Mac & Jerry’s

in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

Mac & Jerry’s bar was located at 234 Superior Avenue. Mac & Jerry’s was a popular hangout spot for “labor workers and minor hoods” in Cleveland during the 1940s and 1950s. Though Mac and Jerry’s was a a predominantly straight working-class bar, it gained a reputation as a local cruising ground popular with “foolhardy gays in search of rough trade.” Consequently, cruising at Mac & Jerry’s was often accompanied by incidents of homophobic violence. Mac and Jerry’s was purportedly the site of “at least two murders and countless near fatal beatings of gays.”


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Resources

  • Codger. “The Cleveland Bar Scene – Thirty Years Ago.” High Gear. March 1977. Page 26.
  • Drake, Robert J. “State Liquor Men Visit Rowdy Bars.” Plain Dealer. June 13, 1949.
  • Negron, Sidney. “Gay Bars in Cleveland.” Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.
234 Superior Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113 (Mac and Jerry’s).

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