"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee is brought to you by Miller Brewing Company, calling Milwaukee home since 1855. For the entire month of March, we're serving up fun articles on bars, clubs and beverages – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!
The title of Milwaukee's best bar district once more goes to Bay View, with Brady Street again falling short of knocking off the reigning champion and reclaiming its 2014 glory. Apparently, the bars of Bay View rise above Brady Street's classics, with 280 votes separating the two districts.
For Bay View, 2017 marks its third straight win and sixth year overall taking the No. 1 spot. It's most certainly thanks to a neighborhood sprawling with fine establishments, such as Burnhearts, Boone & Crockett, Cactus Club, Club Garibaldi, Tonic Tavern and many more. It's no surprise Bay View is so often able to win over the hearts of Milwaukee voters, as well as our OnMilwaukee editors.
However, everyone can agree that no matter where you end up in Milwaukee, there's sure to be a great bar waiting for you.
OnMilwaukee editors' pick: Bay View
2. Brady Street
3. Walker's Point
4. Old World Third Street
5. Third Ward
This year we also asked a variety of prominent Milwaukeeans to weigh in on their pick for specific categories. For this category, we consulted Paul Schwartz, Milwaukee Public Market operations and communications manager.
Schwartz's pick: Third Ward
I get one of the best neighborhood vibes from the bar scene in the Third Ward. The district is filled with a great mix of residents, professionals and out-of-towners looking for a place to mix and mingle with the locals. Especially during the warm weather months, where the atmosphere gets incredibly vibrant with outdoor activity, it’s great to be able to walk two or three blocks and have a handful of bars to choose from. And the range of bars is impressive in the Ward, as well.
I can leave the Public Market, stop at the Palapa at St. Paul Fish for a quick summer cocktail with co-workers, cross the street to The Wicked Hop for a local craft beer and finish up at The Irish Pub for $2 PBR specials. Each of those places has a slightly different offering or specialty, but maintains a great neighborhood experience that so many people have grown to love about the Historic Third Ward. I’m looking forward to the new bars that are slated to open later this year!