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Why is there a bar in Tokyo called Bar Milwaukee?

Published March 3, 2020

In the midst of the party-hardy district of Roppongi in Tokyo, Japan, there's a basement tavern called Bar Milwaukee. Recently, two Milwaukeeans traveled there and shared their experiences.

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Featured bartender: Sabbatic's Nora Graveline

Published Sept. 21, 2016

OnMilwaukee recently caught up with Nora Graveline - who has worked at the Walker's Point corner bar since the spring - to talk music, getting hit on and how no one should ever order an Old Fashioned from her at Sabbatic.

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13 bar bathrooms to have sex in

Published June 30, 2015

We're not suggesting y'all run out and skeez up every stall in the city, but if you and your bar-hopping partner find yourselves in desperate need of privacy between sips, here's a list of local bars with serviceable bathrooms for "the sex."

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Friends helping friends: Just another day on "The Block"

Published June 16, 2015

"Karmic" might be too strong a word to describe the friendship between Rachel Allen and Biju Zimmerman, but they might have some kind of coincidental connection. Friends organized a fundraiser for the two - who had unexpected medical issues - for Sunday in Walker's Point on what's known as "The Block."

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Bartender Games: The Block

Published Feb. 20, 2015

The Block aims to tower over its competitors at the Bartender Olympics on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Turner Hall Ballroom.

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Gonzales rocks bartending, music, friends and faith

Published Feb. 7, 2015

Matty Gonzales moved to Milwaukee to work in a bar when he was 17 years old. Twenty years later, he now owns a bar, has fronted a couple of the city's most beloved bands and is starting to reflect on the future.

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Featured bartender: Mario Lanza from Fink's

Published Jan. 25, 2015

OnMilwaukee.com recently stopped in at Fink's for a brandy old fashioned and to talk with bartender Mario Lanza about music, travel, dogs and neck tattoos.

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Sabbatic celebrates 5 years, welcomes beloved bartender

Published Dec. 3, 2014

Tuesday, Dec. 9 marks the fifth anniversary of Sabbatic, 700 S. 2nd St. Paul Kennedy, who will continue to pour at Tonic, also takes his first shift that night at the Walker's Point bar from 9 p.m. until closing time.

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Malort liqueur repulses most Milwaukeeans

Published Sept. 27, 2014

Malört, a 70-proof, wormwood-flavored alcohol, has been described as having notes of gasoline, poison, earwax, rotten grapefruit and decaying flesh. Some say the aftertaste is more repulsive than the initial flavor. But not everyone hates the stuff.

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Hildenbrand loops upbeat sounds

Published Sept. 7, 2014

Milwaukee DJ Paul Hildenbrand grew up on Milwaukee's Northwest Side. He spent a lot of time as a teenager rollerskating at rinks including Skateland, the Palace and Skate University and was always inspired by the music. Today, he has gigs all over town, including aboard Milwaukee Boat Line's Monday night Yacht Rock cruises.

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Featured bartender: Sabbatic's Gwenn Barker

Published Aug. 24, 2014

We spent too long at Sabbatic on a recent Friday night, chatting with Gwenn Barker about - among other things - motorcycles, hurling, chemistry, Bloody Marys and the time she spent working at the Bomb Shelter for her beloved friend Greg Landig who passed away in 2012.