Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The E-Ramp Bar, Detroit Michigan (Gay Bar)

The E-Ramp bar was located next to The Gas Station on Woodward Ave in Detroit. I don't think I ever had gone inside. I'm not sure of what years it was open. I have heard stories that it had a semi truck cab inside the bar! I do not have any photos or information about this bar, please help if you do.

Someone was nice enough to send me these photos:




7 comments:

  1. I worked at the Ramp for a couple of years. They had dance floor that was on a ramp and indeed had a truck in it. Bob Youk was the owner at the time - who ran it into the ground. Famous for 2 for 1 Tuesdays.

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  2. It was open very briefly, if I remember. It could have been REALLY hot if it were handled correctly. Another Detroit "could-have-been" casualty. Sad.

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  3. I dated a guy who opened the bar on Sundays. Met him at TNT's. I'm so bad I can't remember his name. I was living in Saginaw at the time and had to leave before the place opened. Those were the days when Palmer Park had a large gay population. Think that was late 70's early 80's.

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  4. I believe the building is still there . . . am I right? Right on Woodward, across the street from the land where the Gas Station Bar stood (now a McDonalds).

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  5. The bar had a back room if I recall. And a pool table. But not a whole lot more. I went there in the late 70s. Many memories. It was fun, but not somewhere you'd hang out in all night.

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  6. I LOVED THE E RAMP I WENT THERE EVERY DAY OPEN TO CLOSE INBETWEEN THE GAS STATION AND E RAMP ALOT OF MEMORIES THERE

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  7. I was one of the DJ's at the Ramp for years, along with Kenny Gutt, God rest his soul. There was no back room in this bar, just a dance floor, the famous cab of a truck, and a long bar with some tables. The music was fantastic there, as was the music at the Gas Station (across the street) and Heaven (above the Gas Station. The bar did well for years, until the area turned less gay with the gay flight out of Palmer Park. At that time the clientelle got more and more black so the white men stopped going and Bob closed the bar. That entire section of bars was demolished after a large fire. Toobes and Backstage Restaurant were also located across the street from the Ramp. The Backstage moved to a much larger spot on Woowdard and stayed open for several years before closing, but the original one was the best.

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