Bangcock Willie's

From Plastic Tub

Philadelphia bar frequented by underworld types and the more thuggish elements of The League of Gnomes. Somehow, it became the leading gay bar of its era for five or maybe, twelve minutes. It receives an email from a long-lost friend.

"BW's," or "Willie's," opened in 1947 and originally served a rowdy crew of roustabouts and circus performers. It soon became a strange mixture of criminals and homosexuals, given that proprietor Saul Thebo was himself heavily involved with both subcultures.

It was the scene of the infamous Showdown Post Facto between Alexandre Dacusse and Ryan O'Donnely in 1968.

After Thebo's death in 1977, the bar fell on hard times and was closed when the neighborhood became gentrified during the 1980's. The building was soon transformed into a dry-cleaners, coincidentially owned by a young couple from Bangkok, Thailand.