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

Bourbon Beat
Location: 400 N. Plankinton



Male/ female
Bar, Dancing



The Bourbon Beat is listed in several national 'Gay Bar Guides' from 1963 to 1966, suggesting it was open from about 1962 or earlier, to 1965 or 1966. Research has determined that The Black Nite bar was relaunched as Bourbon Beat in 1963. The building was torn down in 1966 for the extension of St. Paul Avenue.

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


Listings in early "Gay Guides":
(For more information on the Guides, click here.)

1963, Lavendar Baedeker
  History of the Baedeker Guides   Index
1964, "Directory 43"
  Title Page   Introduction
1964 Lavender Baedeker Guide
  History of Baedeker Guides
1965 International Guild Guide
  Title pg   Editor's note   Codes
1966 Bob Damron's Address Book
    Publisher note
1966 International Guild Guide
    Title pg   Editors note
1966 Lavender Baedeker Guide
    Back page
1966 Male World Guide
    Index, excerpt

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
National gay guide research by Don Schwamb.
Historical research and references by Michail Takach.
Last updated: February-2016.