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Are you up for Kaña's jalapeño-flavored mojito, the mojito en fuego?
Are you up for Kaña's jalapeño-flavored mojito, the mojito en fuego? (Photo: Whitney Teska)

Rapid review: Kana Mojito Lounge

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs -- including guides, the latest trends, rapid bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

Kaña Mojito Lounge
201 W. Mitchell St.
(414) 672-5262

As Milwaukee's first official mojito lounge, Kaña stands out as an original. The South Side bar offers a lengthy menu of mojitos mixed every way imaginable and no matter what your palate prefers -- sweet, sour, spicy -- there is a mojito to please it, and they all come artfully crafted and refreshingly good.

The menu offers 15 standard varieties at $8 each, but every weekend there are new creations on special. You never really know what they'll come up with next.

That's not to say you can't order a different drink there -- they've got a full bar liquor stash and Guinness on tap with more beers to come -- but one look at general manager and bartender Juan Solano's freshly made Cuban cocktails and it seems downright silly to order anything else.

Menu: Mojitos are the specialty.

Price: Moderate.

When to go: It's closed Monday and Tuesday, but opens the rest of the week at 7 p.m.

Dress: Come casual, unless you are planning to partake in the free salsa dancing lessons on Thursday nights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., in which case you might want to step it up a bit.

Don't miss: The mojito en fuego, if you can handle it. This drink muddles mint and lime juice and mixes it with Patron tequila, jalapeño juice and slices of jalapeño. It's got a real bite, but is amazingly drinkable.

Parking: Street parking only.

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Join us in welcoming back returning champion Jim Carney of the BBC.
Join us in welcoming back returning champion Jim Carney of the BBC.

Bartender Olympian: 2009 champion Jim Carney of the BBC

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs -- including guides, the latest trends, rapid bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

Join in on the fun as OnMilwaukee.com hosts its second annual Bartender Olympics tonight at the Milwaukee Ale House.

We've spent the last two weeks profiling the 10 contestants, culminating today with last year's reigning champion, Jim Carney of the BBC.

All in the name of friendly competition, cheer on your favorite Olympian while you enjoy deals on Ale House food and Jim Beam, Malibu, Hornitos and Jameson, Absolut and X Rated.

OnMilwaukee.com: How long have you been a bartender?

Jim Carney: Nine years.

OMC: What's your signature drink?

JC: Jameson sour Old Fashioned.

OMC: What's your favorite Milwaukee bar (other than the one you work at)?

JC: Burnhearts, Ten Bells, Cafe Lulu, Up and Under, Riverhorse, and the Harp and Shamrock.

OMC: How do you get good tips?

JC: Treat people the way I would want to be treated and treat all of my patrons like they are on a mini vacation.

OMC: Have you ever cut someone off?

JC: Hell yes! Know your limits, because everyone else sure does.

OMC: Do you believe in "beer after liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you're in the clear?"

JC: No. Ride your drinking like a bull. Keep the good buzz and know when to get off before you hurt yourself too badly (and don't do what I do).

OMC: Are you more likely to go out for Sunday service industry night or Sunday morning brunch?

JC: Sunday morning brunch.

OMC: Are you looking forward to the smoking ban?

JC: As a dumbass chain-smoker I am actually looking forward to it. But I still think bars are supposed to make you feel like you're somewhere you shouldn't be. I need a smoke now.

OMC: What cocktail are you preparin…

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Introducing Dustin Drankiewicz of Mi-keys.
Introducing Dustin Drankiewicz of Mi-keys.

Bartender Olympian: Dustin Drankiewicz of Mi-keys

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs -- including guides, the latest trends, rapid bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

As OnMilwaukee.com gets ready to host its second annual Bartender Olympics, you can prepare to cheer on the competition by familiarizing yourself with future Milwaukee Bar Olympians.

We've been profiling all 10 bartenders over the last two weeks in preparation for the big night at the Milwaukee Ale House on Thursday, Feb. 25. All in the name of friendly competition, cheer on your favorite Olympian while you enjoy deals on Ale House food and Jim Beam, Malibu, Hornitos and Jameson, Absolut and X Rated.

Here's a quick Q & A with bartender contender Dustin Drankiewicz of Mi-keys.

OnMilwaukee.com: How long have you been a bartender?

Dustin Drankiewicz: Six years.

OMC: What's your signature drink?

DD: I myself am a High Life and bourbon guy. Ask the boys about my "Twinkie bombs" or "egg shots," but if you're a cocktail nerd, stop in at Mi-keys and try the new cocktail menus I recently put out.

OMC: What's your favorite Milwaukee bar (other than the one you work at)?

DD: I'm gonna have to go top three: Velvet Hour, Jackalope Lounj and Burnhearts.

OMC: How do you get good tips?

DD: I plead the fifth.

OMC: Have you ever cut someone off?

DD: More than I like to. People don't like being cut off.

OMC: Do you believe in "Beer after liquor, never been sicker, liquor before beer in the clear?"

DD: Que?

OMC: Are you more likely to go out for Sunday night service industry night or Sunday morning brunch?

DD: I love me some brunch and day drinking. That, in turn, turns out to night boozing. Its a vicious, intoxicating, awesome cycle.

OMC: Are you looking forward to the smoking ban?

DD: Yes, more than the second coming of baby Jesus.

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Introducing Anna Bradbury of Newaukee.
Introducing Anna Bradbury of Newaukee.

Bartender Olympian: Anna Bradbury of Newaukee

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs -- including guides, the latest trends, rapid bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

As OnMilwaukee.com gets ready to host its second annual Bartender Olympics, you can prepare to cheer on the competition by familiarizing yourself with future Milwaukee Bar Olympians.

We've been profiling the participating bartenders over the last two weeks in preparation for the big night at the Milwaukee Ale House on Thursday, Feb. 25. All in honor of friendly competition, cheer on your favorite Olympian while you enjoy deals on Ale House food and Jim Beam, Malibu, Hornitos and Jameson.

Here's a quick Q & A with Anna Bradbury of Newaukee, a group of young professionals dedicated to showcasing Milwaukee's unique destinations through bi-monthly social gatherings.

OnMilwaukee.com: Where have you bartended?

Anna Bradbury: Calderone Pub, Murphy's Irish Pub, Bad Genie Rock Lounge.

OMC: How long have you been a part of Newaukee?

AB: About a year.

OMC: Why did you join Newaukee?

AB: My friend Haley is really active in it and she brought me. Being a recent Marquette graduate who moved here from Chicago, it's nice to meet other young professionals. It's a great group -- always fun and there are always new people.

OMC: What's your favorite Milwaukee bar (other than the one you work at)?

AB: R.I.P. Grant's Pub.

OMC: Do you believe in "beer after liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you're in the clear?"

AB: It's all about the amount. Or your tolerance, which I've sadly found disappears after college.

OMC: Are you looking forward to the smoking ban?

AB: It doesn't bother me either way.

OMC: What drink are you preparing for the Bartender Olympics?

Spice on Ice
.5-ounce Absolut
1.5 ounce Absolut Peppar
.5-ounce Ho…

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