Cleveland’s Gay Nightlife Scene to Lose Pioneering Bounce Nightclub

For 13 years, Bounce Nightclub (2814 Detroit Ave., 216-357-2997, was the place to go for Cleveland’s LGBT community and those who loved partying with them. The dance club/restaurant/cabaret on the edge of Ohio City hosted campy drag shows, raging dance parties, and chill weeknights filled with friends and neighbors.

All that is slated to come to end on January 4th, 2015, when the club is scheduled to close.

“The time has come, the Walrus said,” replied Bounce General Manager Stephen Mayse. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s true.”

Ironically, Bounce’s dire situation very likely is a result of a much more open and accepting community, one where gay people are welcome to party anywhere they’d like.

“I feel what with everybody being welcome at every bar, it opens up a world of other places to go,” says Mayse. “You no longer have to go to just the gay bars. Drag queens are performing at regular bars. I do feel like that was part of the problem.”

There still is a glimmer of hope for Bounce, adds Mayse.

“We’ve been approached by a few people who say they’d like to keep it going,” he says. “Someone could step in very easily and take it over. It’s not done til it’s done.”

He says that both the business and the building are for sale.

Until then, make a point of supporting Bounce until the last drag queen sings.  
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Douglas Trattner

For 20 years, Douglas Trattner has worked as a full-time freelance writer, editor and author. His work on Michael Symon's "Carnivore," "5 in 5" and “Fix it With Food” have earned him three New York Times Best-Selling Author honors, while his longstanding role as Scene dining editor garnered the award of “Best...
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