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

Location: 200 E. Washington Street



Female/ male
Bar/ social



Pulse Bar is the last bar in this location owned and run by Sharon Dixon, who had originally opened the bar in 1982 as Fannies, which for many years was a popular lesbian bar. As Pulse, the bar had a brief reign as the home of western dancing, for the Shoreline dance group as well as informal Friday western dance sessions.

The cover of the February 2003 issue of 'OutBound' magazine featured Pulse, with the following article inside on page 2 (page 4 in PDF numbering):

    Milwaukee's latest, newest club, Pulse, has made a major transformation from a women's bar to a all-around gay bar where everyone is welcome. Leather, drag, country-western, sports or dance, there is something for everyone at Pulse. Renovations to the club have lent a favorable atmosphere to a variety of new activities. Including classic rock nights, karaoke, latin salsa, roaring 20's gangsta parties and more. The latest addition is their hot new pulsating all-male revue on Sunday nights. There is nothing else like it in Milwaukee. These performers are hot and eager to please.

    Another hot feature is their sci-fi party that encourages patrons to come as their favorite sci-fi character. This is guaranteed to to be a fun time. Check out their ad in this issue. Also, their latest addition to the staff, Jake, with his wide variety of hot, sexy outfits will keep you coming back for more.

    We, at Outbound, want to congratulate Pulse for their efforts in bringing the gay communty of Milwaukeee something new and refreshing.

The bar was fairly short-lived; it closed mid-2005, and the building was taken over as short-lived straight rap bar.


Pulse bar building in 2004

Cover: Outbound Magazine
(Vol. 2 no. 2- Feb. 2003)

Article in Outbound Magazine
(Vol. 2 no. 2- Feb. 2003)

Pulse bar, May 2004

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: July, 2006.

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