MJ’s Place

in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

MJ’s Place, a gay bar, opened at 11633 Lorain Avenue in 1995. MJ’s Place featured a bar, dance floor, and live entertainment. Throughout the week, MJ’s Place hosted drag shows featuring popular local and national performers. MJ’s Place was the first Cleveland gay bar to host monthly Latin Nights (nights geared towards a predominantly Latino LGBT+ patronage) on select Saturdays. Over the years, owner M. J. Giovannetti became well known for hosting numerous fundraisers and benefits for LGBT+ groups, organizations, and causes. MJ’s Place closed in 2003. The bar reopened as Apex the following year.

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11633 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111

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