"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs -- including guides, the latest trends, rapid bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!
1517 S. 2nd St.
The Bomb Shelter is a beer-centric bar that pays tribute to the classic corner varieties that flourished during a time when locally-brewed beer seeped from the city's pores.
You'll find Pabst, Schlitz, Blatz and High Life on tap, and a rotating beer menu of over 300 different beers. The decor is largely vintage beer and brewing memorabilia from the companies that made Milwaukee America's Brew City.
Menu: The impressive beer list here is always evolving, but at last update it stood at more than 300 beers -- from Abita Purple Haze Raspberry Wheat to Young's Double Chocolate Stout and everything between. You want to follow your Samuel Adams with a Sapporo? This is the place. You want to go from Red Stripe to Rhinelander? You can do it. How about a Fat Squirrel Nut Brown Ale, followed by a Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier? If it comes in a boot, beer stein, glass or goblet, Bomb Shelter has got you covered.
Price: Inexpensive to moderate.
When to go: Wednesday nights the bar hosts its Suds Club, Milwaukee's only weekly beer-tasting club. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and is based around a new theme each week. $10 per person.
Dress: Quite casual.
Don't miss: This place is always full of new brew surprises. The latest was the re-emergence of the original Schlitz Tall Boy can.
Parking: Street parking only.
OnMilwaukee.com staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.
As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When OnMilwaukee.com offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”