Gallery: Woodward Cocktail Bar, a longtime gay spot in New Center, burns

June 14, 2022, 8:07 PM

Woodward Bar (Photo by Myron Watkins II)

The Woodward Bar (or Woodward Cocktail Bar), a well-established gay bar in Detroit's New Center neighborhood, burned Tuesday morning.

An image from WDIV video shows the scene. 

Heavy smoke could be seen rising from the building in the 6000 block of Woodward, and while no damage estimates have yet been made, it appeared the bar would be a total loss. 

WDIV reports:

Witnesses said the fire started before 10:30 a.m. People live and work in the area and many had been evacuated while crews work to contain the fire.

“I live on the residence facing Woodward and when I stepped out onto my balcony after smelling smoke I couldn’t even see the GM headquarters, well, the old GM headquarters across the street and I immediately got concerned and I’m glad to see all my other fellow residence safe on the floor but this is very alarming,” Leron Bishop said.

A Twitter user shares photos of the blaze:

Allies sent condolences:

The fire is the second notable blaze in the area in 24 hours. A Somerset Collection fire Monday in Troy did considerable damage.

Woodward Bar (Photo by Myron Watkins II)

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Photo by Myron Watkins II 



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