Downtown Milwaukee happy hour guide
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People from all around Milwaukee come Downtown to work and grind away in the office. So it only makes sense that they should also stay Downtown and take a load off after a long day of work by hitting a nearby happy hour. To help you find the right place for the happiest hour of the day, here's a rundown of Downtown bars to dive into for a tasty repast.
As always, this is not an exhaustive list and information can change, so we suggest you check with your bartender for verification. Feel free to share your favorite in the comments below!
1247 N. Water St. (414) 221-9999
From 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, enjoy 2-for-1 short rails and $2 tall boy domestic beers. And if you're one of those that like to be fed while getting some serious drink on, AJ Bomber's has legendary burgers.
1114 N. Water St., (414) 847-1492
Bar Louie's Water St. location offers happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and features $3.25 drafts, $4.25 wines, $5.25 martinis and ½ off select apps and flatbreads.
1139 N. Water St., (414) 226-6969
Especially popular with the college crowd, BarNone offers a nightly 5 to 8 p.m. Happy Hour that features 2-for-1 rail drinks and pints plus daily drink specials.
424 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 273-8222
Located on the twenty third floor of the Pfister Hotel, Blu has a location with one of the best views in Milwaukee. Happy hour runs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Brothers Bar & Grill
1213 N. Water St., (414) 224-1690
This popular college hangout is a great location and a guaranteed good time. The seating on the second level is a nice touch and the outdoor seating is great as well. Along with a full food menu, happy hour is every Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. and includes $2 rails and domestic drafts, $3 calls and craft beers and $4 top shelf and premium beers.
1019 N. Old World Third St., (414) 224-8500
Buck Bradley's is set in one of the oldest buildings on Old World Third St. and is a place where you a guaranteed some good food to pair with your drinks. Best of all it is all at a fair price. Happy hour is every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. and includes $5 Bacardi Rum Runners & Margaritas, $1 off mixed drinks, beer, wine and $3 off select appetizers.
301 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 223-3311
Carson's has been in Milwaukee since 2013 and has been making a name for itself with their steaks and barbecue ribs. The Chicago native restaurant is a must try and has happy hour 4 to 6 p.m. every Monday through Friday featuring draft beer for $4 and wine for $6.
1033 N. Old World Third St., (414) 271-5653
This comedy club is the place to be for some good laughs, a good atmosphere and some even better drink deals. Although they are closed for the summer be sure to keep Milwaukee's Comedy Cafe in mind when they are back in operation. Thursday's are all you can drink for $25 and Saturdays are two for one for the first 10 people who mention their website add.
722 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 220-9411
Distil's happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and offers a different special cocktail every day, as well as an exceptional house old-fashioned. Distil also features $1 off bottled beer, $3 off house wine and $2 off seasonal menu cocktails.
Dukes On Water
158 E Juneau Ave., (414) 274-7204
Happy hour is Sunday through Tuesday and Friday through Saturday 4 to 9 p.m. and includes $1 domestic beer tappers and $2 rail drinks.
1023 N. Old World Third St., (414) 831-7746
This bar is the perfect location to relive those college house parties of playing beer-pong and flip-cup. Complete with a food menu and rooftop view, Evolution MKE has specials every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Fire on Water
518 N. Water St., (414) 291-4411
Fire On Water is a hotspot for live music on the weekends and during the week they have happy hour nightly from 3 to 7 p.m.
425 E. Wells St., (414) 278-8586
Flannery's features a warm, friendly atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub. They proudly serve a host of Wisconsin-made beers, wines from around the world and frothy pints of Guinness Stout. Monday through Friday you can take advantage of a dollar off everything plus half price wines.
Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub
1203 N. 10th St., (414) 276-7271
The Downtown location of Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub has a happy hour 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, offering $2 Miller Lite and PBR Taps, $3.50 all other tap beers, $3.50 house wines and single rail cocktails, as well as $1 off appetizers.
Mason Street Grill
425 E. Mason St., (414) 298-3131
Mason's happy hour is offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and features $2.50 draft beers, $5 well drinks and $5 house wines.
1110 N. Old World Third St., (414) 897-8137
The hip, hybrid taco restaurant-sports bar – that emphasizes its tequila – offers happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, featuring $3 Mexican beers and $4 Matador Margaritas, as well as half-off all appetizers. Every Tuesday, the happy hour specials extend all day for Taco Tuesday.
411 E. Mason St., (414) 255-3270
Set in Hotel Metro, Metro Bar features a full menu serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also have a full bar with happy hour every Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.
1135 N. Water St., (414) 278-8888
This popular Irish pub is the place to go to satisfy all of your hunger and thirst with great food to go with the great Irish beer on tap. Happy hour runs every Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and features $1 taps, $2 specialty taps, $4 double Deep Eddy & Smirnoff drinks and half off the appetizer menu.
811 E. Jefferson St., (414) 273-5397
Mi-key's offers a "hang out hour" with daily specials on food and drink. Specials rotate so stop in to check them all out but they include a ½ off domestic beers and premium rail drinks on Mondays from 4 to 10 p.m.
Miller Time Pub
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-2337
Enjoy a 3 for $3 happy hour and choose from wine, taps or rail drinks from 5 to 7 p.m.. Take in late night specials at this Wisconsin Avenue pub from 10 p.m. to midnight and enjoy $3 Miller High Life taps or shots.
Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St., (414) 276-2337
Get happy Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. with $2 off Milwaukee Brewing Company beers, rail drinks and house wines, plus select pitchers for $8 and $3. Double the happy on Thursdays when the special returns at 9 p.m. til close!
550 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-7250
The happiest hours of the day can be spent with 50 percent off drinks and appetizers at Monarch Lounge. Take in live music from 5 to 8 p.m. as well. Even better? You can get free parking with purchase.
Oak & Oyster
724 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 323-7434
Oak & Oyster's happy hour is 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and late-night happy hour is 10 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Specials include $1 oysters, $2 shrimp cocktail, $3 oyster sliders, $3 Miller High Lifes, a $5 weekly po' boy and a $5 weekly Crush, a boozy punch served over crushed ice.
Old German Beer Hall
1009 N. Old World Third St., (414) 226-2728
Old German Beer Hall specializes in serving the famous Hofbrau Brewery beer. They are also a go-to for Friday fish fry, Usinger's Sausages and more. Stop in every Friday at 6 p.m. for free beer.
Phoenix Cocktail Club
785 N. Jefferson St., (414) 539-5918
Elegant and easygoing, serving creative cocktails and comfort food, with an eclectic variety of music playing all the time, Phoenix's happy hour is 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, with $6 Daiquiris and Old Fashioneds, and specialty drinks priced at $9 to $13.
833 E. Michigan St., (414) 273-7273
Enjoy a live piano performance while taking advantage of half-price wine and beer or a $8 specialty cocktail from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday you can partake from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Red Rock Saloon
1227 N. Water St., (414) 431-0467
Milwaukee's original country and rock bar has at atmosphere that does its name justice. Red Rock Saloon has a full menu full of all types of items you would expect to see at a country themed bar. Stop in every Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and enjoy half-off all taps and apps, $5 Red Rock signature drinks and free bull rides.
134 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 763-1102
Rogue's Gallery is a location where you are sure to get any type of drink you are looking for. You can also enjoy some pretty nice art as well. Happy hour is every night of the week from 9 to 10:30 p.m.
154 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 274-7201
Scooter's pub has great deals during their happy hour, which runs every Monday through Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. The deals include $1 tap beer and $2 rail drinks.
219 E Michigan St., (414) 276-8150
Take a swig of Pabst, Pabst Light, Rolling Rock Or Coors Light for $3 a can. If a cocktail is calling try a Smirnoff cocktail at $3.50.
795 N. Jefferson St., (414) 271-2855
This Cathedral Square classic is where the beautiful people meet in Milwaukee. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and great steals on alcohol bevys. Join in the fun from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Belmont Tavern
784 N. Jefferson St., (414) 988-6161
Happy hour runs from 4-10 p.m. every Monday night. With the Jefferson St. location and the 45-foot glass storefront, The Belmont Tavern makes for a pleasant view.
The Brass Alley
1023 N. Old World Third St., (414) 800-6240
This Bourbon Street style bar features plenty of drinks, food and entertainment to make you feel like you have been transported to New Orleans. Their drink menu features eight frozen drinks and beer from the famous New Orleans brewery: Abita Brewing Company. Happy hour is 4-7 p.m. every Monday through Friday featuring $5 appetizers, $3 taps & frozen drinks and half off craft cocktails. For the complete list of specials click here.
The Pub Club
1103 N. Old World Third St., (414) 988-5000
The Pub Club is considered to be one of Milwaukee's prime dance locations. Be sure to fuel your happy-feet with their full menu and drink specials while you dance the night away. Wednesday is half price drinks and apps after 4 p.m. Thursday's are $1.50 bombs, $5.50 Smirnoff and Red Bull and no cover charge all night long. Friday is happy hour 4-7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The Rumpus Room
1030 N. Water St., (414) 292-0100
Located in one of the tallest buildings in Milwaukee, The Rumpus Room is sure to have the drink you are looking for. Best of all they have a very large selection of deals during their happy hour every weekday from 4 to 6 p.m. Some of the deals include $4 Wisconsin Old Fashion, 2-for-1 Wisconsin beers, and much more.
This Is It
418 E. Wells St., (414) 278-9192
First off, you can score two for one drinks whenever the disco ball is on. Then enjoy a 3-2-1 Happy Hour: $3 rail mixers, $2 craft taps, $1 taps of Miller Lite on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. There are specials just about every night of the week so be sure to check them all out here.
Uber Tap Room & Cheese Bar
1048 N Old World 3rd St., (414) 755-2424
This tap room features 36 local tap beers with six nitro taps. Uber Tap Room specializes in serving beer from all over Wisconsin. Be sure to also pair your Wisconsin native beer with some of Wisconsin's finest cheeses and cheese-like dishes. Happy hours are 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Friday there is also $3 draft beers and house wines from 5pm-close. Saturday and Sunday are $4 tall rail mixers and house wines.
Upper 90 Sports Pub
322 W. State St., (414) 988-9372
Taking the idea of a sports bar to a whole other level, Upper 90 Sports Pub is the go-to destination for all you sports-viewing needs. And what is the sports bar experience without some drinks? Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. and goes until 7 p.m. every Monday-Wednesday and until 10 pm. every Thursday and Friday. The specials include $3 tap beer plus $4 calls and house wine.
788 N. Jackson St., (414) 312-8566
Whiskey Bar is the place to be for a variety of fun. Known for their dance-club vibe, Whiskey Bar has happy hour every Friday from 4-8 p.m. Happy hour includes $2 off micro-brews, $2 off glasses of wine, $3 off specialty cocktails, $3 off short rails & calls, $5 double rail & call drinks and $3 Bulliet shots
Who's On Third
1007 N. Old World Third St., (414) 897-8373
This neighborhood pub is known for their foodie, sports viewing and friendly atmosphere featuring some of the best wings around town. Happy hour is Monday-Friday starting at 3 p.m. and includes $3 tap beer, wine and rail mixers.
1230 N. Old World Third St., (414) 226-0122
This bar set in the Aloft hotel features happy hour every Sunday through Thursday 5-7 p.m. The specials include $3 rail cocktails, $3 draft beer and $3.50 house wine. Their menu also includes a few snack options.
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