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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Saturday, April 19, 2014

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126. Margaritas get a holiday
Apparently, Friday, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day which is enough of a reason for me to treat myself to a salty-rimmed libation after what will be, most likely, a long week.
127. What's wrong with this location?
The Center Court is just the latest in long line of failed restaurants at the location.
128. Work sucks, who wants a drink?
I believe I've mentioned that I'm somewhat of a workaholic, but one job or 10, we can all agree on one thing, sometimes work just sucks. Yesterday was one of those days, but instead of heading home I decided to try my luck one more time and see if a few cocktails could at least bring me out of my foul mood and cloud of self-loathing. 
129. What's your go-to grape?
We all have a go-to grape, don't we? It may not be the best wine out there and it certainly may not be the most expensive, but that doesn't matter. It's a wine we know we love and that we know we enjoy. And isn't that what wine is really all about?
130. Alternative drinking vessels spike the fun factor
What we consume our beverages from can be as interesting as the beverage itself.
131. Jack and tonic? Never heard of it
Apparently, my favorite drink is so rare most bartenders have never heard of it.
132. Camp Bar to expand
Even though Camp Bar just opened in November, it's already expansion time for the popular lodge-style Shorewood tavern.
Tagged with: Camp Bar expansion
133. I hate beer
I live in Milwaukee, and I hate beer. Always have. And I don't think I'm missing much.
134. Center Court Pub & Grill is closed
According to a sign on the door, Center Court Pub & Grill is closed. The bar and eatery across the street from the BMO Harris Bradley Center was unable to renew its liquor license.
135. Guinness is Guinness. That is all.
For many people, bartenders included, it seems dark beer means a heavy beer and if a place doesn't have Guinness, they immediately suggest another stout.
Tagged with: Guinness stout light beer
136. Help me get crackin' on my bottle of Kraken
Anyone have any thoughts on how to tame this beast into a decent cocktail? I really hate to see perfectly good intoxicant go to waste.
137. I'd tap this
On Friday, Feb. 1, The Horny Goat Hideaway will debut a 10-barrel run of oak barrel-aged sour cherry porter, a brew that will be available for a limited time at its Milwaukee-based brewpub.
138. Let the Best Of list be your guide
Using's Best of Bars 2013 roster as a guide, a friend and I enjoyed a low-key night out at J&B's Blue Ribbon Bar on Bluemound Road.
139. Will the cost of Trader Joe's "Three-Buck Chuck" increase?
Now that the prices for a bottle of "Two-Buck Chuck" are going up in California, will our "Three-Buck Chuck" rise in price, too?
140. Details names Camp Bar a best new bar
This month's Details magazine named Shorewood's Camp Bar as one of the best new bars in the country.
141. Blackthorn Pub is closed
According to a source, Blackthorn Pub closed for good today. A sign on the door reads "temporarily closed." The number has been disconnected.
142. Don't call it "amateur night"
The older I get, the more I seem to hear people refer to New Year's Eve as "amateur night." I'm not offended by this, but I'm perplexed and concerned about the lack of a celebratory spirit.
143. Big Bay's limited Portside porter is in bottles this winter
Shorewood's Big Bay Brewing Co. has just launched its third limited edition brew and this one is perfectly timed for winter. "Portside: A Little Left of Porter" debuted last winter, when Big Bay offered it on draft. But this year marks the the porter's first appearance in bottles. It's available all winter long.
144. What beer do you no longer drink?
Like everything, beer is changing. And quite drastically. Brands come and go and fad in and out of bars, stores and marketing circles. What brands do you no longer drink?
145. Fink's to replace East Side Redroom
According to information from Christine Klopotic, marketing manager for MojoFuco Restaurants, the group just signed a three-year lease to take over the space at 1875 N. Humboldt Ave.
146. Friday fish, fun and fantastic Southern rock
For me, a normal weekend usually consists of hustling about my part-time jobs, maybe getting a work out in, and spending some time with friends. Weekends are when those of us in service industry jobs tend to have our busiest nights, so typically I'd rather pick-up rather than lose a shift. However, last Friday I was off from work, free to roam, with plans to see Alabama Shakes at the Riverside. 
147. First look: Camp Bar
The intention of the new Shorewood-based Camp Bar is to have a look and feel of an upscale Up North cabin. After spending a few hours at the soft opening last night, I can honestly say that it does. Camp bar opens to the public Saturday. Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.
148. Fitzgibbons Pub will close soon
After 15 years of owning the bar, Dan Fitzgibbons says he will close Water Street's Fitzgibbons Pub sometime before Nov. 30.
149. New Old Milwaukee ads with Will Ferrell surface in Sweden
Old Milwaukee is back with more buzz from Will Ferrell. His latest ads for the beer brand were filmed in Sweden.
150. Will The Tasting Room reopen?
In the past few years, the East Side corner of Humboldt and Kane has really come alive again with the construction of condos and Bel Air Cantina. But the Tasting Room, 1100 E. Kane St., remains silent, even though it seems like the ideal spot for another bar or eatery. Will it ever reopen?