Duck Island Club

in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

The Duck Island Club, an LGBT+-friendly dive bar, opened at 2102 Freeman Avenue in 2000. Owners Jeff Eisenberg and Mike Weigand envisioned Duck Island Club as being a “nice” and relaxing “place where [anyone] could hang out” away from the hustle and bustle of more popular area bars. The Duck Island Club contained a small bar, lounge, and a cozy outdoor patio area. Throughout the week, Duck Island regularly hosted a variety of live entertainment acts and themed event nights. By the mid-2000s, the Duck Island Club became the “‘in’ place for the A-list of the city’s gay male activist community” to gather. Duck Island underwent a change in ownership after Andre Long purchased the bar in 2012. In 2019, however, Long was forced to close the Duck Island Club after he was “served a felony charge accusing him of bribing a Cleveland police officer.” Though Long initially denied having “bribed an officer with money in January [2019] so the bar could operate past the mandated 2a.m. cutoff for serving alcohol,” he ultimately pled guilty to the charge in late 2020. The Duck Island Club remains closed.

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2102 Freeman Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

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