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

Leaded Shade
Location: 157 S. 1st Street


late 1974?

Female/ male
Bar/ social



The Leaded Shade was first seen to be advertising in the January, 1976 issue of the GPU News; however, it was also listed in the 1975 Bob Damron Guide, so presumably it must have opened in late 1974 (depending on the deadline for inclusion in that guide).

The August 1976 issue of the local "GLIB Guide" describes the business simply as follows: "Was closed for awhile, now reopened."

An advertisement in 1979 states "under new management... your host, Larry Weber, invites you to stop in soon..."

The Leaded Shade was succeeded about 10 years later by the Leaded Shade II, about 6 blocks farther south on S. First Street.

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

Recollections: The following are recollections of others who have been kind enough to submit their personal memories to the webmaster. You are welcome to do the same!

      "A classier women's bar than some of the others we frequented. Everybody looked better under the subtle lighting!"
                                                - Flash Gorski (Nov. 2010)

Article and Photos
Gay Business Guide,
1977, pg. 14
Interior photo
(main bar)
Gay Business Guide, 1977

Advertisement, circa 1979

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: November-2010.