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The Harp's riverside patio was beautiful then and is still beautiful now

Published Sept. 13, 2019

On June 13, 1965, Milwaukee bar owner Josephine Dolan, joined by bagpipers and 200 customers, paraded through Downtown as a part of an Irish wake in honor of her pub, The Harp, and its demise from its original location at 933 N. Broadway. But nothing truly passed away that day.

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Irish pub guide

Published March 15, 2019

Milwaukee may be a city with strong German roots, but when it comes to pubs, we're as Irish as Brian Boru. Here's a guide to spots where you can kick back, relax, raise a pint and toast slainte.

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Milwaukee's best Irish pub, 2019

Published March 9, 2019

Looking for a certifiably Irish place to celebrate that most Irish of holidays, St. Patrick's Day? According to OnMilwaukee readers, County Clare is the place, storming ahead of the competition for yet another easy win in the best Irish pub category.

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You have a new favorite way to bar-hop: Water Taxi MKE, debuting Saturday

Published May 18, 2018

Attention bar-hopping, patio-drinking, water-loving Milwaukeeans: You have a new favorite mode of transportation this summer. Water Taxi MKE debuts Saturday, operating along Milwaukee's rivers and providing rides by boat to bars, public docks, local landmarks and apartments on the water.

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Josephine Dolan built Downtown's Harp Irish Pub

Published March 14, 2018

Most Milwaukeeans know about The Harp Irish Pub at 113 E. Juneau Ave., but, sadly, few now remember its founder, Josephine Dolan, who was a beloved Brew City publican. Luckily, her granddaugher Patricia Doherty wrote in to remind us all.

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6 reasons to catch the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Published March 5, 2016

Shamrocks. Leprechauns. Bagpipers. They all await you next weekend at the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin's 50th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Milwaukee.

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Milwaukee's best bar patio/view, 2015

Published Feb. 22, 2015

Although we tinkered a bit this year, combining the best patio and best view categories, the results haven't changed all that much. Read on to see which bar OnMilwaukee.com readers say offers the best patio and/or view.

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Bartender Games: Rookies of the Year

Published Feb. 18, 2015

The Rookies of the Year aim to earn their place at the Bartender Games on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Turner Hall Ballroom.

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Milwaukee's best Irish pub, 2015

Published Feb. 6, 2015

When it comes to Irish pubs in Brew City, you really love County Clare. The Lower East Side hotel bar and restaurant has nabbed the title of best Irish bar, as voted by OnMilwaukee.com, for nigh upon a decade now.

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Tess continues to focus on gluten-free menu

Published Oct. 26, 2014

In 2002, Mitchell Wakefield opened Tess with a business partner, 2499 N. Bartlett Ave. Today, Wakefield owns the restaurant with his wife, Ashley. Inspired by a friend with Celiac disease, Wakefield developed a menu at Tess that is 75 percent gluten-free.

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Milwaukee's best bar for day drinking, 2014

Published Feb. 3, 2014

Believe it not, for as popular as day drinking is in Milwaukee, this category has not been a part of the OnMilwaukee.com Best of Bars voting since The Nomad won in 2009. Who took home the crown this year?

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Have you seen Milwaukee's "party pontoon?"

Published Sept. 21, 2013

Anyone who spends time on or near the Downtown waterways might have caught a glimpse of Milwaukee's "party pontoon." Or they might have heard it.

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The Harp gets new patio, menu

Published May 8, 2013

You might want to put The Harp on your mental list of outdoor drinking destinations this summer. The iconic Irish bar recently got a new patio and patio furniture.

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Back to school bar guide: Marquette edition

Published Sept. 9, 2012

We'll throw in some of your favorites for good measure, but we're also going to jump across the interchange named for your fine institution of learning and recommend some places beyond your usual stomping grounds.