in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

Longevity, a gay bar, opened at 2032 West 25th Street in 2002. Co-owners John Barlock and Kenny Maxwell opened Longevity in the space formerly inhabited by the Locker Room. Longevity featured cheap drinks, a variety of food, and live in-house entertainment. In addition to functioning as a bar, Longevity operated as a gay men’s strip club. Longevity’s male dancers, known as the Boys of Longevity, offered adult performances throughout the week. Longevity also hosted a variety of annual themed parties and events, including Sunday football parties, steak roasts, clam bakes, fish fries, and holiday and anniversary celebrations. The introduction of legislation intended to further regulate adult businesses in Ohio (H.B. 23 and S.B. 27) posed a threat to Longevity’s operations in 2004-2005. Longevity closed in 2006. The club later reopened as Club Argos.

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  • “Am. Sub. H.B. 23.” 126th General Assembly. August 17, 2006. Ohio General Assembly Archives.
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2032 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

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