in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

Mist-A-Henry’s, a gay show bar, opened at 2163 Payne Avenue in 1979. Mist-A-Henry’s quickly established itself as “one of the places to spend a night out in Cleveland.” The friendly service provided by co-owners Henry Henderson and Sam Fudge, as well as the club’s “moderately priced” drinks, music, and live entertainment,” garnered Mist-A-Henry’s “not only a large local patronage, but a national following as well.” In December 1980, an unidentified arsonist broke into Mist-A-Henry’s and set the bar’s interior ablaze. Everything inside the bar was largely left unsalvageable following the arson attack. Mist-A-Henry’s closed following the 1980 after the bar fire. Undeterred, the club’s co-owners reunited to open Another Place in 1981.

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  • Fontaine, Bambi. “Top Show at Henry’s.” High Gear. May 1980. Page 14.
  • Howard, Carl. “Odds ‘n’ Ends.” High Gear. July 1979.
  • Miecznikowski, Dan. “Mist-A-Henry’s Torched.” High Gear. October 1980. Page 2.
  • Nosek, John, and Leon Stevens. “Gay Community 1970s.” Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.
2163 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114 (Mist-A-Henry’s).

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