By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Mar 08, 2019 at 12:01 PM

Welcome to Bar Month at OnMilwaukee! 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 wine lovers in Milwaukee have spoken, and they've once again picked Balzac as the top spot for indulging in a glass of vino. In fact, this cozy East Side staple has held down the title for eight years running.

At Balzac, you can order your wine by the glass (with $5 pours of house wines during happy hour); but there are also plenty of additional options to choose from in the book-sized menu of wine by the bottle. The offerings change with supply, but it always features a full range of styles at a variety of pricing levels. Whether you're looking for something rare and interesting or one of the "safe standards," Balzac has your cravings covered.

Runners up in the category include wine-friendly favorites including Pizza Man, a spot known for their extensive California varietals; Story Hill BKC (also our OnMilwaukee editors' pick), a restaurant that comes complete with a bottle shop where you can purchase your favorites to drink at home; Thief Wine Bar, a spot where you're guaranteed to find something you'll love to drink; and La Merenda, where global plates are the perfect match for a glass of red... or maybe white.

OnMilwaukee's editors' pickStory Hill BKC  

2. Pizza Man
3. Story Hill BKC    
4. Thief Wine Bar
. La Merenda