By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Feb 11, 2014 at 8:06 AM

"Bar Month" at – brought to you by Absolut, Avion, Fireball, Pama, Red Stag and 2 Gingers – 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, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

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.

This year, the editorial team selected Rogues Gallery, which has been on the ascent, as its pick.

Every Friday night is still '80s Night at The Mad Planet, and 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, even if the crowd does age a bit.

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: Rogues’ Gallery


2. Victor’s
3. La Cage
4. Rogues Gallery
5. Bad Genie