Club Trash

in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

Club Trash, a short-lived alternative gay nightclub, opened at 2523 Market Avenue in October 1991. Seeking to capitalize on Cleveland’s emerging “gay and avant-garde” underground nightclub scene, club entrepreneur Hank Berger opened Club Trash in the building formerly inhabited by Babylon A Go-Go, a gay-friendly alternative nightclub. Berger likened Club Trash to a “cross between his very first club [in Cleveland], Traxx (which was a gay club), with a touch of his more recent Hank’s Cafe thrown in too.” Inside, Berger renovated and decorated the “unpretentious” Club Trash with “kitsch decor of the late ’50s and early ’60s” sourced from local thrift and resale stores on Lorain Avenue. During its opening in October 1991, however, Club Trash was shut down by city inspectors (purportedly because the owners of the former Babylon A Go-Go had failed to attain necessary permits before renovating the club). Though Berger was later able to obtain necessary permits needed to reopen Club Trash, the club ultimately “didn’t receive enough customer support to continue.” Club Trash closed in January 1992, only five months after it had first opened.

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2523 Market Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

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