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

Location: 200 E. Washington Street



Female/ male
Bar/ social



Pulse Bar is the last bar in this location owned and run by Sharon Dixon, who had originally opened the bar in 1982 as Fannies, which for many years was a popular lesbian bar. As Pulse, the bar had a brief reign as the home of western dancing, for the Shoreline dance group as well as informal Friday western dance sessions. But it closed mid-2005, and the building was taken over as short-lived straight rap bar.


Pulse bar building in 2004

Article in Outbound Magazine
(Vol. 2 no. 2- Feb. 2003)

Pulse bar, May 2004

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: July, 2006.