Gay bars


Hidden gem: Woody's

Published June 4, 2020

Some bars just have perfect names. One of the best in Milwaukee is Woody's at 1579 S. 2nd St., in the Clock Tower Acres neighborhood at the southern edge of Walker's Point. Anyone who walks in and sees the vintage bar top that's been in place for surely well over a half a century will agree. It's enough to make a grown tippler blush.


Milwaukee LGBTQ bar guide

Published June 27, 2018

Milwaukee's LGBTQ bar scene is going strong - primarily on and around Second Street - and continues to offer fun, safe spaces for everyone, gay or straight.


Bar manager David Kotke has had "colorful" journey to Hudson Business Lounge

Published March 20, 2018

David Kotke has spent nearly 40 years in the service industry, developing a caring, affable and sassy style with customers. He's also lived a "colorful" life, competing in national male beauty pageants as Mr. Gay Wisconsin. Now he's the bar manager at Hudson Business Lounge, calling it a "fun journey."


Milwaukee's magnificent Mint Bar lit the LGBTQ beacon

Published April 11, 2017

During the great Downtown reinvention of the '80s, dozens of buildings disappeared from the heart of Milwaukee. One year, the Mint Bar vanished too. 31 years after its demolition, there's no evidence the Mint Bar even existed. And that's a damn shame.


Milwaukee's best LGBT bar, 2017

Published March 18, 2017

For the second year in a row, upstart Hamburger Mary's has edged LaCage to be named as Milwaukee's best LGBT bar. And, after moving from Bay View to Walker's Point in November, opening in a larger location, readers seemed to love Mary's even more.


Remembering the Clifton Tap, one of the city's first known gay bars

Published June 24, 2016

Behold the Clifton Tap, one of the city's earliest-known "gay bars" and the resident tavern of the ancient Clifton House Hotel. The Clifton Tap, 336 W. Juneau Ave., shared a block with what would later become the Sydney Hih Building. Let's learn more about it.


Milwaukee Guerrilla Gay Bar makes its move

Published Jan. 29, 2008

The Milwaukee Guerrilla Gay Bar is not a new local LGBT bar. That would be way too obvious. In fact, it's not a bar at all; it's more like a movement.


Walker's Pint serves drinks -- and the community -- for five years

Published July 13, 2006

Walker's Pint, 818 S. 2nd St., is the longest-running, currently open lesbian bar in Milwaukee. On Thursday, July 13, the Pint celebrates five years of providing an easy environment for not only lesbians, but also for people of all genders and sexual identities.


M&M Club -- first to unboard windows -- shuts doors for good

Published May 12, 2006

After 30 years in business, the M&M Club –- Milwaukee’s longest running gay bar –- is closing. Owner Bob Schmidt, who now lives in Florida, sold the building and rumor says an Irish pub will be moving into the Third Ward space at 124 N. Water St.


Hot Water bar heats up South Water Street

Published Feb. 3, 2005

Hot Water, 818 S. Water St., is a bar and dance club off the beaten path, on a stretch of Water Street that is almost desolate. But this adds to the charm and mystique of Paul Mueller's impeccable pet project.