Friday, April 9, 2010

Bars

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The Highbury Pub

2322 S.

Kinnickinnic Ave.

414-294-4400

www.thehighbury.com

When Joe Katz proclaims “We ride at dawn!,” he means it. Home to arguably the city’s most rabid, ravenous soccer fans, Katz’s Highbury Pub opens early any day there is a professional match of note. Don’t be intimidated by the Arsenal colors, as you won’t be turned away for sporting Chelsea blue (or any other jersey). The Highbury also presents plenty of live local music, and is home to the long-running WiscoJazz Friday series, featuring DJ Lukewarm. A good selection of imports and microbrews is on hand to help you enjoy the upcoming World Cup action. Go early: It fills up long before match time. (Brian Muilenburg)

The Foundation

2718 N. Bremen St.

(414) 374-2587

www.foundationbar.com

As Milwaukee’s only tiki bar, The Foundation adds a tropical flavor to the heart of Riverwest. Serving up a wide variety of exotic drinks (sometimes on fire) alongside a great selection of beer and more traditional cocktails, the bar has become a favorite hangout for a diverse group of locals. The breadth of selection extends to the musical choices as well—in addition to the classic surf and lounge music you may expect from the décor, it’s not at all uncommon to find yourself enjoying soul, jazz or vintage punk and power pop as you sip that Mai Tai. (Thomas Michalski)

Nomad

1401 E. Brady St.

414-224-8111

www.nomadworldpub.com

Often credited with being a pioneer in the mid-’90s revitalization of Brady Street, the Nomad World Pub is celebrating its 15th anniversary. It’s an immensely popular, no-frills saloon with a small but lively outdoor seating area. The pan-cultural décor reflects the influence of owner and globe-trotter Mike Eitel. Well lit and friendly, the Nomad is also a popular destination for area soccer fans, especially during World Cup play. (B.M.)

Redroom

1875 N. Humboldt Ave.

(414) 224-7666

With its sleek design and intimate atmosphere, Redroom cocktail lounge has all the sophistication of an upscale club, but with the friendly and welcoming attitude of your favorite neighborhood corner bar. While it’s a great place to go for a casual, after-work drink with friends, the place really hits its stride on the weekends, when some of Milwaukee’s best DJs preside over an always-packed makeshift dance floor, dropping a mix of house, disco and up-tempo R&B. (T.M.)

Whiskey Bar

788 N. Jackson St.

(414) 312-8566

www.whiskeybarmilwaukee.com

Adjacent to historic Cathedral Square Park in a lively neighborhood that hosts Jazz in the Park and Bastille Days, Whiskey Bar is a classy, modern watering hole that draws young professionals and a lively pre- and post-theater crowd. Knowledgeable bartenders serve shoulder-to-shoulder patrons from the center of a circular bar, while efficient cocktail servers weave through the spacious split-level seating to the beat of modern pop music. Under the watchful gaze of Doors frontman Jim Morrison, who resides in a 10-foot print on the wall, Whiskey Bar serves up a respectable range of bourbons, scotches and whiskeys, as well as craft beer and wine. (Sarah Biondich)

Photo: Nomad | by Lindsey Abendschein