Hidden gem

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Hidden gem: Dingers Pub

Published June 14, 2019

After nearly two decades in the bar and restaurant game, Steve Miick decided it was time to be his own boss. So, at the end of 2018, he bought a place and in January, he opened Dingers Pub in the former Lucky Chance building at 6139 W. Beloit Rd., in West Allis.

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Hidden gem: Fuzzy's Sports Pub & Grill

Published June 7, 2019

If you've driven past Fuzzy's Sports Pub & Grill in Waukesha, but you've never stopped in, you might well be surprised by what you find inside. After all, the main draw at Fuzzy's isn't likely what you'd expect.

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Hidden gem: Redbar

Published April 19, 2019

Redbar is an all-caps RED bar, a bright red bar that's redder than the devil's behind. The St. Francis (red) hotspot may be hidden, but it definitely doesn't blend in. But who would want to do that anyway?

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Hidden Gem: Happy Tap in West Allis

Published April 12, 2019

The best bars are comfortable places where guests can gather to enjoy a drink and the company of friends. And their innate ability to engender feelings of comfort, joy and camaraderie is what makes these neighborhood hangout so special. Such is the case for the aptly named Happy Tap.

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Hidden Gem: Brew City Tap

Published March 8, 2019

Brew City Tap, 3105 W. Forest Home Ave., has a modern appearance with large windows, pool table and a recently-constructed patio, but the history of the tavern is everywhere. Including sitting at the bar.

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Hidden Gem: Two

Published Feb. 8, 2019

For those looking for a place to jump start one's heart, it doesn't hurt to stop by a place with its roots in romance - quite literally the case at Two, the cozy Riverwest lounge found at 718 E. Burleigh St.

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Hidden Gem: The Tap Room

Published Oct. 12, 2018

The Tap Room in South Milwaukee features 80 different beers, a mostly-made-from-scratch menu and 15 flatscreen TVs for your sports-watching pleasure.

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Hidden Gem: Club Garibaldi

Published Sept. 28, 2018

The current Club Garibaldi building dates to 1907 - or so it seems. But the site's tavern history goes back further than that and, as you'll see, that history is both interesting and quite colorful.

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Hidden Gem: Gard's

Published Aug. 10, 2018

With its intimate triangle-shaped bar, midcentury modern architecture, a welcoming owner, a killer fish fry and a site with more than 165 years of tavern history, Gard's, 7170 W. Burleigh St., is truly a gem.

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Hidden gem: Caroline's Jazz Club

Published May 4, 2018

Although jazz is at the heart of this corner club, a visit to Caroline's - located inside an 1880 building - offers more than music.

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Hidden gem: Champion's Pub

Published April 6, 2018

Bobby Greenya wanted to own his grandfather's bar from the time he was a child, and in 2000, the dream came true when he and his wife, Maire, took over Champion's, an East Side neighborhood tavern that's been around since 1956.

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Hidden gem: The Valley Inn

Published March 2, 2018

The Valley Inn - originally Hutterers Hut - has been owned by the same family since 1959. We recently sat down for food and stories with the current owner, James Hutterer, in the beloved Piggsville tavern and restaurant.