Cactus Club Milwaukee


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Cactus Club is an intimate live music venue and dive bar. It is a Laid-back corner bar & storied, intimate concert venue hosting local & national indie acts. The Cactus Club is all chill in the front with a well-worn horseshoe bar presided over by a Schlitz lady statue and her glowing globe, but the party’s out back with a small, raucous concert space that’s hosted some notable names over the years. If you’ve never been to this Bay View institution, now’s the time to start. So, it is a Laid-back corner bar, community space & storied, intimate concert venue hosting local & national independent artists. A multimedia arts destination that offers on-site art installations, intergenerational concerts, film screenings, and artist markets throughout the week. Frida’s Cocina taco truck is parked outside the club Wednesdays-Saturdays 4-8p. Sixteen draft lines feature local craft beer, nitro cold brew coffee, kombucha, and CBD kombucha. 

Phenomenal bloody marys, vegan bloody marys & NA bloody marys. It is two streets away from Lake Michigan. Cactus Club is a multidisciplinary arts and performance place in Milwaukee, WI, artist-run and queer-owned. The venue hopes to establish meaningful relationships, showcase critical, creative voices, cultivate local talent, and present high-quality arts programs to those nearby by engaging with a culturally diverse and intergenerational cross-section of the community. The organizers want to provide a welcoming and flexible environment for creative experimentation, tastemaking curation, and interactive educational possibilities. Over 30 years, the club has grown from a local indie venue to a cultural hub and national destination, mainly due to the deep community links, inspired engagement, and collaborative growth of those involved. 

Cactus Club has the following club regulations. There will be no sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, or hatred. The Cactus Club is dedicated to fostering a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. Predatory conduct is not acceptable. All gender expressions are accepted and validated. The Cactus Club Moving Image series (Moving Image) is an experimental cinema series produced by Milwaukee’s artist-run venue. Its mission is to foster critical engagement by exhibiting work that takes chances, questions norms, and opens dialogue through a diverse spectrum of artist-driven independent media. As a series, they seek to provide an opportunity for intergenerational guests to connect with film and extended cinema created by artists from diverse backgrounds. The monthly events will be organized by Cactus Club personnel and creative guest programmers to maintain a steady flow of new viewpoints.

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