Businesses in the History of the LGBT Community in Wisconsin

Bars and Clubs throughout Wisconsin
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Name Address Opened Closed YrsOpen note
1101 West =Appleton, 1101 W. Wisconsin Ave. 1981 1987 9
AJ's =Green Bay, 311 S. Broadway 2003 2005 2
After Dark Lounge =Oshkosh, 2839 Harrison 1
Aphrodesia Lounge, Retlaw Hotel =Fond du Lac 1974 1974 1
Astor Hotel Bar =Green Bay, 21 N. Adams 1965 1965 1
Back Door =Eau Claire, 411 Galloway 1992 1993 2
Back Door, Ltd. =Madison, 46 North Park at Regent 1972 1978c 6
Back East =Madison, 508 E. Wilson 1984 1989 4 replaced by Club 3054
Barracks =Madison, 5 Applegate Court 1999 (present) 6 Barracks Website
Belmont Hotel Bar =Madison, 39 N. Pinckney 1965 1965 1
Blue Lite =Sheboygan, 1029 N. 8th 1993 (present) 13
Body Shop =Green Bay, 720 Bodart Way 1983 1985 3 became Who's in 1985
Brandy's =Green Bay, 409 S. Washington 1985 1989 5
Brandy's II =Green Bay, 1126 Main St. 1989 2007 18
Buddies =Green Bay, 1264 Main St. 1997 2003 6
Camp =Wausau, 117 Scott St. 1986 1986 1
Campus Lounge =Beaver Dam, 815 Park Ave. 1980 1981 1
Captain Dix =Wis. Dells, 4124 River Rd. 2003 (present) 5 Capt. Dix Website
Cardinal Bar =Madison, 418 E. Wilson St. 1984 1998 14 (bi)
Carry's Lounge =Fond du Lac, 2 N. Main St. 1984 1985 1 see also Sabrina's, Myrna's Place
Cavalier Lounge =LaCrosse, 114 N. 5th 1993 2000 8
CE's =Madison, 2415 Winnebago St. 2000 2000 1
Chanticleer Guest House =Sturgeon Bay, 4072 Cherry Rd. 1998 (present) 7
Cheri's Back East =Madison, 508 E. Wilson 1982c 1988c 6
Chick's Bar =Kenosha, 505 58th 1965 1965 1 listed AYOR (at your own risk)
Christophers =Lake Geneva, 421 Baker St. 1985 1986c 2 (within Georgian Guest House)
Cleo's Brown Beam Tavern =Appleton, 205 W. College 1977 1982 5
Clinique =Madison, 110 N. Hamilton 1970 1970 1
Close Encounter =Sheboygan, 827 Pennsylvania 1986 1986 1
Club 1226 =Oshkosh, 1226 Oshkosh Ave. 2006 (present) 1 (Christopher Allen's Club 1226)
Club 125 =Green Bay 1988c 1988c 1
Club 3054 =Madison, 3054 E. Washington 1990 1993 3 replaced Back East bar
Club 5 =Madison, 5 Applegate Court 1999 (present) 7 Club 5 complex Website
Club 94 =Kenosha=, Hwy C at I-94 1985 2003 18 (relocated north, renamed Club 94 North)
Club 94 North =Kenosha=, 6305 120th St. 2003 2006 3
Club Icon =Kenosha=, 6305 120th St. 2006 (present) 1
Club Impulse =Beloit, 132 W. Grand Ave. 2005 (present) 1 Club Impulse Website
Club Majestic =Madison, 115 King St. 2003 2005 3
Club Night Out =Stevens Point, 2533 County Road M 2004 (present) 3 Club Night Out Website
Club XS =Green Bay, 1106 Main St. 2003 (present) 3
Clubhouse Filling Station =Kenosha, 6325 N. 120th 1999 2000 5
Colony Bar =Fond du Lac, 15 W. Division 1965 1970 6
Columns =Appleton 1970 1976 6
Conway Hotel Bar =Appleton, 128 N. Oneida 1970 1976 7
Country Kitchen =Appleton, 2506 College 1980 1980 1
Cricket's Fox River Lounge =Green Bay, 715 S. Broadway 2003 2005 2 previously Sorry We're Closed
Crossroads =Appleton, 1042 W. Wisconsin Ave. 2000 2007 7
Crossroads Bar =Lake Mills, W6642 Highway B 1993 2000 8
Darlyne's =Superior, 1812 Broadway 1974 1976 3
Dick's 400 =Appleton, 400 Julian St. 1981 1981 1
Diversions =Neenah, 1413 Green Valley Rd. 1997 1999 2
Do-Re-Chi =Chippewa Falls, 33 E. Spruce St. 1998 2000 2
Doris' Super Bar =Appleton, 343 W. College Ave. 1976c 1977 1 became Lambda Lounge
Douglas Tavern =Superior, 318 Tower Ave. 1976 1976 1
Down Under =La Crosse, 787 N Losey Blvd. 1977 1981c 4
Downtown Express =Eau Claire, 101 Graham 1989 1990 2
Emily's =Madison, 508 E. Wilson 1984 1984 1
Fireside Lounge =Madison, 1229 Regent 1965 1965 1
Fox Hole =Madison, 5 Applegate Court 2000 (present) 7 Foxhole Website
Fox River Lounge =Green Bay, 715 S. Broadway 2003 2005 2 previously Sorry We're Closed
Friends =Fort Atkinson, 10 E. Sherman Ave. 1993 1995 3
Gail's Bar =Green Bay, 1101 W. Main 1970 1977 8
Geraldines/ The Mens Room =Madison, 3052 E. Washington 1998 1998 1
Going My Way =Madison, 111 W. Main St. 1977 1982 1 aka One Eleven West
Grand West =Green Bay, 1444 Main St. 1986 1989 4
Greenbush =Madison, 914 Regent 1998 2000 3
Gus' =Racine, 2201 Mead 1973 1976 3
Java's =Green Bay, 720 Bodart Way 1990 1991 1
Java's =Green Bay, 1106 Main St. 1999 2000 1
Jay's Nautical Inn =New London, Hwy 54 1988 1989 2
Jeanie's =Beloit 1989c 1989c 1
Jo'Dee's Intl. =Racine, 2139 Racine St. 1972 2014 42
JT's Bar & Grille =Superior, 1506 N. 3rd 2003 (present) 4 JT's Website
Kirby's Klub =Madison, 121 W. Main 1998 1999 2
Kloset =Beloit, 232 SHirland 1999 2000 2
Kollege Klub =Madison, 714 State St. 1965 1970 6
Lambda Lounge =Appleton, 343 W. College Ave. 1979 1982c 3 previously Doris' Super Bar
Lark =Wausau, 2nd & Scott 1974 1976 3
Larry & Ev's =Racine, 22nd & Mead 1974 1974 1
Loft =Green Bay, 2328 University Ave. 1984 1991 7
Lombardo's Piano Lounge =Madison, 119 E. Main St. 1965 1965 1
Loveboat =LaCrosse, 411 S. 3rd 1989 1989 1
Lydia's Bar =Racine, 901 S. Memorial Dr. 1972 1985c 13
Lydia's Tavern =Kenosha, 10936 Sheridan Rd. 1970 1972 3
Mad Bar =Madison, 150 S. Blair 1994 1998 4 with Manoeuvres
Mad Hatter =Wausau, 320 Washington 1992 1995 4
Maggies Bar (gay nights) =Eau Claire, 505 W. Barstow 1988 1995 7 (Closing InStep 6-1 p31)
Main Club =Superior, 1813 N. Third St. 1970 1975 6
Main Club =Superior, 1217 Tower 1998 (present) 8
Man Hole =Green Bay, 207 S. Washington 1977 1982 6
Manoeuvres =Madison, 150 S. Blair 1994 1998 4 with The Mad Bar
Masquers =Wausau, 320 Washington 1990 1991 2
Mayfair Lounge =Green Bay, 314 N. Adams 1965 1970 6
Memories =LaCrosse, 314 S. 4th St. 1987 1993 6
Mothers =LaCrosse, 223 Pearl 1979 1982 3
My Place =LaCrosse, 3201 South Ave. 2003 (present> 3
My World =Green Bay, 409 S. Washington 1979 1985 6 (became Brandys)
Myrna's Place =Fond du Lac, 2 N. Main St. 1985 1986 1 see also Sabrina's, Carry's Lounge, Myrna's Place
Napalese Lounge =Green Bay, 515 S. Broadway 1983 2000 24 (relocated to Cedar St.)
Napalese Lounge =Green Bay, 1351 Cedar St. 2000 (present) 24
New Bar =Madison, 636 W. Washington (upstairs) 1984c 1996 12 (fire burned down Hotel Washington)
New Leaf =Janesville, Hwy. 51 S., Rt. 7 1989 1993 5
Old Fort Lounge =Fort Atkinson, 10 E. Sherman 1988 1989 2
One Eleven West =Madison, 111 W. Main St. 1981 1982 1 aka Going My Way
Our Place =Racine, 1216 Douglas 1987c 1990c 4
Oz =Wausau, 320 Washington St. 1997 (present) 10 Oz Website
Pendulum =Wausau, 100 Scott St. 1984c 1986c 3
Perkins =Appleton, 2505 Perkins 1980 1981 1
Phaze II =Madison, 117 W. Main St. 1985 1994 9
Pirate Ship =Madison, 116 N. Fairchild St. 1972c 1977c 5
Pivot Club =Appleton, 4815 W. Prospect Ave. 1986 1995 10
Planet Q =Madison, 5 Applegate Court 1999 2000 5
Platwood Club =Stevens Point, 701 Hwy. 10W 1990 2000 11
Players =LaCrosse, 214 Main St. 2003 (present) 3
Pulse =Appleton, 2008 2008 1
Rainbow Room =Madison, 121 W. Main St. 2000 2004 5
Rainbow's End =LaCrosse, 417 Jay St. 1995 2005 11
Ramblin' Rose =LaCrosse, 717 Rose St. 2005 2005 1
R-Bar =Wausau, 102 Scott St. 1987 1989 2
Rascals Bar & Grill =Appleton, 702 E. Wisconsin 1992 (present) 14
Ravens Bar =Appleton, 215 E. College 2007 (present)
Ray's Bar & Grill =Madison, 2415 Winnebago 1993 1994 2
Ray's =Madison, 3052 E. Washington 1999 2003 4
Ray's =Madison, 2526 E. Washington 2004 (present) 3
Red Dragon =Janesville, Fairview Mall 1976 1977 1
Red Lion =LaCrosse, 120 3rd St. 1976 1981 5
Rod's =Madison, 636 W. Washington 1979 1996 17 fire burned down Hotel Washington
Roulf Hotel Bar =Oshkosh, 530 N. Main St. 1965 1971 6
Roxy Lounge =Green Bay, 209 Pine St. 1976 1981 5
Runway 51 =Janesville, Hwy. 51 Rt. 7 1993 1994 2
Sabrina's =Fond du Lac, 2 N. Main St. 1983 1984 1 see also Carry's Lounge, Myrna's Place
Sam's =Madison, 1206 N. Regent 1979 1984 5
Sass =Green Bay, 840 S. Broadway 1992 2005 12
Scooters =EauClaire, 411 Galloway St. 1997 2005 8 Scooters Website
Scruples =EauClaire, 411 Galloway St. 1993 1995 3
Shack =Kenosha, 10936 Sheridan Rd. (Hwy 32) 1974 1985 11 (replaced by Club 94)
Shamrock =Madison, 177 W. Main St. 1986 (present) 21
Shelter Club =Green Bay, 730 N. Quincy St. 2004 (present) 2 Shelter Website
Sherlock's Home =Sheboygan, 733 Pennsylvania 1988 1995 6
Silver Saddle =Green Bay, 409 S. Washington 1982 1982 1 rear entrance of My World
Six-O-Two Club =Madison, 602 University Ave. 1965 1965 1
Sorry, We're Closed =Green Bay, S. Broadway 2002 2003 1
Stoddard Hotel Bar =LaCrosse, State St. at 4th 1976 1976 1
Stop Lite =Madison, 302 E. Wilson 1974 1974 1
Tattoo's =LaCrosse, 1552 Rose St. 1982 1989 8 (Closing InStep 6-1 p31)
The 90's =Green Bay, 1106 Main St. 1993 1994 1
Three Bells =Madison, 763 University 1965 1970 6
Tipsy's On Broadway =Green Bay, 301 S. Broadway 2006 (present) 1
Trading Company =Eau Claire, 304 Eau Claire St. 1998 2000 3
Trio =Superior, 820 Tower 1995 2000 6
Trix's =Green Bay, 121 S. Washington 1982 1985 3
TRTO =Superior, 820 Tower 1987 1993 7
Velvet Swing =Madison, 317 W. Gorham 1970 1970 1
What About Me? =Racine, 600 6th St. 1992 2006 1
Who's =Green Bay, 720 Bodart Way 1985 1989 4 previously Body Shop
Wildwood Club =Eau Claire, 2112 Esmond Rd. 1991 1991 1
Wings 3054 =Madison, 3054 E. Washington 1991 1994 5
Wolfe's Den =Eau Claire, 302 E. Madison 2003 2005 3
Woo Woo =Oshkosh 1974 1974 1
XS Niteclub =Green Bay, 1106 Main St. 2005 2005 1
Za's =Green Bay, 1106 Main St. 1990 2001 11
Za's Historic West Theatre =Green Bay, 405 W. Walnut St. 2002 2005 3

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