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In Bars & Clubs

The Brown Bottle will reopen at Schlitz Park.

Welcome back, Brown Bottle


Downtown Milwaukee's Schlitz Park has the energy and rebirth needed to bring back a Milwaukee institution, The Brown Bottle, 221 W. Galena St. So, that's exactly what's happening.

OnMilwaukee.com learned that a new Class B tavern license and food dealer (restaurant) license was applied for on July 2, for The Brown Bottle by The Brown Bottle, LLC.

The building formerly housed the Schlitz Brewing Company's tasting room, which opened in 1938. The hand-carved woodwork and the old photos inside the old Brown Bottle, that closed in 2004, were meant to conjure up the atmosphere of a 19th century European tavern.

When Schlitz was finally shuttered in 1982, the popularity of the Brown Bottle gave it continued life and it became a full restaurant in 1986.

Dean Cannestra opened Libiamo in the former Brown Bottle space in 2005. But it closed in 2012.

The new Brown Bottle has been under construction for months and will feature a new outdoor beer garden.

OnMilwaukee.com will have more information about the Brown Bottle as it becomes available.


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