Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Mirage (Gay Bar)

The Mirage was a gay bar located in Mt Clemens that someone mentioned. I don't know anything about it. Post what you know in comments section below.

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  1. Regarding Mirage Bar in Mt. Clemens....Hello Chris H, I stumbled upon your blog and have enjoyed reading it. I spent my late 20s going to Mirage almost every Friday night. When I first went there around 1995, it was called S.S. Dinghy, but the name soon changed. Mirage was split into two main rooms. The main bar room was long and narrow. The part near the front housed the bar itself and a seating area across from it. The back had a small dance floor and DJ area. Another room behind the main room housed a few pool tables. A jukebox stood to the right of the entry way, where a security guard was on duty in the late hours. The clientele was about 2/3 men, 1/3 women, and everyone was really friendly to my recollection. There was a wide age range. The bartenders were cute, the DJs always spun great music, and the bar offered some basic food items...pizza, burgers, nachos, etc. I have some really, really good memories of the place. You could go there just to socialize, or to "hook up"....it was whatever you made of it. It burned down in late '98, maybe early '99. For a short time, a new bar called Verdict opened in the Emerald Theater, but lasted only a few months. Mirage was at 27 N. Walnut, where Johnny G's is now. I hope this information helps. Keep up the good work on this blog!

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  2. Does anyone remember Bar 69 or The Crow Bar on Gratiot?

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    1. Wow... what a flash from my past. The Crow Bar was the first gay bar I went to when I was 19 (never asked us for ID... he he). I can even remember he song as I walked into the bar "Ring my Bell" by Anita Ward. I'm 52 now, but it seems like just yesterday!

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  3. It was in the old Grinnell's piano store......

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  5. I was at the Crow Bar the last night it was open. The walls were covered with graffiti and the uneven floor was worn down to the planks. It emerged a few months later as Dee's Lounge, across the street on Gratiot. It was a huge cavernous building, painted silver on the inside like a meat locker! One accessed the elevated dance floor via a ramp. The dance floor lit up with different colors, and the music was supplied by a juke box. It was a real disco! Men and women were welcome here. Outside, it sometimes got dangerous, due to the Macomb County straight redneck mentality. I had a lot of good times here. The entire building is now gone.

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  6. I remember Dee's Lounge as it was my first gay bar. There was a heavy steel front door and every time someone walked in, the door would close loudly and everyone turned to look and see who it was. Three seconds of fame LOL! Great memories, friendly people; there were two lesbians that worked the front door, they were so nice, they would go to breakfast with us sometimes after the bar closed. I really missed the place when it closed, but it was the people that really made it. Brent - whatever happened to you? Tom 2/16/13

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