Babylon A Go-Go

in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

Babylon A Go-Go, an “alternative, avant-garde nightclub,” opened at 2523 Market Avenue in 1989. In opening Babylon A Go-Go, co-owner Ron Rupert intended to “provide a forum in all mediums that [was] different from all [clubgoers had] come to consider the norm. It may be bizarre, absurd, passionate, or humorous, but it [would] always be on the cutting edge.” Inside, Babylon A Go-Go’s relatively tame “black and white” decor was offset by an array of “bizarre and controversial” displayed artwork that had been handpicked by the club’s owners for its uniqueness (and potential shock value). Babylon A Go-Go regularly hosted a variety of local and national alternative music acts. On Sunday nights, Babylon A Go-Go offered themed nights and musical acts catered specifically toward Cleveland’s gay communities. Though popular, Babylon A Go-Go closed in September 1991. The venue later reopened as Hank Berger’s Club Trash.

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  • Chernin, Donna. “Eclectic Club in Ohio City.” Plain Dealer. November 10, 1989.
  • Scott, Jane. “Last Hurrah.” Plain Dealer. September 6, 1991.
  • Scott, Jane. “Old Clubs Get New Formats.” Plain Dealer. September 13, 1991.
2523 Market Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

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