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The Symposium — Our Beloved Dive Bar

Featuring a true gay dive bar atmosphere, the Symposium is an LGBTQ+ affirming place to discover a live band or get introduced to a new drag queen. Both intimate and casual, the Symposium is home to LGBTQ-centric entertainment including drag shows, leather events, live music, DJ nights, themed party nights, trivia nights, and much more.

Already an established and beloved institution in Lakewood and the Greater Cleveland area, the Symposium has a rich history and an electric atmosphere. Since the 1980s, diverse crowds have packed the Symposium to see some of the most eccentric and explosive acts in the country. The dark yet charming character of the Symposium has made the space famous among passionate music fans and entertainers from all walks of life.

Check out the eclectic penny top bar and enjoy your favorite mixed drink or craft beer from our weekly featured drink menu. If you need a break from all the action on the stage, step outside and socialize in our intimate back alley patio space. The Symposium is also available for rental to make your next private event a smash hit.

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Street parking on Detroit and Hird Ave and Studio West 117 lot spaces behind Value World.

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