By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Feb 15, 2012 at 4:30 PM

"Bar Month" at – brought to you by Hornitos, OR-G, Party Armor, Red Stag, Absolut, Fireball and Malibu – 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, bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Bars & Clubs, 2012. Find readers' results in 50 categories, including an editors' pick, in this series of articles that run daily in the Bars and Clubs section of

Milwaukee is known for a lot of things; the Brewers, Happy Days, Summerfest, and Harley Davidson to name a few. But Milwaukee also perhaps should be known for brand loyalty, as well.

For the third straight year, you have named Bar Louie, with two Milwaukee-area locations, 1114 N. Water St. and at the Bayshore Town Center, as the "Best Chain Bar" in our annual survey.

It is a solid choice, with ample indoor and outdoor seating, a VIP area, a wide variety of drink and menu items, Bar Louie has a formula that has been pleasing Milwaukeeans since they first arrived on the scene with their original Water Street location in June 2006. editors' pick: Bar Louie


2. Rock Bottom Brewery
3. SPIN Milwaukee
4. Buffalo Wild Wings
5. Chancery
6. Hooters
7. Cans
tie. TGI Friday's
9. Brothers
tie. Cheesecake Factory
11. Buckhead Saloon
12. Champps Americana
tie. Coyote Ugly
14. Applebee's
15. Charcoal Grill