By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Feb 07, 2012 at 9:04 AM

"Bar Month" at – brought to you by Hornitos, OR-G, Party Armor, Red Stag, Absolut, Fireball and Malibu – 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 and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Bars & Clubs, 2011. Find readers' results in 50 categories, including an editors' pick, in this series of articles that run daily in the Bars and Clubs section of

For the umpteenth year in a row, The Mad Planet takes the gold in the Milwaukee's best club category.

The Riverwest club – owned by Rosemary Silagy – opened 20 years ago. With its eclectic crowd and funky motif, The Planet is a people watchers' wonderland. Punks, goths, hipsters, bachelorette parties and everyone in between mix it up on a regular basis inside the spacious bar–  or outdoors on the tree-canopied patio.

Yes, every Friday night is still '80s Night at The Mad Planet, and yes, it's still packed until closing time with folks looking to shake it to retro tunes. After all these years, The Smiths still don't get old.

But when it comes to booking live bands, the venue takes a much more up-to-date approach. Local, independent acts play here regularly, as do bigger national bands. editors' pick: The Mad Planet


2. Victor's
3. La Cage
4. Apartment 720
6. Club Anything
7. Kenadee's
8. Library Club
9. Wherehouse
10. Suite
11. Club Timbuktu
12. Notte
13. Aura