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It did have drag shows and a lot of drag queens did their first acts there. The BVD clothing company threatened to sue if they didn’t change the name, so the name was changed to “Boys Video Dance.” The Gay Men’s Chorus…performed a Holiday concert 1991. here’s my two cents: I first saw Claudia doing her signature “rolling on the floor” at the Carousel. and Village Station corp out of Dallas NEVER had anything to do with the El Goya building. Today it is Pure & Rehab FRESH Fridays 1200 N Westshore Blvd in Tampa Opened Summer 2009 – closed 2009 THE FORGE Located in the basement of Lounge 714 on the corner of 7th Ave & 14th Street in Ga YBOR – Ybor City A LEATHER/Bear club with a fun patio & alley! Rodney who worked at “The University Restaurant” did a male strip on top of the bar on his 30th Birthday There.
Opening Aug 5, 2009 – closed 2009 Nights In Tampa on Kennedy Blvd. Later become “Kim’s Club.” Today it’s the upscale straight club “Bahasa Lounge.” Angel’s In Tampa located on South Dale Mabry. Today is “The Male Room” Another Other End Hi Carrie & Mark: Please add to your anthology of the “Bars that Were”: ANOTHER OTHER END on Bay Pines Blvd. It was quite busy for a short time until someone shot a bullet thru the club. Carousel Opened in 1960’s in Tampa on Platt Street. Later years Famous Porn Star “Joey Stefano” was arrested there. The liquor license came from the Desoto Hotel when the hotel closed. How did she manage that in such a small place, who knows. P., then when the Tracks corp, out of Denver opened El Goya again, it killed Impulse (which then went straight new wave–worked there too). Frank Cociera died early, and when Mike Hodge died, he left most of the Parliament House to his straight brother, to Vicki, a French guy named Michelle (who had worked with them forever–at El Goya too), and maybe a couple of others. Closed 9-30-08 Fire House Pub, the Located in a Mall at Busch & Florida. What with this talk about Rodney from University Rest, I got to reminiscing (sp? Do either of you remember Frankie and Liz, the eccentric straight couple from the 70’s?
I just checked out the list of the clubs around the area that came and went. After a couple of weeks of Friday night phone calls, he said we should get together for a beer, as we both got off work at midnight. I took over management duties and worked there for about 5 years.
I drove the length of Lime Street and met him in the parking lot of WONN (I was working at WQPD) which is across from the civic center. have many fond memories and was amazing the numbers (no pun intended) we served on Sundays, especially since we only served beer & wine, People would come from all over the world, and indeed I met many friends there that I have today.
Owned by “Uncle Tom Barcia” who played the organ & had fish fries! BOY Located on the Franklin Street Mall in Tampa Brass Rail Located in Tampa Photos of Bobby Smith & Female impersonators Tommy & Jackie Maye 1949. Located in an industrial park, and if you stayed early enough into the morning, you would see workers working in their warehouses. Florida Ave., Tampa A leather bar see “Northside” – “Joey’s”, -“Flings On Florida” now called “Midtown Tavern” Brothers In St. One time coming out of the Op after work, he was jumped by a gang of teenagers, who bashed him pretty bad. After we dated for a time, we became best of friends. When I was 19 I went to Rene’s and I guess Rene saw that I was a newbie and made every effort to make feel at home. He introduced me to one of his friends, whom I dated for a short time. Bill Knauf of Tombs & Treasures leased the restaurant, Eagle’s Nest and his lover at the time, Richard Shanks, leased a store that sold leather goodies named The Eagle Shop. It burned in the 70’s then reopened, Later it became “Tracks”, then “Pleasure Dome”. ,orginal owners of “The Parliment House” owned “The El Goya” till the fire. It starred Tissie Malone, Stephanie Shippae’s “cousin”, and she was one of the first queens to get implants (she had named them). It was the first time there was a show room, and there were shows 5-7 (? I can’t believe Roxanne must be in her mid-20’s by now!! Fuzzy Mouse Opened in the late 70’s on Howard & Armenia in Tampa.
He even had me over to his house for dinner a couple of times. I will always remember the impromptu Drag Shows between the tables at the Red Apple. It was started my Rebecca in 1999 * Started as “Chrome @ Mellenium 2000” at 901 Franklin * The lease ended at the beginning of 2000 so they moved to Club XS across from the Conevention Center * In June of 2000 they moved back to 901 Franklin and was called “Chrome @ Club 901” Sometime in 2001, 3 guys took over, one of the guys was George (don’t remember his last name or the other guys) and moved back to Club XS * in 2002 it moved locations again and changed Promotions hands a few more times after that. The current club owner Chris of “Valentine’s” opened this club in 1999 or 2000. Copa Ybor at The Mixx Opened 1-08 as the Mixx by Richard. Joey, Michael & Kurt Located on 7th Ave & 15th Street in Ybor City – Ga YBOR Copa “The Copa” was where “Chaps” (by the dog track on Gandy Blvd.) was. It turned into “The Saint,” then “Benders,” then “Club de Nile.” Today is a straight stripper bar. in Carrollwood – Tampa run by Larry Montgomery, who had run the original “Spurs” later the original “Impulse” located on the 1st floor of “Spurs” which later became “The Eagle” then burnt down. aka “Blue Mirror” Garage, The The “Garage” after “Parthenon” then “The Factory” where Boy George Performed in concert.
Opened 9-6-08 Located at 1901 N 15th St In Ybor City Closed one month later Adonis Located on North Franklin Street where the State Building is located near the interstate. Owned by famous local attorney Bob Pope Before “Engine Room “it was called “Kitty’s. With state of the art lights and sound you can dance upstairs or downstairs to 2 different beats.
I was the tall guy, and we got to talking about ‘old’ bars. I was 18, and was working at a radio station in Lakeland, and used to trade high school football scores with a guy who worked at another station in town. I became a regular, and had an absolute blast every time I went. Of course, most of those guys were probably only in their late 20’s or 30’s… I’m probably leaving out some places, and maybe that’s just as well. I live in Safety Harbor, so I’ll look for you next time in down that way. Brian Feist, Editor of the Gazette, bartended here 1988-189, along with Katrina Miller (she does Sign Laguage intep at area events now) & Jean Wright, who we think now lives in Key west. Memory: Hi Mark and Carrie I started tending bar at The Lighted tree in the mid to late 80s, which was owned by Frank Muscato & Bill Hertenlengher, till Bill got sick and passed away.
Florida Ave., Tampa 813-228-0139 Babylon see “Rascal’s” Backstage Located on Nebraska Ave Left of Beares Ave. Then move in to “Moody’s” on South Dale Mabry, Then closed & “Angelo” bought the name & opened where it is today. Benders See “Chaps” BG’s BAR 10387 Gandy Blvd., St. At “The Male Room” Also see “Rainbow” Blue Diamond, The Elegent dance and showbar on First Ave S. Frankie De Lee, show director brought in stars from around the country. Rand Hall worked the door and her partner was the hostess. Bridge Club After hours bottle club located on Hillsborough Ave in Tampa behind the airport. My friends wanted to leave because they said something fishy was going on. My very first boyfriend, the very handsome Jeff Matheny, was one of their first bartenders. Mark from MC Film has one of the performers autograph. Where the gay patrons would help themselves to the coffee pots. “The Eagle” was actually the first Tampa Eagle in the old Spurs building in Ybor. Then after their only child was born in the early 80’s, Roxanne (named after Roxanne Russell), they stopped going out.
Tampa Backroom Bar Located at 14601 Gulf Blvd., Maderia Beach, 727-391-2680 Backstreet Mall Originally opened in Clearwater in the 80’s. Connected to it was a bar called “The Boy’s Next Door.” Many famous Acts preformed there such as “The Original Village People”, “Eartha Kitt”, “Divine” “The Weather Girls” And “Judy B. Petersburg Opened Summer 2009 – closed 2010 Boxxers Located at 1801 North Tampa Rd., Tampa Boy’s Next Door, The Located next to “Backstreet Mall” closed in 1987 Blue Jeans Located on Gandy Blvd. Blue Mirror See “Fuzzy Mouse” Blue Moon Saloon See “Rafters” Bobby V’s Located on Cypress. With tinfoil ceilings and Christmas lights for color. Brigg, The also called Tampa Brigg Located at 9002 N. Known for its cruising & disco bar BT’s Located at 7737 Grand Blvd. Is now called “Waterside Lounge” BJ’s Located on Kennedy Blvd. He later moved to Houston and worked at the Montrose Mining Company. Jeff also worked at the OP sometime in the early 80’s. Denny’s OK this was not a Gay bar but should have been. Across the street was the University of Tampa Dorm. Across the river is going to be the new Trump Tower. Dew Drop Inn, The Short run bar where Westside Lounge was Central & 49th St .before Ki Ki Ki 4 Ding-A-Lings Located on 34th St & Central Ave in St. The downstairs was a dance bar named The Exile, which isn’t listed. I know this because I was co-owner with my ex-partner, Thom Lewis (see Spurs), we did not own Spurs, just the building later. Thom later bought Northside and renamed it The Brigg until he caused it to go spiraling into the ground. El Goya/ Tracks/ Pleasure Dome Located in Tamp’s Ybor City on 7th Ave. Memory: I just remembered that during El Goya’s heyday, there was a drag club that opened up around four blocks east on 7th, on a nw corner of the intersection. To my memory, and the best one to tell it all would be Vicki at the Parliament House, Frank Hodge, the main owner of the Parliament House, and an employee from there who bought into El Goya, Frank Cociera (I worked for them, so I know this is right), opened El Goya again after the fire. Well I just looked in the phone book and they are STILL HERE!! So…I’ll call them in the next few days and inform them of the bars update, and see if they have any input. Take care, friends, Horst (and Brian Surprised that someone else hasn’t spoke up here but the Fire House pub actually became the Northside Lounge or as I understand, the Northside was sort of a straight simi country western bar in trouble and patrons from Fire House just started to go to the Northside (owned by Vince Muto [straight of course]) but than bought by someone – can’t remember his name but had great cliental in the mid 80’s and lost it back to Vince. A women’s bar with live entertainment Frat House See Carousel French Connection 9610 Gulf Blvd in Treasure Island Full Moon Salon Open a very short time. See “Impulse” Fungi’s On Grand central in Tampa where the Save Rite is today.
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