There has been a lot of talk and criticism of gay bars having straight nights. In particular, I'm talking about Menjo's and Backstreet. Certain bars have their busy nights. Thursday at Menjo's has been a busy night for decades. Backstreet has always had Saturdays. Both bars, under various owners have tried to get a second busy gay night without much success. With the internet, Gindr, exodus of gay people from Detroit, the gay bar business is tough.
I hear people complaining that "Oh my gosh, they have a straight night" on a night when no gay people were going to that bar anyway. People expect these bars to just sit empty six nights a week? You can't pay the bills on one busy night. I love both of these bars and want to continue to go to my fun Thursdays at Menjo's and my fun Saturdays at Backstreet. The simple fact is, neither bar can serve us on our favorite nights without having some other business on nights when we are not there. This will be true no matter who owns or manages them now or in the future.
If you owned either one of these bars would you let them sit empty six nights a week? Necto has had a mix of gay/straight nights for decades and nobody complains about that. I remember when Temple in Ferndale which was owned by the boys from Pronto had a straight night, some people got all in a tissy and swore they would stop going there. We are not Chicago, we are Detroit, the gay community is just not large enough right now to keep gay bars busy seven nights a week. I love both of these bars, they hold many fond memories for me and I want to see them both continue and thrive. There has been a lot of drama regarding Backstreet in the last few days, hopefully they can settle their differences in court and not in public.
I like a good dance bar, both are good dance bars. If we begrudge either one for having straight nights when we are not there anyway, they both would go out of business and we would have no place to go to.
People say "Detroit sucks, I'm moving away" or "The scene in Detroit sucks, I'm staying home" You want Detroit to be fun like Chicago? Stop staying home and go out! If people stopped complaining and went out, the bars would be a lot more fun. Turn your damn Grindr off with the fake blurry picture and meet humans in the flesh. As far as the bars go, they need to give us a reason to go, like good dance music which both bars had a long history of. Something that has been lacking at both bars in my humble opinion. You are welcome to disagree with me, comment away....