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Baseball season is here and you're probably already wondering how many Brewers games you'll get to in this year. Of course, you'll probably want to meet up with friends before or after the game so to help you out, here is a list of bars in the area around Miller Park.
To keep things simple – and close to the stadium, we limited our list to establishments operating near the stadium.
As always, if you have a favorite spot to prepare for or celebrate a Brewers' victory, feel free to post it below.
5117 W. National Ave., (414) 647-2368
If you're not planning on tailgating, you might want to stop at 4th Base for a meal. The food is leaps and bounds ahead of the traditional bar fare. And, if you're just looking for a drink, this "upscale" neighborhood tavern won't do you wrong.
Balistreri's Bluemound Inn
6501 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 258-9881
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53213 USA
Balistreri's has a shuttle to the stadium and some of the best pizza in town. If that's not enough, it's also often got College Dave Mikolajek behind the bar. Slam dunk.
5328 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 259-1200
After the passing of Derry Hegarty, his Bluemound Road tap became Burke's Irish Castle and now it's DugOut54, which serves a full menu, including wings, burgers, apps, salads and more, as well as a selection of craft beers.
Fat Valdy's Bar & Grill
5108 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 443-0287
A full menu of Mexican food – including a kids menu – is available at this place that's right at the Mitchell Boulevard entrance to Miller Park, so you can take a nice stroll down to the old ballyard in time for the game.
Friday's Front Row Grill
1 One Brewers Way (Miller Park), (414) 902-4201
When the Brewers played at County Stadium, league rules dictated that beer couldn't be sold after the seventh inning. Fortunately, the Brewers were able to exploit some sort of loophole when they built Miller Park – Friday's Front Row Grill serves drinks throughout the game and after. They usually have a pretty good post-game beer special.
J&B's Blue Ribbon Bar and Grill
5230 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 443-1844
J&B's dishes up burgers, wraps, sandwiches, wings and more, along with a pretty impressive beer list, a short walk from the stadium. Like most nearby places, J&B's runs a free shuttle to Brewers home games. Unlike most nearby places, J&B's has bowling alleys in the basement.
5218 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 258-9837
Kelly's Bleachers is a good spot to watch big games: big screen TVs, numerous smaller ones, and they know enough to turn the music off and the game sound up. The walls at Kelly's are decorated with Wisconsin sports mementos. A notable one is an autographed picture of the almost forgotten Bonnie Brewer. Kelly's offers a shuttle to every home game.
5901 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 475-7546
Belly up to McGinn's, just west of Hawley Road, to find some of the best wings in town, free popcorn, a full menu and lots of TVs tuned into a variety of games.
4928 W. Vliet St., (414) 453-6200
O'Brien's is a good choice after a Brewers game – it's a little less crowded than spots closer to the stadium, but also a little farther afield. The bar has a shuttle, but parking can be a little scarce – especially if softball season is underway across the street at Wick Field.
6317 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 475-1982
A favorite spot for baseball and football fans alike, Rounding Third offers a slew of TVs and a back room that went smoke-free well in front of the ban. Catch the shuttle or just stay and enjoy the game on the HD screens. Wings are just 30 cents when the Brewers score more than 10 runs and win.
Steve's on Bluemound
5841 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 257-3210
Steve's on Bluemound is a spacious sports bar with a shuttle to Miller Park, and all the classic barroom amenities – darts, pool, air hockey, foosball, big-screen TVs and video games. This is probably the top place on the west side as far as bar games are concerned. Grab a stool and enjoy the game. Or, catch the shuttle and head to the yard.
5100 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 539-4424
This is the place for combination baseball fans and gourmands. Inventive and delicious seasonal American food at lunch and dinner (and brunch on weekends), plus 21 beers and eight cocktails on tap, plus an on-site wine and beer retail shop. No shuttle.