Brady Street bar guide
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Not too long ago, Brady St. was in the doldrums. The corner of Brady and Farwell was desolate and much of the street was run down. The Polish had given way to the Italians who gave way to the hippies and only the die-hards remained from those groups.
But over the last decade, things have gone mega, with dozens of buildings being refurbished, the street getting a new look, new neighbors appearing and great shops, restaurants and other businesses taking root.
Among them have been some wonderful taverns where you can meet old friends, make new friends, hear live music, listen to a DJ or sit alone and ponder the world. Brady Street as an entertainment destination is back and better than ever. Join us as we take a stroll along Brady St., paying particular attention to its watering holes.
1686 N. Van Buren St., (414) 347-4144
When thinking about Angelo's two words come to mind: Old School. Angelo's is a small lounge with a big atmosphere. Great drinks (one of the most delicate and delicious martinis in town), attentive and often amusing service and live lounge music a couple nights a week make Angelo's a great place to hang out.
1716 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 755-0099
Balzac food and wine bar is a great restaurant offering small plate dining and a wine and beer list that is anything but small. The staff is warm and knowlegeble. Balzac is dark and chandeliered, creating an intimate atmosphere for the perfect start or end to an evening out.
Brocach Irish Pub
1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-9009
Located just a bit of the Western terminus of Brady, along N. Water St., is this Irish pub, which claims to have the best pint of Guinness west of Galway along with unusual Irish and Scotch whiskeys and regular Irish music sessions.
1339 E. Brady St., (414) 278-0188
Club Brady is a place to dance, see a local band or just have a few beers with friends. You can play pool, shoot darts and drink a good ol' macro brew at this Brady St. anchor.
615 E. Brady St., (414) 271-5653
Rumors of the Comedy Cafe's demise were just that; rumors. Under new ownership (as of May 2010), the Comedy Cafe -- long a staple along Brady St. -- remains open and willing to tickle your funny bone. Featuring the best in local and touring comics, swing in for a good time.
Crisp Pizzabar and Lounge
1323 E. Brady St., (414) 727-4217
Another Brady St. newcomer, Crisp opened in early 2010 and features pizza-by-the slice (available late) and a multi-level bar. The establishment is smoke-free (pending the city-wide smoking ban) but a smoker's deck is available off the second floor.
Hosed on Brady
1689 N. Franklin Pl., (414) 278-7897
This firefighter-themed bar (it's located next to MFD's Engine Co. 6) opened in the Fall of 2009 and features a long bar, small tables lining the perimeter, a pool table and several flat screen televisions for adequate viewing from every seat. You won't find a fancy cocktail menu, but Hosed taps several beers, offers a full liquor selection and even stocks small bags of chips on a metal stand. And every time a truck pulls out of Engine 6, a round of shots is on the house.
1729 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 278-9290
Just off Brady St., on Farwell Ave., Halliday's is so unassuming from the outside that you might not even notice it. And that's probably OK with them. For years Halliday's has had a bevy of devoted regulars and the place has a small-town feel in the middle of a big-city neighborhood. A back deck is open when the weather permits.
1701 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 225-9330
Offering a stylish and very unique environment and great cocktails, the Hi-Hat also features gourmet tapas and desserts until 1 a.m. Big Band, swing, jump and lounge music add to a casual yet vibrant atmosphere. Hi Hat's kid brother, Garage, is connected to the back of the same building and boasts great bartenders, solid music and a ever-changing interior design.
707 E. Brady St., (414) 810-1809
Bill Lison and Nate Fried opened the East Side's first gay bar in the Spring of 2010. Hybrid, located on the western end of Brady St., welcomes everybody, though, with a smoke free establishment, nightly specials and a menu featuring progressive and health-concious fare.
1800 E. Arlington Pl., (414) 276-7101
Lodge meets lounge at Jamo's, a bar that's redefining Milwaukee's corner tap. Duck in for a martini or a Miller (or both), and chill in a cozy booth while listening to smart music and totally random décor.
1311 E. Brady St., (414) 765-9955
Jo-Cat's is somewhat of a sports bar, but just barely. It's more a neighborhood bar, but it doesn't really fit into the category its neighbors Listwan's and the Roman Coin do. It's slightly brighter and has a more varied beer selection, and its several TVs make for a low-key spot to watch a Packers or Brewers game. Close to the area's new eateries, Jo-Cat's make a fine stop on any Brady St. bar crawl. Page 1 of 2 (view all on one page)
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