The Castaways was a very popular dance bar. It appears in the earliest national bar guides we have been able to locate, indicating it existed at least since 1961. A 1969 national gay guide has the notes: "The most 'in' place in Milwaukee/ Dancing permitted, almost encouraged/ Don't miss this spot!"
(This is a different bar from a later one named Clay's Castaways (c1984)
After operating on North McKinley for some years, it relocated in late 1970 to South 2nd street and was renamed "Castaways South".
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National gay guide research by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: January-2021.
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