520 Franklin St. Traverse City, MI | 231-935-1666


In December 1988 Ron Harrington purchased an aging little tavern called The Depot Bar.

He later re-opened it as a Hi-NRG Dance Club catering to the LGBT community. This was the first bar in Michigan to cater to gays north of Grand Rapids. In 2009, Ron retired to Florida and his friend, business partner and general manager Scott Kenny took over the operation, making SideTraxx what it is today. Ron sadly passed away in 2018, but his memory and legacy will continue for many years to come. The rest, as they say, is history!

Throughout The Years...

Side Traxx has welcomed people of all walks of life, gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual and straight. The bar’s motto is “Not Just a Gay Bar! Gay, Straight or Bi, Everyone’s Welcome!”. We invite you to enjoy the beautiful resort town of Traverse City, which holds many prominent festivals (Michael Moore’s Film Festival, National Cherry Festival to name a few) throughout the year and has beaches, wineries, casinos, fine dining and a prominent nightlife. While here, please stop in to enjoy the excitement of Side Traxx! Our friendly staff will ensure you have a great time! You never know who you’ll meet at Side Traxx!