In Bars & Clubs's readers chose the Third Ward pingpong lounge and New York transplant Spin as the city's best new bar. (PHOTO: Andy Tarnoff)

Milwaukee's best new bar, 2011: SPiN Milwaukee

"Bar Month" at is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs -- including guides, the latest trends, bartender profiles and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Bars & Clubs, 2011. 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

It can be hard to be the new guy, and that's certainly true in the case of the Milwaukee bar scene.

With so many established bars to compete with, breaking onto the scene can be tough. But for those that carve out their niche and deliver on their initial promise with character and service, Milwaukee is always willing to add another stop to the bar crawl.

This year readers decided that the ping-pong club SPiN Milwaukee was the best of the new batch. Owned by an investor group that includes actress Susan Sarandon, SPiN Milwaukee plopped its table tennis, food and lounge concept down in the Third Ward after launching in Manhattan, and it seems to have scored some early points with our readers. editors' pick: Bel Air Cantina


2. Replay
3. Bel Air Cantina
4. Red Rock Saloon
5. Vintage
6. Whiskey River
7. Thief Wine Bar
8. Swingin' Door Exchange
9. Coyote Ugly
10. Hybrid
11. Blackthorn
12. Rocco's
13. Stubby's Pub and Grub
14. Showtime
tie. Victoria's
16. Magnolia



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