Milwaukee happy hour guide
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on March 24, 2016 at 1:27 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, 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.
1247 N. Water St. (414) 221-9999
From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, enjoy 2-for-1 short rails and $2 tall boy 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.
1114 N. Water St., (414) 847-1492
Bar Louie's Water St. location offers happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and features $3.25 drafts, $4.25 wines, $5.25 martinis and ½ off select apps and flatbreads.
1139 N. Water St., (414) 226-6969
Especially popular with the college crowd, BarNone offers a nightly 5-8 p.m. Happy Hour that features 2-for-1 rail drinks and pints plus daily drink specials.
3007 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 486-1344
From 4 to 8 p.m. enjoy $4 Rehorst, $2 taps of Supper Club and Riverwest Stein, $1 off micro taps 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.
Bosley's on Brady
815 E. Brady St., (414) 727-7975
Go indulge in Bosley's Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. There's a selection of $4, $5, $6 and $7+ appetizers, as well as $6 martinis and $4 tropical concoctions.
901 E. Clarke, (414) 431-1932
Bremen's offers $1 off all taps until 9 p.m. every day. In addition to their everyday special, they offer the first three rail drinks, shots or beers for $1 on ladies night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and 2-for-1 beer, rails and shots on Tuesday. Who could ask for more?
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.
2417 N. Bartlett Ave., (414) 332-2440
Champion's Pub offers a great happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Their specials include $3 pints of High Life, Miller Lite and Schlitz, $3 bottles of Pabst and $3 Sailor Jerry cocktails.
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 6 iced domestic beers for $15.50 and pitchers of margaritas for $10.50. Indulge in the free nacho bar from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
722 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 220-9411
Distil's happy hour runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and offers a different special cocktail every day, as well as an exceptional house old-fashioned. They also feature $1 off bottled beer, $3 off house wine and $2 off seasonal menu cocktails.
120 W. National Ave., (414) 347-0524
At Fat Daddy's, Happy Hour runs from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday. Their specials change everyday ranging from $5 Skyy Mixers on Mondays - $1 off all taps on Wednesday and $2 PBR and Schlitz Tall Boys on Thursday.
2017 E. North Ave., (414) 273-5230
Get Hoolied with nightly drink specials from 10 p.m. to close! They also offer bloody's and mimosas for only $5.50 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
2028 E. North Ave., (414) 988-4758
Happy hour happens every day from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and boasts multiple interesting specials on each of those days. Check their website for a complete list every week!
John Hawk's Pub
100 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 272-3199
This pub not only offers some of the best river views from its outside tables, but the bar inside offers discounted drinks 4 -7 p.m. on weekdays.
Leff's Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., (414) 258-9886
You're sure to get lucky at Leff's happy hour, available from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can enjoy $1 off pitchers, along with $0.50 off beers and cocktails!
Malone's on Brady
1329 E Brady St., (414) 763-3209
Malone's on Brady brings you a happy hour from 4:30 - 5 p.m. daily where almost everything in the place is $2. Score! If you miss it, don't worry, they still have you covered with an all day every day deal for $2 domestic cans, $3 domestic bottles, $3.50 pints of Riverwest Stein plus all Rehorst cocktails same price as rail cocktail.
Mason Street Grill
425 E. Mason St., (414) 298-3131
Mason's happy hour is offered from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and features $2.50 draft beers, $5 Well drinks and $5 house wines.
6732 W. Fairview Ave., (414) 292-3969
Are you looking for the happiest happy hour in Milwaukee? You may need to go to Maxie's. Every single day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., you get $1 off whatever (yes, whatever) you're drinking and $1 off oysters., as well as select starters for $6.
Miller Time Pub
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-2337
It's not happy hour - it's High Life Hour. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., enjoy $2.50 domestic draft beer, $4 rail mixers, $4 wine and $6 select appetizers.
Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St., (414) 276-2337
Get happy Monday through Thursday from 4-7 p.m. with $2 off Milwaukee Brewing Company beers, rail drinks and house wines, plus select pitchers for $8 and $3. Double the happy on Thursdays when the special returns at 9 p.m. til close!
Murphy's Irish Pub
1615 W. Wells St., (414) 344-0116
Further west around Marquette, Murphy's Irish Pub offers a happy hour Monday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with $2 tappers and rail mixers. Their happy hour on Saturday runs from 5 p.m. until midnight, and also includes $2 Rumpleminze shots.
1401 E. Brady St., (414) 224-8111
Every day, Nomad offers a special where all Great Lakes Spirits same price as rail drinks, $6 double talls and $4 single shorts. Their official happy hour occurs only Monday through Friday, from 4-4:18 p.m., where almost every drink is $1!
Potawatomi Bingo Casino
1721 W. Canal St., (800) 729-7244
The casino down in the valley offers $3 drink specials from Monday through Friday, 4-8 p.m. at Bar 360, The Fire Pit, The Fire Pit's side bar, The Buffet, plus more!
Red Lion Pub
1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-9009
Enjoy Red Lion's 4-4-2 happy hour formation on Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. This deal includes $4 select taps and drought, and 2-for-1 signature cocktails.
700 S. 2nd St., (414) 220-9440
Happy Hour is from 5 to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and features 2-for-1 rails, calls, domestics and taps. Get there before 7 p.m. -- because almost everything is 99 cents from 7 - :15 p.m.!
The Tonic Tavern
2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 455-3205
Happy Hour is from 4-7 p.m. every weeknight. Kick back with a $3 tall rail cocktail or a $2 macro domestic bottle. If the weather's nice, relax on the patio overlooking bustling KK Avenue. Also look out for the live music they often host.
The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway, (414) 223-0345
Catch their Wicked Hoppy Hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They offer three $5 special cocktails, $5 house wines and $1 off all draft and beers!
2321 N. Murray Ave., (414) 800-5865
Named after the fictional bar in "Shaun of the Dead" this delightful establishment's Happy Hour is from 3 - 7 p.m. where all taps and rails are half off.
Three Lions Pub
4515 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 763-6992
Your favorite British pub offers a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Specials include $3 single rails and house wines, $4 select droughts and $5 premium pints, house cocktails and select apps.
Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe
101 W. Mitchell St., (414) 763-0438
Things get happy from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays. Enjoy $2 Lakefront beers on tap and house white or red wine that "fell off the boat".
1758 N. Water St., (414) 272-0205
Trocadero's happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Stop in for two for one rail mixers and 1/2 off specialty cocktails, apps and wine.
Up And Under
1216 E. Brady St., (414) 276-2677
Up and Under offers a different drink special every weeknight (Tuesday and Thursday at $2 Miller Lite taps) so be sure to check the website.
Vitucci's Cocktail Lounge
1832 E. North Ave., (414) 273-6477
Happy Hour is every day here from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring ½ off rail mixers and tap beers, $3 shots and bombs, and a great deal that includes a pizza and a pitcher for $15.
2235 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 272-1775
Happy Hour is 1 - 6 p.m. with $ Good Ole Fashions, select call $7 Old Fashions and Manhattans; $1 off draft and bottle beer; $2 small German pretzels with mustard and $3 with cheese.
818 S. 2nd St., (414) 643-7468
On Monday it's $1 off all bottles, cocktails and shots all day. Starting at 7:30 on Tuesday is $2 tall boys and short rails; Wednesday is $1 off all pitchers and small shots; Thursday is tall cocktail for the price of a short cocktail; Friday is $3 domestic bottles; Saturday is $1 off all regular and bomb shots; and Sunday is "Sunday Funday" with $1 off taps and $5 tall cocktails.
1932 E. Kenilworth, (414) 319-1170
"The East Side's Hidden Wonder Bar" features live music in a casual atmosphere - and a great happy hour every day from 4-9 p.m. Get $2 tall boys, $3 taps, $3 all shots and $4 tall rails.
Would you folks consider doing a guide to brewery specials? For example, Lakefront has half off growlers on Thursdays--I'm sure most breweries have great deals like that, it would be handy to have them covered in one place!
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