‘Another F—ing Bar,’ former punk hangout is demolished in Red Wings district

Another Fucking Bar was demolished to make way for the new Red Wings district. By Steve Neavling/MCM
Another Fucking Bar was demolished to make way for the new Red Wings district. By Steve Neavling/MCM

The red brick building at the corner of Park Avenue and Henry Street was easy to miss, inspiring the name of its last incarnation – Another Fucking Bar.

Without any fanfare, crews demolished the Cass Corridor building this week to help make way for the Red Wings arena and entertainment district.

Another Fucking Bar demolished

But a decade ago, the bar was bustling with people, music and cheap drinks. Formerly known as the “2500 Club,” the bar was the city’s “most dedicated punk rock venue,” The Detroit News wrote in 2006.

“This is a died-in-the-wool punk rock bar that’s thoroughly committed to punk ethics and hardcore ideals,” The Detroit News wrote.

In 2009, the bar was sold and became “Another Fucking Bar” with a marquee that read: “Just what Detroit needs.”

Beer was served from urinals, and food came in a dog bowl.

The building has been vacant for a few years and is in the shadow of the new arena.

Demolition began after Detroit City Council signed off on the arena plans Tuesday, which include the demolition of the historic Hotel Park Avenue.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Jack Ramsey

    Lesson: in the great struggle for survival, punk rock gets defeated by hockey pucks.

    • Taralyn C

      To quote: “The building has been vacant for a few years.”
      So — in the great struggle for survival, punk rock got defeated a few years ago.

  • Tom

    Cass corridor, cork town, Quickenville, all subsidized by neighborhoods that get little to nothing

    • bebow

      The neighborhoods have had nothing but property and income tax bills since 2006. The garbage has been picked up regularly, but we have to pay twice to make that happen.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    The good thing about a punk bar, is you can make one anywhere that is still standing with plumbing, lights, and a good roof. No heat needed, no AC needed, the more gnarly and half way decaying the better.

    So not a huge loss, you can basically turn any store front in detroit into a punk club as long as it has not been scrapped, flooded, and torched.

    I am surprised no one has taken the marquee, surprised the old owners or a regular did not steal it.

    I sorta want it.

  • It was a mediocre bar, at best.

  • JeffKeathley

    Beer was served from urinals, and food came in a dog bowl.

    This sounds interesting 😀