Riverwest bar guide, 2016
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Riverwest's bar offerings are as eclectic as the people who live there. From corner watering holes with cheap taps of Pabst to upscale lounges with cocktails on tap, no one's going to stay thirsty for long west of the river.
Here is a list of Riverwest bars, clubs, pubs and lounges. Feel free to chime in with your favorites.
722 E. Burleigh St., (414) 372-7880
Art Bar lives up to its name by hosting new art installations every couple of months, live entertainment and creative drinks – along with all the usual bar offerings. It is also the home of the glorious two-for-one happy hour, every week day.
Bosco's On Burleigh
1000 E. Burleigh St., (414) 264-3500
Corner tavern with a "small town bar" vibe along with affordable beverages, bar dice, gambling machines, snacks and more.
901 E. Clarke St., (414) 431-1932
This bar and venue hosts live music, pinball / pinball tournaments, comedy, open mic nights, fundraisers and parties in a comfortable, café setting.
3129 N. Bremen St., (414) 810-3941
A cozy Mexican cantina with menu items made from primarily locally-sourced food and a full bar featuring a house margarita, sangria, michelada, "white Mexican" and more.
808 E. Center St., (414) 455-3751
This cozy Italian eatery has an equally-as-cozy lounge on the second floor featuring beer, wine and cocktails.
932 E. Chambers St., (414) 562-4101
This live music club is small but mighty, welcoming multifarious bands and DJs from Milwaukee and beyond.
2579 N. Pierce St., (414) 562-0100
Casual, corner watering hole with low-cost drinks, darts, pool and more.
520 E. Center St., (414) 265-7000
A bar and live music venue featuring primarily (but not limited to) world music / reggae bands and DJs. Open and spacious, Timbuktu is an extremely dance-friendly venue.
735 E. Center St., (414) 930-0909
A full-service restaurant with a large bar serving wine, beer, craft cocktails, tap cocktails (including the "blood & glitter" and "my body is a Templeton") along with coffee drinks and more.
Dino's Lounge & Restaurant
808 E. Chambers St., (414) 263-6033
Dino's is a Riverwest classic that was reinvented by the original owner's grandsons. Features a full bar – which includes a nice selection of wine – and the neighborhood-famous Friday night fish fry.
801 E. Clarke St., (414) 264-0680
The basement of this bar is home to a vintage bowling alley that's open to the public on Wednesday nights. The bar is open daily and offers seemingly bottomless taps in an old-school Milwaukee setting.
2718 N. Bremen St., (414) 374-2587
Milwaukee's first tiki bar continues to crank out creative and potent Polynesian cocktails including zombies, mai tais, Singapore slings, dark and stormys and more. Some are even served in take-home tiki vessels.
2578 N. Dousman St., (414) 372-4559
Pool, bar dice, bargain beverages and football are big at this corner watering hole, and the super-diverse jukebox is a sweet surprise.
1132 E. Wright St., (414) 562-0219
For some, this space will forever be Barrel Riders, even though it's been The Gig for more than a decade. The Gig is a low-key bar with pool and live music on some nights.
701 E. Center St., (414) 763-0729
A friendly, no-frills tavern owned by a longtime Riverwest bartender featuring eight tap lines – along with super cheap drinks like $2 Pabst Tall Boys. Also known for live music, bar dice and free food during Packers games.
920 E. Locust St., (414) 263-9844
Best known for its fish fry, Klinger's East has a full bar and is a popular spot for game watching.
3200 N. Booth St., (414) 265-5907
Low-key, neighborhood bar with affordable drinks and the bartender is usually rocking fun tunes.
Linneman's Riverwest Inn
1001 E. Locust St., (414) 263-4555
A bar and music venue that over the years became a Milwaukee gem and is now a classic. Live bands, poetry and more take place most nights of the week.
The Mad Planet
533 E. Center St., (414) 263-4555
Consistently voted as Milwaukee's best dance club, The Mad Planet is famous for its Friday night '80s dance parties and eclectic live music offerings.
Milwaukee Beer Bistro
2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., (414) 562-5540
A bar and restaurant with beer-infused cuisine, craft, local and macro beer – featuring 13 rotating taps and dozens of different bottles and cans – as well as a full bar.
2778 N. Weil St., (414) 264-8466
This bar and restaurant offers a great selection of micro and craft beer, wine from around the world and well-crafted cocktails in a comfortable, ambient setting. Street seating is available when the weather permits.
900 E. Center St., (414) 263-4140
Quarter's is a hole-in-the-wall bar and music venue that has been around, on and off, for decades.
Riverwest Filling Station
701 E. Keefe Ave., (414) 906-9000
This friendly restaurant and bar is stocked with beers, wine, ciders and spirits. Daily happy hour specials from Tuesday through Saturday.
930 E. Wright St., (414) 269-9703
Neighborhood pizza joint and art gallery with a nice selection of wine, beer, martinis and "mules around the world."
Riverwest Public House Cooperative
815 E. Locust St., (414) 562-9472
The co-op offers a comfortable space for meeting, drinking, eating, organizing, fundraising and performing. Membership is available for $40, but is not necessary to visit and drink.
900 E. Auer St., (414) 265-8389
Neighborhood tavern with pool, a jukebox and often a game on televisions that's "stumbling distance from home" for most of the customers.
Stubby's Gastrogrub & Beer Pub
2060 N. Humboldt Blvd., #1 (414) 763-6324
Stubby's features a very extensive beer and cider list – available by the pint or growler – along with a full bar. Pub food also available.
2402 N. Dousman St., (414) 264-4070
"Hidden" in a residential neighborhood, in the middle of the block, this tavern offers cheap drinks, pool and, according to lore, a "pet" squirrel (hence the name).
1020 E. Locust St., (414) 562-2020
Tracks offers a full bar and is a popular spot for drinking and game watching, but is perhaps best known for its fish fry and outdoor volleyball leagues in the spring and summer.
718 E. Burleigh St., (414) 372-7553
Cute, cozy lounge ideal for a "date night." Located next door to Art Bar. Call ahead to make sure it's open.
1032 E. Center St., (414) 372-3882
A Riverwest classic and "home of the beautiful people" that serves up cheap drinks (from fun bartenders), pinball, occasional live music and more. It's Milwaukee's very own "Bukowski bar."
2479 N. Fratney St., (414) 988-9743
Casual corner bar with good deals on drinks, pinball (free on Mondays), karaoke (on Wednesdays), televised sports and more.
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 374-8480
Posh bar and restaurant that's located in Brewer's Hill, but in the Riverwest Bar Guide because of its close proximity. The bar includes a strong selection of import and local beer (including N/A beers), cider, wine and craft cocktails.
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