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The daily specials at Bay View's Club Garibaldi are impressive. (PHOTO: Eron Laber of Front Room Photography)

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.

Hi Hat Garage
709 N. Arlington Place, (414) 220-1618
Monday through Friday from 2-7 p.m., enjoy half-off rail drinks, tap beer, and glasses of wine.

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.

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.

Miller Time Pub
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-2337
It's not happy hour - it's High Life Hour. The Miller Time Pub and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy $2.50 draft beer, $4 rail mixers, $5 wine and $6 select appetizers.

Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St., (414) 226-2337

Get happy Monday through Thursday from 3-6 p.m. with $2 off Milwaukee Brewing Company beers and $2 off rail drinks and house wines, plus $2 PBRs, $8 pitchers and discounted food. 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 Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring $2 micro taps and $3 mixed rail drinks.

Palomino Bar and Restaurant
2491 S. Superior St., (414) 747-1007
From 4 to 7 p.m. get $2 PBR cans and $2.50 Lakefront taps.

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, Wild Earth Cucina Italiana and on the casino floor.

Rosie's Waterworks
111 N. Water St., (414) 274 - 7213
Here they knock a dollar of drinks and features two-for-one rails and domestic tap beers from 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and until midnight on Monday.

700 S. 2nd St., (414) 220-9440
Happy Hour is from 5 to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and features half-off tap beers, rail drinks and domestics.

800 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-7139
Steny's boasts "Milwaukee's Longest Happy Hour" from 3 p.m. - close. While we can't speak to the record, we agree that's a pretty long time. Enjoy $1 off cocktails, $2 off pitchers, $.75 off taps and bottles, and $.50 off shots.

The Irish Pub
124 N. Water St., (414) 225-9400
From 3-9 p.m. Monday through Friday you can get $2 Miller products and $3 rail drinks.

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.

Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe
101 W. Mitchell St., (414) 763-0438
Things get happy from 3 - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursdays. Enjoy $2 Lakefront beers and free samples of garlic pizza.

Trocadero Gastrobar
1758 N. Water St., (414) 272-0205
Trocadero's happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Stop in for a half-price appetizer menu and specially priced wine, beer and cocktails.

Up And Under
1216 E. Brady St., (414) 276-2677
Up and Under offers a daily special on Jolly Rancher shots, which you can get for only $1 (in flavors like cherry, watermelon, blue raspberry, grape and apple). Every weeknight they have a different drink special as well (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 $2 shots, $2 rail drinks, $2 domestic beers, plus free pool and free jukebox.

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-for-1 taps, rail drinks, and bombs (not the dangerous kind. Just the delicious kind.)


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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