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Old 06-23-2014, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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True, but it wasn't a predominately black club in 1990...it was known as a levi/leather club back then and drew mainly a white clientele.
Well, welcome to 2014. It is now.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:02 PM
 
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Well, welcome to 2014. It is now.
Okay...I guess you are being sarcastic, but he had specifically asked for black clubs that were around prior to 1990. I was just trying to help answer the question, not to correct you. Sorry if it came across the wrong way.

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Old 06-24-2014, 12:16 AM
 
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Bulldogs became all black around the late 90s. Around 97
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, Ga
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Bulldogs is the ONLY gay bar left on the Peachtree Street midtown corridor, and as far as I know the clientele is 95+ black -- though the last time I was there, the staff was all white.
It's one of the oldest gay bars around and I think the oldest in the city proper! I believe you're right also about it being the only one on Peachtree Road in Midtown, and when I think about it, I don't know of any others off hand directly on Peachtree. I'm not sure how the clients started out as or were up until the 90's, but I do know that by the 90's it had a large black following, and you could certainly say the trend has been for multiple decades for it to be a largely black based club.

I also like a previous poster mentioning Traxx. It, IMO, was the best predominately black gay club in the area (and if anyone has ever been there, you know it probably was the largest club period. OMG it was like being inside of Walmart). The owner's death around the time of Nikki Minaj's performance there was a horrible tragedy and has basically led to the death of the club. It closed it's old location and since has moved around at least once or twice to different locations, all being a significant downgrade and reduced experience to the former glory.

S/N: Anyone know if there's any history behind ATL Live (the club up somewhere on Buford Highway somewhere north of Clairmont Road)
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Okay...I guess you are being sarcastic, but he had specifically asked for black clubs that were around prior to 1990. I was just trying to help answer the question, not to correct you. Sorry if it came across the wrong way.
No you're right. Bulldogs did not begin its life as a predominately black club. That changed in the mid 90s
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:18 AM
 
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It has been a mostly black club for years now...I would say since the mid to late 90s. But there was always a little bit of a mixed crowd there from what I remember going back to the late 80s or so.

I found some information on The Marquette (not Marketta) located at 868 Simpson Street. I was way off on the name AND the location, although the current location may be different than in the past. I don't know how old this information is or if the club is still open.

"The Marquette has been open for over 45 years and ran by the same family. It is the Oldest known Black/Gay Club in the south. People from all over the world have heard of the World Famous Marquette aka The Sleezy Queezy. The club features a Talent show on Friday nights and 1st place wins $100 and invited to be on the Saturday night show with the cast."
Marquette Club in Atlanta, GA - Reviews and Directions

Wow, thanks for the help JoeTarheel, I lived in Atlanta for about 5 years and never heard of this club. (Marquette)

Luckily I was able to Google a picture so thank you very much!

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Old 06-24-2014, 11:27 AM
 
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Thanks EVERYBODY for all the great replies, I really do appreciate it!

Does anyone know if the picture I'm posting is Traxx? I got this picture from Google but It doesn't say Traxx? Or is this something new that is there now?
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:55 PM
 
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Thanks EVERYBODY for all the great replies, I really do appreciate it!

Does anyone know if the picture I'm posting is Traxx? I got this picture from Google but It doesn't say Traxx? Or is this something new that is there now?
I'm not sure if this was Traxx, but IIRC - it was some gay club (Loretta's?). I think this building is near where a person walking from the Georgia Tech campus to the North Ave. MARTA station would emerge after exiting the pedestrian tunnel that goes under the Downtown Connector. I remember seeing this all the time in the early '90s - while on my way from campus to the MARTA station (I always passed this during its "off hours" - can't exactly remember whether or not I ran into any patrons.).

ETA: this seems to be confirmation that this building was once Loretta's - at 708 Spring St.:

http://www.404area.com/atlanta/midto...e/club-708.htm

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Old 06-24-2014, 05:37 PM
 
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I'm not sure if this was Traxx, but IIRC - it was some gay club (Loretta's?). I think this building is near where a person walking from the Georgia Tech campus to the North Ave. MARTA station would emerge after exiting the pedestrian tunnel that goes under the Downtown Connector. I remember seeing this all the time in the early '90s - while on my way from campus to the MARTA station (I always passed this during its "off hours" - can't exactly remember whether or not I ran into any patrons.).

ETA: this seems to be confirmation that this building was once Loretta's - at 708 Spring St.:

Club 708 | Atlanta - midtown atlanta | 404area.com

The address for the picture I posted is 714 South Spring Street Atlanta which is what I had as an address for Traxx. But I have found a completely different address on their facebook page?

2549 Gresham Rd SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30316

Then I saw a third one and figured I better hold off on that one.

Secondly, the picture I had for the old Loretta's I have attached. BUT IT LOOKS LIKE I'M WRONG!

708 and 714 seems to pull up the same club just like you said so now I'm really confused.

I'm going to contact them on facebook. Maybe they moved after the owner was killed a few years back. Will post an update when I clear this up.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:58 PM
 
Location: island of misfit toys
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hey its cool your doing this project! This is a subject that i fantasize about all the time. Our history hasnt been told so kudos to you!

Ive partied in Atlanta A LOT over the years and the building in the first picture you posted is Lorettas/The Sequel/708. It changed names many times over.

The building was pretty large. I believe that second pic looks like the same building. I can remember that long line during pride going down the side of the building.

But yeah that first pic is definitely Lorettas/708.
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