By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Feb 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM

"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

There are plenty of eateries in town whose bars are just as fun to hang out at as they are for dining.

With more and more restaurants paying just as much attention to their beer and cocktail lists as their food menus, you don't have to be hungry to choose a restaurant bar for the night's destination.

With its regular live music performances, a collection of delicious micro-brews made on the spot, an incredible patio and a surprisingly warm and friendly atmosphere for its size, it's no surprise readers chose the Milwaukee Ale House, 233 N. Water St., as 2011's best bar in a restaurant.

And although you don't have to eat just because you are drinking at a restaurant bar, you'd be doing yourself a favor if you did at the Ale House with it's tasty burgers, salads and pizzas.

Because it's such a great casual restaurant and such a fun, lively bar, we selected Bar Lulu in Bay View as our editors' pick. editors' pick: Bar Lulu


2. Bel Air Cantina
3. Bar Lulu
4. Cafe Centraal
5. Hinterland
6. Brocach
7. Horny Hideaway
8. Mo's Irish Pub
9. Elsa's
10. Buck Bradley's
11. Water Buffalo
12. Stonefly
13. Hector's Tosa
14. Oscar's
15. Juniper 61