"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee is back! For the entire month of March, we're serving up fun articles on bars, clubs and beverages – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Follow along with the #DrinkOnMke hashtag too. Grab a designated driver and dive in!
With its menu-free approach, dimly lit and warmly jazzy vibe, and – of course – its old-school cocktails, ice cream drinks and tasty tipples, Bryant's may be a total throwback, but the South Side lounge is a classic no matter the year and no matter your taste. And it would appear OnMilwaukee voters would agree, as Bryant's snagged its eighth straight win in the best craft cocktails category.
Bryant's may have dominated the top of the standings for most of a decade, but as you can see from the rest of the best as voted on by the readers, the Milwaukee cocktail scene is much more than just one terrific tavern. Bay View's Lost Whale found its way to a respectable second place while Boone & Crockett's Walker's Point digs scored a solid third place, fellow old-school drink depot At Random landed just behind in fourth and Foundation Tiki Bar's Riverwest tropical escape rounded out the top five.
OnMilwaukee editors' pick: Bittercube Bar & Bazaar
If you're talking craft cocktails, you'd be remiss to exclude Bittercube Bar & Bazaar, a relatively new destination cocktail bar on Milwaukee's near west side. Brought to you by the creative minds behind Dock18, the Bittercube Bar features an ever-changing menu of cocktails, house-made tonics and mocktails, all of which showcase the complex flavor profiles of the cocktail bitters that Bittercube has been making since 2009. In the mood for day drinking? Stop by the Bittercube Bazaar, an adjacent shop where you can enjoy a cocktail while grabbing spirits, housemade syrups or bitters for your home bar. Ask to sample their bitters while you’re there!