Businesses in the History of the LGBT Community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bars and Clubs in the Milwaukee area
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Name Address Opened Closed YrsOpen note
10% Club 4322 W. Fond du Lac Ave. 1998 1998 1
1000 East 1000 East North Ave. 1968 1983 15
1100 Club 1100 S. 1st St. 1992 1998 6
1101 West (Appleton) =Appleton, (see Wisconsin Bars page) 1980c 1990c 15
1st Street Tavern 157 S. 1st St. 1982 1984 3 (aka First Street)
27th Street Danceteria 618 N. 27th St. 1985 1987 3
3-B's Bar 1753 S. Kinnickinnic 1991 1996 5
Ad Lib Nightclub 323 W. Wells 1966 1975 10
Advent 500 S. 5th 1976 1977 1
Alex's 644 N. 7th St. 1969 1970 1 (downstairs, Greyhound Bus depot)
Alternative 1100 S. 1st St. 1988 1990 2
Anchor Inn 401 N. Plankinton 1947c 1952 5 became Riviera
Angelo's (see- Mint Bar)
Antlers Hotel Bar 616 N. 2nd St. 1962 1977 15 (in Wisconsin Hotel)
Art Bar 722 E. Burleigh 2004 (present) 8 (bi)
Artony's 219 E. Keefe Ave. 1982 1982 1
B's 1579 S. 2nd St. 1991 1996 5
Back East/ Cheri's 508 E. Wilson St. 1984 1989 5
Backroom 157 S. 1st St. 1972 1973 2 (formerly The Cove)
Ball Game 196 S. 2nd St. 1974 2012 38
Barbie's Playhouse 700 E. Meinecke 1998 2000 3
Baron, The (see- Red Baron) aka The Red Baron
Beer Garden 3743 W. Vliet St. 1971 1989 18 (original ads said 3715 Vliet)
Belmont Hotel Coffee Shop 751 N. 4th St. 1962 1972 10
Big D Bar (unknown) c1950s c1960 need more info
BJ's/ BJ's Mint Bar 819 S. 2nd St. 1991 1993 3
Black Forest Inn 814 S. 2nd St. 1976 1980 5
Black Nite 400 N. Plankinton Ave. 1961 1963 2
Boom 625 S. 2nd St. 2002 2014 12
Boot Camp Saloon 209 E. National Ave. 1984 2011 27
Bourbon Beat 400 N. Plankinton at St. Paul 1962 1965 4 NE corner, became Black Knight?
Boys Town Night Club 2022 W. National Ave. 1993 1994 1
Bridgeport 3762 N. Green Bay Ave. 1962 1965 3
Buchaneer Hotel Restaurant & Bar 5th & Michigan 1970 1970 1
Buckskin Inn 435 W. Michigan 1970 1972 2
Bull Ring 1250 N. 12th St. 1953 1962 10
Cafe Melange 720 N. Old World Third St. 1987 1997 11 club/bar and restaurant
Cafe Voltaire 2010 S. Kinnickinnic 1985 1985 1
Captain's Cabin 400 S. 2nd St. 1966 1968 3
Carrie's 181 S. 2nd 1973 1973 1
Casablanca Disco 1753 S. Kinnickinnic 1980 1981 2
Castaways 424 W. McKinley 1961 1970 9
Castaways South 196 S. 2nd St. 1969 1974 5
C'est la Vie 231 S. 2nd St. 1974 2008 34
Chaps 219 S. 2nd St. 1990 1990 2 basement of Club 219
Circus Circus 219 S. 2nd St. 1976 1980 5 later became Club 219
City Lights Chill 111 W. Howard 2005 2010 6
Clay's Castaways 1753 S. Kinnickinnic 1984 1986 2 aka Clay's
Clifton Tap 336 W. Juneau 1940s-1950s? c1965 ??
Club 219 219 S. 2nd St. 1977 2005 27 previously The Circus
Club 546 435 W. Michigan Ave. 1964 1973 10 aka Michelle's Club 546; Stud Club
Club 94 (Kenosha) =Kenosha, (see Wisconsin Bars page) 1985 2003 9
Club Boom 625 S. 2nd St. 2000 (present) 12 was In Between
Columns 424 E. Wis. Ave. 1962 1964 2 in Hotel Pfister
Coo Coo Clock 1517 S. 2nd St. 1987 1987 1
Cove Bar 157 S. 1st St. 1970 1973 4
D's Place 4025 N. Port Washington Rd. 1998 1998 1
Dance, Dance, Dance 801 S. 2nd St. 1988 1996 9 part of La Cage complex
Danceteria / aka 27th Street Danceteria 618 N. 27th St. 1985 1987 3
Decision 819 S. 2nd St. 1976 1976 1
Deja-Vu 235 S. 2nd St. 1993 1994 2
Dionysus 183 S. 2nd St. 1974 1974 1
Diplomat Musical Lounge 701 W. Juneau Ave. c1950s c1960 need more info
Dish 235 S. 2nd St. 1998 2000 4
DK's Tavern 135 E. National Ave. 1984 1988 4
Eagle / Milwaukee Eagle 300 W. Juneau 1997 2001 4
Emeralds 801 E. Hadley 1998 2005 7
Empire Lounge 716 N. Plankinton 1940 1975 35
Essinger's 826 N. 27th St. 1984 1986 3
Factory 158 N. Broadway 1973 1982 10
Factory II 130 E. Juneau 1982 1984 2
Factory 3 511 N. Broadway 1986 1988 3
Fannies 200 E. Washington 1982 2000 17
Finale 808 E. Center St. 1975 1986 11
First Street 157 S. 1st St. 1982 1984 2 (aka 1st Street Tavern)
Flame 181 S. 2nd St. 1973 1973 1
Fluid (The Wet Spot) 819 S. 2nd St. 1998 (present) 14
Forum 1801 N. 12th at Vine 1962 1965 4 (became Pirates Den)
Fox, The 455 N. Plankinton 1948 1965 16 SW corner
Fox Trap Cocktail Lounge 3426 W. Lisbon 1991 1992 2
Frankie's Cabaret 1655 S. 1st St. 1986 1987 1
French Quarter 1634 N. Water St. 1969 1969 1
Gargoyles 354 E. National Ave. 1995 1996 2 became South Water St. Docks
Gallery Lounge 219 S. 2nd St. 1974 1975 1
Gary's / Club Circus 219 S. 2nd St. 1975 1975 1 (became Circus)
Gay 90's 756 N. Plankinton 1952c 1972c 19
Gay Street Station 1637 W. Pierce 1986 1987 2
GaySpot Tavern 1438 W. Arthur Ave. 1970 1970 1
Gaytime Bar 731 N. 4th St. 1964 1965 2
Ginger 235 S. 2nd St. 2008 (present) 1
Godfrey's 1800 Club 1800 W. Vliet 1964 1969 5
Goldenshaft 300 W. Juneau 1984 1984 1
Grand Avenue Annex 746 N. 7th St. 1986 1987 1
Grand Avenue Pub 716 W. Wisconsin Avenue 1982 1988 6
Grand Prix Lounge 144 E. Juneau 1965 1971 6
Grubb's Pub 807 S. 2nd St. 1991 1998 8 bar/restaurant
Harbor Room 117 E. Greenfield Ave. 2000 (present) 12 levi/leather
Have A Nice Day Cafe 1101 N. Old World Third St. 2003 2003 1
Hideaway 819 S. 2nd St. 1976 1977 2
Hot Legs 814 S. 2nd St. 1984 1987 3 reopened as Shadows II
Hunters Club 649 N. 7th St. 1971 1972 2
Hybrid Lounge 707 E. Brady St. 2010 2017 7
In Between 645 S. 2nd St. 1995 1999 4
Inferno 158 N. Broadway 1976 1977 2 alternate name for the Factory (1975)
Intermezzo 703 S. 2nd St. 2006 2006 1
JC's Rainbow Bar 1414 S. 6th St. 1990 1991 2
Jack's 200 E. Washington 2008 2010 2
Jamie's Bar 196 S. 2nd St. 1972 1974 3
Jazz 801 S. 2nd St. 1988 1990 2 part of La Cage complex
Jet's Place 1753 S. Kinnickinnic 1986 1991 6
Jimmy's Hi-Fi Lounge 1187 N. 68th St. 1964 1974 10 later known simply as Swittel's
Jo'Dee's Intl. (Racine) =Racine, (see Wisconsin Bars page) 1972 (present) 38
Jocks 212 E. St. Paul 1979 1979 1 (in River Queen bldg)
Just Us 807 S. 5th St. 1995 1998 4
Kathy's Nut Hut 1500 W. Scott St. 1980 2002 22 (became 'Nut Hut' in 2002)
Keefe Avenue Station 333 E. Keefe 1992 1992 1
Kisses 132 E. Juneau 1978 1980 3
KEG's aka KKC's 135 E. National 1983 1983 1
Kruz 354 E. National Ave. 2006 (present) 9
KT & Zips Atmosphere 2800 Richards 1993 1996 4
La Cage 801 S. 2nd St. 1984 (present) 28
Lavender Connection 1987 ?
Leaded Shade 157 S. 1st St. 1974 1979 5
Leaded Shade II 1100 S. 1st St. 1990 1991 2
Legion Bar N. 6th St. 1930s 1940s (some sort of Amer. Legion club; research underway)
Loading Dock 158 N. Broadway 1981 1982 2 (back room of The Factory)
Loop Cafe 603 N. 5th St. 1964 1971 8 (mostly after hours)
Loose Ends 4322 W. Fond du Lac Ave. 1986 1996 11
Lost & Found 625 E. St. Paul 1974 1974 1
Lost & Found 618 N. 27th St. 1978 1984 6 reopened as Music Box
M & M Club 124 N. Water St. 1976 2006 30 with Glass Menagerie restaurant
M's 1101 S. 2nd St. 2006 2010 4
MacArthur Park Disco 2023 S. Kinnickinnic 1980 1980 1
Mama Roux 1875 N. Humboldt Ave. 1994 1999 6
Marie's Get Involved Lounge 1801 N. 12th St. 1971 1972 1 aka Pirate's Den
Marquee 158 N. Broadway 1974 1974 1
Martin's 1800 N. Arlington 1975 1976 1
Michelle's Club 546 435 W. Michigan Ave. 1935c 1973 38 aka Club 546; previously Stud Club
Mick's Alternative 1100 S. 1st St. 1990 1991 2
Mickey's Cove 157 S. 1st St. 1972 1972 1
Mickey's Dynasty 764 N. 7th St. 1987 1987 0
Milwaukee Eagle 300 W. Juneau 1998 2000 4
Mint Bar 422 W. State St. 1949 1985 37
Mint Bar II/ Angelo's 819 S. 2nd St. 1986 1991 5
Mint Bar III = BJ's 819 S. 2nd St. 1991 1993 4
Mister Z's 219 S. 2nd St. 1975 1976 1
MONA's- see Out 'N About 1407 S. 1st St. 2003 2012 9 aka Out 'N About
Moulin Rouge 814 S. 2nd St. 1980 1980 1
Music Box 618 N. 27th St. 1984 1984 1 was the Lost & Found
Neptune 1100 E. Kane 1972 1973 2
New Yorker Lounge 605 N. 5th St. 1971 1972 1
Next Stop 800 E. Chambers 1991 1992 2
Niko's 801 S. 2nd St. 1982 1983 1
Nite Beat (first) 901 W. National 1959c 1962 5 women
Nite Beat (second) 196 S. 2nd St. 1964 1968 5 women
Nite Beat (third) 183 S. 2nd St. 1969 1972 3 women
Nitengales 2022 W. National Ave. 1989 1993 4
Nitro 500 N. Water St. 1992 1995c 3 Sunday-only dance club
Non Sequitur 2718 N. Bremen St. 1982 1982 1
Nut Hut / Kathy's Nut Hut 1500 W. Scott St. 1980 2014 34
Off The Avenue 645 N. 7th St. 1986 1987 1
Off The Tracks 1534 W. Grant St. 2002 2002 2
On Broadway 618 N. Broadway 1978 1978 1
Orbit 739 S. 2nd St. 1999 2003 5
Oregon House 235 S. 2nd St. 1976 1977 2
Other Place 117 E. Greenfield 1991 1992 2
Out 'N About 1407 S. 1st St. 2003 2012 9 aka MONA's
Papagaio 515 N. Broadway 1981 1987 6 gay Wednesday-only dance club
Park Avenue, a.k.a. Sundays 500 N. Water St. 1978 1984 5 gay-Sunday-only dance club
Partner's 813 S. 1st St. 1989 1993 4
Phoenix 235 S. 2nd St. 1979 1993 9
Pink Glove 631 N. Broadway 1958 1958 67 days
Pink Pony 1834 W. North Ave. 1953c 1972c 19
Pirate's Den 1801 N. 12th 1965 1971 7 (was The Forum, then Marie's)
Plains Hotel Bar 1600 Central Ave. 1963 1973 1
Player's Pub 332 N. Milwaukee 1981 1981 1
Prologue 2690 S. 9th 1969? 1976? 1 (also Prologue East)
Prologue East 1962 N. Prospect 1969? 1969? 1 (also Prologue)
Pulse 200 E. Washington 2002 2004 3
Pump 722 N. Milwaukee 2002 2008 6 Sunday-only dance club
Pumphouse 2011 S. 1st St. 2006 2008 3
PURR Night Club 3945 N. 35th St. 2007 (present) 3
Rainbow Revue 1100 S. 1st St. 1991 1992 2
Red Baron 625 E. St. Paul 1976 1981 6 aka The Baron
Red Corvette 2023 S Kinnickinnic 1976c 1979c gay Sunday nights only
Regency East 1758 N. Water St. 1963c 1970c 7
ReneZ Co-Z Corner 709 N. 35th St. 1992 1998 6
Rita's RT 219 E. Keefe 1983 1983 1
River Queen 402 N. Water St. 1965 1980 15
Riviera (aka Tony's) 401 N. Plankinton 1952 1964 12 aka 952 N. 3rd St.
Riviera Show Lounge 183 S. 2nd St. 1972 1974 2
Room 625 S. 2nd St. 2004 2014 10
Rooster 181 S. 2nd St. 1968 1971 4
Royal Hotel Bar 435 W. Michigan Ave. 1935c 1973 38 aka Michelle's Club 546; Stud Club
S.S. River Queen 402 N. Water St. 1978 1979 1 brief name for The River Queen
Seaway 173 S. 2nd St. 1972 1973c 2
Seaway Inn 744 N. Jefferson St. 1962 1972 10
Shadows / Diplomat Dining 814 S. 2nd St. 1980 1984 5 reopened as Hot Legs
Shadows II- The Top Shelf 814 S. 2nd St. 1987 1989 2
Shaft Club 300 W. Juneau 1997 2001 4 (back room of Milw. Eagle)
Shaft 219 219 S. 2nd St. 1982 1989 6 basement of Club 219
Short Circuit 2209 W. National 1988 1989c 2
Sidedoor 212 E. St. Paul 1976 1977 2 (side entrance of River Queen)
Something Different 5666 N. Teutonia 1987 1994 7
South Water Street Docks 354 E. National Ave. 1998 2003 6 previously Gargoyles
Sportsmans Blue Note 1214 W. Walnut St. c1950s c1960 need more info
Station 2- Eastern Connection 1534 W. Grant 1987 2000 13
Stud Club 546 435 W. Michigan Ave. 1971 1972 2 brief name for Michelle's Club 546; Royal Hotel Bar
Sugar Shack 135 E. National Ave. 1975 1981 6
Sundays, a.k.a. Park Avenue 500 N. Water St. 1978 1984 5 gay-Sunday-only dance club
Switch 124 W. National Ave. 1999 2008 9
Swittel's Hi-Fi Lounge 1187 N. 68th St. 1974 1977 3 previously known as Jimmy's Hi-Fi Lounge
Tazzbah Bar & Grille 1712 W. Pierce 2004 2007 3 web site
Teddy's 1434 N. Farwell 1977 1977 1
Tempt 324 E. Mason St. 2010 2011 1
Ten Hundred East 1000 East North Ave. 1968 1983 15
This Is It 418 E. Wells St. 1968 (present) 44
Tina's 634 W. North Ave. 1991 1993 2
Tina's RTI 219 E. Keefe 1982 1985 3 (was Artony's)
Tina's RTI 1733 W. Hopkins 1985 1986 1
Tina's RTI 1843 N. 20th St. 1986 1991 4
Tiny's Waterfront 409 N. Water St. 1990 1990 1
Tony's Riviera (see Riviera) 401 N. Plankinton 1952 1964 12 aka 952 N. 3rd St./building burned out March 1964
Triangle 135 E. National Ave. 1988 2012 25
T's Music Club 3501 W. Lisbon 1989 1990 1
Unicorn 300 W. Juneau Ave. 1984 1984 1
Van Domes 330 E. Wells 1994 1994 1
Visions 814 S. 2nd St. 1991 1992 1
Viva La Femme 1619 S. 1st St. 2006 2007 1
Vuk's Place/ Vuk's II 2033 S. 13th St. 1992 1995 4
Walker's Pint 818 S. 2nd St. 2001 (present) 8
Walkers Point Cabaret 1106 S. 1st St. 1991 1991 1
Walkers Point Marble Arcade 1101-A. S. 2nd St. 1993 1996 4 bowling bar
Wherehouse 818 S. Water St. 2008 2009 1
White Horse Inn 1426 N. 11th St. 1955c 1960c 5
Wildwood 1430 W. Walnut 1949 1963 13 Dyke bar; aka German's Wildwood
Wizard's Pub 4538 W. Lisbon 1991 1992 2
Woody's 1579 S. 2nd St. 1997 (present) 12
Wreck Room 266 E. Erie St. 1972 1996 23
Your Place, aka The Y.P. 813 S. 1st St. 1965 1995 31
Zak's SW corner, Humboldt & North 1988 1988 2
Zip's 3100 W. Lisbon 1988 1988 1
Zippers 819 S. 2nd St. 1993 1998 5

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