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Come by BelAir Cantina to enjoy some tacos, but don't forget to check out the best bar in a restaurant, according to the readers. (PHOTO: BelAir Cantina Facebook)

Milwaukee's best bar in a restaurant, 2017

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee is brought to you by Miller Brewing Company, calling Milwaukee home since 1855. For the entire month of March, we're serving up fun articles on bars, clubs and beverages – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

BelAir Cantina

For the third straight year, no other restaurant in the city could beat BelAir Cantina – whether it's the Water Street, Downer Avenue, Wauwatosa or Oak Creek location – when it comes to serving up the perfect combo of food and drink.

People may come to devour the scrumptious street tacos – especially on Taco Tuesday – but they stick around to enjoy the plentiful margaritas, tasty beers and more libations at the bar. And soon, with two new locations popping up in Brookfield and Madison, there will be even more ways to quench your taco-induced thirst.

Milwaukee Ale House, Goodkind, Cafe Centraal and a tie between Rumpus Room and Elsa's round out the rest of the top five. But while Goodkind finished third in the reader vote, the Bay View restaurant is once again – impressively, for the third straight year – number one in OnMilwaukee editors' hearts.

In addition to serving a wonderful selection of farm-to-fork food with a wide variety of delectable dishes, Goodkind offers a large selection of beer and wine. But the bar really shines with its unique, inventive craft cocktails, featuring delicious ingredients and poetic names – like In the Rain On Royal St., Light As A Father and My Darling Amadeus – that roll off the tongue almost as smoothly as their drinks roll down your throat.

OnMilwaukee editors' pick: Goodkind

Runners up:
2. Milwaukee Ale House
3. Goodkind
4. Cafe Centraal
5. Rumpus Room & Elsa's

This year we also asked a variety of prominent Milwaukeeans to weigh in on their pick for specific categories. For this category, we consulted Tarik Moody, DJ at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

Moody's pick: Company Brewing
Besides the amazing craft beer, Company Brewing has some of the best tap cocktails. I really enjoy the Company Old Fashioned. However, one of my favorite cocktails is the New Orleans classic, the Sazerac, and Company Brewing makes one of the best in the city! Also, if you are a beer fan, I recommend the Milwaukee Record Re-Porter, which is brewed with lovely and smokey chilies.


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