in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

Rockies, a gay men’s bar, opened at 9208 Detroit Avenue in 1994. The bar was named after its owner, Rocky Archacki. Rockies featured a bar, patio, dance floor, pool table, and game room open to patrons. Rockies’ was the home of “Cleveland’s only Sunday Tea Dance,” Wednesday karaoke competitions, annual chili cook-offs, patio cook-outs, and a variety of other recurring themed events. Rockies frequently hosted benefits and fundraisers for LGBT+ organizations and causes, including Northern Ohio Coalition Inc.‘s annual Easter Basket Auction and Month of Memories benefits. After operating for nearly 12 years, Rockies closed in 2006. The bar subsequently reopened as Cocktails Cleveland.

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9208 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 (Rockies).

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