An eclectic decor adds to the Burnhearts mystique.
An eclectic decor adds to the Burnhearts mystique.
Jess McCluskey, one of the three owners of Burnhearts.
Jess McCluskey, one of the three owners of Burnhearts.

Rapid review: Burnhearts

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Burnhearts
2599 S. Logan Ave.
(414) 294-0490

In just a few short years, Burnhearts has become one of those bars on many peoples' "best of list." If a new tavern could have an old soul, Burnhearts really would -- it skillfully blends good music, stiff drinks, bartenders with tons of personality and a vibe that can best be described as "brothel chic."

Menu: About 15 interesting beers on tap and dozens more in bottles and cans. Look for hard-to-find favorites from co-owner Jess McCluskey's native Australia.

Price: Reasonable, though not especially cheap, unless you go for the daily specials, like $3 Furthermore beers on Mondays or $2 Pabsts and shots of Powers on Wednesday.

When to go: Burnhearts is one of those bars that can be just as crowded on a Monday night as it is on a weekend. Still, it's big enough that you can usually find a place to sit, but maybe not at the bar. DJs are spinning seemingly all the time, so the vibe is gonna be great.

Dress: This is hipster central, so expect to see people who've put a lot of effort into dressing like they don't care. Also, lots of beards.

Don't miss: Free shuffleboard in the back, and a wall of vintage nudes near the bathrooms. Talking about pin-up photos is a great way to break the ice.

Parking: Ample for this part of Bay View. Best-case scenario, you'll park right in front. Worst-case scenario, half a block away.

Talkbacks

bayviewrider | Feb. 26, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (report)

Sorry to hear you were ignored at Burnhearts... I've had the opposite experience. Great atmosphere with a laid back feel to the whole bar. Pool table and shuffle board are fun w/ friends. Good choice in beer, music is incredible!.. last time in we just kept looking at each other and smiling with each new song selection. Of course there are better bars, but not too many if you like a good corner bar in a cool neighborhood.

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CommentsOnly | Feb. 24, 2010 at 3:57 p.m. (report)

This is just a corner dive bar, cramped and dark. Nothing special. Also, was the most unfriendly experience I've had in years. Went there for the "Bollywood" themed curry cook off. I walked in, smiled and said hello to three people near the door. Not one person said hello or acknowledged me in the whole place the entire time I was there- not even the bartender for the first 10 minutes I tried to get a drink. I had to literally waive $ high in the air to get her attention. And the theme was a video with no sound of some movie no one was watching and a bunch of balloons over the pool table which was covered with a white sheet and other food items in no particular organized way. The curry area was dirty and not organized. I've never been to a place where people were not willing to say hello if they didn't know you. I will never be back.

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annasays | Feb. 23, 2010 at 1:15 p.m. (report)

... there aren't any "hipsters" in milwaukee.

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sally | Feb. 19, 2010 at 7:21 p.m. (report)

If your into bars where everybody has a beard(including some women) and every guy is wearing there girlfriends favorite pair of jeans from high school that don't fit no more, this is the place for you.

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jjrakman | Feb. 19, 2010 at 2:13 p.m. (report)

KProchnow, all you finger wagging nagging nellies are getting your way this summer. So pop some Quaaludes and relax.

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