Last week, I posted a blog listing five local restaurants I plan to revisit in the near future. Apparently, my brain is now in list mode because on my way to work this morning, I thought of a bunch of places I would like to have a cocktail with my "mom friends" on Sunday after I thoroughly enjoy the breakfast my sons plan to buy me. (Hopefully at one of the places on my list from last week.)
Anyway, if I should be so lucky to break away for a couple of hours, I know two things. One: I will wear my "Mommy Needs A Drink" T-shirt. Two: I will be at one of these establishments:
1. Paddy’s Pub, 2239 N. Murray Ave. -- I did not make it there for St. Patrick’s Day this year, and I’ve had a hankering to go ever since. Sure, I can drink my Guinness anywhere, but there’s something about drinking a Guinness at Paddy’s that makes me feel like I’m a few blocks closer to Ireland.
2. Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln Ave. -- With 60 beers to choose from, chances are every beer-drinking mom in the city can find a pleasing libation. Plus, those moms far more sensible than I -- those who don’t suck down a smoke with their suds -- will appreciate the airy, smoke-free environment.
3. La Perla, 734 S. 5th St. -- Drinking margaritas on the rooftop patio sounds like a lovely way to spend a kid-free afternoon. The key is to indulge in no more than a couple of drinks. Otherwise, the scene might quickly deteriorate into a "Moms Gone Wild" scenario starring drunken MILFs and a mechanical pepper.
4. Art Bar, 722 E. Burleigh St. -- Since Cafe Corazon opened just a block to the east, I frequent Art Bar less than I used to. However, it is still one of my favorite Riverwest watering holes and I have yet to have one of its mojitos this season. Hence, I just might swing by for something muddled.
5. Hi-Hat Lounge, 1701 N. Arlington Pl. -- I always appreciate the mix of fancy and casual at the Hi-Hat and it has been a while since I drank one of its Bloody Marys. Being a mom, at times, has been a bloody experience, so all the more reason to guzzle one down for the love of motherhood's messy bliss.
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.