By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Sep 16, 2008 at 1:13 PM Photography: Whitney Teska

During Bar Month in February, Molly Snyder Edler interviewed Wolski's Tavern co-owner Dennis Bondar about his bar's history in Milwaukee. She learned that Bondar's great-grandfather has purchased the building in 1907, moved it to 1836 N. Pulaski St. from its original Brady Street locale and opened for business in 1908.

You don't have to be a mathlete to deduce that 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of this beloved Milwaukee watering hole, and Bondar and his brothers have big party plans for this Sunday, Sept. 21.

The centennial celebration kicks off at 2 p.m. at Lakefront Brewery, 1872 N. Commerce St. There's a $5 fee at the door, and that gets you a pint of Wolski's Centennial Pilnser and a four-hour set (3-7 p.m.) with The Squeezettes, an accordion, mandolin, tuba and vocals combo featuring former members of The Riverwest Accordion Club.

The band's even penned a special ditty for the special day: the "I Closed Wolski's Polka."


Julie Lawrence Special to 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 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.”