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The Third Ward is full of appealing watering holes. There's even one inside the Milwaukee Public Market. (PHOTO: Suzanne Tucker/

Third Ward bar guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Aug. 16, 2013 at 5:28 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.

The Third Ward is a cultural gem here in Milwaukee. The shopping is to die for, the dining is great and it's one of the most historic districts in the city. Also, it's a great place to get liquored up.

Whether you prefer upscale wine joints, homey neighborhood pubs, or you get bored just drinking and want to play some table tennis, the Third War has the perfect bar for you.

Cafe Benelux
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
Cafe Benelux gets rave reviews as a dining experience, but this homey tribute to the Belgium-Netherlands-Luxembourg region also holds its own as a watering hole. Not only do they have a great bier selection, but their wine list and craft cocktails are equally impressive. They even have sake!

Club Charlie's
320 E. Menomonee St., (414) 763-8548
Club Charlie's is the Third Ward's Neighborhood Bar, with a friendly staff and a warm atmosphere. They're still serving their famous $6 Lunch, Monday through Friday. They also offer a full lunch and dinner menu, fish frys, trivia night on Tuesdays and Pajama Party Brunch on Sundays.

177 N. Broadway, (414) 225-9800
Perfect for a romantic evening or a night out on the town with the girls, Cuvee is the best bar for bubbly in these parts. Some say it's hard to find, but others swear it's worth the search (psst: it's on the second floor). Customers love the premium drinks and upscale desserts.

Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub
222 E. Erie St., (414) 727-9300
Hinterland is where quality meets casual. Their specialty is beer, of course, but they serve dinner daily upstairs, with a special Family Meal Wednesday evenings featuring a seasonal feast that ranges from $30 to $50 per person. They also have a daily Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Irish Pub
124 N Water St., (414) 225-9400
The name says it all. There's no pretension here, and everyone's family within the Cream City brick walls. It's been named among CNN Travel's Best Sports Bars in the U.S., but it can't be pigeonholed as just a great place to watch the game. They also offer a full menu and have a separate dining room.

Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St.,(414) 226-2336
Milwaukee Ale House, an all-malt brewery and restaurant, is located in the heart of the Historic Third Ward on the Riverwalk. Six fresh ales are brewed on the premises, and lunch and dinner are served in the turn-of-the-century beer hall atmosphere. Their new expanded Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. includes drink and appetizer deals.

Milwaukee Sail Loft
649 E. Erie St., (414) 223-0100
The Sail Loft's beer list is expansive and their wine selection is ample, featuring both domestic and international brands. Their already-affordable prices are improved by weekly specials like Thursdays' half-price bottle of wine deal. They also have a daily Happy Hour with cheap libations and $6 appetizers.

220 E. Buffalo St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
This upscale lounge brings a big-city feel to the Third Ward. The drinks are on the pricier side, but if you go on Thursday you can get "The Hook-Up" - ladies drink free, live music, dancing and great drink deals like $2 Jameson shots. Drop in on Wednesdays for Bachata and Salsa lessons, and try your moves out on the dance floor after getting some liquid confidence in the form of $2 Bacardi bombs.

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