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."


New Third Street Tavern aims to deliver message of hope to Old World Third

Published June 2, 2020

As bars and restaurants in the City of Milwaukee continue to strategize and make plans for an uncertain future, many are using their time to reimagine how they can better serve customers when they reopen their doors. In some cases, they�TMre pivoting entirely and taking the opportunity to rethink concepts to better serve the community they serve.


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.


Chicago Schlitz tied house owners need help finding one-of-a-kind window

Published Jan. 22, 2020

Last year, Laura Coffey Medina and her husband bought a gorgeous, triangular former Schlitz tied house tavern at 9401 S. Ewing Ave. on Chicago's South Side that they are working to reopen sometime this year. They need help locating an original window that was recently removed.


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.


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.


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.


Hidden Gem: Gas-Lite West

Published July 27, 2018

In the heart of Greenfield, less than a mile north of I-43, is a classic corner bar, a 41-year-old neighborhood pub where the drinks are cheap, the service is fast and friendly, the conversation comes easy and everyone is a regular - or becomes one quick.


Urban Spelunking: Hausch's long-lived Tosa tavern

Published June 5, 2018

Sometimes all it takes is a passing reference - a little tidbit - to crack open a bigger story. When I mentioned John Hausch's early 20th century tavern in Tosa Village in my Colonel Hart's story, my friend Joe Hausch contacted me to say thanks for mentioning his grandpa's tap. Then, the history emerged.


Hidden Gem: Studz Pub

Published June 1, 2018

At age 51, Dean Ratas finally got his "bucket list" job when he opened Studz Pub, a sports bar and grill in West Allis.


Hidden Gem: Rollie's in Brown Deer

Published March 30, 2018

Sometimes gems are truly hidden. And sometimes they're hidden in plain sight. Such is the case for Rollie's, 7751 N. Teutonia Ave., a tavern which celebrated its 45th anniversary this past year.