Friday, August 24, 2012



Location: 200 East Washington Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Opened: November 1982

Closed: Around 2002?

From Don Schwamb, at the History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

Pulse Bar (2004)
Fannies was opened as a lesbian bar in November 1982 by Sharon Dixon (who had previously been a business partner in at least one other lesbian bar, the Sugar Shack).

Fannies is best known for its colorful and checkered history. Extremely popular with the lesbian crowd for many years, there were a few accidents and fires and a great deal of speculation about whether the owner was involved in one or more of them. The bar was closed several times for renovation after fires or other reasons, and on one occasion the owner was in jail far suspected arson.

In the early 2000's Fannies became more a mixed lesbian/gay bar, and in 2003 was renamed Pulse.

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