"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!
The Jazz Estate
When it comes to finding live music in Milwaukee, it seems the legendary Jazz Estate is still music to locals' ears as the East Side venue scored its second straight win in this category thanks to its cozy setting, tasty cocktails and, of course, its impressive mix of local and national live acts.
The musical mainstay's path to another victory wasn't as smooth as the music on its stage, however, as the top four finishers in this category were separated by less than 50 votes. Milwaukee Ale House, which held this title for four years in a row, finished tightly in second by 13 votes, while the venue that first overthrew its reign at the top, Cactus Club in Bay View, finished closely behind in third. Red Rock Saloon came five votes short of medalling but still scored a solid fourth place finish while The Cooperage rounded out this tuneful top five.
OnMilwaukee editors' pick: The Jazz Estate
2. Milwaukee Ale House
3. Cactus Club
4. Red Rock Saloon
5. The Cooperage