Brady Street bar guide
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on March 6, 2018 at 11:04 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
Malone's on Brady
1329 E. Brady St., (414) 763-3209
Malone's replaced the bygone dive bar Listwan's/Bruno's in 2013 and, while retaining the space's coziness, upgraded the decor, improved the selection and increased its popularity. Malone's has an impressive beer list, popular specials and an interior adorned with photos and prints of Milwaukee's lakefront and Downtown.
Nomad World Pub
1401 E. Brady St., (414) 224-8111
The Nomad is Milwaukee's haven for the weary traveler. Specializing in imported beers and liquors, it features eclectic music and morning soccer matches in a fun but cozy setting. During the warm months, Nomad's outdoor patio, which straddles the corner of Brady and Warren Avenue, is one of the best places in the city to sip a drink or two with friends (or your dog), have a cigarette and watch Brady Street's diversity fly by.
Pitch's Lounge and Restaurant
1801 N. Humboldt Ave., (414) 272-9313
Serving some of the tastiest barbecue and steaks in Milwaukee along with a mean fish fry, Pitch's is a meat-lovers paradise. Family-owned and operated since 1942, Pitch's has a welcoming bar, nightly specials like "Wacky Wednesday" and some great Milwaukee brews.
Points East Pub
1501 N. Jackson St., (414) 277-0122
How could a bar next to a shopping center be cool? Check out Points East Pub and find out. This East Side/Downtown establishment attracts regulars and newcomers with some of the best wings in town and an impressive beer selection. The wait for the wings can be long, but it's worth it, especially with a frosty tap brew in hand.
Red Lion Pub
1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-9009
Located just a bit off the Western terminus of Brady, along North Water Street, the former Brocach Pub has exchanged that old Irish heritage for new English owners and spirit, complete with televised soccer matches and British ales. There's also weekend brunch and, outside on the patio, a poolball table for playing the life-size soccer-mixed-with-pool game.
Regano's Roman Coin
1004 E. Brady St., (414) 278-9334
If we're talking small-town feel, low-key Regano's Roman Coin, long a fixture of Brady Street, has it in spades. Here's what you need to know about Roman Coin: It's dog-friendly and cash-only. And, if we're being honest, it doesn't take much cash to have a good time there.
1837 N. Humboldt Ave., (414) 273-1665
Like playing pool? This is your spot. If you've ever craved a Cheers-like experience in a neighborhood bar, Scaffidi's is an excellent place to make yourself a regular. With a great jukebox filled with classic rock, good people, and three pool tables that assure an opportunity for a hassle-free game, Scaffidi's is a place where you can go out, hang out, or hide out.
1734 N Franklin Pl., (414) 405-4656
This dark cozy neighborhood bar serves up tasty cocktails plenty of tallboys - though that doesn't mean there isn't a large beer list. Unpretentious and welcoming, The Standard is not to be missed.
1731 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 224-1080
Named after the late New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson, this bar has turned into one of Milwaukee's most colorful and character-rich, if sporadically crowded, spots. Dark, dank, townie but fun, Thurman's has cool bartenders, interesting people, Grateful Dead gilding and shuffleboard.
Up and Under Pub
1216 E. Brady St., (414) 270-0229
Once the Blues Capital of Milwaukee, Up and Under is now one of the city's best venues for local music of any genre. With high ornamental ceilings, wooden floors and a handsome, period bar, it's a trip back in time and a fun place to down a few beers, the list of which includes an impressive array of imports and micros. Open mic night, karaoke and live bands make Up and Under a fun spot on almost any night.
1836 N. Pulaski St., (414) 276-8130
If you've never seen an "I closed Wolski's" bumper sticker on a car or a bathroom wall then you haven't been in Milwaukee long. This small neighborhood bar is a Milwaukee tradition of the highest order. There's nothing fancy inside, but it feels comfortable, the beer is cold and affordable, and there are dart boards and free popcorn. Everyone ought to close Wolski's at least once.
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