Twiggy’s Place

in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

Twiggy’s Place was a gay bar, disco, and nightclub that opened on the eastern edge of downtown in 1973. It was opened and run by Thom Glynn, who went by the nickname Twiggy. In the first couple of years of operation, Twiggy’s was one of two Cleveland gay bars that were not segregated by sex, meaning women and men were welcome. Straight people were also welcome at Twiggy’s; however, there were complaints of some of the straight clientele harassing gay patrons. Twiggy’s hosted numerous events, such as costume parties with $500 prizes.

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2537 St. Clair Ave. NE., Cleveland, OH 44114 (Twiggy’s Place).

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