Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Checker Bar & Grill (Gay Bar)

Checker Bar & Grill was located on Bates in Detroit. Ca. 1950's and 1960's. Share you stories about this place in the comments section. *See Credits.


  1. The Checker Bar was in the old gay area near Bates and Farmer, but it was not a gay bar. It was a beer and burger place for downtown workers. All the businesses on that block were forced to close or move when the city cleared the buildings out for "urban renewal" in the '70s - which has resulted in it being a surface parking lot to this day.

    The Checker Bar moved around the corner onto Cadillac Square and still exists today.

  2. Talk about sense memory! Just seeing this post and I can practically taste their famous Checker Burger, advertised (correctly) as the burger in town.