The Garage was around for many years and it might rise from the ashes???
Large dance floor and Trends was connected to it.
I sure hope it comes back to life.
Chap, June 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm
I’m not sure when this dance bar opened, but it was a big place with a big dance
floor. It was in back of Trends. Trends was the first bar I went to back in October or
November of 1980 and the Garage wasn’t opened yet. Maybe someone knows the date that it
first opened it’s doors.
I did find, in all my stuff, a “Top Thirty Dance Music Playlist” for the Garage dated
March 15, 1982.
The DJ”s were Robbie Beard and Richard Hackney and the Lightman was Gerin.
That was a fun place. And I have great memories of that club.
*****Proud To Have The Best Bar Back Again*****, July 2, 2013 at 6:43 pm
*****It’s The Best Gay Bar In Columbus Now*****
The Garage Opened Up Their Doors Way Back In 1975 I Remember Is Because I Was Their Every Night. (7/days a week 31days a month)
””’Best Dance Music Ever””’ ””’Best Dance Bar Ever””’
…..Then The Garage Turned Into A Straight Bar For Several Years And That Didn’t Go Down As Well…..
The Garage Returned Back On June 22ND Of 2013 Witch Was Are Day Pride And Proud Weekend!!!!! I Am So Happy To Have Our Huge Dance Floor Back Again!!!!! Gay And Proud To Have It Back!!!!! Going Every Saturday Going Back To The Dance Floor And Loading Up On Some Great Drinks!!!!! I Will Be Seeing All Of You Guys At Our New Bar Now And Forever Mores!!!!! Please Come And Keep It Alive. Please Help Support It. Is Because It Came Back Just For You!!!!! The Good Times Are Now Back Enjoy!!!!!
Chap, August 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm
Just wanted to add a great memory for me to your wonderful web site. It was June 6th, 1982 and I went to the Garage to see Carol Jiani perform. It was wonderful, she had some great hits like Mercy and Hit n’ run lover. I was going thru some of my stuff and found the ticket for that night. It was great. Also on June 25th. 1982 my friend Don and I were dancing at the Garage and we noticed a lady and some guy on the dance floor, I kept telling Don she looked familiar.
It turned out to be Carol Jiani. She was still in town and was enjoying an evening at the Garage. Don and did get her autograph. Wonderful memories. What happened to the 80’s?
Leather, August 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm
Amazing memories at The Garage. Am I gay? Am I straight? Am I bi? It doesn’t really matter. It was always the best music in town without question. The music took over and overone was pumping to the beat. The other options in town were repulsive bars filled with women on the dance floor and an army of Lenny and Squiggy watching and drooling with bud-light in hand. The Garage was like a mini-Rave. The music was so well orchestrated and built to an orgasmic crescendo with everyone in the building sharing in that amazing time. It was an amazing place where nobody cared who you were, what color you were, what sexual orentation you were – if you loved the music, you fit right in.
Ronnie, January 21, 2014 at 3:12 am
The Garage was the first gay bar I ever went into comming out it was the best place to dance and drink and meet new people, that was back in 1982, I have alot of memories from that time.
k, April 15, 2014 at 12:34 am
march 1983 1 went but was to young to get in came back 2yrs later.had a blast it was 1985 omg if I could turn back time
Chap, April 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm
Just wanted to say that I’m glad to see people adding their comments to your wonderful web-site.
I can only hope more people express their feelings and share memories of their times at these wonderful places.
One thing I’m trying to do is get as close to the accurate dates as possible. I’ve turned my computer into a
“Memory Lane” of everything that I can possibly remember in my life, time-line and everything, clear back to 1960.
It gives you a chance to really reflect on your personal past. You remember so many wonderful things that are
buried in your mind and it makes you feel so good, even bad memories are good. Shows you how you’ve grown.
I hope more people chime in to tell of their memories of these great bars and great memories of their friends.
My life at the bars were wonderful. The 80’s was the best decade. So many wonderful memories.
I hear the Garage reopened. I’ve also heard and read on your web-site that it isn’t as good as the original. Nothing
can be as good as when the clubs were 1st running strong in the 80’s.
It’s sad, but I guess times change. The last time I was out at a bar was at Trade Winds back in 2005. All the new
faces and the new music, it’s hard to adjust. And all the good-looking guys that are out now….weren’t even born
yet when I was out dancing my little legs off at the clubs. I’m now that “old-timer” that I use to avoid when I was young.
You know what they say, “What goes around, comes around.”
Still wondering when the original Garage opened it’s doors. I see someone on your web-site said he remembers going
to it back in 1975. 1975? Was it somewhere else and re-opened behind Trends later? I can clearly remember going
to Trends for the first time in October or November of 1980 and the Garage wasn’t opened yet. As a matter of fact the only
dance floor was in Trends and it was a small one. I don’t mean the only dance floor in the city, just on that block.
As you walk into the Trends and stand at the door, if you’re looking down the bar to where the hall starts and goes to the
back door to the Garage, well, left of that wall is a small cubby hole. That is where the dance floor was. And in the corner,
the left corner of that cubby hole was a tiny DJ booth. And being a gay guy, well I hate that word Tiny.
Trust me, it was a small dance floor and if you liked a song you better hurry and get on the floor while there was room or
you had to stand and watch. Some people did dance in the main area of the bar on the carpet. It was one of those
dance floors that you had to wait for someone to get tired and leave the floor before you could get on it. And that’s why
it got crowded, that was the only dance floor in the building. Trust me, if the Garage was opened….well let me say when
the Garage did open in late 1981 or early 1982 the dance floor was removed from Trends and that little section was
converted into a small place with tables and chairs because everybody went to the back at the Garage. That had a
much bigger dance area. So yes, during 1981 I can remember wonderful evenings on that small dance floor in Trends.
It did get crowded but that was kind of the charm about it. It was interesting, when the Garage did open, Trends became
more of “go-between” bar. Most of the traffic in this bar became people going in Trends walking right to the back to
get to the Garage. I can remember a guy who played the piano on Wednesday or Thursday nights and I think when
the Garage opened, that even stopped. Trends became a bar for more of an older clientele that sat at the bar and
watched the younger crowd walk in and got to the back.
I stood in the back by the door many, many nights at Trends playing the video games there and the only thing that
took place in regards to the back building where the Garage would later be was the bartenders would bring cases of
beer from there for the front bar. So they were using that section for storage.
Still, so many great evenings on that small dance floor to songs like.
Yes, I’m adding a list of songs. So many wonderful songs were part of those great evenings, and some are high
on my “Chill Factor” list. That’s my list that when I even see a title of a song, it sends chills up and down my spine
and provokes great memories. So a small list of songs for Trends are:
“Rapture” and “The Tide is High” by Blondie
“Morning Train (9 to 5)” by Sheena Easton
“Stars on 45 medley” by Stars on 45
“The Winner Takes it all” by Abba
“Celebration” by Kool & the Gang
“Another one bites the Dust” by Queen
“The Wanderer” by Donna Summer
“Im Coming out” and “Upside down” by Diana Ross
Wonderful nights. Wonderful times.
larry, October 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm
You pretty much captured the times in a awesome memory time capsule. I too came out at the Trends in 1980/1981 and loved its
“tiny” dance floor until the Garage opened. It was such great times and super music. The only other bar at this time that came close was Imaginations which had a huge dance floor, piano bar, fruit bar, etc. etc. and decorated beautifully. Even the men’s room was stylish and ritzy. Imaginations didn’t last long because of its proximity. Too bad cuz it was a super bar.
Thanks for the walk down memory lane
Chap, October 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm
Just wanted to add something to your “Garage” section of
your wonderful web-site. I’ve mentioned earlier that I have a
list of the top 30 songs for March 15, 1982 that played
at the Garage. Just wanted to bring back memories for those
who were there and add them here. Those people who weren’t
around at that time can make a CD and hear a “night at the Garage.”
#1.”Let’s Work” – Prince
#2.”(The Best Part of) Breaking Up” – Roni Griffith
#3.”Jump Shout” – Lisa
#4.”Designer Music” – Lipps, Inc.
#5.”Love Buzz” – Voggue
#6.”Cool / Get Up” – The Time
#7.”Tell me that I’m Dreaming” – Was (Not Was)
#8.”BYOB” – Take Five
#9.”The Visitors / When all is Said and Done” – ABBA
#10.”The Beat Escape” – Fingerprintz
#11.”Glad to Know You / Questionnaire” – Chas Jankel
#12.”That Girl” – Stevie Wonder
#13.”Mama Used to Say” – Junior
#14.”Won’t You Dance With Me / Sooner or later” – Crystal & The Time
#15.”Don’t Stop” – The Mood
#16.”Call Me” – Skyy
#17.”Don’t Turn Your Back on Love” – Eloise Whitaker
#18.”Roll with the Punches” – ADC Band
#19.”Get a little” – Patrick Cowley
#20.”I Need Your Love” – Kelly Marie
#21.”Passion” – The Flirts
#22.”You Got the Power” – War
#23.”All Night” – Bonnie Forman
#24.”Could be Tonight” – Liquid Gold
#25.”Get Up / Pull, Fancy Dancer, Pull” – One Way
#26.”It’s Good to be King (rap)” – Mel Brooks
#27.”Voodoo Man” – Roni Griffith
#28.”Love Stealers” – Saint Tropez
#29.”Something About You” – Ebonee Webb
#30.”You Bring Out the Freak in Me” – Waldo
PICK HIT – “A Night to Remember” – Shalamar
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