The Manhole was opened by Joe Mallien and Mike Dziuba, as probably the first gay leather bar in Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Manhole is perhaps most remembered as the first home bar of the Argonauts Leather Club. They held their "annual run", (which started as "Winterfest" before moving to August), at the Manhole, approx 1976 to 1981.
After five very successful years, in 1981 the bar was relocated and renamed The Body Shop, under the same ownership.
The site of the Manhole has been a parking lot since at least the mid-1990's. More information about this business is welcomed from anyone who can contribute it.
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.