Next-generation “pop-up” lesbian bar HerLounge MKE debuts May 18

by | May 1, 2024 | 0 comments

In 2020, the Lesbian Bar Project confirmed there were only 15 surviving bars nationwide – and some of those survivors were further challenged by pandemic economics. Fortunately, the Renaissance has arrived: As of 2024, there are now 32 known lesbian bars nationwide, an increase of over 100% in just four years.

And the Renaissance has arrived in Milwakuee, where a clever new pop-up space aims to get women back on the dance floor.

HerLounge MKE announced its first event “Blooms & Beats,” to be held at Denizen on May 18. Francesca Wilson, founder of HerLounge MKE, aims to create something exciting for Wisconsin women.

“After visiting places all over the world, I felt inspired to create my own space—something that was very, very different from what already exists in Wisconsin. And that’s how HerLounge MKE was born.”’

“I check a lot of boxes in the community,” said Francesca. “LGBTQ. African American. Veteran. A woman. I want to be able to reach people in each of those categories, and be a beacon for those who feel unheard or unseen. So many women in Milwaukee want camaraderie and connection with other women—but just don’t have a place to find each other.”

For now, HerLounge MKE is a traveling pop-up. But, if the 2024 events are successful, Francesca plans to scout a permanent location.

“If the support is there, HerLounge will be there,” said Francesca. “We will be growing and advancing our concept, in response to what the community wants and needs.”

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