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Best theme bar, 2012: Safe House

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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

Just like it does each and every single year, Safe House took home the readers' pick for best theme bar, trouncing second-place finisher, Old German Beer Hall. Not bad for a place that doesn't even have a a sign.

Yes, the bar at 779 N. Front St. is a little dated, but that's part of its charm (its dated website is a little less charming). At times Safe House feels more like an amusement park than it does a bar.

The secret password required for entry, the gaudy spy-themed drinks, the clandestine exit and entry points and of course Burt Reynolds; Safe House is chock full of gimmicks designed to enhance your imbibing experience.

It may not be the type of place you'd hang out every night, but a trip to the Safe House is an undeniably novel experience with enough hidden quirks to merit return trips for spy nerds and average Joes alike.

For all this and more readers voted Safe House Milwaukee's best themed bar. We picked Foundation. editors' pick: Foundation

2. Old German Beer Hall
3. Bomb Shelter
4. The Hotel Foster
5. Foundation
6. Bryant's Cocktail Lounge
7. At Random
8. Lucille's Rockin' Pianos
9. Art Bar
10. Hamburger Mary's
11. Von Trier
12. Hosed on Brady
13. Lo-Cash Live
14. Branded
15. Cans


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