Gay & Away September:Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan

By: Rick Andreoli

If you're visiting Detroit or Ann Arbor, our man Andrew Inman's Top Picks will send you in the right direction. This month he got places for eats, drinks, leather and more.


(Sorry, we couldn't resist.)

Don't forget to check out our Detroit and Ann Arbor city guide and Andrew's photos for Motor City Gay Pride and Dore Alley in San Francisco.

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59064_148929351796938_105917762764764_303293_2314221_nLeather at the Hayloft

8070 Greenfield Rd.
Detroit, MI, 48228

For a fun leather experience checkout the Hayloft at, just down from the former sight of Backstreet. They're having a Leather Expo September 18th with a variety of fun vendors, live demonstrations and hot men in leather.

Put on your gear and come on out. Bartender Jason (formerly of the Eagle) is tending bar there Tue-Fridays as well, 3-6:00pm.

50295_150404434978620_6627_nMacho Summer at Slow's BBQ

Check out hot summer fun at the patio of Detroit's own Slow's BBQ. September 11th is Macho Summer with the DJs of Macho City fame. DJs Mike Tee and Scott Zacharias rock out with old school Disco / Italo on the outdoor patio at Slow's BBQ (the best BBQ I've ever had). They also have an astonishingly good selection of microbrew beer and some rather fantastic young (inexpensive) white wine.

Free to the public!

Facebook page with all the details is here.
Slow's BBQ website.


Off-the-hook fun for the whole family happens at Outfest, Ann Arbor's fun outdoor gay festival. This year it's held September 18th, in Kerrytown around Ann Arbor's gay Mecca, Bruan Court. They'll have performances by local celebrities including Drag King Rebellion and (the) fundamentalists.

Come out and show your spirit!!

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Picture 2 Above Ground Hair Studio

Got a big date? Want a new an interesting look? Want to push the envelope?

Above Ground Hair has the cutting edge in hair design and is always the place to go if you want to try something a bit wild. Cookie Whalen is the owner and is an amazing character. They have an easily accessible shop above Stucchi's ice cream near Liberty and State. Go see Cookie along with fabulous gay stylists Ryan and Andrew.

This is not your mother's hair saloon.

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Rainbow-Room-Logo-4-10-copy A Rainbow of Flavors

The Rainbow Room
6640 E. 8 Mile
Detroit, MI 48234-1110

Check out the "other" drag bar in town, the Rainbow Room  in Detroit (just off mound). Follow their facebook for their amazing shows (usually Sunday nights) and fun times, or stop down on Tuesday night for fun with Cheyenne Pepper. Say hi to cutie bartenders Will and Nick.

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