No, it's not a biker bar. Spike's Leather Club opens Wednesday , Birmingham's only bar that proudly and primarily caters to the fetish community. A lot of people have misconceptions about the club, though. It's not. And while there will be a lot of leather, wearing it isn't a requirement. Walking through Spike's, there's a bar, a dance floor, a DJ Booth, a lounge that can be rented out for private groups, a porch and a leather shop stocked with everything from Spike's T-Shirts to leather harnesses.
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Tin Tins was an all-night dance club formerly located opposite Birmingham New Street station at Smallbrook Queensway in Birmingham , roughly on the site where the Debenhams store now stands as part of the new Bullring Shopping Centre. It was an influential club in the Birmingham dance scene and was the predecessor of, and influence for, many now well-established clubs. It closed in Tin Tins opened its doors as a gay club in the Spring of , the brainchild of Brian Wigley and Martin Healey the owners of the drag cabaret bar Partners now Glamorous and was successful in the early years as a gay club particularly with a younger clientele, under the management of Stan Cherrington and Richard O'Donnell. The only other gay club in the city at the time was 'The Nightingale' more popular with an older predominantly male customer base.
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The area expanded from just the Nightingale Club and Windmill bar in the s, to multiple bars and venues in the surrounding streets, with the area first curtained off from the rest of the city by the Smallbrook Queensway section of the Inner Ring Road. This took place in the s, when the area was a little warehouse district with a few small businesses. The area was expanded in the s when land to the east of Hurst Street was cleared for the building of the Arcadian Centre, with the only surviving building being that of the Missing Bar.
This month we're heading to sweet home Alabama to check out the scene in Birmingham. This new show of support for the LGBTQ community is sure to make this Southern town feel even more welcoming to members of the gay community looking to move to the area. For those who love a good game, fun can be found on the field with the New South Softball League.