By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor 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

Tacos

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 & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.