In 2012, Esquire named Milwaukee "Bar City of the Year."
In 2013, it rated Bryant's the best bar in the entire country.
But in the last few years, Milwaukee hasn’t made the list, and that odd fact won't change in 2016 according to this year's 10th anniversary edition, recently published in print.
The "Best Bars in America" feature has been around since 2006, and, of course, a lot has changed on the drinking scene here and across America. The section is curated by David Wondrich, and this year he compiles a list from his "cross-country investigations, hangovers and aspirin."
Who knows, maybe Wondrich thinks Milwaukee just got too much love in ‘12 and ‘13. Yet it does seem odd that we haven’t appeared on the list in recent years. Esquire even did a Hall of Fame this year, and there's no Milwaukee representation on that list, either. The Violet Hour in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, though, made it.
Oh well; Milwaukee bars, we still love you. This year's list, as I mentioned, isn’t online yet, but check out last year’s here.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
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