By and large, bar owners are funny people. Maybe it's because their customers are often drunk and they need to keep a sense of humor to work until 3 or 4 a.m. Maybe it's because they get an extra burst of inspiration from a workplace that promotes smoking, drinking, blasting music and making out in public (OK, we're generalizing, but you get the point).
One way that bar owners express their unique sense of humor is by naming their tavern something silly. After all, what other business could get away with calling itself "Doodle Annie's" or "The Pickled Egg?"
To be sure, all of Wisconsin is full of hilariously-named gin joints, but the Milwaukee Metro area is no slouch when it comes to double entendres, puns and pubby plays on words. Here is a list of our favorites. Add your own using the Talkback feature below.
Art's Performing Center
144 E. Juneau Ave.
Nothing classes up a strip bar by making it sound almost exactly like the Performing Arts Center (now the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts). How many out-of-town theater lovers have accidentally wandered here over the years?
The Ball Game
196 S. 2nd St.
Gay bar or sports bar? Both!
3776 E. Layton Ave., Cudahy
It's neither a Iraqi-themed bar nor a Gulf War veterans' hang out. Just a corner Cudahy tavern with an exotic name.
The Doctor's Office
1309 S. 60th St., West Allis
"No, honey, I'm not at the bar. I'm at The Doctor's Office, and don't worry, I'm taking my medicine."
3010 S. 10th St.
Maybe the "doctor" makes his rounds here, too.
3661 S. Clement Ave.
This seems too cute to be a bar. A toy store, maybe, but a bar?
3001 S. 9th St.
Note the space between the "h" and the "uh." Huh?
763 N. Milwaukee St.
When the wife no longer buys the "Doctor's Office" excuse, this is actually a pretty good Downtown bar.
Norm's Altruistic Lounge
1422 W. Center St.
In these tough economic times, maybe Norm will buy you a drink.
921 Friedman Dr., Waukesha
Hey, if Fuddrucker's hasn't sued this bar by now, it's gotta be good.
The Pickled Egg
206 Oakton Ave., Pewaukee
Mmmm, old pickled food, plucked from a dusty jar ...
4547 N. 21st St.
Hey man, whatever gets you through the night.
Walk Her Inn
900 S. 74th St.
... and drag her out.
Why Be Dry
289 W. Dekora St., Saukville
Why ask why?