By Lucas Kovnesky OnMilwaukee Intern Published Mar 25, 2022 at 5:05 PM

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Nestled in between the heart of Milwaukee's East Side and the neighboring village of Shorewood, UWM's campus is nothing more than a short trip away from some of the best bars in the city.

Whether you're looking to bar-hop on the energetic North Avenue, or keep it casual at a neighborhood-style bar, the area surrounding UWM has you more than covered. Here's a guide to the places you should check out the next time you are planning your next night out.

AXE MKE
1924 E. Kenilworth Ave., (414) 488-9340
axemke.com 

Ax-throwing and beer-drinking are the name of the game at AXE MKE. Make sure to plan your night out ahead of time, as reservations are required before testing out your ax-throwing skills.

 

Axel’s Inn
2859 N Oakland Ave., (414) 962-2122

Cheap, affordable drinks are met with a pleasant neighborhood vibe at this long time East Side dive bar. 

Camp Bar
4044 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 962-5182
www.campbarmke.com

Just a short trip north of the UWM campus is one of Camp Bars three Milwaukee-area locations. Come for the delectable assortment of drinks, but stay for the authentic Northwoods-style decor that truly makes it feel like a Wisconsin establishment.

Champion's Pub
2417 N. Bartlett Ave., (414) 332-2440
championspub.com

Champion's is a modest neighborhood bar just off of North Avenue. It's an undeniably comfy spot to have a drink at on their patio, play darts at or talk to the folks that frequent it.

Hacienda Beer Co.
2022 E. North Ave., (414) 296-7200
haciendabeerco.com 

Since its opening a few years ago, Hacienda has been serving up beverages in their taproom brewed from Door County. They have indoor and outdoor seating, and if you can't get enough of their delicious brews, they sell packs to take home as well.

Harry's Bar and Grill
3549 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 964-6800
www.harrysbarandgrillmilwaukee.com

Harry's Bar and Grill not only features a sizable beverage menu, but also some pretty fantastic food options that are sure to please any palette. It's just a short trip up Oakland Avenue from the UWM campus.

Henry's on Belleview
2523 E. Belleview Pl., (414) 332-2772
henrysonbelleview.com

Henry's has been an East Side tradition since the 1980s, spanning back to its days as part of the Coffe Trader. Nowadays, its offering up daily drink specials and splendid pub foods options. 

Hooligan's Super Bar
2017 E. North Ave., (414) 273-5230

hooliganssuperbar.com
You just cannot go wrong at Hooligan's. Whether you're coming for the largest selction of micro brews in Milwaukee, the award-winning pub food or "the best happy hour in Milwaukee," a trip to this bar makes for a great night out.

Izzy Hops Swig & Nosh
2311 N. Murray Ave., (414) 249-4489
izzyhops.com

Specializing in craft beer and their assortment of 30 bourbons, you're sure to find a tasty drink at Izzy Hops. Plus, it's a great place to watch the game at.

Jazz Estate
2423 N. Murray Ave., (414) 964-9923

jazzestate.com
This low key jazz lounge serves cocktails and craft beers in an intimate little setting. Make sure to check their website for updates on some sweet-sounding live performances coming up.

Landmark Lanes
2220 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 278-8770

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A vintage-style bowling alley, arcade and trio of bars makes for a fantastic night at Landmark Lanes. There's absolutely no shortage of entertainment when you are at Landmark Lanes.

Paddy's Pub
2339 N. Murray Ave., (414) 223-3496

paddyspub.net
Paddy's is a charming and authentic Irish bar just a few minutes south of UWM. Additionally, a patio and live music nights make this quaint pub an exceptional spot to add to the list for your next night out.

The Pharmacy Bar
2238 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 763-9081
crossroadscollectivemke.com

Tucked within Crossroads Collective Food Hall, the Pharmacy Bar is an ode to Oriental Drugs, which occupied its space before. An appetizing array of cocktails, mocktails, wine and beer is available to enjoy at this Crossroads Collective vendor.

Vintage
2203 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 226-2303 
vintagemilwaukee.com
Vintage keeps it casual and classy with a large, affordable selection of beer and wine to go with free pool and a dog-friendly outdoor patio.

Von Trier
2235 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 272-1775

vontriers.com 
If you're seeking an authentic German experience, look no further than Von Trier. An impressive list of imported and domestic beers are available, along with wine and cocktails. Don't forget to fill up on some of their free popcorn while you're at it as well.