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

 
Rascals Bar & Grill
Location: 702 E. Wisconsin Avenue
APPLETON

Opened:
Closed:

November 1992
(still open 2009)
Clientele:

Male/ female
Bar/ social
Restaurant

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Rascals Bar & Grill has been the Fox Valley's steady rock in gay/ lesbian bars from November 1992. Previous to Rascals opening, Appleton's main GLBT bar for many years was 1101 West (c1980-88), and then Pivot Club took over the lead. When Rascals opened, it was the young upstart, its main advantage being location (Pivot Club was much larger, with large dance floor and stage- but Rascals was much closer to the downtown areas). But since the Pivot Club closed in 1995, Rascals has firmly held the lead (with only passing competion from Diversions (outside Neenah), and for a brief time, Crossroads, a smaller mostly-lesbian bar). (Original partner Glenn Paschen sold out to co-owner Todd West in 2000.)

Although on Saturday nights some of the crowd will travel to Green Bay for the larger (and wider variety of) bars, on Friday nights Rascals rules! It attracts a good crowd early for fish fry (excellent cod and perch), and maintains the crowd into the late hours. Its grill makes for good eats most any time, with excellent burgers, fries, and sandwiches. It is also a good spot for Sunday afternoon relaxation and drinks on the patio, and during the season for Packer games.

Each Christmas season, Rascals goes all out to decorate. In 2006 for example, the entire bar was filled with white-flock tree branches and evergreen boughs, and lit with black lights, making relaxing with a drink feel like you're in the middle of a forest right after a snowfall. Great bar!

Bar interior, 2006
 
Bar interior, 2006
 
Stained glass windows, front wall
 
Patio bar
 
Bar interior, Christmas 2006
 
Bar interior, Christmas 2006
 
Bar interior, Christmas 2006
 

 
 


Advertisement in Green Apple
Vol. 1 no. 3 / Sept.-Oct. 1993


View of front of building,
March 2005


A Coaster from the bar, 2006

Credits: bar history by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: October-2007.