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1. City agrees to pay Silk nearly $1 million for loss in strip club license suit
The city has agreed to cut a check for $968,331.75 after losing its lawsuit at trial and again in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals after the initial verdict. The amount covers both the damage award and attorney fees.
2. School Yard Bar & Grill is closed
According to former employees, The School Yard Bar & Grill, 1815 E. Kenilworth Pl., is closed. The space was formerly Southport and, before that, it was Cans for eight years.
3. A brew-tiful afternoon at Lakefront Brewery
Milwaukee's Lakefront Brewery is a great location with interesting beers, delicious food and a charming atmosphere. OnMilwaukee's Zoe Benjamin took her first tour of the brewery and left as a huge fan.
4. 7 photos from the opening of the airport's new Leinie Lodge
What better place to be reminded that it's noon somewhere than at an airport? That's the hope with the new Leinie Lodge, a small but sufficiently sudsy watering hole that opened up this morning inside General Mitchell International Airport.
5. Flying solo on the SoulBoxer Boat Cruise
OnMilwaukee's Zoe Benjamin sailed on the SoulBoxer Boat Cruise this past Thursday. Her three-hour tour was an experience she's unlikely to forget.
6. Nomad kicks off summer with new biergarten
After two years and several renditions of building designs, Nomad World Pub owner Mike Eitel finally unveiled a "temporary" biergarten for the summer of 2016.
7. Hop Head Tours launches beer excursions in Milwaukee
There's a new way to get to know Brew City. Hop Head Tours, a touring company which made its name in Madison, will launch in Milwaukee this weekend with an inaugural bus tour on Friday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
8. 4-day grand opening celebration at Urban Harvest Brewing begins today
Beginning today, enjoy discounted taps and food pairings, meet celebrity bartenders and beer experts, and learn more about Urban Harvest Brewing, the newest brewery on the Walker's Point block.
9. Updated: Yield bar is closed
According to a source, Yield, 1932 E. Kenilworth Ave., closed last night and once word spread through social media, so many customers showed up it turned into a "borderline block party."
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10. Milwaukee bars left off new Esquire "Best Bars in America" list
The "Best Bars in America" feature has been around since 2006. And - of course - a lot has changed on the drinking scene here and in every city in America. One change, no Milwaukee bars appear on this year's list.
11. Gen Longoria named lead bartender for Tre Rivali and The Outsider
The Journeyman made its next big move toward opening this afternoon, hiring Gen Longoria as lead bartender for both its Tre Rivali restaurant and The Outsider rooftop bar and lounge.
12. Sprecher brews three new "hard sodas"
In late May, Sprecher Brewing Company will introduce three new "hard sodas": Hard Cherry Cola, Hard Orange Cream and Hard Cola. The local brewery already offers Hard Root Beer, Hard Ginger Ale and Hard Apple Pie.
13. Urban Bay View set to soft open next weekend
After a year of hard work, Paul Jonas is ready to share his new bar, Urban Bay View, 2301 S. Logan Ave., with the public.
14. What happens when a distillery and a roastery partner?
Coffee + vodka = delicious. Who knew? Well, apparently Central Standard Distillery and Anodyne Coffee did.
15. Nick's House shuts down
Nick's House, 1864 E. Kenilworth Pl., will close for good after this Saturday, May 7. The '70s-themed bar was remodeled in 2014 by the Spike TV reality show, "Bar Rescue."
16. Great Lakes Distillery celebrates 10th anniversary with 10 new spirits
Wisconsin's first craft distiller is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the release of 10 brand new spirits, including four new fruit-based brandies, which will be released in May of this year.
17. Cocktails for Cinco and beyond
It's Cinco de Mayo and now that I'm back on tequila - thanks to a switch to much higher quality tequilas than I used to taste - I've got a trio of Milagro Tequilas to sample and three recipes to make it happen.
18. Phoenix Lounge takes over Duplex space
Robert King and Ryan Bonen will soon open The Phoenix Lounge in the former Duplex, 785 N. Jefferson St. King and Bonen also own the Bad Genie, which is next door to the future Phoenix, and the kitchen inside Yield Bar, called Comiskey's, 1932 E. Kenilworth Pl.
19. Cloud Red forms in old Village Pub space
Next month, Rebecca Goldberger and Lis Duggan plan to open Cloud Red in the former Village Pub space, 4488 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood.
20. Water Street Brewery mixes it up with swing top bottles
Twenty years ago, Water Street Brewery started offering its beer to go in growlers, and recently introduced 16-ounce swing top bottles. They are for sale at all four locations: Downtown, Grafton, Lake Country and Oak Creek.
21. Milwaukee Beer Week events continue
Milwaukee is in the thick of Beer Week, and while you may have missed some of the over 100 events that are part of this celebration of one of Brew City's greatest contributions to humanity, there are still plenty of chances still left.
22. Silk Exotic wins federal court appeal in battle for Downtown strip club
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago Wednesday ruled, 3-0, in favor of Silk Exotic in its lawsuit against the City of Milwaukee over denial of a license to operate a strip club Downtown.
23. Is it illegal to serve drinks in copper mugs?
About a year ago, Guy Rehorst - owner of Great Lakes Distillery - received a bit of surprising news during a routine health inspection.
24. Warning: This podcast might inebriate you
Yesterday, I stopped in at Blackbird Bar for a casual-yet-recorded conversation about bars with Tyler Maas from Milwaukee Record for his podcast, "On The Record."
25. And the worst bar name in Milwaukee is ...
It's not easy to name a business, but this bar name suggests headaches, vomit and all things vile about the day after overindulging.