West Side bar guide
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Papa's Social Club
7712 W. Burleigh St.
On tap: MGD, Miller Lite, New Glarus Spotted Cow, Leinie's Red, Leinie's Honey Weiss, Spaten, Bud, Bud Light
Grill: yes, pizza and appetizers (from Mama's Italian Cuisine next door). Big Screen TV: yes (2). Music: live music Thursdays and Saturdays; dj/dancing on Fridays. Games: darts, Golden Tee, video games.
We were going to use a funny Italian phrase to describe the vibe at this place, but, nah -- fuhgeddabowdit.
OK, sorry, but this place does have movie posters of "Good Fellas" and "The Godfather," photographs of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, and a sign that says "Milwaukee's Little Italy." On a recent evening, they were showing Robert DeNiro in "Casino" on the big-screen TV's -- just in case you still couldn't figure out the theme.
Papa's goes for the Las Vegas cocktail lounge look -- dark lighting, candle-lit tables, padded bar stools with backs, and large, round booths. The bartenders wear ties, and the cocktail waitress wear low-cut black dresses.
Pizza and appetizers are available from Mama's restaurant next door -- the garlic bread is definitely a standout. Papa's has a drink menu offering a large selection of martinis and shooters.
There's a good happy hour at Papa's: half-priced drinks and free hors d'oeuvres daily from 2 to 6 p.m. Papa's offers other specials throughout the week, including deals during Bucks and Packer games. Wednesdays are billed as "an evening with the Rat Pack -- enjoy their movies, music and drinks."
Saz's State House
5539 W. State St.
On tap: Miller Lite, Miller High Life, MGD, Leinie's Original, Leinie's Red, Leinie's Creamy Dark, Leinie's Honey Weiss, Leinie's Big Butt, Leinie's Amber Light, Sprecher Amber, Sprecher Pub Ale, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse, Pilsner Urquell, Guinness and Louie's Demise
Grill: yes, restaurant food. Big Screen TV: no.
Saz's is more of a restaurant than it is a pub -- patrons at the bar can get crowded out by diners waiting to be seated at this popular eatery. As you would expect at a restaurant bar, Saz's offers a lot of hearty appetizers -- ribs, mozzarella marinara, clam strips and chicken tenderloins are some of the items to snack on.
Saz's is the only west side bar that has a shuttle to the Bradley Center for Bucks and Marquette games. The shuttle is free to those who patronize Saz's, $5 to non-diners. Saz's runs a Happy Hour special on domestic taps Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Steve's on Bluemound
5841 W. Bluemound Rd.
On tap: Lakefront Riverwest Stein, New Glarus Native, Leinie's Red, Leinie's Honey Weiss, Lowenbrau, Bud Light, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Bass, Guinness, New Glarus Spotted Cow, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse, Blue Moon, Miller Lite, Miller High Life
Grill: yes. Big Screen TV: yes (3). Games: darts, pool, air hockey, foosball, video games.
Steve's on Bluemound is a spacious sports bar with a shuttle to Miller Park, and all the classic barroom amenities -- darts, pool, air hockey, foosball, big-screen TV's and video games. This is probably the top place on the west side as far as bar games are concerned.
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If you haven't been to McBob's for a weekend breakfast yet, GO! Corned Beef HASH is FANTASTIC! And the bloody's aren't bad either!
Mike Schmidt said: Good article, but I was searching for Bars that had a shuttle service to Miller Park. Bluemound bars are the easy ones, but do any other locations/bars have shuttles. I'd love to have a list of bars to try... as a season ticket holder, I'm sick of the Wongs/Kellys scene. ms
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