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

 
Nitro
Location: 500 N. Water Street, Milwaukee

Opened:
Closed:

1992
c1995
Clientele:

Men/ Women
Dance Bar

 
     
 

Nitro was the latest name for the Sundays-only gay bar most widely known as 'Park Avenue', reopened in 1992 as 'Nitro' after a million-dollar renovation. Very little is known about the Nitro, which called itself "Milwaukee's Premier Nightclub".

(Park Avenue and "Sundays" was the source of a great deal of controversy among other bar owners, and caused the demise of at least one LGBT publication ("Gay Milwaukee" magazine). The issue was that other gay bar owners were upset with "sunday only" competition, and pressured LGBT publications to not accept advertising from Park Avenue and later Nitro. Gay Milwaukee stopped publishing partly for that reason (see articles on advertising page), and it continued to be a hot topic among bar owners for years to come.)

By the 2000's, the nightclub business waned, and the location would become a series of restaurants, including one named for then-Packer quarterback Brett Favre. In the mid 2010's rumors were that Milwaukee’s former “it spot” would be redeveloped as a hotel.

We will be researching the dates this bar was listed in the media bar Guides to try to narrow the timeline.

Any additional information is available from anyone willing to contribute it.

December 1993 'Dancin' for AIDS' Advertisement
(In Step vol 10 #23, December 1993)
 
Photo of dance floor
(date unknown)
 
Photo of dance floor
(date unknown)
 
 

Credits: bar history by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: October-2020.

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