Babe’s Baby Grand Lounge

in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

Babe’s Baby Grand Lounge, a show bar, opened at 5222 Euclid Avenue in 1959. Babe’s, named after owner Babe Brondfield, previously operated another bar, the Harlem Cafe, at the same address. After he shuttered the Harlem Cafe, Brondfield conducted extensive renovations and reopened the venue as Babe’s Baby Grand Lounge. The 150-seat venue featured a bar and nightly live entertainment. Babe’s frequently hosted an array of female impersonators and female impersonator revues as its headline entertainers. Babe’s Baby Grand Lounge hosted the second annual Female Impersonators Ball in October 1960. Babe’s was shuttered on charges of tax evasion in April 1961 and closed shortly thereafter.

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  • “Babe’s Baby Grand Lounge.” Green Book Cleveland.
  • “Baby Grand Presents Mister Adrian Ames.” Call and Post. November 26, 1960.
  • Fuster, John. “About the Stars.” Call and Post. April 15, 1961.
  • Fuster, John. “About the Stars.” Call and Post. February 4, 1961.
  • Fuster, John. “About the Stars.” Call and Post. January 30, 1965.
  • Fuster, John. “About the Stars.” Call and Post. October 29, 1960.
  • “Grand Opening: Babe’s Baby Grand Has Arthur Prysock.” Call and Post. August 22, 1959.
  • “On Stage At Babe’s: Impersonator to Wed Model On March 15th.” Call and Post. March 11, 1961.
  • “Rush Remodeling at Babe’s Harlem Cafe.” Call and Post. June 27, 1959.
5522 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103

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