome @ Club 901” Sometime in 2001, 3 guys took over, one of the guys was George (don’t remember his last name or the other guys) and moved back to Club XS * in 2002 it moved locations again and changed Promotions hands a few more times after that. The current club owner Chris of “Valentine’s” opened this club in 1999 or 2000. Copa Ybor at The Mixx Opened 1-08 as the Mixx by Richard. Joey, Michael & Kurt Located on 7th Ave & 15th Street in Ybor City – Ga YBOR Copa “The Copa” was where “Chaps” (by the dog track on Gandy Blvd.) was. It turned into “The Saint,” then “Benders,” then “Club de Nile.” Today is a straight stripper bar. in Carrollwood – Tampa run by Larry Montgomery, who had run the original “Spurs” later the original “Impulse” located on the 1st floor of “Spurs” which later became “The Eagle” then burnt down. aka “Blue Mirror” Garage, The The “Garage” after “Parthenon” then “The Factory” where Boy George Performed in concert.
It did have drag shows and a lot of drag queens did their first acts there. The BVD clothing company threatened to sue if they didn’t change the name, so the name was changed to “Boys Video Dance.” The Gay Men’s Chorus…performed a Holiday concert 1991. here’s my two cents: I first saw Claudia doing her signature “rolling on the floor” at the Carousel. and Village Station corp out of Dallas NEVER had anything to do with the El Goya building. Today it is Pure & Rehab FRESH Fridays 1200 N Westshore Blvd in Tampa Opened Summer 2009 – closed 2009 THE FORGE Located in the basement of Lounge 714 on the corner of 7th Ave & 14th Street in Ga YBOR – Ybor City A LEATHER/Bear club with a fun patio & alley! Rodney who worked at “The University Restaurant” did a male strip on top of the bar on his 30th Birthday There.
Opening Aug 5, 2009 – closed 2009 Nights In Tampa on Kennedy Blvd. Later become “Kim’s Club.” Today it’s the upscale straight club “Bahasa Lounge.” Angel’s In Tampa located on South Dale Mabry. Today is “The Male Room” Another Other End Hi Carrie & Mark: Please add to your anthology of the “Bars that Were”: ANOTHER OTHER END on Bay Pines Blvd. It was quite busy for a short time until someone shot a bullet thru the club. Carousel Opened in 1960’s in Tampa on Platt Street. Later years Famous Porn Star “Joey Stefano” was arrested there. The liquor license came from the Desoto Hotel when the hotel closed. How did she manage that in such a small place, who knows. P., then when the Tracks corp, out of Denver opened El Goya again, it killed Impulse (which then went straight new wave–worked there too). Frank Cociera died early, and when Mike Hodge died, he left most of the Parliament House to his straight brother, to Vicki, a French guy named Michelle (who had worked with them forever–at El Goya too), and maybe a couple of others. Closed 9-30-08 Fire House Pub, the Located in a Mall at Busch & Florida. What with this talk about Rodney from University Rest, I got to reminiscing (sp? Do either of you remember Frankie and Liz, the eccentric straight couple from the 70’s?
Pete It’s a tie for #2 – The Tampa Eagle moved 3 times & Baxters moved 3 times. It was started my Rebecca in 1999 * Started as “Chrome @ Mellenium 2000” at 901 Franklin * The lease ended at the beginning of 2000 so they moved to Club XS across from the Conevention Center * In June of 2000 they moved back to 901 Franklin and was called “Chrome @ Club 901” Sometime in 2001, 3 guys took over, one of the guys was George (don’t remember his last name or the other guys) and moved back to Club XS * in 2002 it moved locations again and changed Promotions hands a few more times after that. Cheshire Cat, Kats, Puzzles, Vaughan’s Box Office, Twins, Sharp A’s & now Peppers. “Ms Kennedy is coming” What was the police vice squad motto in the 1950’s & 1960’s? Goode” has performed at 100 Clubs & is still going strong & is still remembering more! J’s (Jacksonville), Apple’s Way, Artie’s North and Artie”s South (WPB), Backroom Bar, Backstreet, Baxter’s, Bedrocks, B.Florida Ave., Tampa 813-228-0139 Babylon see “Rascal’s” Backstage Located on Nebraska Ave Left of Beares Ave. Then move in to “Moody’s” on South Dale Mabry, Then closed & “Angelo” bought the name & opened where it is today. Benders See “Chaps” BG’s BAR 10387 Gandy Blvd., St. At “The Male Room” Also see “Rainbow” Blue Diamond, The Elegent dance and showbar on First Ave S. Frankie De Lee, show director brought in stars from around the country. Rand Hall worked the door and her partner was the hostess. Bridge Club After hours bottle club located on Hillsborough Ave in Tampa behind the airport. My friends wanted to leave because they said something fishy was going on. My very first boyfriend, the very handsome Jeff Matheny, was one of their first bartenders. Mark from MC Film has one of the performers autograph. Where the gay patrons would help themselves to the coffee pots. “The Eagle” was actually the first Tampa Eagle in the old Spurs building in Ybor. Then after their only child was born in the early 80’s, Roxanne (named after Roxanne Russell), they stopped going out.Tampa Backroom Bar Located at 14601 Gulf Blvd., Maderia Beach, 727-391-2680 Backstreet Mall Originally opened in Clearwater in the 80’s. Connected to it was a bar called “The Boy’s Next Door.” Many famous Acts preformed there such as “The Original Village People”, “Eartha Kitt”, “Divine” “The Weather Girls” And “Judy B. Petersburg Opened Summer 2009 – closed 2010 Boxxers Located at 1801 North Tampa Rd., Tampa Boy’s Next Door, The Located next to “Backstreet Mall” closed in 1987 Blue Jeans Located on Gandy Blvd. Blue Mirror See “Fuzzy Mouse” Blue Moon Saloon See “Rafters” Bobby V’s Located on Cypress. With tinfoil ceilings and Christmas lights for color. Brigg, The also called Tampa Brigg Located at 9002 N. Known for its cruising & disco bar BT’s Located at 7737 Grand Blvd. Is now called “Waterside Lounge” BJ’s Located on Kennedy Blvd. He later moved to Houston and worked at the Montrose Mining Company. Jeff also worked at the OP sometime in the early 80’s. Denny’s OK this was not a Gay bar but should have been. Across the street was the University of Tampa Dorm. Across the river is going to be the new Trump Tower. Dew Drop Inn, The Short run bar where Westside Lounge was Central & 49th St .before Ki Ki Ki 4 Ding-A-Lings Located on 34th St & Central Ave in St. The downstairs was a dance bar named The Exile, which isn’t listed. I know this because I was co-owner with my ex-partner, Thom Lewis (see Spurs), we did not own Spurs, just the building later. Thom later bought Northside and renamed it The Brigg until he caused it to go spiraling into the ground. El Goya/ Tracks/ Pleasure Dome Located in Tamp’s Ybor City on 7th Ave. Memory: I just remembered that during El Goya’s heyday, there was a drag club that opened up around four blocks east on 7th, on a nw corner of the intersection. To my memory, and the best one to tell it all would be Vicki at the Parliament House, Frank Hodge, the main owner of the Parliament House, and an employee from there who bought into El Goya, Frank Cociera (I worked for them, so I know this is right), opened El Goya again after the fire. Well I just looked in the phone book and they are STILL HERE!! So…I’ll call them in the next few days and inform them of the bars update, and see if they have any input. Take care, friends, Horst (and Brian Surprised that someone else hasn’t spoke up here but the Fire House pub actually became the Northside Lounge or as I understand, the Northside was sort of a straight simi country western bar in trouble and patrons from Fire House just started to go to the Northside (owned by Vince Muto [straight of course]) but than bought by someone – can’t remember his name but had great cliental in the mid 80’s and lost it back to Vince. A women’s bar with live entertainment Frat House See Carousel French Connection 9610 Gulf Blvd in Treasure Island Full Moon Salon Open a very short time. See “Impulse” Fungi’s On Grand central in Tampa where the Save Rite is today.Opened 9-6-08 Located at 1901 N 15th St In Ybor City Closed one month later Adonis Located on North Franklin Street where the State Building is located near the interstate. Owned by famous local attorney Bob Pope Before “Engine Room “it was called “Kitty’s. With state of the art lights and sound you can dance upstairs or downstairs to 2 different beats.It was an under aged club with no liquor or beer sales. Engine Sundays Opening 5-25-08 at 1509 E 8th Ave in Ga YBOR – Ybor City High energy Dance with DJ Power Infiniti, Macaviti & club promoter Manny A. Fantasy Lesbian club on 14095 North Nebraska Flamingo Located in downtown Clearwater. Modern Technology mixed with Ybor City’s historical flare. Once you come once you will come again and again., no pun intended.Anything from 2002 to the time it closed in 2004, ask Steve Donahue as I was already living in Denver and he used to tell us of some of the stofries from when he was the Promoter for Chrome Chatr with ya soon!! “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell” What Performer has performed at the most Gay or Lesbian Clubs in Florida? G’s(WPB), BJ’s, Bleachers (WPB), Blue Jeans, Blue Lagoon, Bobbie V’s, Bo’s Coral Reef (Jacksonville), Borders, Bottom Line (Fort Meyer), BT’s, Cellar Pub (Homosassa), Cherokee Club, Cherry Grove(Miami), Cheshire Cat, Christopher Street (Sarasota), City Lights, Club Chada (Sarasota), Club Caribbean,(Fort Lauderdale), Connection(Ocala), Copa (Tampa), Cove, David’s, Detours ( St.Pete), Dockside, Donnie’s club 422, Donnie’s Club International, Donnie’s Tropical Restaurant and Bar 801(key west) 1470 West, 5101(wpb), 416 (Key West), Flamingo, Flirt Night Club & Show Bar ( Ybor), Foolish Beat, Frankley Scarlett (Fort Walton), Full Moon Saloon, Garbo’s (Delray beach), Gold Coast Bar(Fort Lauderdale), Grand Central Station, Inn Exile(wpb), Katzz, K&E (WPB), Keith’s, Kevin’s Cabaret(wpb), Kim’s Club, Kodiak Pub(Orlando), Kozlow’s Libation’s (Fort Lauderdale), Lighted Tree, Lost and Found, Lu’Lu’Place (Delray Beach), Lovey’s Pub (Holiday), Malibu’s (WPB), Melody Club (Gainesville), MC Film, Ms Behavin (WPB), Nautico, New Connection, Northside, Oar House, Oasis, Paradise Parliament House, Pepper Tree, Pepperz, Phil’s Place Camp Ground(Reddick), Partners (St.which was a lesbian bar in the mid 1980’s and featured live entertainment. Pat the Plumber, Womyn’s Words editor Melissa Etheridge’s song “Scarecrow” written as a eulogy to Mathew Shepherd is the epidemy of heartwrenching lyrics dedicated to the memory of an intelligent, sensitive, beautiful young man viciously murdered for being gay. BJ also owner of the “Oasis.” Anybody know where she is today? Buns Located a couple blocks behind the “KIKIKI III” on Kennedy. Memory: Became the Frat House when the owners of Village Station bought it. I was at Howard Avenue Station the night of the raid. Today it is “The Grand Central Station – the Platform” See “Stuffed Peppers” – “Apple’s Way” – Duece, The Located in Tampa just north of the interstate in Tampa Heights. Eagle, The Not to be confused with “Tampa Eagle” this club was located in the “Spurs” building – Ybor City Hi Guys! Of course it was all sold to the straight Canadian couple a few years ago, but for about ten years the others were all co-owners of the P. I heard many times that he was quite the “Ziggy Stardust” during the Horny Bull and City of NIght days.The back cover of July, 1986, Womyn’s Words is a full page ad and photo for Melissa Etheridge touring with a saxaphone player named Barbara Marino. Apple’s Way location Central Ave Later became DT’s Azalea Lounge Located at 1502 N. Owners Mick now lives in Tampa Bay & Marge is alive & well and has moved to Orlando area. Dale Mabry then the building was knocked down (today is the Verizon Store) Sandy Moody sang here. A one of a kind building designed to with stand hurricanes. The night of its grand opening the line to get in wound around the block. I was already living in Orlando, but was visiting for Halloween. This club was formerly called “Heavenly Bodies” a straight stripper club that Kat managed. Dock Side In Lakeland DT’s Located on Central Ave in St. I wanted to make a few corrections to the Bar List. When I started going out in the late 70’s, they were always out.I moved to Tampa in 1981, went to USF and then moved to Orlando in 90. Today they are members of the Ga YBOR District Coalition and host many GLBT Nights here. Pete, open for about a year in the early to late 80s. Franklin St., Tampa 813-223-1300 Chantilly Lace Located between Fowler & Fletcher on Nebraska Ave. Also it represented the bad sentiment of Provincetown’s gay bars being raided and closed in the 60’s by US Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Mike was the manager and Gary, bartender at Carousel worked here also. Petersburg 727-327-8204 Owners Chris & Jim Green Parrot Located at 1030 E. Started out straight but when they weren’t making much money tried to turn it gay. Havana Club @ Chambers Opened & Closed Spring 2009 Horny Bull, The Tampa’s real first drag bar, where Gilda, Roxanne, Kim, Bobbi, Sandi Cher, Eve Starr, and so many others got their start. Howard Ave Station located at 3003 North Howard Ave. Then another Club (not related) , years later, called “Impulse” opened on S. Later became “Tampa Eagle,” “Full Moon Salon” and then “Rain.” The Impulse was located on 15th St. It was owned by Bob Cristaldi, (who also worked at Thompson Realty) owned by Willard Thompson who owned Spurs. Back then(1974), both of us 22, we would drive down from Dade City where we lived, hit Rene’s (saw Gloria Gaynor and Donna Summer there) and don’t forget the great hypnotist shows! Pete after “Westside” before KIKIKI 4 Jimmy White’s Early sixties which later became a lesbian bar “Cucujo’s.” This then became “The Old Plantation”, “The Village Station” A 1959 Wedding at Jimmy Whites Joey’s See “Northside”, now “Flings” on Florida. See “Annex” Kim’s Fantasy Room Was this the same as Kim’s Club?Golden Anchor Located in Tampa at Hesperdes & Kennedy Golden Arrow, The Located at 10604 Gandy Blvd. Very popular patio and home to a number of gay organizations. by Thom Lewis In Town Lounge 105 Garden Ave, Clearwater, very cruisy Jack’s 809 On Pass-a-grille. The Hurricane, a well known straight restaurant bar now stands in it’s place. We would then drive over to Jacks on the beach, close the bar, and then sleep on the beach. Jungle, The Located at 3703 Henderson Blvd., Tampa See “The Cove” Katzz In St. Keith’s Garage Located in north Tampa today it’s called “Keith’s Bar” Kim’s Club Located on Kennedy Ave. Kitty’s See “Engine Room” KIKIKI 1, 2, 3, 4 The oldest Gay Bar in Town!!! Today it’s still owned by Caesar the brother of Rene Rodriguez who owned “Rene’s” on Kennedy.