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Bars

The Glory Hole, 1970sThe Project is aware of the following LGBT bars/clubs that have served the St. Louis community over the years. Please assist us with edits and additional information. A special thanks to Connie Duncan and James Hawkins for their research assistance. Pictured: The Glory Hole Bar on Olive late 1970s.

Project Inventory:

  • 115 Club, 115 N. 9th
  • Absolutli Goosed, 3196 S. Grand Ave.
  • Acropolis
  • Act 4 Coffeehouse
  • Afformation
  • Al’s
  • The Alley, 17th St.
  • Alibi’s, 3016 Arsenal
  • Amazon Lounge
  • Amends
  • AMP, 4199 Manchester Ave.
  • ANGLES, 3515 Chouteau Ave.
  • Arabian, California and Magnolia
  • Attitudes, 4100 Manchester Ave.
  • Baccus, 8 S. Sarah
  • The Back Bar, Park and Mississippi
  • The Back Door*, 9212 St. Charles Rock Road
  • Bad Dog Saloon, 17 S. Vandeventer, Ave.
  • Bad Dog Bar and Grill, 3960 Chouteau Ave.
  • Bar: PM*, 7109 S. Broadway
  • Bar 4121 (Siam) , 4121 Manchester Ave.
  • Bastille*, 1027 Russell Blvd.
  • Betty’s, 2800 Shenandoah
  • Big Moe's, 1072 Tower Grove
  • Bijou, McPherson and Boyle
  • Billy's Tavern, Easton Ave.
  • Blake’s, S. Broadway
  • Blanche’s, 33 N. Sarah
  • Bomber's Hideaway, 3960 Chouteau Ave.
  • Bootsie, Winkie and Maude’s, Tucker
  • Bottom of the Pot, Euclid and McPherson
  • Boxer’s and Briefs*, Centerville, IL.
  • Bowery, 1600 Tower Grove Ave.
  • Brandy’s, 14 Maryland Plaza
  • Brickyard Tavern, 3196 S. Grand
  • Bubby and Sissy’s*, 602 Belle, Alton, IL.
  • Buster’s, 1449 S. Vandeventer
  • Catch One, East St. Louis, IL
  • Centerfold, need address in MO
  • Chaps (1 & 2), 1600 Tower Grove Ave.
  • Charlie's Lounge, 719 N. 6th St.
  • Char Pei Lounge, 400 Mascoutah, Belleville, IL.
  • The Chill (Complex), 3515 Chouteau Ave.
  • Circus Circus, 12 E. Ferguson, Wood River, IL.
  • City Centre, East St. Louis, IL.
  • City Cousins Restaurant/Bar (3 locations) Lindell (2) and Euclid and West Pine
  • City Lights, 1315 Mississippi
  • Clementines, 2001 Menard
  • Club 115, 115 S. 9th St.
  • Club 747, 1624 Delmar
  • Club Escapade (need address)
  • Club Zips, 3145 Chain of Rocks, Granite City, IL.
  • Complex, 3515 Chouteau Ave.
  • Cross Eyed Cricket (need address)
  • Cunnard’s, 1927 S. Jefferson Ave.
  • CW’s, 3502 Papin
  • Dante's Inferno, 3516 Olive
  • DJ’s, 4920 Northrup
  • The Drake, 3502 Papin
  • The Eagle, 17 S. Vandeventer Ave.
  • Eagle in Exile (Magnolia’s), 5 S. Vandeventer Ave,
  • Earl's Pub, 412 N. 10th
  • The Earl, 16 S. Euclid
  • Entre Nous, 6th and Pine
  • Erney’s 32 Degrees, Manchester Ave.
  • Ernie's, West Florissant and Union Ave.
  • Ernie’s Class Act, 3765 S. Broadway Ave.
  • Erv’s (need address)
  • Europa (need address)
  • Executive Lounge, 8th St.
  • FACES, 130 N. 4th St., East St. Louis, IL.
  • Fairmount Hotel Piano Bar, Maryland and Euclid
  • Fallout, 1324 Washington Ave.
  • Fantasy Corner, 400 Mascoutah, Belleville, IL.
  • Fox Lounge, 3701 Washington
  • Frank’s, Papin
  • Freddie’s, 4112 Manchester Ave.
  • French Market, 1731 S. 7th
  • Front Page, 2330 Menard
  • G Spot
  • Gabriel’s, 6901 S. Broadway
  • Gallery, 7123 S. Broadway
  • Gateway Saloon, 5 S. Vandeventer
  • The Gathering Place, 119A, W. Main, Belleville, IL
  • Gay 90s, 16 S. Euclid
  • The Gayety, 447 Whittier
  • Genesis (1 &2), 4592 Manchester Ave.
  • Georgia’s (need address)
  • Glory Hole, 1933 Olive St.
  • Gold Coast, Olive
  • Golden Eagle, Olive
  • Golden Gate Bar, 3542 Olive
  • Golden Gate Coffee House, Olive
  • Grand Finale (need address)
  • Grapevine, 230 N. 8th., East St. Louis
  • Green Parrott, Route 159, Belleville, IL.
  • Grey Fox*, 3503 S. Spring
  • Gus’ Midway, 3528 Olive St.
  • Henry’s (need address)
  • The Height’s, 2280 S. Jefferson
  • Hamburger Mary's Restaurant, 3037 Olive St.
  • Helen Schrader’s, 205 N. 5th, East St. Louis, IL.
  • Herbies’, 1 Maryland Plaza
  • Honey, 4170 Manchester
  • Hitchin’ Post, 3231 Olive St.
  • Hummel’s*, 7101 S. Broadway
  • Hyperspace
  • I Don't Know (IDK), 102 Evans
  • Inside/Out, Granite City, IL.
  • Jan’s Stowaway, 6913 S. Broadway
  • Jimmy’s Cabaret (Jim’s Place), 4212 Virginia
  • Jo Plummer's, 6th and Missouri
  • JJ’s Clubhouse*, 3858 Market St.
  • Just John’s*, 4412 Manchester Ave.
  • K-Mart Lounge, Shenandoah
  • KAOS, 1521 Washington Ave.
  • Keyper’s Piano Bar*, 2280 S. Jefferson
  • Kit Kat Klub, 2800 California
  • Korner’s, 7109 S. Broadway
  • Le Booze Parleur, 1077 S. Newstead Ave.
  • Little Bohemia (two locations, mixed crowd)
  • Lil Ceasars, 4873 Natural Bridge
  • Lil’s, Belleville, IL.
  • Lilly's Music and Social House, Arsenal and Jefferson
  • Loading Zone/The Zone, 16 S. Euclid Ave.
  • MAC’s, Shaw Circle
  • Mable’s, 602 Belle, Alton, IL.
  • Madame Touhy's (site of old Busch Stadium)
  • Magnolia’s, 5 S. Vandeventer Ave.
  • Manchester Street Saloon, 4112 Manchester Ave.
  • Bob Martin’s (4 locations), 1215 Olive; 1000 Market?; 12th and Delmar; and 201 S. 20th St.
  • Merlie’s, 2917 S. Jefferson
  • Merry Go Round, East St. Louis
  • Metro, 602 Belle, Alton, IL.
  • Metroplex, East St. Louis, IL.
  • Meyer’s Grove, 4510 Manchester Ave.
  • Michael’s, Park and Mississippi
  • Mickey’s on Broadway
  • Mick’s, 1917 Park Ave.
  • Middle of the Road, Newstead
  • Mitchley’s, 1000 Mississippi
  • Moms (Complex), 3515 Chouteau Ave.
  • The Monocle*, 4510 Manchester Ave.
  • Monastery (need address)
  • Montes, 1927 S. Jefferson
  • Mor or Les, 4135 S. Grand Ave.
  • Mustang Sally’s
  • Nancy’s Place, 4510 Manchester Ave.
  • Nero Blanco, 8 S. Sarah
  • The Newsroom, 5th and Missouri, East St. Louis, IL
  • Nicks ( 1 & 2)
  • NITES (1 & 2), 212 N. Vandeventer Ave.
  • Novak’s (1 & 2) 4121 Manchester Ave.
  • Norma's, 719 N. 6th St.
  • Old Cow Street Inn, 400 Mascoutah, Belleville, IL.
  • Olympus
  • Onyx Room, 3560 Olive
  • Oscar’s, 4146 Manchester Ave.
  • The Outpost, 17 S. Vandeventer Ave.
  • Pat’s, 2757 Shenandoah
  • Peyton Place, Olive
  • Perspectives, 16 S. Euclid
  • PK’s, 6th and Missouri
  • Pleasant Pheasant, Euclid and McPherson
  • Politicians Lounge (Grandma's), 4170 Manchester Ave.
  • Potpourri, 4755 McPherson Ave.
  • Premium Lounge, 4199 Manchester
  • Probe, 3515 Chouteau
  • R Bar, 3960 Chouteau
  • Rainbow Inn, 12 E. Ferguson, Wood River, IL.
  • Rainbow’s End, 4054 Chouteau
  • Red Bull, 506 Missouri Ave., East St. Louis, IL.
  • Rehab*, 4054 Chouteau
  • Rendezvous, 501 N. Illinois, Belleville, IL.
  • Richard’s, S. Grand
  • Richard Perry's Boarding House Restaurant, Jefferson
  • Richard Perry's Restaurant on Lindell, Lindell Blvd.
  • Rigby’s 601, 601 S. Vandeventer Ave.
  • Rumors, 400 Mascoutah, Belleville, IL.
  • Sandy’s CB, California and Shenandoah
  • Sarah's, 1130 N. 30th
  • Scarlett’s, Lafeyette Ave. and 7th St.
  • Scharpe’s, West Main, Belleville, IL.
  • Second Cousins Restaurant (need address)
  • Shellys, 3528 Olive
  • Siam Restaurant/Bar, 4121 Manchester Ave.
  • Side Door (need address)
  • Silly Goose, 16 S. Euclid Ave.
  • Silver Fox, Washington Ave.
  • Soulard Supper Club, 706 Lafayette Ave.
  • Southern Belle, 33. N. Sarah
  • Spanky’s (need address)
  • Spikes, 4100 Manchester Ave.
  • Spirits Social Club, 16th and DelmarStarzs, 1247 S. Vandeventer
  • The Spot, Manchester Ave.
  • Statler Hilton, Washington Ave.
  • Sugar Shack, 7755 Telegraph
  • Tavern on the Plaza, Union Ave.
  • The Thimble (need address)
  • Tudor Pub, 412 N. 10th St.
  • Traxx*, 8658 S. Broadway
  • TWIST, 1224 Washington Ave.
  • Uncle John’s/Chapnicks, 16 N. 9th from the 1940s
  • Uncle Marvin’s, 1422 Washington Ave.
  • The Upside, 2315 Olive
  • Upstream Lounge (need address)
  • V Bar, 17 S. Vandeventer Ave.
  • VETS, 1712 Madison
  • The Victorian, 1449 S. Vandeventer Ave.
  • Visions, 4920 Northrup
  • The Warehouse, 3515 Chouteau Ave.
  • WeHo, 2001 Locust
  • Woodies, 706 Lafayette Ave.
  • Zebra Lounge, 3230 Olive St.
  • Zipper’s, Granite City

*Open as of 2017

LGBT Friendly Bars:

  • 525 Club, 525 DeBalivere
  • 1227
  • Atlantis
  • Black Horse Tavern, Olive
  • Cabool
  • Evolution
  • Felix's
  • Frank's, East St. Louis
  • Gaslight, Olive
  • Gateway Hotel Bar, 822 Washington Ave.
  • The Green Room
  • Howards
  • Judge's Chambers, Brooklyn, IL
  • Loreli, 4300 Olive St.
  • Metropol
  • Maurice's Gold Coast, 2919 Olive
  • Monkey Bar/Cheetah
  • Nadine's Gin Joint
  • Olde English Inn, East St. Louis (Stockyards)
  • Other World/Quazar
  • Sanctuary
  • Sherman Glove Co.
  • SRO
  • The Stork Club, East St. Louis
  • Substation 8
  • Tack Room at the Chase Park Plaza
  • Tangerine
  • The Vault, Delmar
  • Velvet
  • OZ

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