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

After Dark Lounge
Location: 2839 Harrison, Oshkosh WI



Male/ female
Bar/ lounge/ social


The After Dark Lounge opened at 2839 Harrison Street in Oshkosh in 1980. Located on the outskirts of town, the bar was prone to harassment and even a few physical altercations inside the bar and in the parking lot.

The bar's matchbook covers read "Where You Meet New Friends"; but the bar was not found listed in any national gay guides or in any of the early Wisconsin LGBT publications. The bar closed after about one year.

The history of LGBT bars in Northeastern Wisconsin was the subject of an excellent article in the Green Bay Press Gazette in 2020.

More information about this business is welcome from anyone who can contribute same.


Matchbook cover
(courtesy Paul Jacob and NE Wis. LGBT History project)

The building at the location c2013
(unsure if this is the same building or was rebuilt)

Credits: web site concept, design and contents by Don Schwamb.
Information on the bar from 'Historic Timeline of LGBT in NE Wisconsin' by Paul “Cricket” Jacob.
Last updated: August-2021.

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