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

Mister Z's
a.k.a. Mr Z
Location: 219 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee WI


December 1975
early 1976

Bar/ social



Mister Z's (Mr "Z") opened about December 1975, the third LGBT bar to be housed in this location in less than 18 months. (The location has first held a bar called The Gallery Lounge from late-1974 to early 1975, and then a disco dance bar, Gary's Dance Club, from mid-late 1975.)

The single advertisement we have seen in the "GPU News" magazine (December 1975) showed an incorrect address: the ad lists the location as "219 N. 2nd St." rather than 219 SOUTH 2nd Street- which doubtless caused a number of people to go on a futile search for the new bar!

The bar was short-lived. By early-1976 this location would re-open as Club Circus, which morphed into Circus-Circus, and eventually became Club 219; a succession of popular and successful disco and dance clubs.

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


"Now Open" Advertisement, Dec. 1975
(GPU News, Dec. 1975, pg. 40)

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