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The name Detroit comes from the French
word for "the narrows," so it's
no surprise that the city was founded at
the slimmest part of the Great
Lakes. The city eventually became a
major industrial and commercial
hub, attracting wave after wave of
Irish, Polish, Greek, and other
immigrants. Together with African
Americans who migrated from the
South, these peoples helped Detroit give
birth to the US automobile
industry a century ago.
Detroit today is one of the Midwest's
best-kept secrets. There is a
strong, thriving gay community,
interesting theater and performing
arts, lush green spaces, and some of the
friendliest people anywhere.
The city has an intensely creative
energy, but does require keeping
your wits about you when out late at
night. For safety, always park
within the guarded parking lots that
surround many of the nightclubs.
Bars & clubs
Apple (18931 W Warren)
neighborhood bar, mostly men, mixed
(15606 Joy Rd) venerable gay dance
palace, popular on
Saturday, cheap drinks Wednesday, 18+
Coast (2971 E 7 Mile) longtime
male stripper and drag club,
restaurant, dance floor.
(16920 W Warren) go-go boys, female
impersonations, dance floor,
Saloon (8070 Greenfield) menï¿½s
cruise bar, bear and leather
events, darts, pool, juke box.
(744 E Savannah) small but busy club,
dancing and drag shows,
hip-hop and R&B music.
(928 W McNichols) longtime favorite
dance club and
video bar, drag, go-go dancers, college
and bear nights.
Ferndale (141 W 9 Mile) dance
club, Friday nights for men,
Saturdays for women.
S Washington, Royal Oak) video bar
complex, attached to
popular restaurant and bakery.
R & R (7330
Michigan) leather bar, theme nights,
Room (6640 E 8 Mile) dance,
video and drag bar, 18+ crowd.
Soho (205 W
9 Mile, Ferndale) cocktail and martini
lounge, mixed crowd,
popular Wednesday karaoke night.
(19404 Sherwood St) small mixed gay
lounge, open after-hours.
(6426 Woodward) video bar, mixed crowd,
dance floor, R&B,
hip-hop and house music.
The Detroit Eagle and Diamond Jim's Saloon both closed recently.
Bistro (3111 Woodward Ave)
international cuisine, Sunday
(22812 Woodward Ave, Ferndale) pasta and
pizza until 4am, summer
patio, boys' night Tuesday, Sunday
Just 4 Us
(211 W 9 Mile, Ferndale) coffee bar,
Vita (17546 Woodward Ave)
Italian cuisine, dine inside or on
patio, elaborate Sunday brunch.
Woodward Ave) highly rated vegetarian,
Place (1225 Woodward Heights,
Ferndale) big-city-style diner and
carryout, brunch served all day, every
South Washington, Royal Oak) gay-
bakery, and neighborhood hangout.
(1617 E McNichols) steam sauna, hot tub,
videos, gym, tanning
facilities, 18+, open 24 hours.
Club (13333 W 8 Mile) always-
open men's club, indoor pool,
weight room, steam, sauna, whirlpool,
At the end of Woodward Avenue, the
neighborhood of Royal Oak has some
great restaurants, an art-house cinema,
art galleries and lots of
shops. Ferndale, where 9 Mile meets
Woodward, is another gay area.
Chosen Books Of
Michigan (120 W 4th St) new and
used books and
Just 4 Us
(211 West 9 Mile) books, cards,
magazines, lube and gay items.
Video (17438 Woodward Ave) gay,
bisexual, transsexual, porn
inventory, rental and sales, discreet
Video/DVD (7041 W 8 Mile) porn
video sales and rentals, toys and
Fifth Wheel (Adult
Bookstore) (9320 Michigan Ave)
adult bookstore, magazines, male video
peep shows and DVDs.
Theatre (118 N Main St) area's
best selection of independent
film and foreign language cinema on
Royal Oak Music
Theatre (318 W 4th St) all-ages
live music venue.
Baldwin Theatre (415 S Lafayette
Ave) community theater
groupï¿½s full season of plays and
musicals, old and new.
Between the Lines
Magazine is the local gay
Metra is a
region-wide glossy magazine with photos
The June festival is held in Ferndale
where Woodward Avenue intersects
West 9 Mile Road. There's music,
entertainment and exhibits.
Elsewhere in Michigan
(315 Braun Court) diverse crowd for
happy hour, wine and tapas,
popular Sunday brunch.
Bookstore (317 Braun Court) gay
bookstore with guest
authors and wine tastings.
E Liberty) Friday 18+ gay night, dance
floor, happy hour
Resort (333 Blue Star Hwy; 269-
857-1401) large gay resort, pool,
patio bar, dance club and cabaret.
Triangle (2101 S Dort Hwy) mixed
gay club, Wednesday male dancers,
(33 Sheldon NE) relaxed and friendly
watering hole, longtime favorite.
Club (2324 Division Ave S)
small, basic bathhouse.
(10 Fountain NW) 18+ dance club and
video bar, amateur drag
(69 S Division Ave, above
Levi/leather cruise bar.
Pub 43 (43
S Division Ave) neighborhood pub, pool
S Division Ave) 18+ gay dance club and
video bar, pool
tables, Friday strippers, Sunday drag
S Washington Ave) large dance club and
lounge, mixed and
energetic 18+ crowd.
(3301 24th St) only gay club in town,
Flamingo (352 Oakland Ave)
video, dance and show bar.
MIxx (115 N
Hamilton St) bar and grill, videos,
dancing, game room,
mixed gender crowd.
(520 Franklin St) video dance club for
men and women,
country line-dancing Monday.