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Watch Your Coat and Hat Saloon

Category: Places

Dates: 1970s

Address: 239 Second Avenue North

The Watch Your Coat and Hat Saloon, owned by Jerry Peek, was Nashville’s biggest drag bar in the early 1970s. It was the site of the first Miss Gay America Pageant, an event attended not only by hopeful contestants but also Mayor Beverly Briley and friends. The saloon burned down in 1973.

Source: A Night at the Sweet Gum Head 72, 169

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