Bryant's cocktail lounge

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FoodCrush Podcast: Explore Milwaukee traditions, historical bars & restaurants

Published May 6, 2020

Milwaukee is home to a long, storied history in food and beverage. This week, we're highlighting some of the conversations we've had on the FoodCrush podcast that showcase the folks who are working every day to preserve elements of our food and beverage culture, often while telling behind-the-scenes stories you've likely never heard before.

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Hidden gem: Bryant's Cocktail Lounge

Published March 26, 2020

You and I both know that Bryant's Cocktail Lounge, 1579 S. 9th St., is anything but hidden. In fact, for edging closer to a century, the place has been a South Side stalwart, slinging handcrafted cocktails to mood-enhancing music and lighting.

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Simonson's "The Martini Cocktail" explores lore of world's greatest drink

Published Dec. 5, 2019

With a history that dates back to the late 1800s, the martini is one of the classics. But is there a right way to build it? James Beard nominated author Robert Simonson tackles this question in his new book, "The Martini: A Meditation on the World's Greatest Drink with Recipes," a tome that will call into question everything you know about the staple cocktail.

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The Tom & Jerry Room at Bryant's Cocktail Lounge launches Dec. 6

Published Nov. 27, 2019

There are few holiday traditions more classic than the enjoyment of a Tom & Jerry, eggnog's sexy, spicy, warming cousin. And there are few places better to enjoy one (or two) than at Bryant's Cocktail Lounge, which has been serving up the cocktail regularly for the past five years around the holidays.

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Milwaukee's best bar for a first date, 2019

Published March 16, 2019

When it comes to romantic requisites, OnMilwaukee readers chose their third different bar over as many years, picking Camp Bar over fellow favorites Balzac and Bryant's Cocktail Lounge.

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Milwaukee's best martini, 2018

Published March 21, 2018

When you're craving an ultra dirty martini with extra olives, where do you go? Well, Milwaukee, it looks like you've got a clear favorite. In fact, this classic spot has hit your top note for the fourth year running.

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Milwaukee's best bar for a first date, 2018

Published March 9, 2018

After six years of Balzac dominance, the voters mixed things up for best bar for a first date, switching out the familiar face at the top of the podium with ... well, another pretty familiar face in these best of bars polls: Bryant's!

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What can we learn from the closing of Karl Ratzsch? A great deal

Published April 3, 2017

This weekend, the city of Milwaukee mourned the loss of Karl Ratzsch, a Milwaukee institution which served the community for 113 years. And the city is feeling the void. But, it's worthwhile to take a moment to stop and reflect. What could have been done?

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Milwaukee's best martini, 2017

Published March 21, 2017

When it comes to the best martinis, Bryant's Cocktail Lounge has been the top contender for the past two years. Will the legendary lounge make it a third? Find out.