By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Feb 10, 2009 at 5:13 AM

"Bar Month" at is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun bars and club articles -- including guides, unique features, drink recipes 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, 2009. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run all month long in the Bars and Clubs section of 

Every year, two Irish bars duke it out to be the number one pick from the readers. This year, the top prize once again goes to the venerable County Clare, and its traditional foe, Paddy's Pub, finishes second.

County Clare, 1234 N. Astor St., is a small inn and serves some great authentic food, including Irish root soup, shepherd's pie, and a mean corned beef and cabbage. With a nook that is warmed by a toasty fireplace, couches and regular live music, County Clare is feels cozy but never cramped (except, of course, on St. Patrick's Day).

The editors are partial to the newcomer, Brocach, which opened in December 2007 at 1850 N. Water St. With a lovely décor, solid food and cold Guinness, it's hard to beat. editors' choice: Brocach


2. Paddy's Pub
3. Trinity Three Irish Pubs
4. Mo's Irish Pub
5. Slim McGinn's
6. Brocach
7. The Harp
8. Irish Pub
9. McBob's
10. Mc Gillicuddy's
11. Champions Pub
12. Packy's
13. Derry Hegarty's
14. O'Donoghue's
15. House of Guinness
16. Fitzgibbons Pub
17. Halliday's