"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee is brought to you by Miller Brewing Company, calling Milwaukee home since 1855. 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. Grab a designated driver and dive in!
In the past, this category belonged exclusively to LaCage, which won handily for the better part of a decade. But for the second year in a row, upstart Hamburger Mary's has been named as Milwaukee's best LGBT bar. And, after moving from Bay View to the former La Perla location in Walker's Point in November, opening in a much larger space for its many events and activities, readers seemed to love Hamburger Mary's even more.
The vibrant, inclusive restaurant chain, bar and performance venue offers delectable burgers, cocktails and milkshakes for those not drinking alcohol. There are gender-neutral bathrooms, the popular HamBingo, Mary-oke and drag shows and the Beercade, a boutique arcade, craft beer and sports bar next door to Mary's.
OnMilwaukee editors' pick: Walker's Pint
This year we also asked a variety of prominent Milwaukeeans to weigh in on their pick for specific categories. For this category, we consulted Michail Takach, a local writer and LGBT historian/activist.
Congratulations to Milwaukee's seven LGBTQ bars for surviving, thriving and continuing to create meaningful spaces despite tremendous cultural and economic change.
This Is It, now approaching its 50th year in business, deserves a special shout-out for adapting to changing times with vision, vibrance and vitality.
There's truly something special about the This Is It experience that can't be felt anywhere else in Milwaukee.