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

Za's (on Bodart)
Location: 720 Bodart Way, Green Bay WI


July 20, 1989
August 1991

Male/ female
Bar/ Videobar/ Lounge/ Dance club



ZA's Videobar opened on Thursday, July 20 1989, by Mark 'Za' Mariucci (who went on to open several other bars as well, and also founded and ran 'Quest' magazine, a Wisconsin LGBT periodical for 25 years), along with Ken Kujava. The bar in that location had formerly been known as Who's bar.

Ads often showed an address of 718 Bodart Way (the rear entrance).

Just after celebrating their second anniversary, the bar was moved to 1106 Main Street, and called simply Za's.

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

Advertisement, Christmas 1990
& New Years Party
(In Step magazine, vol 7-25,
December 1990)

Photo, Emerald City Ball
(In Step magazine, vol 8-08,
April 1991)
Advertisement, Laser Karoke
& other attractions
(In Step magazine, vol 8-15,
August 1991)
Photos, Lip Sync Grand Finals
during second anniversary weekend,
and construction site of new location
(In Step magazine, vol 8-15,
August 1991)

The building in 2007
(photo by D. Schwamb)

The building in 2007
(photo by D. Schwamb)

Credits: Information of bar's origins by NE Wisconsin LGBT History Project,
Paul "Cricket" Jacob,
with additional information gathered by The Project.
Web site concept, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: July-2021.

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