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

Bridgeport Bar
Location: 3762 N. Green Bay Avenue


August 1962
December 1964

Male/ female
Bar, Dancing



The Bridgeport is known primarily from being listed in several national 'Gay Bar Guides' from 1962 to 1966. Through extensive research, just two local references have been found thus far.

First, a 'personal ad' has been located from August 1962 reading: "To my friends and customers: Now at a new location. The Bridgeport, 3762 N. Green Bay av.". We have no information yet on where the bar moved from or why.

Finally, advertisements have been found offering the vacant tavern and apartment for immediate rental from December 15-18, 1964.

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


    (A book, "LGBT Milwaukee" by Michail Takach, seeks to make the story of LGBT Milwaukee accessible, visible, and portable for future generations--before it is too late. Some information on this bar came from research that Michail continues to do in preparation for a future book. Please help support our efforts by purchasing the book, and corresponding with us if you have more info.)


Listings in early "Gay Guides":
(For more information on the Guides, click here.)

1963, Lavendar Baedeker
  History of the Baedeker Guides   Index
1964, "Directory 43"
  Title Page   Introduction
1964 Guild Guide
  Title pg   Editors note   Note concl
1964 Lavender Baedeker Guide
  History of Baedeker Guides
1965 International Guild Guide
  Title pg   Editor's note   Codes
1966 Lavender Baedeker Guide
    Back page
1966 Male World Guide
    Index, excerpt

Personal advertisement from August 1962
discovered by M. Takach

Credits: web site concept, contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Local references by researcher/ historian Michail Takach;
National gay guide research by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: January-2021.

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