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In Bars & Clubs

The Safe House has a very unique way of ushering in a 21st birthday.

In Bars & Clubs

And it includes a large cocktail in a glass that's yours to keep.

Milwaukee's best bar for celebrating a 21st birthday, 2011: Safe House

"Bar Month" at is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs -- including guides, the latest trends, bartender profiles and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Bars & Clubs, 2011. Find readers' results in 50 categories, including an editors' pick, in this series of articles that run daily in the Bars and Clubs section of

For some, it's a 21st birthday party. For others, it's a burning of the fake ID celebratory ritual. Either way, the blessed occasion is one to mark with a cocktail or six, and readers think the Safe House is the best place in town to do this.

The spy-themed bar allows you to -- clandestinely or not -- ring in your right to legally drink with a signature cocktail like the Spy's Demise or a simple bottle of something local. As long as you know the password, of course, and you don't touch the wooden heart over Burt Reynold's junk in the women's bathroom. But if you do, we warned you.

If you are planning a 21st birthday party for a friend, consider calling ahead and arranging for the "Hail to the Chief" (if your freshly-legal friend is a male) or "Her Majesty's Secret Service" (for a female's 21st-birthday) which is an embarrassing and bizarre experience that includes a kidnapping of the birthday boy or girl and their eventual return via a fighter jet pilot's chair that emerges from the basement through the floor of the bar. It's $25, includes a mammoth cocktail and is, clearly, something one must see to be able to fully comprehend. editors' pick: Buckhead Salon


2. Buckhead Salon
3. Rosie's Waterworks
4. Leff's Lucky Town
5. BBC
6. Landmark Lanes
7. La Fuente
8. Brothers
9. Judges
10. Axel's
11. La Perla
12. RC's
13. Whiskey River Saloon
14. Murphy's
15. Village Pub


stephchin | Feb. 4, 2011 at 11:04 a.m. (report)

absolutely the best place for any birthday. Oh and the heart is metal not wood.....

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nmballa | Feb. 4, 2011 at 7:50 a.m. (report)

Wow, pretty subjective list. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Not the selections I would have made.

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