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

 
Doris' Super Bar
Location: 343 W. Appleton Ave.
APPLETON

Opened:
Closed:

1974
mid-1977
Clientele:

Female/ Male
Bar/ social

 

 
       
 

Doris' Super Bar was founded as a "straight" bar, but was popular with gays and lesbians. At the time, there was no gay/ lesbian bar in the Fox Valley area.

In October of 1974, a group of members of the Fox Valley Gay Alliance (FVGA) walked into Doris’ Super Bar; they were looking for a gay-friendly bar that might consider "going gay". Following a few discussions with owner, Doris, she was willing to give it a try, and Doris’ became a very profitable gay/lesbian bar. It appeared in the August 1976 GLIB guide as well as Bob Damron national guides for 1977 and 1978. Many FVGA meetings and parties were held at this establishment.

Sometime in 1976, the bar was sold to a gay couple and renamed the Lambda Lounge. In the August 1977 issue of GPU News, an ad appeared for Lambda Lounge which reads "formerly Doris' Super Bar".

 


Advertisement for Lambda Lounge, August 1977
GPU News, pg. 44, vol. 6 no. 11

Credits: Information of bar's origins by NE Wisconsin LGBT History Project,
Paul "Cricket" Jacob and Lloyd Schaefer;
Web site design and layout by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: August-2010.