There are only 25 days left in March, which means you've got just over three weeks to basque in the magical green light of Lucky Camp at 131 N. Jackson St. in the Historic Third Ward.
The over-the-top Irish themed bar will be doling out rainbows, leprechauns and a dose of good old Irish hospitality all month long (including on St. Patrick’s Day when they will have extended hours from noon to close). So, whether you stop by for a random pick-me-up, a night out with friends, a Sunday Funday (they open at noon on Sundays) or a spot to gather before, after (or instead of) the Shamrock Shuffle, it might be just the spot to find your pot o' gold.
Oh, yes, and did we mention cocktails?
The menu at Lucky Camp is filled with choices to please every palate, from more familiar favorites like the Pot O’ Gold Martini and Irish Mule to Lucky Shooters and popular after-dinner selections like the Lucky Camp Shake, a festive take on the Grasshopper.
Here’s four more selections that are guaranteed to make you feel a little bit Irish... even if you’re not.
1.The Four Leaf Spritzer
Summer might not be here… yet. But this cocktail will make you forget that there’s still a chill in the air. Light, refreshing and elegant, this spritzer sports St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur and champagne with a twist of lemon.
2. The Green Encounter
This refreshing Irish twist on the mojito is Lucky Camp’s most popular seller for a reason. Think Tullemore Dew, muddled mint and lime and a topper of ginger ale.
3. Me Lucky Charms Shake
If you love confetti cake and birthday cake ice cream, you’ll love the over-the-top vanilla in this boozy shake made with vanilla vodka, ice cream and lucky charms marshmallows. It’s magically delicious.
4. Guinness Float
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by this take on the traditional stout float which incorporates the fruity notes of raspberry liqueur. It’s perfect accompanied with a traditional Irish toast. Impress your friends by reciting this one in Gaelic: "Sláinte chuig na fir, agus go mairfidh na mná go deo" ("Health to the men, and may the women live forever!").
If you’re in more of beer mood, there are also three solid Irish selections including Guinness Draught Stout, Harp Lager and Smithwicks Red Ale (bonus points if you pronounce it correctly: "Smih-diks").
Lucky Camp is open Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 p.m. to close, Friday from 3 p.m. to close and Saturday and Sunday from noon to close. They will also be open from noon to close on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day).
Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.
Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.