We have very little information about the Kollege Klub in Madison.
The bar was never named in any Wisconsin LGBT publications of the 60s-70s (that I have found anyway). It is listed in various national gay guides however, starting with the earliest in 1963 and 1964 and ending after the 1973-74 guides: so it likely existed starting in 1963 (or earlier) and ending in 1973 or 1974. (Five different national guides contribute to that date range.)
Codes included in the various national gay guides reveal a little more: 1964 "beer bar", 1969 "Collegiate, Beer, popular spot", 1973 "Very mixed, popular spot", and 1971, 1974 "(Male) (Young and/or Collegiate types)". The single photo we have of the business displays a sign which also reads "Snacks" so we can assume they had some food available.
More information about this business is welcomed from anyone who can contribute it.
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