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The Hotel Foster on North Avenue is Milwaukee's best new bar, according to you. (PHOTO: The Hotel Foster)

Milwaukee's best new bar, 2012: The Hotel Foster

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The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Bars & Clubs, 2012. Find readers' results in 50 categories, including an editors' pick, in this series of articles that run daily in the Bars and Clubs section of

The Hotel Foster ran away with the title of best new bar in Milwaukee, as selected by you, the readers of Bartolotta's Rumpus Room got roughly half as many votes, to finish a distant second. Three Lions, which got slightly more than half as many votes as Rumpus, rounds out the top three.

The Hotel Foster, 2028 E. North Ave., opened in April in the space that formerly housed Live on North, The Globe and The Boardwalk.

In addition to serving wine, beer and cocktails, The Hotel Foster – which does NOT rent rooms, folks – does dish up live music, including an overflow gig by Jaill and a recent label showcase by Trapper Schoepp and The Shades. editors' pick: Rumpus Room


2. Rumpus Room
3. Three Lions
4. O'Lydia's
5. Lo-Cash Live
6. The Loaded Slate
7. 106seeboth
8. The Belmont Tavern
9. Catch 22
10. The Standard
11. The Noble
12. Dehne's Upper 90 Sports Pub
13. Dick's Pizza and Pleasure
14. The Backyard
15. Library Club
16. Gumby's Pub
17. Rogue's Gallery
18. Shemmy N Lemmy's Irish Rec Room
19. Rusty's Old 50
20. Blue Big
21. Ivy Lounge


glassic | Feb. 1, 2012 at 1:54 p.m. (report)

Could not agree more! Amazing layout and staff...The owners enrolled all of there staff into our USBG chapter, Great cocktails and bartenders, they push for excellence and have a knowledgeable staff and are one of the few places that recently opened that are in it for the long haul.. Great job guys and excited to see what 2012 holds for you! Cheers -Dustin (distil)

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