Friday, September 4, 2009

Times Square - Detroit, Michigan (Gay bar)

 
 Times Square (Now closed as gay bar) was located at 1431 Times Square in Detroit. I'm not sure what years it was open as a gay bar. I can remember it being quite popular for a few years. Rocko used to bar tend there. It was a dance bar. I had some good times there. Please post your stories about this bar.

26 comments:

  1. I think it opened around early 90's.. Place was pretty hip..I enjoyed it for a couple fo years..

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  2. Keith Foster opened this place and it marked a turning point in gay life in Detroit. Up until then, gay bars, if not completely annonymous, certainly hid behind solid walls. Times Square had big picture windows onto the street and was designed by a well-known, straight space planner that was a hot name in Birmingham design circles. I remember Keith getting all sorts of flack from city inspectors at a time when you couldn't get a business to open inside the city limits. It may not have lasted long but it was a real milestone for gay pride.

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  3. It's really sad that the downtown area just can't seem to hang onto a good gay bar. Times Square was FABULOUS while it lasted. Too bad...I really miss it.

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  4. This was a really fun bar for the few years it lasted. They would do lavish theme nights. One winter night they did a tropical theme and had boys set up on stages on the sidewalk outside the bar in the windows. From the street they were hidden by a canvas wall. The stage was tropical fruits/plants with hot male dancers. Was a upscale place and was first bar in Detroit that did not have a feeling like you had to enter in secret.

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  5. I remember going to this bar in the early 90's. This one of the gay bars in the area that didn't feel like a dive. It was always busy. So busy that one new year eve I had to spend must of the time in the bathroom because it was packed.

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  6. Kieth Foster opened this bar with a partner named Sandy. I don't know his last name, but he also owned Sandino's Flowers on Plymouth & Beech roads. After Keith passed, Sandy was able to keep the bar going for a couple of years. Sadly, Sandy passed soon after, and the bar reverted to Sandy's sister. She could never make a go of the business. Too bad, this was a real nice club.

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  7. This was the first gay bar I visited, when I moved to Detroit in 1991. It was routinely packed with a rather sophisticated crowd. I particularly remember going home with one of the bartenders. At some point they remodeled the adjoining space, and things started to unravel... as I recall, it eventually turned into a mostly-straight and mostly-black crowd, and I stopped going.

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  8. It was there in 90/91 I know as that's when I remember going. We parked and I remember looking up and the tram was passing by above us. It was a really upscale looking club. Very trendy. I didn't really fit in with that crowd so we didn't stay long. Don't remember much about it just that the music was thumping and you could hear it out on the street. Lots of black and bluish lighting.

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  9. I saw Wayland Flowers and Madam perform there in the 90's. It was shortly before they closed and my only visit there. Ice sculptures everywhere and a harpist. It is a fond memory.

    Duane

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  10. They also had a great brunch on Sundays. They would put table out on the dance floor. Coffee came in a press pot. I miss Rocko - the love of my life. I used to beg to go to brunch at Timesquare and my ex would bitch 'you just wanna look at Rocko'. I have been saving myself for him for the past 20 years! Didn't this place also have a fire too. The designer was Ron Rea - also did Monterrey in Royal Oak. Talented guy.

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  20. I used to live in the Town Apartments in 1990 and 91 about 3 blocks from that bar. I would go there just about every weekend mostly because "Butch" was such a great deejay! Ed

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