The Bars at 1732 Westheimer

Locker
Different Drum
Chutes

Locker

this gets confusing....same location, two bars

The Locker Room opened circa May 1974
and shortened its name to The Locker by the end of the year

It closed October 1979, and
The Drum opened in this location 5/2/80

and closed 8/12/83

while the Locker re-opened and took its place
from 12/9/83 until June 1984
lasting seven months

and The Drum
re-opened 6/15/84
and lasted another year, until March 1985

  

Above, the earliest mention I have found of the Locker, early on called
the Locker Room. By the end of 1974 shortened to just The Locker,
perhaps (below) due to an "aroma" marketed by the same name.

The photo below appears in a 1974 issue of Gay Times,
(month not given), with not all that favorable of a review (see PDF)

 

The December 1974 issue of the gay travel magazine Ciao,
which had to have had an earlier deadline, was also
calling it The Locker by then, complete with nondescript photo

Above earliest actual ad I found, in Contact, and This Week in Texas (TWT)
just had its first issue (8 pages) the week of 4/5/75, and managed
to mention the club, which began regular ads

  

1976

  

they doctored the upper photo for the next ad

  

1977

  

that photo is worth an enlargement...

  

it wasn't all just good times...

Locker Raid

1978

  

Noteworthy: All the bars closed so their employees and customers could attend Town Meeting I

  

 

1979

       

Photos below courtesy of the Botts Collection, from the files of Upfront Newspaper

well, this ad seems to celebrate their 6th anniversary, meaning they opened May 1973
I can document May 1974...

  

Performing, the Montrose Men

again, this gets confusing....
The Drum opened in this location 5/2/80

and closed 8/12/83

while the Locker re-opened and took its place
and lasted seven months

and The Drum
re-opened 6/15/84
and lasted another year

1983

Locker Re-Opening, 12/9/83

1984

Below left, a shop within the bar

  

and, it again became the Drum