We don’t take ourselves too seriously and we’re going to show you a good time.
And although you might hear a few prim grumbles over the church bingo table about “the gays,” our pretty relaxed, live-and-let-live attitude means that Milwaukee is a comfortable place for queers.
After 20 years in Milwaukee, I’ve heard all of the stereotypes: We subsist on cheese and beer. We talk like those Minnesotans in “Fargo.” We must be so fat from eating all that cheese and beer and riding around on our Harleys that you can see us from cruising altitude above Flyover Country, dotting the urban landscape like so many polar-fleeced Holsteins.
Thing about stereotypes is, they don’t come out of nowhere.
After enjoying some pool, darts, or local music, commemorate your visit by buying a t-shirt featuring the Pint’s slogan, “Lock up your daughters.” Licka DSplitz 4107 W. (Washington Park) A new place off the tourist’s beaten track, Licka DSplitz has an R&B and hip hop vibe, with DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. I’d say north of Greenfield Avenue is usually pretty good.
(Speaking of Greenfield Ave., the gay-owned Ca–averal at 2501 W. has some of the best Mexican food in the city.) Also, don’t wander around alone after closing time in the Walker’s Point gay bar district.
Plentiful independent coffee shops, art-house movie theaters, galleries, boutiques, bookstores, and parks make these areas fantastic places to while away a weekend.
And if the sun happens to come out and it’s over 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the sound of Harleys breaks out across the city like the buzz of an angry bees’ nest. What these half-truths add up to is exactly what makes Milwaukee a great place to visit: We like to enjoy ourselves, make noise, get outside, soak up the sun, eat, drink, and party.
This being Wisconsin, we even have a weird, German-like word for this feeling of being in a cozy crowd, eating and drinking, and just being accepted the way you are: “gemütlichkeit.” Look it up.
I’m going to get to the really good stuff here in just a sec, but I can’t talk about Milwaukee without talking about race.
There is also an after-party at a genuine LGBT bar.
(Milwaukee is a big-little town, so it wouldn’t hurt to let Sapphic Adventures know you want to be looped into whatever is happening with an email to [email protected]) Ladies’ Night Out First Saturday of each month, September through May.