"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com – brought to you by Absolut, Avion, Fireball, Pama, Red Stag and 2 Gingers – 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, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!
Join OnMilwaukee's sixth annual Bartender Games (formerly the Bartender Olympics) at Turner Hall Ballroom on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. Emceed by FM 102.1's Jon Adler, the new and improved Bartender Games will see the return of past participants who will battle it out against new competitors.
The games include a signature cocktail contest & tasting where the winner will be chosen by you, plus the popular Pabst can stack, a talent competition and the always decisive karaoke competition. Also enjoy sampling of new Red Bull flavors. Plus, for one night only, vaping/e-cigarettes will be allowed. Try a sample in the Johnson Creek Smoke Juice lounge.
The All-Stars team will be aiming to live up their out-of-this-world title. They include Pete Marshall from Jack's American Pub, Aaron Banky from The Bubbler, Amy Bladow from BarNone and Mark Fisher from Redbar.
OnMilwaukee.com: If you could open a bar in Milwaukee, what type of bar would it be?
Mark Fisher: Punk rock sports bar.
Aaron Banky: A casual corner bar with a strong focus on local brews.
OMC: What's your favorite Milwaukee bar to hang out in, other than the one where you work?
Pete Marshall: Milwaukee Brat House, Malone's on Brady, Boone & Crockett.
Mark Fisher: Lucky Joe's, Cactus Club and The Stone.
OMC: What's the craziest thing you've witnessed in your bar?
Amy Bladow: We drink and make what most people would consider poor life choices. It's called Tuesday.
Pete Marshall: Two naked midgets arm wrestling.
Aaron Banky: Two drunk pregnant women in a bar fight. Or a drunk, deaf Irish folk singer trying to start the garbage on fire.
OMC: Who are some of your favorite bartenders to visit in Milwaukee?
Aaron Banky: Brennan McCloud, Benjamin Rivera and Matt Puthoff.
Mark Fisher: PK at Tonic, Sherm at Champs and Lee at Lucky Joe's.
Pete Marshall: Jason Burczyk at Jack's and Boone; Sam Malone at Malone's; and Megan Marshall at Brat House and Malone's.
Amy Bladow: Matt Sherman, Robby Burke, Emily Tau and Nate Newb.
OMC: What's your favorite patio to have drinks on?
Amy Bladow: The Standard.
Aaron Banky: Stony's.
OMC: What's your favorite brunch spot?
Aaron Banky: O'Lydia's.
Mark Fisher: Honeypie.
Amy Bladow: The Noble.