It’s not hard to find a drink in Milwaukee, spanning from the days when only corner bars dotted the city’s blue collar neighborhoods to today where local taverns can boast expertly made cocktails, world-class craft beer, and impressive wine lists. Whether you just need a shot and a beer or need to seriously reevaluate your weekend routine, these are the 14 bars you should already be drinking at regularly.
What you’re getting: Oak-aged Old Fashioned, barrel-aged Negroni
This saloon is an outpost on the Northern reaches of Bay View. A fair amount of taxidermied wildlife, an attractive wooden bar, and antique light fixtures give it a rustic feel with a hint of steampunk (it is Bay View after all). Cocktails are key here and the menu includes carefully crafted daily drinks, the highlight being the oak-aged Old Fashioneds, which reside in a pair of small oak barrels (one for the brandy variety and one for bourbon) suspended from the ceiling.