After Dark Cocktail Lounge

in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

After Dark Cocktail Lounge, a gay bar and lounge, opened at 13111 Broadway Avenue in 1975. After Dark Cocktail Lounge featured a “spacious, Italian Alpine atmosphere.” After Dark Cocktail Lounge operated as a gay bar for roughly nine months. Marshall, After Dark’s owner, welcomed LGBT+ community members and hosted a variety of events geared toward Cleveland’s LGBT+ communities. However, after “nine months of operating at a loss,” Marshall opted to reopen the club as a straight bar in mid-1976.

Additional information coming soon.


  • “After Dark Goes Straight.” High Gear. May 1976. Page 15.
  • “Gay Resources for the East Ohio Area.” Ohio East Gay News. May 1976. Page A14.
  • Juszczyk, Jerry. “Cleveland’s Bar Personalities.” High Gear. April 1976. Page 27.
  • Nosek, John, and Leon Stevens. “Gay Community 1970s.” Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.
  • Phillips, Matt. “Apology.” High Gear. April 1976.
13111 Broadway Ave, Garfield Heights, OH 44125

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