Club Tap's neon Schlitz sign glows like a beacon in the Tosa night.
Club Tap's neon Schlitz sign glows like a beacon in the Tosa night.
Inside, Club Tap feels like your neighborhood bar. If you live nearby, it likely is just that.
Inside, Club Tap feels like your neighborhood bar. If you live nearby, it likely is just that.

Rapid review: Club Tap

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Club Tap
8828 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa
(414) 257-4142
clubtap.com

Open 365 days a year, Club Tap is Tosa's old reliable. It's been there nearly as long as anyone can remember. It opened in 1939 and many believe it to be the oldest bar in Wauwatosa. On a recent visit, bartender Jason was amicable and less than five minutes after taking a place at the bar, another patron fired up a conversation. That's Club Tap, a neighborhood place of city-wide renown.

Menu: There are 14 beers on tap including Fat Tire and Blue Moon, imports like Bass and Guinness and hometown favorites like Lakefront's Riverwest Stein and High Life. But there's a vintage Schlitz sign out front, so how can you resist a bottle of the Beer that Made Milwaukee Famous?

Price: Daily specials, like $1.50 Point tappers, Schlitz cans and Blatz are a bargain.

When to go: Anytime. Literally, anytime. It's open every day of the year.

Dress: Casual, baby, casual.

Don't miss: The free wi-fi! Club Tap may feel kinda old school, but don't let appearances fool you. And I hear the tacos are fab, although I've not had the pleasure myself. Some of Tosa's best pizza is right next door at Lalli's. Stop in and bring home a pie.

Parking: Street parking isn't too hard to find, although prohibited on the south side of North Avenue.

Talkbacks

Tiger | Feb. 20, 2010 at 7:32 a.m. (report)

Club Tap is a great neighborhood bar in Tosa. The Wednesday night taco's are great, and there are usually drink specials (sometimes you gotta ask the bartender). I don't want too many people to know about it, and then my "home bar" will get more crowded ha ha.

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murf | Feb. 15, 2010 at 3:50 a.m. (report)

The place to be for the Tosa 4th of July parade.Afterwords you can go inside and enjoy a great Bloody Mary while watching the Nathan's hot dog eating contest.One of my favorite stops for 30 years.

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Downtowner | Feb. 14, 2010 at 8:04 p.m. (report)

I'm a Downtowner, but I love the Tap! Corn Roast in the summer rocks too.

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