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

Location: 500 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee WI


mid 1975
late 1976?

Male/ female



The August 7, 1976 issue of the local "GLIB Guide" describes the Advent as follows: "Large typical south side bar serves food after hours." (While the GLIB Guiide spelled it as "Advent", note the photo shows the bar sign reading "AD-VENT".)

Researcher Michail Takach discovered a brief blurb in GPU News (Nov. 1975) indicating that Advent was owned by John Clayton, who also operated C'est La Vie; why he had opened a second gay bar at the same time is a mystery.

More information about this business is welcomed from anyone who can contribute it.


Building in 1975 (photo taken
from SE corner of 5th + Virginia)

Ownership info
(GPU News, Nov 1975)

Site of building in 2020 (bldg replaced by Jordan Machinery)

Credits: web site concept, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb;
Additional research by Michail Takach.
Last updated: November-2022.

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