Old World Third Street bar guide
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842 N. Old World 3rd St.
You'll find a little bit of everything. Great food, wonderful pizza, good beer and wine choices and, being across the street from the Hyatt Regency-Milwaukee, an eclectic mix of customers. A lot of well-known celebs staying at the hotel have been known to cross the street and knock a few back.
Knight's Bar at Mader's
1041 N. Old World 3rd St.
Attachedto a legendary Milwaukee dining institution, the Knight's Bar is starting to branch off on its own by appealing to game-night visitors and those looking to avoid the noise, crowds and hassle of the more traditional bars on the street.
1110 N. Old World 3rd St.
It's a given, any night at Lucille's features a ton of bachelorette and female birthday parties. Dueling pianos play strong late into the night and the drinks are reasonably-priced. A very good starting off point for the evening if your group is made up of mixed company.
Milwaukee Brat House
1013 N. Old World 3rd St.
The Milwaukee Brat House, one of the newer bars on the street, is just a bar. There's no real theme - though its decorated in European pub/tavern style - just a wide assortment of inexpensive beer (always served in pairs) - and above-average bar fare, usually available late into the evening. The Brat House doesn't really get packed; instead, with plenty of space to sit throughout the bar, it usually has a feel of being just full enough to seem busy without being impossible. Has a pretty big beer garden out back that is really underutilized, as most people choose to sit inside or on the street-side patio.
Notte Night Lounge
1033 N. Old World 3rd St. (Upper level)
Very small and very dark, Notte is the spot to go if you're looking to dance and ... mingle. The club brings in some well-known Djs and the operators run a tight ship; dress to impress and be on your best behavior or you're either not getting in or you're going home early.
Old German Beer Hall
1009 N. Old World 3rd St.
Considering the neighborhood's history as the one-time center of German Milwaukee, the Old German Beer Hall is a quintessential Milwaukee bar. In addition to the big, big tap beers from world-renowned Hofbrau Brewery in Bavaria, you can also get the usual bottled favorites, though why pass up the chance to drink a liter of beer? The kitchen is open late and in addition to the standard menu of brats and giant Bavarian-style pretzels, there is usually a couple of delicious German specialties on the menu, too. The Beer Hall draws a number of different demographics, from families and "older folks" looking for a good meal, to theater and sports fans catching a drink before or after and event or show as well as the usual college crowds. Musically, expect a good mix of live oom-pah, modern techno and dance music.
ONE Sports Lounge
1003 N. Old World 3rd St.
Opened in early 2011, ONE is owned by a collection of former Wisconsin sports stars like Sam Cassell, Antonio Freeman and Rob Davis, current Bucks forward Corey Maggette and actress Penny Marshall. Featuring a full menu and Happy Hour specials, ONE is a good stop before or after Bucks games.
1103 N. Old World 3rd St.
Occupying the former "Have a Nice Day Cafe" space, Suite is an upscale club that recreates the atmosphere and service of high-class clubs in bigger cities. Featuring hip and modern décor with an open layout, there are also private suites and bottle service available.
1033 N. Old World 3rd St.
Few restaurants can juggle their alcohol and food business as well as Tutto. It's a big, spacious place that hides its actual size well. A long bar with a lot of options, Tutto has emerged as a leading pre- and post-game stop for those attending Bradley Center events. The kitchen is usually open pretty late, and there are individual flat-screen televisions in every booth. A good choice if you're out with a significant other, another couple or just a bunch of friends.
Wisconsin Cheese Bar
1048 N. Old World 3rd St.
This isn't the place to go if you and the gang are looking to tie one on. Instead, bring your better half down to enjoy wine, cheese and beer flights, all skillfully paired by experts. The Cheese Bar also features regular "Meet the Beermaker" events, allowing beer drinkers to meet the producers of their favorite pisners, stouts and ales.
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Brat House Thursday karaoke=glorious. 3-4-1 domestic taps (small mugs, but hey, it's a good deal) with Keegan, an awesome karaoke dj, at the mic. The atmosphere is as described above--chill, enough seating, friendly staff, good prices.
Great article! I agree with the past comments about OW3rd offering a great varity of places to go out. I think the comments about the OGBH have some merit, but the crowd and atmosphere changes by the day of the week, time of day, and current season. If you want a more traditional German expierence, go during the day or Mon-Wed evening, Thurs-Sat will be more of a college crowd. Also gotta agree about th Brat House, always a chill atmoshere with great prices.
3rd st Fan | Nov. 11, 2009 at 12:02 p.m. (report)
Great article. 3rd st has become the place to be in Milwaukee and it is by far the most diverse street for types of bar and clubs. You can go to a bunch of different places with different types of people, music, and setting without having to move your car. From a wine bar to a historic German bar to a high end Vegas style club to a dueling piano bar to a college party bar...pretty diverse. The street is definitely not for everyone, but it is for the majority. For pricing its the same for a beer or cocktail pretty much everywhere on the street than any other place downtown. Usually the people that complain don't take advantage of the crazy drink specials downtown or are the ones who don't understand why the beers aren't the same price as they get at the grocery store....or the ones who go out once in a blue moon and expect their local drinking hole hook up price....or just don't have money... 7 years ago it was just Cafe and Banana Joes and Buck Bradleys, now it is a destination....Milwaukee is growing people even in a recession..
Did each bar write their own review? Reasonable prices? Hardly. BTW - this town needs an Essen Haus. Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere.
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