Cornett: Adamz Lounge is breath of fresh air for Toledo gay bar sceneWritten by Rick Cornett | | CountryConnection@toledofreepress.com
On July 1 a breath of fresh air blew into the Toledo gay bar scene with the grand opening of Adamz Lounge in the thriving UpTown business district at 2012 Adams St. above Bretz Nightclub.
The lounge is upscale and modern with a contemporary feel of relaxed comfort. The highlight of the large and spacious room is the bank of huge second floor windows that cover the entire wall facing the street. Fresh air and sunlight come in as you gaze out to a LGBT community that no longer has to deal with dark and secluded bars with no windows, no color and no personality.
In all the years I’ve been supporting Toledo gay bars, this is the first I recall ever having windows that welcomed us to a world we once feared. Soft lighting, padded black leather chairs with chrome trim and tables to match set the tone for a relaxing place to go after work or school. The original ornate tin ceiling that dates back to 1922 when the historic building was built, has been freshly painted white. No loud blaring DJ or jukebox distract from conversation and good times. The crowd is a good mix of younger and older gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who welcome our allies and friends to join in the fun. Bartender Brandon Murphy is a young, upbeat and exciting personality who makes everyone feel accepted with his big smile and friendly banter.
The lounge is open 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., three days a week, featuring the latest music videos on Mondays, Tuesday trivia with prizes and open-mic night for local artists on Wednesdays. Happy hour is from 5-8 p.m. with $2 well drinks and domestic beers. A rotating list of specialty and seasonal wines and beers is also offered.
The walls of the lounge are decorated with artwork featuring the talents of local artists. If you are interested in displaying your work at Adamz Lounge or performing on Wednesdays during open-mic night, contact bar mangers Barb Best or Casey Clark at (419) 243-1900 for more information.
Bretz Nightclub, located directly below Adamz Lounge, opened in 1987 and is currently Toledo’s oldest gay bar. Bretz is open Thursday through Saturday nights. Both establishments are owned by Michelle Woda.
On Aug. 2 following the Toledo Pride festival and parade, Bretz Nightclub will host its annual after party. This is the biggest night of the year for Bretz and it is going all out. Adams Street in front of the club will be closed to traffic to accommodate the huge crowd. Adamz Lounge will also be open for this special event. For the latest information on Adamz Lounge and Bretz Nightclub, follow them on Facebook.
Rick Cornett is an actvist, historian and promoter for the Toledo LGBT community.