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Happy 20th, Hi-Hat. One more year and you can legally drink!

Hi-Hat block party to feature bands, Old Fashioned competition and more

Twenty years ago, Hi-Hat Lounge, 1701 N. Arlington Pl., opened as a martini and cocktail bar, but over the span of two decades, it expanded into an East Side go-to for food, craft cocktails and locally- and nationally-brewed beers at the attached Hi-Hat Garage.

Hi-Hat expanded with the Garage in 2008 and added an outdoor bar to their patio, called The Parkhaus, last summer. Jameson Tramm, Hi-Hat chef, recently introduced a new, everything-made-from-scratch menu which includes buffalo chicken wontons and pork poutine.

"Long story short, we are always evolving yet still Hi-Hat," says Andy Menchal, director of operations for MojoFuco.

In celebration, Hi-Hat Lounge will host a block party on Saturday, Sept. 2. The 20-year anniversary bash will take place from 1 to 10 p.m.on Arlington Place and will feature DJs, live music, beer, food and an Old Fashioned contest.

Local bands include Rusty Pelicans, Tigernite, Negative/Positive along with DJs Why B, E- Rich and Kiki Champ.

Special Lakefront Brewery tappings will take place at 2 p.m. with a Brewers Series Dopplebock, 4 p.m. with Dirty Uncle Jim's Chocolate Pumpkin, 6 p.m. Brewers Series Peach Wheat, and 8 p.m. with Black Friday 2016.

Old Fashioned samples will be available from The Diplomat, Boone & Crockett, Vanguard, Finks, DiModa, La Masa, Balzac, Malone's, Phoenix Cocktail Club and Hi-Hat Lounge/Garage. The winner will be announced at 7:30 p.m. during the bash.

"We have partnered with many of our favorite Milwaukee buddies to bring a truly unique event," says Menchal. "We have always been proud supporters of Milwaukee and look forward to sharing this milestone anniversary with the community. "


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