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Outdoor drinking guide

Published July 10, 2020

Cocktailing and beer drinking are year-round sports in Milwaukee, but the peak season generally coincides with our all-too-brief flirtations with warm weather. Here are some spots to enjoy a cold one and social distance.

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Milwaukee's best atmosphere at a bar, 2020

Published March 10, 2020

What's your favorite space to cozy up for a drink? Voters in our bar month poll have chosen their clear favorite... for the seventh year in a row.

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Milwaukee's best view/patio, 2019

Published Oct. 5, 2019

Harbor House not only has an incredible view of Lake Michigan and the Downtown skyline; thanks to the voters in our best of dining poll, it also has a view from the top of our best view/patio category.

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7 perfect patios for savoring the final days of summer

Published Aug. 23, 2019

While we may be running out of summer, there's no shortage of outstanding patios in Milwaukee for one to waste those days and nights away. Here are just a few that shine in the summer sunlight and deserve a moment in the spotlight.

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Milwaukee's best bar atmosphere, 2019

Published March 11, 2019

Once again Camp Bar, which has locations in Shorewood, the Third Ward and Wauwatosa, has topped the charts in the Best Atmosphere category, nabbing the title for the sixth straight year.

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Milwaukee's best view/patio, 2018

Published Oct. 27, 2018

Once again, it's Harbor House at the head of the class for Milwaukee diners - including our own Lori Fredrich - meaning they get to enjoy the finest view of all: the view from the top.

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Milwaukee's best seafood, 2018

Published Oct. 8, 2018

After a seven-year run in the top position for one restaurant in this category, OnMilwaukee readers have picked a new favorite place for seafood.

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You have a new favorite way to bar-hop: Water Taxi MKE, debuting Saturday

Published May 18, 2018

Attention bar-hopping, patio-drinking, water-loving Milwaukeeans: You have a new favorite mode of transportation this summer. Water Taxi MKE debuts Saturday, operating along Milwaukee's rivers and providing rides by boat to bars, public docks, local landmarks and apartments on the water.

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Milwaukee's best view/patio, 2018

Published March 22, 2018

When it comes to patio drinking, Milwaukee just can't get enough of Barnacle Bud's. Since 2010, it has been voted best view / patio during bar month.

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Milwaukee's best bar for day drinking, 2018

Published March 3, 2018

It's clear readers feel the best place to imbibe when the sun's still out (an overcast day is fine, too) is this Kinnickinnic River shack with the Floridian feel of a beach-style tiki hut, which includes an oyster bar and tropical drinks but without the searing sunburn.

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Milwaukee's best view/patio, 2017

Published Oct. 5, 2017

One restaurant has had a six-year hold on this category in our annual Best of Dining readers' poll. Will it keep its title again this year? Click through to find out!

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7 cool places to watch the solar eclipse in Milwaukee

Published Aug. 21, 2017

The last total solar eclipse to cross the contiguous United States was in 1979, more than 38 years ago. The next one won't be until April 2024. It's a big deal. Here are seven great places to see this singular moon-sun spectacle Monday afternoon in Milwaukee.

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Milwaukee's best patio, 2017

Published March 22, 2017

We can almost feel the summer breeze, so patio drinking season is in sight. What is the best patio to enjoy cocktails, beer and more? Find out here.

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Milwaukee's best bar atmosphere, 2017

Published March 11, 2017

The drinks are great. The company is fabulous. But sometimes it's the atmosphere that makes all the difference. What's your 2017 pick for best atmosphere in a bar? Find out here!