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Blu for the win.

Milwaukee's best hotel bar, 2017

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Blu at The Pfister

Readers named Blu in The Pfister Hotel as their favorite hotel bar, edging out County Clare for the first time in years.

Blu boasts a breathtaking view of the eastern-end of Downtown and the lake – which is not surprising from 23 floors up – but the swanky-yet-comfy cocktail lounge also boasts great craft cocktails, plush chairs, live jazz and free snack mixes. Plus, the ladies' restroom at Blu offers a similarly amazing view to the west.

OnMilwaukee editors' choice: The Pfister Lobby Lounge

Runners-up:

2. The Outsider at the Kimpton
3. County Clare
4. Branded at Iron Horse
5. The Yard at Iron Horse

This year we also asked a variety of prominent Milwaukeeans to weigh in on their pick for specific categories. For this category, we consulted Kyle Cherek of "Wisconsin Foodie."

I currently like The Outsider best, a rooftop bar at the Kimpton Hotel – where, after a long engagement and a winning game of Connect Four, my wife promised to marry me. The drinks are smart but not too tricky, and the views give me a sense that I might be in another town ... one with myriad of hotel bars full of elegance and poise, dramaturge and an ineffable cool. A space in which the comings and goings, the expectations and inferences, disappointments and escapism of our hearts can settle or collide over a drink.


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