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Happy hour guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Aug. 19, 2013 at 4:35 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

Sometimes, we all just need to get a little happy, don't we? And is there any better way to do it than by getting cheap drinks?

Since the time of the Beer Peerage, taverns, bars and pubs have been essential to Milwaukee's culture. It's what we're known the world over for, and we should be proud of it. We know there's a lot more to this city than just great beer (or whatever you're drinking) but it doesn't change the fact that everyone - especially in Milwaukee - loves a discount drink.

The "happy hour" is a great way to foster community and take a load off after a long day at the office. Some places even have "third-shift" happy hours during the day that cater to those who toil at night (we only found one - tell us if you know of any others!)

As always, this information can change; we suggest you check with your bartender at each location for verification.

Art Bar
722 E. Burleigh St., (414) 372-7880
From 3 - 7 p.m. every weeknight and Saturday. Get 2-for-1 beer, wine, rail and call drinks.

AJ Bomber's
1247 N. Water St. (414) 224-8281
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, enjoy 2-for-1 call cocktails and $2 domestic beers. And if you're one of those that like to be fed while getting some serious drink on, AJ Bomber's has legendary burgers.

Bad Genie
789 N. Jefferson (414) 810-1670
The "happiest of hours" is from 4 to 8 p.m. featuring $1 off craft beers and half-price Great Lakes Distillery cocktails.

Balzac Wine Bar
1716 N. Arlington Place, (414) 755-0099
Monday through Thursday, get $5, $4 and $3 specials on wine pours, tap beers, small plates and cocktails!

1139 N. Water St.
(414) 226-6969
Especially popular with the college crowd, BarNone offers a nightly 5-8 Happy Hour that features 2-for-1 rail drinks and pints plus daily drink specials.

Big Dog's Sports Grill
9427 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 476-9055
This dog offers $2.50 rails and domestics and $3 call drinks from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Blackbird Bar 3007 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 486-1344
From 4 to 8 p.m. enjoy $2 taps of Schlitz and Riverwest Stein, plus $3 microbrews and 2-for-1 rail drinks. An even better deal? Stop in on Monday nights for Local Night and get $1 off all Wisconsin beers, cocktails, and even pizza from 9 p.m. to close.

Bremen Cafe
901 E. Clarke, (414) 431-1932
Come in and get $1 off all beer and mixed drinks 4-9 p.m. Who could ask for more?

1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-9009
Trust the Irish to get the Happy Hour right in Milwaukee. Brocach has one seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and offers a pint of Guinness and a shot of Kilbeggan for $6.75, $3 off all top shelf Irish and Scotch whiskies regularly priced $7-$12, $3 off wines by the glass, $3.50 Lakefront draughts and $6 beer flights.

Brewski's Sports Club Bar & Grill
304 N. 76th St., (414) 475-0500
From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, enjoy 2-for-1 taps and rails at this sports bar near Miller Park. With 25 flat-screen TVs and a 3,000-sq-ft patio, there's nothing not to love about this sporty happy hour.

717 N. 16th St., (414) 933-9047
Happy Hour is from 4 - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Enjoy $3.50 Premium Taps, $2.50 Miller Taps and $3 Tall Rails.

Club Paragon
3578 S. 108th St., (414) 541-9270
Billing itself as the "Best Dart Bar in the City," Club Paragon offers a marathon Happy Hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with all drinks discounted. Special deals on a bucket of 5 iced domestic beers for $10.75 and pitchers of margaritas for $9 or a bucket of 5 Mini Barefoot Wines for $17.95. Indulge in the free nacho bar from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Comet's Cafe
1947 Farwell Ave., (414) 273-7677
If it's a beermergency, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. they'll give you $1-off taps and bottles as well as $1 Old Styles.

Fat Daddy's
120 W. National Ave., (414) 347-0524
At Fat Daddy's, Happy Hour runs from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Friday

819 S. 2nd St., (414) 645-8330
For even more fluids, Fluid runs happy hour from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday offering 2-for-1 drinks. Page 1 of 2 (view all on one page)

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Pubsamerica1 | May 1, 2014 at 10:59 a.m. (report)

A.J. O'Brady's in Menomonee Falls has a late night Happy Hour 10pm-close with $2.50 Domestics, Taps & Rails. Fridays & Saturdays their kitchen is open until 1am. Across the street at AJs Live they have Happy Hour Monday-Saturday 4-6pm with $2.50 domestics, taps & rails. $3 Wines, $4 premium cocktails & $5 Martinis!

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ja350 | July 6, 2012 at 4:13 p.m. (report)

Vitucci's doesn't have free pool or a free jukebox anymore :(.

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OMCreader | Dec. 15, 2005 at 12:54 p.m. (report)

Roxanne Torres said: The Prime Quarter on S. 108th Street also has a very good happy hour. I believe all rail drinks are $2.50 (or less) and they offer a buffet. Hours are 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. to my knowledge.

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