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It's Up North just north of Milwaukee. (PHOTO: Molly Snyder )

Milwaukee's best bar atmosphere, 2014


"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com – brought to you by Absolut, Avion, Fireball, Pama, Red Stag and 2 Gingers – 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, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

This was a very close contest, but you – and we – chose Camp Bar in Shorewood as Milwaukee's best bar atmosphere in our 2014 reader's poll.

Camp Bar, 4044 N. Oakland Ave., is only a year old, but it's already a cozy staple on the North Shore.

Owners Paul and Natalia Hackbarth modeled the lodge-like bar after their cabin in Star Lake, complete with Native American patterns on "stick chairs," classic Up North signage and taxidermied animals.

They also decked the place out with four 60-inch flatscreens and one massive 80-inch TV behind the bar.

The results were extremely well received by customers, so much so that after a couple of months, it was clear to the Hackbarths that they needed more room. Luckily, they also owned the space next door and so they expanded with a second room, which they call "the cabin," last spring.

OnMilwaukee.com editor's pick: Camp Bar

Runners-up:

2. Foundation Tiki Bar
3. Lucky Joe's Tiki Room
4. Barnacle Bud's
5. The Hotel Foster


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