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

Hot Legs
Location: 814 S. 2nd Street


late 1984
July 1987

Female/ male
Bar/ social



Hot Legs opened late in 1984 by co-owners Kathy and Karen, in the site of the old Shadows bar. For a time Hot Legs was THE lesbian bar in Milwaukee. By August 1987 however the bar had closed and the building was advertised as being available for lease.

(After Hot Legs closed, the building was leased by new owners who reopened the bar as Shadows II- heralding an attempt to recapture the old Shadows crowd.)

(top) Debi Vance, co-owner Karen, D.J. Kim Z.;
(bottom) Michael Murphy & Dennis Wolke
December 1984
(In Step vol. 1 issue 16)

Kathy, half-owner of Hot Legs
January 1985
(In Step vol. 2 issue 1)
Grand Opening Advertisement, "Hot Legs Video Nite Club"
April 1985
(In Step vol. 2 issue 7)

Photos from Grand Opening party:
(top) Ms. Gay Wisconsin, Cini;
(bottom) (left) co-owners Kathy & Karen, (right) Karen Paulsen
May 1985
(In Step vol. 2 issue 9)
Wet T-shirt party
July 1986
(In Step vol. 3 issue 14)

Steppin Out article, Sept. 1984
(InStep vol 1 issue 12)

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: October-2006.