Domino Lounge

in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

The Domino Lounge, a popular jazz and cocktail bar, opened at 612 Prospect Avenue in 1958. The Domino Lounge was owned by Bernie Hollinder and operated by Manley Kay. The Domino Lounge gained a reputation as a popular hangout for African American LGBT+ community members. The Domino Lounge offered patrons a jukebox, but it was better known for its revolving cast of local and national musical entertainers. The Domino Lounge closed in the early 2000s.

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612 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44115

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