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New Barons' "Hopped By Ziggy" IPA now available in cans

Published March 4, 2020

New Barons Brewing Cooperative, a member-owned brewery, will soon offer its award-winning IPA beer, Hopped By Ziggy, in cans. A can release party will take place on March 14 at Tonic Tavern featuring the "band behind the beer."

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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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Bay View bar guide

Published March 25, 2019

There's more to Milwaukee bars than Water Street, the East Side or Walker's Point. Take a night and head over to Bay View, where you'll get a good beer at a good price in a good atmosphere.

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New All Mod Cons supergroup salutes The Jam in honor of Dave Monroe

Published Nov. 8, 2016

Milwaukee's Dave Monroe was a passionate fan of The Jam. To mark the anniversary of his passing, his musician friends have assembled a supergroup tribute to both Dave and his favorite band. All Mod Cons makes its debut Sunday to benefit Milwaukee Public Library and Monroe.

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First Look: Urban Bay View

Published May 19, 2016

It was a rollicking soft opening tonight at Urban Bay View, 2301 S. Logan St., the second business venture of Paul Jonas, who also owns Tonic Tavern, and is managed by longtime Tonic bartender and bellweather of the service industry, Paul "PK" Kennedy.

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New food truck rolls out the sushi, karaoke

Published May 31, 2015

A St. Francis couple is putting the finishing touches on its sushi food truck business, SushiGo, and plan to roll it out for a maiden voyage on Friday, June 5 during Bay View Gallery Night in front of Tonic Tavern, 2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

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Hard rockers Chief launch the CD that almost never was

Published April 28, 2015

WAMI board president Zoy Begos lauded Milwaukee trio Chief as "the perfect intersection where rock meets heavy metal." For me, Chief is the living, breathing, Milwaukee spirit of Thin Lizzy: heavy guitars and a pounding rhythm section, but with good songs constructed around melodies. Asked frontman Chris Tischler about the band that almost ceased to be, the music that vanished into the ether and the perhaps miraculous new CD.

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Talking jazz with Andy Milne

Published March 26, 2015

Lindsay Garric chats with jazz pianist Andy Milne about his band Dapp Theory, the details of his Shatner collaboration, Milwaukee's vegetarian culinary fare and more. Dapp Theory gigs at the Jazz Estate on Friday, March 27.

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Featured bartender: Tonic's Justin Tarantino

Published March 7, 2015

Justin Tarantino has worked at Tonic Tavern, 2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., for two years. He started helping out as a bar back and within a short period of time became a full-on bartender. He says he owes everything he knows about bartending to veteran bartender Paul "PK" Kennedy.

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Milwaukee All Star: Jeff Redmon

Published Feb. 22, 2015

Artist / designer Jeff Redmond is a member of Made In Milwaukee, the co-founder of Bay View Gallery Night and, along with Josh Evert from the Fatty Acids, organizer of an upcoming art and music festival called Arte Para Todos, a benefit for Milwaukee school arts programs.

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Should Wisconsin ban e-cigarettes in bars?

Published Feb. 11, 2015

Although Wisconsin passed the smoking ban in 2009, e-cigarettes were not included in the legalese, and consequently, vaping in public places remains lawful and has become increasingly popular in bars. People are divided on the issue and, due to a lack of information, are often uncertain about whether or not there are risks.