The longtime home of somewhat on-again, off-again monthly LGBTQ disco dance night Macho City and Detroit's original leather daddy bar, the R&R Saloon, bid a fond farewell this year after 37 years in business. So maybe leather daddy bars aren't exactly everyone's "thing", but there's no denying that in the early days of Movement (post-DEMF and that little two-year blip of WTF), places like the R&R and the Detroit Eagle (also RIP) – seedy gay bars on the outskirts of everything – threw some of the very best after-hours after parties. At least we still have The Works (and Macho City is back to being a monthly event, now at Menjo's).
After a transformer fire burned the bar beyond repair, it was closed for good in April (after over 30 years in business). It was a sad goodbye indeed. Hamtramck might not be wanting for lack of dive bars, but there is an equal place in the hearts of every Hamtramckian for each and every one of them, and Hippo's has left a hippo-sized hole in its absence.
Kiernan's Steak House and Silky's Martinis & Music
This longtime Dearborn destination for food and fun closed its doors after business had been steadily slipping over the last decade. Kiernan's was an unapologetically old-school steakhouse, had been open since 1965, and once brought in a steady crowd of lunching businessmen from the nearby Ford Motor Company World Headquarters, while the adjoining Martini bar brought in the younger party-people crowd at night with DJs and live music. Downtown-West Dearborn isn't exactly known as a nightlife hotspot as it is, and the closure of these sister properties deals it yet another blow. Luckily, Detroit isn't too far of a drive, and its bar scene is blowing up.
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