Netflix’s Dahmer Show Lures True Crime Tourists to a Milwaukee Bar

Usually for a bar, anything that draws customers is a good thing, but since the release of the Netflix series about Milwaukee serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, a Walker’s Point bar owner says the attention hasn’t desired has been overwhelming.

As of the summer of 2022, it’s the Wall Street Stock Bar, but decades ago, it was Club 219, infamous for being frequented by Dahmer himself while hunting for victims.

The Netflix show has attracted true crime tourists, some even ordering a “Dahmer drink,” which isn’t something you’ll find there.

“I knew this was a place where Jeffrey had found some of his victims,” ​​said Charese Gardner, owner of the Wall Street Stock Bar.

Gardner keeps that name off his bar and instead highlights iconic people from the stock market, not the most infamous customer in the building.

“We’re not going to have a drink,” Gardner said. “We’re not doing a mural.”

Gardner said that since Netflix’s show about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer premiered in September, many more people have been trying to catch a glimpse of the path Dahmer took.

“I have marks on my face in my mirrors outside because people are kind of trying to look inside,” Gardner said. “I really don’t understand the obsession to walk on a place that he walked on.”

The trail of morbid curiosity has led them to where Club 219 used to be located, a place Dahmer used to visit to find potential victims.

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“I remade every single thing,” Gardner said. “It doesn’t even look like the place anymore. It was a bar before me.”

Gardner said that curiosity comes at a cost. She said that fake reviews have appeared online.

“So they have ‘Jeffrey Dahmer approval,'” Gardner said. “‘Great place to meet new friends.’ This person has never visited here. One star review. Jeffrey Dahmer photo here.”

“It doesn’t make sense,” Gardner continued. “Obviously those people don’t care about family members either. To me, it’s like, whose side are you on? Are you really on the side of the killer? Because you’re like promoting the killer, or is it like sick jokes?”

Gardner said everything hits close to home.

“I have a lady who cooks for me, and one of the victims was her friend,” Gardner said.

He said another person he works with was requested by Dahmer himself.

“A lot of these people are still alive,” Gardner said.

Gardner said he won’t let the killer be the name his bar is known by.

“This is my establishment,” Gardner said. “This is my career. It’s a bit traumatic to see how people would praise a serial killer.”

The owner says it will probably make the “219” in the bar window less prominent.

She said she’s trying to get those fake Google reviews removed and hopes this all ends.

He added that he has not watched the Netflix show and does not plan to.

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