By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Feb 10, 2009 at 8:34 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

People have been making asses of themselves in bars for a long time. But only in the last several years have they had the opportunity to embarrass themselves with a microphone, and sometimes on a stage. That way, everyone in the bar gets to "enjoy" it, too.

Occasionally, the next "American Idol" will reveal him or herself via the karaoke night -- but usually not. That said, karaoke is pretty fun. Whoever decided that loud singing and booze go together like rum and Coke should've patented the idea. It's pure gold for any bar that offers it.

In this new "best of" category, readers picked the Up & Under, 1216 E. Brady St., as the winner, and for good reason.

With free admission, the Up & Under starts its karaoke night at about 9:30 on Wednesday and the fun runs until closing. They offer $3 "oil cans" of Foster's (sure to lubricate the vocal chords of potential crooners) and cheap Cherry Bombs (sure to obliterate their inhibitions).

Karaoke at the Up & Under Pub is among the bar's busier nights. Singers can use the stage, and several regulars, including UWM music students, make it a weekly event. And of course, there's that old guy singing Sinatra every Wednesday, too. editors' choice: Frank's Power Plant

2. Monkey Bar
3. Safe House
4. Frank's Power Plant
5. New Yorker Bar
6. Bay View Bar / Cataldo's
7. Frank N' Steins
8. Trysting Place
9. Amelia's
10. Long Wong's
11. BritInn