was in business much longer than most Houston bars, lasting 32 years.
1952 - 1986
Okay, going to quibble with something above...
says above the Off Main changed its name to The Exile in the late 50s.
from my collection (below) from 1962 lists the club as the Off Main,
it appears it was Not the "late 50s," but sometime
between June 1964
Albatross first issue bar listing
Ads & Articles
was Houston's first gay
3-page spread from March 1968 on its drag performers
See this page for issues of The Albatross
date of above photos unknown, probably circa 1974, as I also found the exterior one below
Above from Ciao, 1974
below, bar map, with #17 being The Exile
first Pride "March" took place with The Exile parking lot
image capture courtesy of Judson Dunn
the above photo in this 1997 EJ's ad has a story. That's local activist/entertainer
1986 meant a slow decline, as I found no ads for the bar in TWT during
the year; likely
Exile," as seen in many of the early ads, is now part of the GCAM
Painting is of Billy Jack Robertson
below, two shots shortly after the club closed, courtesy of Gary Jackson
I do not know if Exile II had the same ownership, thought the ad phrasings seem to indicate some connection.
May 1987 - ~1989
[ I think the guy on the left above is Barry Banks ]
And now, as the Club Exile
stopped listing the club in The Guide around May 1988, cannot guess
why, but as