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Whisker war: A night at Uptowner's third annual beard contest Image

Whisker war: A night at Uptowner's third annual beard contest

Published Thursday, March 19

The Uptowner was packed and not just for a late Sunday afternoon. Jock Jams blared from the speakers, and anticipation was in the air. On two TVs at separate ends of the bar, the Wisconsin-Michigan State game was coming down to the wire. But that wasn't the contest the excited and eager crowd was here to see. No, the main event was the Uptowner's third annual beard competition.

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Sports bar guide

Published Wednesday, March 18

You've got your Brewers cap on your head and your Rodgers jersey on your back. What now? Visit one of these sports bars and watch the games on the big screen while you toss back a few cold ones and enjoy some great food.

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Draft & Vessel invites craft beer conversation

Published Thursday, March 12

When you walk into Draft & Vessel, a beer bar in Shorewood at 4147 N. Oakland Ave., the first thing you notice is its size. The intimate space, reminiscent of small basement bars in Europe, houses a beautiful, rustic wooden bar and a few tables. Yet the 16 taps are so thoughtfully curated that you may think you were in Portland if you didn't know better.

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Featured bartender: Tonic's Justin Tarantino

Published Saturday, March 7

Justin Tarantino has worked at Tonic Tavern, 2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., for two years. He started helping out as a bar back and within a short period of time became a full-on bartender. He says he owes everything he knows about bartending to veteran bartender Paul "PK" Kennedy.

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Milwaukee's best bar district, 2015

Published Saturday, Feb. 28

Last year, Brady Street - with the help of watering holes like The Nomad, Hi-Hat, Jo-Cat's and more - managed to unseat the long-time champion of the title of Milwaukee's best bar district. However, they'd only have one year to celebrate, as after sharing the love in 2014, OnMilwaukee.com readers once again handed the title to previous five-time best bar district winner Bay View.

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Bucks bar network connects to new fans

Published Friday, Feb. 27

The Milwaukee Bucks launched a "bar network" at the start of the season in an effort get bars in Milwaukee, and in the surrounding suburbs, to turn on their games and create a team atmosphere outside of the BMO Harris Bradley Center. It's worked, for the most part, to connect the team to a new fan base.

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First look: Junior's Hook

Published Friday, Feb. 27

Last night, Matthew "Sherm" Sherman hosted a soft opening for his new bar, Junior's Hook, located at 1517 S. 2nd St. Take a look.

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Who's gonna take over Angelo's Lounge?

Published Friday, Feb. 27

Angelo's Lounge, 1686 N. Van Buren St., is available for lease. Hopefully, the right person will take it over and keep the lounge magic flowing.

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Barnacle Bud's is back!

Published Thursday, Feb. 26

The patio will be blanketed in snow, but Barnacle Bud's, 1955 S. Hilbert St., reopens on Friday, Feb. 27. Luckily, there's a warm, dry structure next to the patio for us to reacquaint ourselves with Bud's.