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65 posts
Feb 23, 2009
8:41 AM
Does everyone remeber the following hangouts:

The Shed-UD district, great local bands.

Dixie Electric Company-Kettering, huge dance floor, watered down drinks

The She-Forest Park, Tuesday Night Beer Blast-all you could drink

Caspers-Miamisburg, Small place-you had to get there early. Pool tables and foosball

Hinky Dinks-Kettering-what a dive; later called Nardo's
26 posts
Feb 24, 2009
11:23 AM
Some places that I frequented, mostly for the music (Silver Dollar Band, and others):

TJ's, in Englewood.

The Mouse that Roared, in Beavercreek. The Beavercreek Police were always in the parking lot to greet you at closing.

The Lion's Den, on Wilmington Ave. (near Patterson). Foosball in the back. I was underage and got escorted in the backdoor on Friday nights.

McGuffey's House of Draft, on Burkhardt.

The First Stop, on Brown St. We got in the back door, from National Lanes.
88 posts
Feb 24, 2009
3:15 PM
Bo68Chevy - I hung out at the Lions Den a LOT. Do you remember when it burnt down? I was in there earlier that night with my gal friend. Do you ever remember seeing a wild custom painted 69 gold corvette that always parked straight across the street at the Shell (I think) gas station? That was me.


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27 posts
Feb 25, 2009
1:34 PM
tlturbo, I only went in the front door one time. Because of my age, my co-workers got me in the back door. I usually did not leave the back area, near the foosball tables. The timeframe was 1977, and I was 18 or 19. Unfortunately, I do not remember seeing your Vette. I am sure that it was nice. I do remember the stuffed lion(s) behind the bar.
89 posts
Feb 26, 2009
7:35 AM
bo68 - way after my time. I think it burnt down around 71??? I left Dayton in Jan 1972 for Florida - been here ever since. I didn't know they rebuilt it but why not. It was a great place.


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3 posts
Apr 21, 2009
7:56 PM
In high school I couldn't wait to turn 18 & go to The She but I moved away right after grad & since I was still 17 I never got to the She! I was at the movies - same parking lot as the Mouse that Roared in Beavercreek & saw the cops over there alot!
93 posts
Apr 22, 2009
5:39 AM
WendyfromBcreek - what year did you graduate and where did you live? I graduated 1965 and lived off New Germany Trebine in Brook Hollow. I think Mouse that Roared was well after I moved away.


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9 posts
Apr 30, 2009
10:42 AM
Today (or it did until last year), the building that served as home for the She Night Club now houses a flea market-type business. Talk about clutter. But, what I found really cool was the raised floor located just off where the dance floor used to be, the part where everyone sat at the tables, drank, and used their best lines, all the while watching the other couples "Get Up and Boogie" or slow dance to Jefferson Starship's "Miracles." The black metal railing is still there, so it doesn't take much to take you back to those days. If I didn't know better. I'd think that the Bee Gees lurked somewhere within the confines.

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20 posts
May 03, 2009
1:12 PM
Earlier today, I stopped by the flea market where the She was once housed. The flea market is still open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. I took a few photos, but the amount of clutter made it next to impossible to get a good idea as to the layout. A good imagination helps. The two steps required to walk up from the dance floor to the area containing tables and chairs are still noticable.

Nearby are the places where the Golden Lion, the Jammer, and a couple other lounges once opened for entertainment. All are located at the rear of Forest Park Plaza. Watch out for the potholes in the parking lot.

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Jun 28, 2009
7:23 PM
what was name of restaurant/bar on 1st street between Main & Ludlow beside the entrance to the PMI parking garage. Used to serve sauerkraut balls during happy hour... late '70s.
28 posts
Jun 29, 2009
5:43 AM

I believe you're thinking of The Pewter Mug. It was a popular after-work watering hole for workers downtown.

125 posts
Aug 27, 2009
3:27 PM
Ahhhhh - Timothy's - what great memories.


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Last Edited by tlturbo on Dec 19, 2014 3:47 AM
7 posts
Aug 28, 2009
1:40 PM
The only one I ever went to much was the Diamond Club on Stanley Av. It was pretty much a pole dance and hustle place by that time, a shadow of what it once was. They had name acts back in the day. The owners son re-did the place in the late 70's and called it Yesterdays. It was an upscale Disco/Supper Club. Very nice, actually. The place burned shortly after opening. It was rumored to have been having financial problems.
128 posts
Aug 28, 2009
2:09 PM
The Diamond Club in the late 60's and very early 70's was THE PLACE to be. Wed and Sun nights $3 to get in and all the beer you could drink. Wayne Cockran and the CC Riders was one of the house bands. They had some WILD mini skirt contests. I watched the Apollo Moon Landing from there.


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204 posts
Aug 29, 2009
7:31 AM
I remember Yesterdays very well as I worked on Troy St right next to it but I don't remember a fire. They did have good food but they were in a bad location. It was an industrial area and everything in the area was closed at night and on the weekends.

There was a bar called Daimond Lils there for awhile but I can't remember if it was before or after Yesterdays. The last use of the building was as an AMVETS Post. After they moved, the building was torn down.

I also remember when it was the Diamond Club. After work, I'd walk over there and have a beer before heading home.

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10 posts
Jan 07, 2010
11:38 PM
The She was something
8 posts
Jan 08, 2010
6:41 PM
I remember a group called "The Entertainers" who played at The She and The Living Room - early 70's(?)
Then we hung out at The Cowboy in 70's & 80's
63 posts
Jan 09, 2010
12:41 PM
Anyone remember the LT Club? I believe it was north of Huber on Brant.
3 posts
Jan 11, 2010
7:12 PM
.......the pic-nic off of brown street.....
64 posts
Jan 12, 2010
4:41 PM
tlturbo, that was it. You described it perfectly. It was the first psychedelic dance club I can remember ever going to. I saw the Everly Brother there in about 1966.
Sly Stone
1 post
Jan 16, 2010
10:27 PM

Back in the early 80's there was a bar called : "The Gateway Lounge" used to be somewhat across the street from the Air Force museum I recall.. my Dad owned it at one time and as a kid I use to come out to Dayton and spend the Summer's with him and was curious if it's still there or changed to a different name? I kind of also recall it being near a Highway....my Dad and I also use to visit a good friend of his who owned a restaurant down the street called "The Athenian" ..was curious if that is still around also? Thanks for any info.
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Jan 21, 2010
1:13 PM
I use to DJ at the Living Room on North Dixie during the 70's. Learned a lot about life working a 21 and up bar at age 19. I couldn't drink but that's all I couldn't do. Remembering the bands...Cops and Robbers, The Line and patrons with names like Bubbles and Peaches. Not to forget Tiny at the front door. That was a true piece of 70's Americana!
2 posts
Jan 24, 2010
8:11 PM
The L.T. club was on brant pike about half way to huber. They had a great house band The vacant lot. There was almost as much action in the parking lot as inside. If you could not get laid at the LT you better stay home.
4 posts
Feb 04, 2010
10:29 AM
The Echo on brown street wow watched bands there and $3 beer blast nite all you can drink,
111 posts
Feb 04, 2010
11:22 AM
There was a club on Brown Street that had live music, can't remember the name but there was a group called the Lovers that had a female singer and they were fabulous.
189 posts
Feb 05, 2010
5:17 AM
I spent a lot of nights 1968-1972 at Timothy's on Brown St just S of Ray Bryant Chevy. I think Wed? night was also $3 beer night. Not sure if they had live music or not.


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Mar 05, 2010
9:41 AM
bigbob the club on Brown St. used to be called Union Depot in the '70's not sure what it was called when Leah Landis and the Lovers played there
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Mar 05, 2010
3:06 PM
I worked in quite a few Bars as a bartender in the Dayton Area for over 20 years..
1st Bar I ever worked was the Moonlight Bar on Brown St.
Then the next few are a bit blurry, but the ones I worked longest at were Skiddles/Breakers/Sanctuary on Brandt Pike in Huber Heights..was there from 1984 to 1997..then went over to Slammers on Old Troy Pike for a year..then The Upper Deck in Moraine across from Truck and Bus..but when I wasn't working I was hitting all the other bars in the tri-county area...;)
2 posts
Mar 05, 2010
3:08 PM
We used to go watch Sunuva play at the Echo all the time...
1 post
Mar 06, 2010
7:45 AM
hey, thirdeye, I was/am Peaches, and yes Tiny at the front door, and his wife behind the bar, we used to go to their houes in the summer and have the most incredible parties. still have wonderful memories of the days at the Living Room...
114 posts
Mar 10, 2010
9:17 AM
Peaches, did you ever live in Trotwood
5 posts
Mar 11, 2010
12:22 AM
Yeah sunuva and flywheel at the Echo on brown street , does anyone know what became of those bands , they were so good back than
115 posts
Apr 06, 2010
5:41 AM
Peaches, i knew a friend in Trotwood back in the 70's named Peaches, was that you?
2 posts
Jul 16, 2010
2:32 AM
Looking for information or anyone remembering The Elders and Sole Incorporated. Thanks for any input.
1 post
Jul 18, 2010
6:56 AM
This is REALLY bringing back some memories.
I did the Brown Street clubs all the time.
I was slightly under age but my Grandmother ran a boarding house across from the old UD Fieldhouse.
I had access to quality ID's....lol!
Union Depot, Shed (remember the stuffed dog), Kramers, Moonlight

My S/O and I met at the Mouse That Roared 33 years ago.
It went downhill fast after live bands were brought in.
Later remodeled and renamed as Wolfie's it had a brief but glorious run.
We had moved to the Dixie Electric on Woodman.

Hinky Dinks/Nardo's was one of the few bars that had a Sunday hard liquor license. We would party there till 11:30 then hit 'The Mouse'.
The fog Machine would fill the whole bar 4' thick!

Anyone remember 'McGuffey Lane' playing a bar in Creek?
Maybe Hansons?
39 posts
Jul 18, 2010
8:11 AM
The Whisper Lounge on Third St. in East Dayton in the late sixties early seventies had Sonny Flaharity and a little woman singing together with a band called the Outragous
26 posts
Jul 18, 2010
2:29 PM
I remember McGuffey Lane at the Island Park Bandshell for the 4th of July, but I don't remember for sure what year, '80 or '81. Maybe the Beavercreek Lounge on Dayton-Xenia rd is the club you're looking for? I recall a two-year stint there where they were pretty popular. I never understood (past a founding band member dying) why they never made it big. I have a promotional Miller Beer poster I got when I saw them at Gilly's around '82-'83 with singer John Schwab holdig a bottle of Miller.
2 posts
Jul 18, 2010
7:27 PM
That would make sense.
Off Factory Road.
The guy I was asking for said it was an outbuilding off a strip mall.

I did Forest Park Plaza thru many incarnations.
'Spot and the Blotters' at the Golden Lion was a wild time.
Anyone remember The James Gang or Amboy Duke's at Pappalilski's (She)?
6 posts
Jul 20, 2010
6:37 PM
Most of all above especially the She, the Shed, Timothys.Met my hubby at the She. Those Drink & Drown nights were a killer. The Big song I remember going there was Smog on the Water. Frankenstein. That was back in 1973

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201 posts
Jul 21, 2010
5:06 AM
Did anyone hang out at the Lions Den on Wilmington Pike around 69-72? I was there a lot. I remember being there early one evening then leaving with a girl I was dating named Rosemary and the next morning learning that it had caught oh fire. That was probably around 1971?
I never spent much time at the She in Forest Park - I was a Diamond Club person.
And yes, those beer nights at Timothy's made it tough getting up for work the next morning.


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12 posts
Jul 21, 2010
5:30 PM
My mother was a singer at Betty Greenwoods around 1966 for a year or so. Remember that leg that swung from the ceiling? Big Red was a Blast.
2 posts
Aug 05, 2010
7:51 PM
(tlturbo writes:I think we determined was the Pooki Pooki Club. They had a big jacuzzi and you could change in a little locker room and sit in the jacuzzi and drink.) I used to play in a band with the owner's son Mark called production 7. The jacuzzi was actual a pool with a pineapple painted in the bottom. We used to swim in it after practice. Thanks for reminding me turbo I had almost forgotten the Pooki Pooki.

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47 posts
Aug 13, 2010
2:46 PM
There was the "Psychedelic Grape" ("Freeeeak out! At the Phychedelic Grape") and the "Iron Jaw" (Which my dad told me if I ever asked after the first time for permission to go I would need an "iron jaw" lol).As to the "She", (1) the first time I heard of it I thought (with a name like that) it must have been a gay bar; (2) I remember seeing Stan Getz ("Yakkity Sax") listed as an act there; and (3) it was the site of the start of the melee that ended up with Bill Hilgeford (Wayne High School, in memoriam Class of 1971) getting shot to death at the wheel of his Mom's Plymouth Barracuda on Needmore Road at the southwest corner of Needmore and Old Troy Pike in the late summer of 1970. Maybe Dad knew whereof he spoke.

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64 posts
Oct 01, 2010
8:29 AM
My grandparents used to go clubbin' at the East Dayton Club and the Shamrock Club in the '60s and '70s. The East Dayton Club was on the NE corner of E. 2nd st and More Ave(?), near Washington Park. I think the Shamrock was at 3rd and Torrence, behind Bob's Wine, if I'm not mistaken. Could be wrong...anybody?
21 posts
Oct 01, 2010
8:48 AM
The Showboat on S. Dixie and the Wilmington House across the street from Rike's Kettering always had a good band and great dancing.
22 posts
Oct 01, 2010
8:49 AM

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Jun 29, 2011
7:57 PM
Can I jump in here? I worked at The Living Room for 8 years I was underage for 2 but Tiny never carded me. I talk to Bubbles once a week and a friend of mine found Tim...the DJ.. on Facebook. And he was asking who Peaches was. He remembered the name but couldn't place the face. So Peaches..who were you..lol! I was going into the SHE at 17 then we tried the Jammer then the Living Room and there we stayed. I'm in Huber.We have a Living Room page on Facebook so we're trying to find band members...we have a few. Anyone remember Debbie Gard? Or know where she is?

We were also tring to remember names of bands..Cops and Robbers..Larry and The Exciters...Flavour...Amazing Grace....Yellow Clored Skys...Shelter..Dennis Yost and the Classic IV...etc.

my email is somethngboutmary@aol.com
26 posts
Oct 16, 2011
8:53 PM

Where was the Rocket Bar? Near the Minute Bar?

24 posts
Oct 17, 2011
6:53 PM
Shooters, another DJ nightclub on 48 South, just north of where 675 crosses it.
72 posts
Oct 18, 2011
2:34 PM
I have been trying to remember the name of the club that was on 725 between the Dayton Mall and Centerville.It was on the same side of the street as the mall.They had a "Prince" cover band that was awesome and a great dance floor.This was in the early 80's.I used to go there several times a week just to dance.
Anyone remember the name???

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