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Milwaukee's best bar district, 2012: Bay View

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The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Bars & Clubs, 2012. Find readers' results in 50 categories, including an editors' pick, in this series of articles that run daily in the Bars and Clubs section of

One could argue that every neighborhood in Milwaukee is a great bar district. After all, this is the city that is known for having a tavern on every corner, so to win, a neighborhood must really stand out.

So, with mainstays like Water Street and Brady Street, it's notable that Bay View didn't just win, it won big. And for the fourth straight year.

Garnering almost twice the readers votes of runner up, North Avenue, the "other East Side" is hotbed of bars, which range from corner tavern to "New Milwaukee cool."

Whether your bar of choice is Frank's or Centraal, Cactus or Garibaldi, Palomino or Palm Tavern, Burnhearts or Blackbird -- or one of the dozens more taps in the neighborhood, Bay View is becoming a stand-alone drinking destination. And we agree, it's the best in Milwaukee. editors' pick: Walker's Point/Fifth Ward

2. Brady Street
3. North Avenue
4. Third Ward
5. Walker's Point/Fifth Ward
6. Water Street
7. Milwaukee Street/Cathedral Square
8. Old World 3rd Street
9. Riverwest
10. Wauwatosa Village
11. West Allis
12. Miller Park area
13. Marquette
14. Downtown Waukesha
15. Packard Avenue/Cudahy


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