Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Palais Bar - Detroit (Gay bar)















The Palais bar (Now closed) was located at 655 Beaubien in Detroit. It is currently the Detroiter sports bar. I have heard some stories of this being a lesbian bar but I'm not sure it was exclusively. Help! If you have stories of this bar or photos please post.

6 comments:

  1. THIS WAS A GIRLS BAR IN THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES.
    LOTS OF FIGHTS HERE.
    A GIRL THEY CALLED BIG JOYCE HUNG OUT THERE,KILLED HER SELF.THEY SAID.BUT KNOW ONE BELIEVED IT.

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  2. Back in the 1971 - 72 this was a big ol' butch dyke bar & men were not welcomed. They did once let me & some hippie friends come in to sell the Gay Liberator news paper but I remember we did, at some point, begin to get on their nerves so we were asked to leave.

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  3. This was definitely a lesbian bar; lots of fights; DPD called on occasion (they were right down the street); main daytime bartender was Big Geri; many, many regulars; a wonderful selection on the jukebox; a great hang-out bar. It was rumored to be the oldest continuously gay bar in the country, but can't verify that.

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  4. I'm a gay man, and I used to hang out here in the late 70's, early 80's. Vicki was the bartender. A butch/femme scene for sure. Some of the old crowd would come in and that kept the Pit somewhat gay. The owners were certainly trying to change the place into a straight bar. I never had any problems because I minded my own business. I miss having such a hang out. I wonder where everyone is now?

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  5. I remember going in through the side door by the pool table one summer night and was greeted by this mammoth diesel dyke she said you cant come in here and i said watch me and i strolled right past her ,but i was chased out and not by the girls It was the roaches that drove me out, Uhg i still get chills thinking about it!

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  6. The person that chased you out was probably Gerri, the main bartender. I agree- It was pretty seedy. My dad owned this bar. I was a little girl and I used to go with him and wait in the car with my mom when he'd pick up his money at the end of the night on Saturdays. It was a fun adventure for me- but the bar was pretty gross.

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