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Detroit

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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
Adam's Apple (18931 W Warren) neighborhood bar, mostly men, mixed ages, darts, jukebox.
Backstreet (15606 Joy Rd) venerable gay dance palace, popular on Saturday, cheap drinks Wednesday, 18+ nights.
Club Gold Coast (2971 E 7 Mile) longtime male stripper and drag club, restaurant, dance floor.
Gigi's (16920 W Warren) go-go boys, female impersonations, dance floor, younger crowd.
Hayloft Saloon (8070 Greenfield) men�s cruise bar, bear and leather events, darts, pool, juke box.
Innuendo (744 E Savannah) small but busy club, dancing and drag shows, hip-hop and R&B music.
Menjo's (928 W McNichols) longtime favorite dance club and video bar, drag, go-go dancers, college and bear nights.
Nine in Ferndale (141 W 9 Mile) dance club, Friday nights for men, Saturdays for women.
Pronto (608 S Washington, Royal Oak) video bar complex, attached to popular restaurant and bakery.
R & R (7330 Michigan) leather bar, theme nights, food, friendly crowd.
Rainbow 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.
Stingers (19404 Sherwood St) small mixed gay lounge, open after-hours.
Woodward (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.

Restaurants
Atlas Global Bistro (3111 Woodward Ave) international cuisine, Sunday brunch.
Como's (22812 Woodward Ave, Ferndale) pasta and pizza until 4am, summer patio, boys' night Tuesday, Sunday brunch.
Just 4 Us (211 W 9 Mile, Ferndale) coffee bar, tasty sandwiches.
La Dolce Vita (17546 Woodward Ave) Italian cuisine, dine inside or on patio, elaborate Sunday brunch.
Om (23136 Woodward Ave) highly rated vegetarian, vegan and macrobiotic restaurant.
Pete's Place (1225 Woodward Heights, Ferndale) big-city-style diner and carryout, brunch served all day, every day.
Pronto (608 South Washington, Royal Oak) gay- friendly restaurant, bakery, and neighborhood hangout.

Saunas
Body Zone (1617 E McNichols) steam sauna, hot tub, videos, gym, tanning facilities, 18+, open 24 hours.
TNT Health Club (13333 W 8 Mile) always- open men's club, indoor pool, weight room, steam, sauna, whirlpool, videos.

Shopping
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 magazines.
Just 4 Us (211 West 9 Mile) books, cards, magazines, lube and gay items.

Adult shops
24 Hour Video (17438 Woodward Ave) gay, bisexual, transsexual, porn inventory, rental and sales, discreet entrance.
Blue Moon Video/DVD (7041 W 8 Mile) porn video sales and rentals, toys and lubes.
Fifth Wheel (Adult Bookstore) (9320 Michigan Ave) adult bookstore, magazines, male video peep shows and DVDs.

Arts
Main Art Theatre (118 N Main St) area's best selection of independent film and foreign language cinema on three screens.
Royal Oak Music Theatre (318 W 4th St) all-ages live music venue.
Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre (415 S Lafayette Ave) community theater group�s full season of plays and musicals, old and new.

Gay media
Between the Lines Magazine is the local gay community newspaper. Metra is a region-wide glossy magazine with photos and events.

Event Planner
Pride Day
Motor City Pride
The June festival is held in Ferndale where Woodward Avenue intersects West 9 Mile Road. There's music, entertainment and exhibits.
Motorcitypride.org

Elsewhere in Michigan
Ann Arbor
Aut Bar (315 Braun Court) diverse crowd for happy hour, wine and tapas, popular Sunday brunch.
Common Language Bookstore (317 Braun Court) gay bookstore with guest authors and wine tastings.
Necto (516 E Liberty) Friday 18+ gay night, dance floor, happy hour until 11pm.

Douglas
Dunes Resort (333 Blue Star Hwy; 269- 857-1401) large gay resort, pool, patio bar, dance club and cabaret.

Flint
Club Triangle (2101 S Dort Hwy) mixed gay club, Wednesday male dancers, weekend shows.

Grand Rapids
Apartment (33 Sheldon NE) relaxed and friendly neighborhood watering hole, longtime favorite.
Diplomat Health Club (2324 Division Ave S) small, basic bathhouse.
Diversions (10 Fountain NW) 18+ dance club and video bar, amateur drag contests.
Eagle's Nest (69 S Division Ave, above Rumors) Saturday-only Levi/leather cruise bar.
Pub 43 (43 S Division Ave) neighborhood pub, pool tables, food.
Rumors (69 S Division Ave) 18+ gay dance club and video bar, pool tables, Friday strippers, Sunday drag shows.

Lansing
X-Cel (224 S Washington Ave) large dance club and lounge, mixed and energetic 18+ crowd.

Port Huron
Seekers (3301 24th St) only gay club in town, shows, dancing.

Pontiac
Club Flamingo (352 Oakland Ave) video, dance and show bar.

Saginaw
MIxx (115 N Hamilton St) bar and grill, videos, dancing, game room, mixed gender crowd.

Traverse City
Side Traxx (520 Franklin St) video dance club for men and women, country line-dancing Monday.






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