Hidden gems

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Hidden Gem: Walker's Pint

Published June 20, 2020

There's definitely something special about Walker's Pint, located at 818 S. 2nd St. Not only is it one of the last women's / lesbian bars in the country, it's also a sports bar, beer-and-a-shot "corner tap" and one of the friendliest taverns in town.

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Hidden gem: Fluid on 2nd

Published June 5, 2020

You may have noticed that after two decades, Fluid on 2nd, 819 S. 2nd St., in Walker's Point, recently changed its logo. That new design also gave owner Bill Wardlow inspiration for a theme for this year's holiday decor in the tavern, which he describes as, "a progressive gay bar ... open to everyone."

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Hidden gem: Woody's

Published June 4, 2020

Some bars just have perfect names. One of the best in Milwaukee is Woody's at 1579 S. 2nd St., in the Clock Tower Acres neighborhood at the southern edge of Walker's Point. Anyone who walks in and sees the vintage bar top that's been in place for surely well over a half a century will agree. It's enough to make a grown tippler blush.

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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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A guide to Milwaukee's hidden gems

Published March 13, 2020

With so many places to choose from, it's easy for some locales - even truly classic Cream City clubs - to fall between the cracks or hide in plain sight. So here are just a few of those hidden gems that you should discover for your next drink.

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Hidden Gem: Capt'n Nick's

Published March 13, 2020

Capt'n Nick's is a friendly neighborhood tap with a circle-shaped bar and some of the cheapest drinks in town. And it opens every day at 6 a.m. for your day drinking needs.

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Hidden gem: Louie's Coop inside G. Groppi Food Market

Published March 6, 2020

One of the city's oldest grocery stores, a true neighborhood landmark for generations, stretching all the way back to 1913, has gotten in on the concept of opening a bar - and, most importantly, gotten it totally right.

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Hidden gem: Bert's Bar

Published March 3, 2020

Bert's Bar in St. Francis has a classic pub and grill feel in an updated space with lots of friendly people who are ready to laugh and chat.

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Hidden gem: Art*Bar

Published Jan. 3, 2020

Few bars in Milwaukee can shapeshift like Art*Bar, always a comfortable place for all to meet while, at the same time, constantly transforming and turning into something new - ironic considering the location's reputation before its arrival.

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Holiday Gems: Ernie's Wine Bar in Cedarburg

Published Dec. 20, 2019

Some bars celebrate the holidays with festive drinks, twinkling lights and festive decor. Still others are the sort of places where the warmth and spirit of the holiday season can be found all year long. Among those places is Ernie's Wine Bar in Cedarburg.

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Holiday hidden gem: Victor's

Published Dec. 13, 2019

The enigma that is Victor's on Van Buren Street never fails to fascinate. So the fact it transforms into Christmas paradise during the month of December should come as no surprise.

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Hidden Gem: Una

Published June 28, 2019

If you've ever lingered at the stoplight where Forest Home meets Oklahoma Avenue, you may have spied the sign for Una Cafe, a tiny corner bar with a loyal clientele and a reputation for its vibrant, welcoming ambiance.

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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: Puddler's Hall

Published May 31, 2019

Recently, I was asked about Milwaukee's oldest taverns and one of the contenders would surely be Puddler's Hall, 2461-63 S. St. Clair St., in Bay View, which is, perhaps, second after Landmark 1850.