It's that time of year when bars with patios are trumped by bars with fireplaces. Suddenly, the warm-and-comfy factor is a big deal, and so OnMilwaukee went out on a couple of windy, chilly nights last week to scout out some of the city's coziest bars.
Whether lounging in the Shorewood, Tosa or Third Ward Camp Bar, the experience will be full of warmth, reminiscent of Up North cabin life and deliciously Old Fashioned-y.
A place you can sink into a booth and sip to your heart's content for hours. Bryant's, you make love slugs out of us. Thank you.
Burnhearts. Even the name is warm and toasty.
Small plates and a large wine list add to the appeal of cozy, celebratory Balzac all year 'round – but particularly when snow is falling softly.
5. County Clare
The County Clare "nook" will make knocking back a pint or three way too easy. In the words of Liz Lemon, "I want to go to there."
Drop us off at Jamo's and don't come back until it's summer again. (see top for photo)
7. Paddy's Pub
The ambient lighting, fireplace and elderly gentleman snoozing on the sofa all contribute to the snugness of this Irish pub.
It's like Grandma's house without the racist comments and game shows. And the always-flickering candles are really nice and glow-y.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.