The Oldest Gay Bar in Houston
JR's Bar & Grill
808 Pacific Street
left, a pre-1999 photo, as Heaven is shown in the background
1986 Charles Armstrong bought from Dallas club owner Frank Caven the
gay bars JR's, the Montrose Mining Company and Heaven.
The building was a train depot, a grocery story in the 1950s and then until about 1980, The Emporium, a speciality antique store...
accidentally have part of 808 Pacific as it was in 1974 in a photo of
and then it turned gay...
a whole other connected story to the building next door, at 804 Pacific,
804 Pacific: Mother Lode, Cutter's, Hot Rod and Santa Fe Trading Company
and, back to JR's...the branch in Dallas was already open and doing well, since 10/30/80...
so now it was Houston's turn
above, photo courtesy of Doug Barnes, circa 1988 or 1989
October 2015, new patio
Above, ads from 9/2/16 to 9/10/16, the Mine is gone from the Pacific Street ad
by the way, the next oldest gay bar in Houston is The Ripcord, 12/10/82