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

Woody's Bar
Location: 1579 S. 2nd St.


November 1997
(still open 2007)

Male/ female
Bar/ social
Sports bar

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Woodys' was opened on November 14, 1997 in what had previously been a straight Mexican bar, and was soon a hit. (Quest v4-i21 pg16-17) Only slightly separated from the main gay bar area, it is large and roomy. The first room is a typical bar (with the bar along one long wall opposite rest rooms), but the back room is huge, large and open with a high ceiling. Because the bar is located on a corner (the northwest corner of 2nd St. and Lapham), a large window opens to the outside (at about 4' high). There is a small bar situated at the far end of this larger room.

Upon opening this bar, the owner saw the need for a gay sports bar- and thus installed a very large screen TV in the back room to make viewing games more enjoyable. Woody's thus became the first gay bar to be wildly popular for Packer Games, Badger Games, etc. On a typical Packer Sunday, the bar will be packed full of customers from game time until the cheerful or gloomy end of the game-- helped by the $6 beer bust for the entire game (and one hour beyond), and free shots with every Packer score.

Woodys also subscribes to an interactive video gaming system, where patrons can join in answering trivia questions etc., competeing against other players nationwide.

The back room, because of its size, is ideal for larger gatherings or events. For example, several leather gear gatherings have been held here, where various vendors or clubs show off their gear and sell what they can.

This bar somehow found and acquired the "dildo wagon" or cart that was once in the Wreck Room. The wagon is not always assembled, but when it is, it makes an interesting setting to hold pizza, barbecue, or whatever is being served at Packer games or other events. Much earlier, the bar had also resurrected one other Wreck Room tradition: salted-in-the-shell peanuts are available in a barrel virtually all the time. As at the Wreck Room, patrons are encouraged to throw the shells on the floor.


Building (late 2005)


Grand Opening, November 1997
Quest, vol.4- issue 21

Interior of Woodys (late 2005)
(more interior photos on Images page)

Ad from Web site, 2006

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: October-2007.