Third Ward bar guide
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Feb. 4, 2013 at 5:28 a.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.
Riverfront Pizzeria Bar and Grill
509 E. Erie St., (414) 227-1800
This trendy pizza joint is open Tuesday through Sunday has outdoor seating, affordable prices and a full bar selection.
223 N. Water St., (414) 220-9933
Pizza is just the beginning at Rustico. Their weekly deals on drinks include a daily Happy Hour, half-price bottles of wine on Tuesdays, and a guest bartender on Wednesday, when all tips are donated to charity. Plus, their TV's are always tuned in to the game.
Ryan Braun's Graffito
102 N. Water St., (414) 727-2888
Number 8's popular restaurant isn't just a good place for dinner. Its waterfront location and solid drink offering make it a great bar, too. They offer wine by the glass and by the bottle, as well as birra (Italian for beer, but don't worry - they sell Miller, PBR and Spotted Cow, too). Their impressive summer drink list includes a "Bluejito" and Italian Sangria.
233 E. Chicago St.,
If bowling's not your thing but you're still looking for that indoor-sport experience, SPiN has just what you need: specifically, 12 table-tennis courts on cushioned Olympic flooring. Court rates are $16 per hour before 6 p.m. and $24 after. Their bar and restaurant also serves lunch and dinner daily.
184 N. Broadway, (414) 882-7621
Ever feel inspired when you drink? Splash Studio has you covered. Drop into Splash, pick up a paintbrush and a drink and let the creative juices flow. Friday and Saturday night sessions are $33 a person, $28 the rest of the week. Or you could stop into the bar and for $10 or $20 paint on a mini-canvas. Lacking inspiration? The lounge is packed with art books.
509 E. Erie St. (414) 431-7944
Swig offers a small-plate dining experience like no other - plus over 20 martinis, wine, champagne and award-winning dessert options.
Thief Wine Shop & Bar
Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. Water St., (414) 277-7707
This wine nook is a calm island amidst the bustle of the busy Milwaukee Public Market. Sit at the bar or at a table and tune out. Their prices are great, with glasses ranging from $5.50-$14.50 - and for not much more, you can get a whole caraffe. Get 15% off on Mondays and $4 specials on Fridays, among other deals. Not a wine-o? Not a problem. They've got beer, too.
102 N. Water St., Ste. C, (414) 277-8466
This wine boutique boasts domestic and international brands sold for retail prices. For just a $5 corkage fee you can enjoy them in their intimate tasting room with a few friends (or alone, if that's how you like to drink). Join the Wine Club for exclusive benefits like wine tasting nights, or take advantage of their weekly wine classes.
249 N. Water St., (414) 431-1133
What's better than drinking on the river? Even if you're inside, Water Buffalo's floor-to-ceiling windows afford you a priceless view as you get tipsy.
The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway, (414) 223-0345
The Wicked Hop offers dozens of wines, a handful of beers on tap and a full bar. It's an intimate, cozy place for just after work with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on Broadway and its fashion boutiques. Their Bloody Marys are where they really shine: $5 every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Don't miss Throwback Thursday featuring classic cocktails or the DJ on Friday nights.
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