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Friday, April 11, 2008

Elsa’s

Back when the best that most Milwaukee bars could offer was a shot and a beer, there was Elsa’s, serving a touch of big-city class. Over the past quarter-century many restaurants, bars and nightclubs have come and gone while Elsa’s has thrived, changing little except for the art displayed on the elegant walls.
Friday, April 11, 2008

Mad Planet

As a rock club, Mad Planet is one of the city’s finest, a perfectly sized venue for midlevel touring bands and popular local acts. When bands aren’t playing, though, the venue doubles as a full-out dance club. Every Friday, its ’80s-themed Retro Dance Party attracts a clientele as diverse as you’d expect from the Riverwest . . .
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

On the Border

Truly, it’s all about location. Try wedging a sawbuck into the underpants of the person in the adjoining pew, and you’ll likely end up getting upbraided, excommunicated and a job in Washington. Selfsame behavior at On the Border, however, will be much appreciated by the huge roster of lovely ladies performing each day at the . . .
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Blu

It’s a funny name for a romantic bar, but then, romance often assumes a melancholy hue. Blu is a comfortably furnished bar with wing-back chairs and warm mahogany. The biggest attraction of this perch atop the historic Pfister Hotel is the perch itself, with views of the lake through the east windows by day and . . .
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Landmark Lanes

If you can't find a place to play pool in one bar, you have two more bars to choose from, along with 16 lanes for bowling. Also, one of the bars is available to rent for private pool parties. The tables are well maintained and the competition is keen for those who seek a higher level of play.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Up & Under Pub

For years now, the Up & Under has been a haven for those seeking live entertainment. Under new ownership, the club has remained a hot spot for blues and reggae while expanding into the area of harder rock acts as well. Monday nights are open mic at the Up. If you’ve spent any time down on Brady Street, you . . .
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Decibel/Deep Bar

Part cocktail lounge, part dance club, Decibel/Deep Bar put a shiny swagger back into Milwaukee’s nightlife when it opened its doors in spring 2007. In gutting the smoky remains of club-land castaways (Mantra Lounge, Esoteria and Micro.Bar: RIP), the venue proved that reinventing an image built on cocktails . . .
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Lakefront Brewery

One of the best known of the growing number of locally owned microbreweries, Lakefront specializes in handmade beers like Riverwest Stein, Eastside Dark, Klisch Pilsner and Organic Extra Special Bitters, which frequently feature ingredients grown in Wisconsin. In 2006, the brewery said it shipped 8,863 barrels of . . .
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Cempazuchi

“Margarita” is a Spanish word meaning “hands-down the most precious liquid in the history of the world, even though water sometimes tries to steal its glory.” Admittedly, that’s a loose translation. Luckily, to find the exact definition of Milwaukee’s Best Margarita, you only need to know one word: Cempazuchi.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Walker's Pint

By some accounts, Walker’s Pint is Milwaukee’s longest-running lesbian bar. It features Packers parties, pool, darts, drink specials and—come the warm season—a beer garden in back. It has been a favorite watering hole for a select crowd of Shepherd Express readers, winning top honors in this category four years

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