By Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist Published Feb 25, 2010 at 5:00 PM

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T.J. Aliota's
261 E. Hampton Rd.,  Milwaukee

(414) 332-4555

Don't let the strip mall exterior fool you, inside, in the heart of Aliota's, you'll find a comfortable and friendly neighborhood bar. And since it's located at a point where Milwaukee, Glendale and Whitefish Bay converge, the neighborhood provides an interesting blend of customers.

It's also a neighborhood dining spot, with heavy traffic for its Friday night fish fry. 

The friendly bar staff -- pros like Dave, Kim and Joel -- is quick to learn your regular drinks and remember your name.

Menu: It's not an extensive list of beers on tap. But there's always local micro- and foreign brews, along with basic wine choices, and the normal lineup of drinks. There's a full dinner menu with regular specials, including a $4 burger and tater tots (or fries), from Sunday through Thursday.

Price: Drink prices are reasonable, and a happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays, with specials on drinks and food.

Dress: You'll find everything from business suits to hoodies in a diverse and easy-going crowd.

Parking: The lot out front can fill up, but there's always space behind the building, and a handy rear entrance.

Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist

Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.

A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.

In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at

When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.