History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Businesses - Bars and Clubs

3B's Bar
Location: 1753 S. Kinnickinnic (May 1991-May 1995)
1579 S. 2nd Street (June 1995-close)


May 1991
May 1995

Male/ female
Bar/ social
Western Dancing



3B's came about when Jeanette sold her interest in Jet's Place, and 4 friends opened the bar under a new name in May 1991 as "3B's" since 3 of the 4's names started with the letter "B". Owners Bob Schnicker, Bruce Lemke, Bobby Cole and Patrick Prudlow had a good clientele, and the bar was especially popular with western dancers; lessons were held for line dancing and pattern dancing every Friday night.

This same building has been the site of four LGBT bars:
     Clay's Castaways (1961-1969)
     Casablance Disco (aka Denny J's Disco/ 1990-1990)
     Jet's Place (1990)
     3B's (1991-1995)

In May 1995, 3B's held a Moving Sale and Closing Party, when Rob retired, and the bar relocated to 2nd and Lapham on June 1, 1995.

More information about this business is welcomed from anyone who can contribute it.

Photo from HIT weekend party
Advertisement, Dec. 1991
Advertisement, Dec. 1992
Flyer: Bobby's annual birthday party and show saluting Miss "M" and Mandi McCall; c1996

3 of the Owners, June 1991

Owners, Sep. 1991

Drink card, circa 1991

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: September-2009.