Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Eagle Bar - Detroit, Michigan (Gay Bar)

 
The Eagle (Still open) is located at 1501 Holden in Detroit. The Eagle is a leather/fetish bar. I'm not sure what year it opened? I did go there once in the 80's and it wasn't my thing! I did go back once in 2008 and it was a slow night. If you have any stories about the Eagle, please post them!

http://www.detroiteagle.com/

10 comments:

  1. Well, before the place was the Eagle, it was called the Interchange. That was a fun place too. What is now the coat check and exit to the patio used to be the "Girl's Room" aka the back room. History was made there several times.

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  2. What is now the upstairs bar used to be a club room for the various leather clubs that met there when it was called the Interchange. I remember a fire pole that ran from the club room upstairs to the dance floor downstairs. I also have some vivid memories of the infamous "back room", long before the AIDS epidemic hit. It was definitely a by-product of the sexual freedom that we had at that time. Back then, about the worst thing you had to worry about was a case of the crabs - so much has changed since. I think back to all of the men that hung out there in the late 70's - early 80's and wonder how many are now gone :( It was a different time & place!

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  3. The Eagle used to a hot gathering spot on Saturday nights up until just a few years ago. The last time I went there were maybe 10 people there on a Saturday. Another casualty of the internet meeting venue, I guess. How boring.

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  4. Yes,the Interchange in the 1980's was the place to go. There was "Turner" who would go around the bar on roller skates and take drink orders. Turner was not his real name, but that was the name on the front of the hard hat that he wore. Then, of course, Irene would come in on occasion dripping in leather with her boa constrictor snake wrapped around her shoulders. It was also the home bar for several clubs, including Tribe which would do a fantastic Do-A-Fool event there, and their Sunday brunch at the end of the run was just over-the-top. The Roadmasters bike club also hung their colors there. Sad to say they have since disappeared.

    Some may also remember that prior to the Interchange, the leather crowd hung out for a while downstairs at Gigis.

    Yes, those were the fun days.

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  5. The big special events at the Interchange in the 1970's and early 1980's were truly memorable. My favorite was the Slave Auction held around Thanksgiving every year. It ran for several years until some do-gooders likened it to real slave auctions of the 1800's and it had to be shut down.

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  6. The Interchange was so popular in the 1970's and early 1980's that we seldom referred to it as the Interchange...prefering the shorter "IC" reference.

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  7. Sad to inform that The Detroit Eagle closed it's doors on July 10, 2010 after a VERY sucessful last night. Many people came out to say goodbye to a place which held so many lasting memories.

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  8. I am so sad to hear of the Eagle closing. It really is a shame how Detroit Gay Community has really gone downhill! I remember walking down Woodward and hitting several bars and being totally intoxicated by the time we hit the 3rd! Wow..It really is a shame that the younger generation can't experience the FUN we had many years ago!

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  9. I agree it is sad the Eagle has closed. My husbear and I met there in 1984 when it was the IC. He walked up to me and asked If I wanted to go home and F--K. I said sure. Been together since.

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  10. My story starts in the early 80's. I met a guy at the Terrace Bar. After a few drinks we wound up in the rest room. Just them some guy said he was a cop and wanted to arrest us. I pushed my date out of the rest room to freedom & I stayed to face the music. Nothing happened. Years later I saw my date at the Eagle. Before I could say anything he said he had a lover. I respect lovers but I should have asked for his number as a friend. Dear date are you still out there?

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