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

Gary's Dance Club
Location: 219 S. 2nd Street


May 1975
late 1975

Bar/ social



Gary's Dance Club opened in spring of 1975, and remained open for about six months. This was the age of the disco craze, and the opening of the new bar, Gary's Dance Club, was all the talk at The Factory, which had been "King" of dance clubs in town for the previous few years. (This location had previously held a bar called The Gallery Lounge from late 1974-mid 1975.)

By December 1975, this location would re-open as Mister Z's. That was to be followed by Club Circus, then Circus-Circus, and eventually Club 219, a succession of highly successful and popular disco and dance clubs.

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


Advertisement, June 1975
(GPU News, June 1975, pg. 27)

Advertisement, July 1975
(GPU News, July 1975, pg. 40)

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