By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published May 04, 2018 at 10:01 AM

Ever since Boone & Crockett announced plans to close its Bay View bar and relocate it in the former Hot Water Wherehouse at 818 S. Water St., the hills have been alive with the sound of skeptics.

"It just won't be the same," some said. "It will lose all its charm," others echoed.

Now that the move has been finalized, we're happy to report that the skeptics are wrong. The new Boone, which opened at 7 p.m. last night (and which will be open beginning at noon today) is just as rustic, charming and cozy as ever. 

Sure it's bigger. And there's more parking. There are also things like a fancy new patio and more live music on the way (read more about all that here). But – as much as things have changed – they've also stayed the same.  

What you'll find:

Spacious, yet cozy, booths

A buffalo lounge

A badass bar

Decorative deer

Graceful gramaphones

Rustic bar rails

Birds who've seen better days

Opulent lighting

Crafty cocktails

And no, it's not pretentious

Bare bosoms


Taco Moto will be serving daily beginning at noon on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends. Incidentally, Boone will also be open for business over the lunch hour.

More to come

Boone & Crockett is open seven days a week. Hours are Monday through Friday from noon to close and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to close. 

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.