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When I was young, we parked at the GYM and went to Twins. If it was boring we went to Bacchus. Saw more people there than I needed to see. How funny now, when I think about it. The Twins building is totally gone now.

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When I was young, we parked at the GYM and went to Twins. If it was boring we went to Bacchus. Saw more people there than I needed to see. How funny now, when I think about it. The Twins building is totally gone now.

The good old days. But those days are long gone. South Beach, the Mine, JRs, 611, Ripcord, etc. are the hot spots. Mary's probably is too (as long as its been there), but I don't go out much anymore. Montrose is awesome at any rate.

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The good old days. But those days are long gone. South Beach, the Mine, JRs, 611, Ripcord, etc. are the hot spots. Mary's probably is too (as long as its been there), but I don't go out much anymore. Montrose is awesome at any rate.

Mary's is still there? What about Quicksilver?

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Quicksilvers? Where was that? Obviously been gone a long time because I don't remember it.

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#'s is still popular, since it allows underage, and its insanely 80's.

Everytime I think of that place, I think "WARM... Leatherette..."

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Quicksilvers? Where was that? Obviously been gone a long time because I don't remember it.

Quicksilver was on California Street, just east of Montrose. The Chinese take-out place is located next to where it was located, which is now a parking lot for Prive'. Quicksilver had a rather notorious tree limb in the backyard. (If you have to ask, don't.) :blush:

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Quicksilver was on California Street, just east of Montrose. The Chinese take-out place is located next to where it was located, which is now a parking lot for Prive'. Quicksilver had a rather notorious tree limb in the backyard. (If you have to ask, don't.) :blush:

I don't have to ask. :ph34r:

Quicksilver must have closed circa 1980 or '81, because it wasn't open when I moved here late 1981.

There were a few long-gone clubs on Avondale as well. One featured the entire cab of a Mack truck as its entryway. There was another called the Silver Phoenix (I think) and of course Dirty Sally's.

Remember the place which was on that triangular plot at the corner of Westheimer and California? It had a tree growing through the middle of the building.

Another bygone sleazy-but-fun place was Mother's, on Lovett. Formerly it was Baja Sam's, which was a rather nice restaurant - cabaret. I think Billy Stritch used to play piano there.

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I remember the Silver Phoenix - never went there, but my best friend in high school came out to his family in the summer of 1979 via a CBS Saturday news program aimed at teens - think it was called "30 Minutes" - and the Houston segment was filmed there. Talk about family fireworks.... :blink: He & I used to go dancing at the Old Plantation on Kipling as well. Got in the door and drank at 16-17; never got carded once. Then again, he was cute enough to get away with practically anything. It was fun pretending to be his girlfriend at school. :D

Anyone remember when Numbers was Babylon's?

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I remember the Silver Phoenix - never went there, but my best friend in high school came out to his family in the summer of 1979 via a CBS Saturday news program aimed at teens - think it was called "30 Minutes" - and the Houston segment was filmed there. Talk about family fireworks.... :blink: He & I used to go dancing at the Old Plantation on Kipling as well. Got in the door and drank at 16-17; never got carded once. Then again, he was cute enough to get away with practically anything. It was fun pretending to be his girlfriend at school. :D

Anyone remember when Numbers was Babylon's?

I remember Babylon's, interesting goings on back in those days. Grace Jones performed there if I remember right, seems like Pia Zadora was there at some point too.

The bar mentioned earlier with the truck cab over the entrance was called The Truckstop, you could walk from there to the Badlands bar through the back patio area, they were connected.

Does anyone remember the Boobie Rock, across from Mary's? How about Princes Hamburgers where the Stop and Go is now? Seems like yesterday, I must be getting old! I used to park my car at the old Circus Club and make the rounds from there, it was amazing the things you could see in those few blocks between Taft and Mary's.

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Does anyone remember the Boobie Rock, across from Mary's? How about Princes Hamburgers where the Stop and Go is now? Seems like yesterday, I must be getting old! I used to park my car at the old Circus Club and make the rounds from there, it was amazing the things you could see in those few blocks between Taft and Mary's.

I was at Half Price Books a couple of days ago, and spotted a couple of photos above and to the right of the front door I'd never noticed before. They're two panoramic "then-and-now" photos of the intersection of Westheimer and Yoakum taken from the same angle, the earlier one from the 1930s depicting an automobile dealer and a gas station, and the later one from 1983 depicting the Tower Theater and the Boobie Rock in those same locations. I hadn't thought about the Boobie Rock in years, and here it pops up twice in the same week.

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Can't leave out the Farmhouse! Loading Dock! And the bar that was before the Empire ... gosh, forgot the name.
Chutes!

a.k.a. The Different Drum.

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And remember when EJ's was on Richmond Ave.? With the cages filled with finches and budgies? The original building was torn down in the 80's. Local legend had it that it was a beatnik hangout in the late 50's/early 60's and was where Janis Joplin first started performing in public.

I think it was on the site now occupied by Decades.

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I hadn't thought about the Boobie Rock in years, and here it pops up twice in the same week.

There's another reference to the Booby Rock here

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The first bar at the old Hollyfield Cleaners location (now the Empire Cafe) was the Locker. At the time, it was considered to be Houston's first gay leather bar (although Mary's could certainly make a case that it was a leather bar in the 70s). I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Round Table (located next to where the Veterans Center is today). It was very popular on Sunday afternoon during the early 1970s. The crowd literally overflowed into the street (Westheimer) and the crowd was so thick that all sorts of things occurred al fresco in the front yard. The original Tootsie's was across the street.

WRT the bar on California Street, my memory is faulty, but I believe it was called the Silver Bullet, not Quicksilver.

The late 60s music venue on Richmond was Sand Mountain, but I'm not sure it was at the location later occupied by EJs.

My nomination for the most interesting bar: Prufrock's. It was owned by the same person who owned the Round Table and was just a block away. A mixed bar, it only sold beer and wine (no liquor by the drink), had a truly unique juke box, and had the text of the poem written around the walls of the main room. If you found the mistake in the text, you got a free drink. It was a hangout for artists and more than a few politicos. I once saw Dick Wray sign the shadow a lamp cast on the wall as "found" art. There were rooms in the rear that were dedicated to playing card games and chess -- and they were busy.

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Can't leave out the Farmhouse! Loading Dock! And the bar that was before the Empire ... gosh, forgot the name.

Ah, yes! The bar was called the Drum! Does anyone remember a place called September's? Its now a carpet/flooring shop at Dunlavy and Westhiemer. The owner plans to reopen it as a Cafe.

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When I was young, we parked at the GYM and went to Twins. If it was boring we went to Bacchus. Saw more people there than I needed to see. How funny now, when I think about it. The Twins building is totally gone now.

Bacchus was kind of small. Remember across the street from twins was the Midnight Sun and then there was also the Officer's Club in that big school building where I think the Farmhouse was. It was also a country/western club a while too (cant recall the name). There was a place on Westheimer called Club LaAmour that had a lighted dancefloor, the Galleon on Richmond that had the ten cent beer busts. (late 70s) I mostly frequented the women's bars which changed like night and day too. There was Just Marion and Lynns, Our Place over on Richmond across the street from the Texas Opry House, Kindred Spirits orginial location on Buffalo Speedway and one of the oldest bars in town was the Lampost on Times in the Village. But I also had some good times at the Venture In, Marys and down Galveston way there was Kon Tiki and Lafittes that were always good for an afternoon. What was the name of that big disco that used to be where the Admiral Linen Factory is now, right off Alabama/Shepherd? I was in there one night when they actually raided the place. Sorry, got a little off topic on the Montrose thing, but just started remembering all those places I hadn't thought about in years.

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What was the name of that big disco that used to be where the Admiral Linen Factory is now, right off Alabama/Shepherd? I was in there one night when they actually raided the place.
That was the Old Plantation where I went dancing. Thankfully not on raid night. :o
There was a place on Westheimer called Club LaAmour that had a lighted dancefloor

L'amour La Femme?

I remember Kindred Spirits on Richmond near the Loop. The one I went to on Buffalo Speedway was in the 90's and called the Ranch. Had 3 clubs, I think, but I was only in the techno one.

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The first bar at the old Hollyfield Cleaners location (now the Empire Cafe) was the Locker. At the time, it was considered to be Houston's first gay leather bar (although Mary's could certainly make a case that it was a leather bar in the 70s). I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Round Table (located next to where the Veterans Center is today). It was very popular on Sunday afternoon during the early 1970s. The crowd literally overflowed into the street (Westheimer) and the crowd was so thick that all sorts of things occurred al fresco in the front yard. The original Tootsie's was across the street.

WRT the bar on California Street, my memory is faulty, but I believe it was called the Silver Bullet, not Quicksilver.

The late 60s music venue on Richmond was Sand Mountain, but I'm not sure it was at the location later occupied by EJs.

My nomination for the most interesting bar: Prufrock's. It was owned by the same person who owned the Round Table and was just a block away. A mixed bar, it only sold beer and wine (no liquor by the drink), had a truly unique juke box, and had the text of the poem written around the walls of the main room. If you found the mistake in the text, you got a free drink. It was a hangout for artists and more than a few politicos. I once saw Dick Wray sign the shadow a lamp cast on the wall as "found" art. There were rooms in the rear that were dedicated to playing card games and chess -- and they were busy.

Oh yea, I remember the Locker/Different Drum and later on Chutes, and the Loading Dock across the street...just a few more odds and ends: next to the Stop and Go on Westheimer@Whitnety was a little dive massage place called Sugar and Spice. Down the street was Hungry International (I ate there a lot) and also the Spud U Like. On Fairview was a place called Grant Street Station (I still have the t-shirt from there) and behind it was a short lived but nice little bar called The Deep. I'll post more as I remember it.

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What was the name of that big disco that used to be where the Admiral Linen Factory is now, right off Alabama/Shepherd? I was in there one night when they actually raided the place.

Possibly the "OP" Old Plantation?

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there was also the Officer's Club in that big school building where I think the Farmhouse was. It was also a country/western club a while too (cant recall the name).

The Officer's Club was on Albany St., in a building which was built to be an orphanage (the DePelchin Children's Home.) Later it would house Emo's and Club Some; currently it's been converted into several condo units. (Interesting sidebar: the same architect who designed this building also designed the Hotel Galvez, in Galveston. His name escapes me at the moment...)

On Fairview was a place called Grant Street Station (I still have the t-shirt from there) and behind it was a short lived but nice little bar called The Deep. I'll post more as I remember it.

I think Grant Street Station was located in the building that now houses Lola's.

Yes, The Deep was in a converted house, wasn't it? And just beyond that was a large bar which had various names - I remember it as Ray's Five & Dime. I think this building is now a private residence.

It featured a large game room with several pinball machines, pool and foosball tables, a photo booth, video games, etc. One afternoon a friend and I were playing pool there when this half naked guy came flying out of the photo booth and fell flat on his face in front of us. Seems his legs had become tangled in his pants and underwear, which were still around his ankles. He had been standing on the stool taking a (ahem) very special self-portrait and lost his balance. Boy, was his face red - and not just because of the blood.

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Speaking of red ... the Red Room. Back in the summer of 1972 when I first moved to H-town, we would go to Galveston, get all tanned, come home, go to dinner and go over to the Red Room to see Tiffany Jones, Daschell, Jerry Van Over and Kitty Key. Now you all know how dated this is, but at that age it was a blast. Didn't have a problem getting up and going to work very early on Monday morning either. Couldn't do it now. :angry2:

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Speaking of red ... the Red Room. Back in the summer of 1972 when I first moved to H-town, we would go to Galveston, get all tanned, come home, go to dinner and go over to the Red Room to see Tiffany Jones, Daschell, Jerry Van Over and Kitty Key. Now you all know how dated this is, but at that age it was a blast. Didn't have a problem getting up and going to work very early on Monday morning either. Couldn't do it now. :angry2:

Someone needs to record this or write a book. So much history!

I also remember (not GAY, but neat) restaurant called "Harry's", the Happy Buddha, the Galleon, and Rascals.

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Someone needs to record this or write a book. So much history!

I also remember (not GAY, but neat) restaurant called "Harry's", the Happy Buddha, the Galleon, and Rascals.

Here's a good one for whomever can recall if there was a placed call "The Midnight Sun"? and what about

Club La'dour? I think it was a only for women place near where #'s still is (across the street).

In addition, can anyone confirm what became of all those beautiful Victorian homes as Elgin turned into lower Westheimer? I have a good feeling they met the blasted wrecking ball. AAAAARRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!

Tell me they were relocated?!?!

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