Happy hour guide
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on July 1, 2012 at 3:35 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.
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.
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.
789 N. Jefferson (414) 810-1670
They call it the "Angry Hour" but as long as there's a discount, what do you care? It's from 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Balzac Wine Bar
1716 N. Arlington Place, (414) 755-0099
From 4-6 p.m. enjoy $5 wine and $5 appetizers...5 days of the week!
1139 N. Water St.
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
We've finally found the elusive 3rd-shifter. Big Dog's Sports Grill (formerly Yesteryear's) has special drink deals and free pool from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (yep, you read that right) every 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.
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 half of all top shelf Irish and Scotch whiskies, $4.25 20-oz pints of Murphy's Stout, $5 wine by the glass, $3 Lakefront draughts, and $6 beer flights (5.5 oz mini-pints). If you want to stay for another round, hang out until 10 p.m. when the Late Night Drink Specials begin (and run until close). Enjoy $3 Van Gogh and Rehorst mixers and martinis, $1.50 Miller High Life Bottles, and $3 20-oz domestic draughts. If you stop in on Tuesday, there's always live music!
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.
3578 S. 108th St., (414) 541-9270
Billing itself as the "Best Dart Bar in the City," Club Paragon offers another 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.
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.
120 W. National Ave., (414) 347-0524
At Fat Daddy's, Happy Hour runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers 2-for-1 draught beers and mixed rail drinks. There are also great deals on $6 and $7 pitchers that alternate from day to day, and a Reverse Happy Hour on Friday from 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. that offers 2-for-1 taps and rails.
425 E. Wells St., (414) 278-8586
Every day from 5 - 10 p.m. there's a different drink special. Mondays offer $3 Tall Boys, Tuesday is $3 Blue Moon Taps, Tuesday is $2 Beer of the Month Taps, Wednesday has $2.50 craft beers and $3.50 imported beers while Thursday $3.50 Stoli cocktails and $4.50 double talls. Friday and Saturday feature the Late-Night Power Hour with $3.50 domestic bottles, imported drafts, cocktails and shots from 9 p.m. - midnight.
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, plus half-priced oysters, shrimp, and fried green tomatoes.
Miller Time Pub
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-2337
If you head west down Wisconsin Avenue, you can stop at the Miller Time Pub and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy $2.50 Miller Lite, MGD and High Life Pints.
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. Double the happy on Thursdays when the special returns at 10 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, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring $2 micro taps, $3 premium and Tall rails.
Palomino Bar and Restaurant
2491 South Superior St., (414) 747-1007
From 3 - 6 p.m. get $1 PBR cans and $2.50 Lakefront taps.
111 N. Water St., (414) 274 - 7213
Here they knock a dollar of drinks and features 2-for-1 rails and domestic tap beers from 5-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and until midnight on Monday.
Roots Restaurant & Bar
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 314-8480
Happy Hour is from 4 - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Stop in for $5 wine glass pours, $3 selected tap beers and featured bottle beers and $5 rail martinis.
700 S. 2nd St., (414) 220-9440
Happy Hour is from 5-9 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 $.50 off bottles and 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-for-1 Lakefront taps.
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.)
Vitucci's doesn't have free pool or a free jukebox anymore :(.
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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