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Milwaukee's best theme bar, 2019

Published March 26, 2019

As theme bars go, our readers have a definite favorite. We suspect it's due to the innate escapism offered by this multi-location venue.

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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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Where, what, who, why? Your definitive bar guide to watching the World Cup

Published July 14, 2018

The World Cup has begun and, while the U.S. did not qualify, that shouldn't stop fun-loving Milwaukeeans from joining in the fanaticism of the monthlong party that comes around once every four summers and celebrates global unity, sport and day drinking. There are myriad places to watch, but if you really want to find your special soccer spot, use this list.

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Old World Third Street bar guide

Published March 27, 2018

It may be Old World Third Street, but the Downtown nightlife and drinking destination is more of a hybrid of Milwaukee's past and the present, old and young happily intertwined. Here's a quick rundown of all things old and new Old World Third Street has to offer.

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Milwaukee and Erin Hills: A family's adventure of fun, food and fescue

Published June 25, 2017

For us 40-something Northeasterners, Milwaukee knowledge is largely based on exposure to "Wayne's World" and "Laverne & Shirley," picturing a Stan Mikita's donut shop next to a sausage factory and brewery on every block. But after my recent trip to Milwaukee, I now know better.

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5 Classic fish fries to try in the 414

Published April 14, 2017

What makes a classic fish fry? Well, that depends who you ask. For us, it's about a great old-school atmosphere, delicious fish and friends to share it with. Here are five to try on this Good Friday eve.

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Milwaukee's best theme bar, 2017

Published March 31, 2017

Two votes. That's all that separated first and second place in the best theme bar category this year, one of the tightest and most competitive contests of the entire month. Would it be Safe House or Camp Bar on top?

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10th annual Usinger's Day means free sausage for you!

Published Feb. 23, 2017

Once again, Usinger's neighbor, Old German Beer Hall, joins the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County in celebrating Feb. 23 - today! - as Fred Usinger Day. That means free brats, free beer, free live music and more.

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Milwaukee's best theme bar, 2016

Published March 26, 2016

It may have a new revamped look, but the love OnMilwaukee readers' have for Safe House is still the same. For the eighth straight year, the secretive Downtown spy haven came away with the title of Milwaukee's best theme bar.

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Fred Usinger Day means free suds and sausages

Published Feb. 22, 2015

The eighth annual Fred Usinger Day at the Old German Beer Hall takes place on Monday, Feb. 23. It's a day to celebrate the legacy of Usinger's sausages by consuming free sausages and beer.

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Milwaukee's best theme bar, 2014

Published Feb. 27, 2014

As we've unveiled the winners of the 2014 OnMilwaukee.com Best of Bars reader poll throughout the month, there have been a few surprises along the way - but there have also been a few dynasties that have continued to claim the top spot in their respective category. This one is no different.

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Esquire rates Bryant's the best bar in the country

Published Nov. 26, 2013

Esquire recently listed its best bars in America, and Milwaukee's own Bryant's Cocktail Lounge landed in the number one spot with a 90 percent rating. Five other Milwaukee establishments also made the list. It is a dynamic rating that could rise and fall based upon reader votes, but when first presented Bryant's was tops. Cheers, Milwaukee.

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Estabrook Biergarten celebrates first year with renovations, shorter lines

Published June 13, 2013

It has been a year since the Estabrook Biergarten, now remodeled, opened in Estabrook Park and so, it's time to raise steins and say "prost!" This will undoubtedly happen at the anniversary / grand opening party, set for Thursday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. with ceremonial speeches followed by a celebratory keg tapping.