You might want to put Harp Irish Pub (aka "The Harp") on your mental list of outdoor drinking destinations this summer.
The iconic Irish bar recently got a new patio and patio furniture. The wood will get stained in the near future, but the deck is currently open to the public. And it looks and smells really good. (Ah, fresh wood!)
About five years ago, RC Schmidt, Matt Schmidt, Andrew Schmidt and Michael Foy took over The Harp. They also operate Trinity, RC's and The Black Rose.
At the time of the takeover, both bars and the ceilings were rebuilt. The kitchen was also relocated.
"The next phase of the remodel was the deck which needed to be updated as well," says Tina Lawler, who handles communications for The Harp. "We decided rather than just patch it, rebuilding was the best way to go. "
Brew City Builders did the work. The format of the deck is the same with two tiers offering the same great view of the river and landmark Milwaukee buildings like Usinger’s.
Three new docks were also built.
The Harp has a new menu, focusing on burgers, hotdogs, a Friday fish fry and a build-your-own-basket of The Harp’s signature chips, fries or onion rings.
A "Sunday Rehab" takes place every Sunday on the deck with live music by Dan Harvey at 4 p.m. Specials will include $3 Skyy bombs, $5 sangrias and mimosas, $6 buckets of Miller Lite Shorties and $7 buckets of Coronitas.
There’s also a happy hour that runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring a variety of other specials.
"The Harp is definitely a long-standing landmark and Milwaukee favorite," says Lawler.
I spent some time there recently and had absolutely no complaints. Other than the fact my pint of Guinness didn't magically refill itself.
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.