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Enjoy some delicious food and a drink or two at Cafe Benelux. (PHOTO: Cafe Benelux)

Third Ward bar guide



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The Third Ward is a cultural gem here in Milwaukee. The shopping is to die for, the dining is great and it's one of the most historic districts in the city. Also, it's a great place to get liquored up. Whether you prefer upscale wine joints, homey neighborhood pubs, or you get bored just drinking and want to play some table tennis, the Third War has the perfect bar for you.

Cafe Benelux
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
cafebenelux.com
Cafe Benelux gets rave reviews as a dining experience, but this homey tribute to the Belgium-Netherlands-Luxembourg region also holds its own as a watering hole. Not only does Benelux have a great bier selection, but the wine list and craft cocktails are equally impressive.

Club Charlies
320 E. Menomonee St., (414) 763-8548
clubcharlies.com
Club Charlie's is the Third Ward's neighborhood bar, with a friendly staff and a warm atmosphere. It's still serving its famous $6 lunch, Monday through Friday. It also offers a full lunch and dinner menu, including a fish fry.

Cuvée
177 N. Broadway, (414) 225-9800
cuveemke.com
Perfect for a romantic evening or a night out on the town with the girls, Cuvée is the best bar for bubbly in these parts. Some say it's hard to find, but others swear it's worth the search (psst: it's on the second floor). Customers love the premium drinks and upscale desserts.

Evolution Milwaukee
233 E. Chicago St., (414) 831-7746
milwaukee.spingalactic.com
If bowling's not your thing but you're still looking for that indoor-sport experience, Evolution Milwaukee has just what you need: specifically, 12 table-tennis courts on cushioned Olympic flooring. Court rates are $16 per hour before 6 p.m. and $24 after. The bar and restaurant also serves lunch and dinner daily.

Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub
222 E. Erie St., (414) 727-9300
hinterlandbeer.com
Hinterland is where quality meets casual. The specialty is beer, of course, but it also serves specialty cocktails and a selection of wine. If you're hungry, Hinterland also serves a nice selection of appetizers, entrées and desserts.

The Irish Pub
124 N Water St., (414) 225-9400
theirishpub.us
The name says it all. There's no pretension here, and everyone is family within the Cream City brick walls. It's been named among CNN Travel's Best Sports Bars in the U.S., but it can't be pigeonholed as just a great place to watch the game. It also offers a full menu and has a separate dining room.

KASANA Restaurant & Bar
241 N. Broadway, (414) 224-6158
kasana-mke.com
KASANA, located on Broadway, offers a slew of cocktails ranging from $8 to $12, a selection of red and white whines by the glass and bottle, and bottled beers ranging from $4 to $11. Lunch and dinner featuring Argentinean and Brazilian-inspired gourmet fare.

Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St.,(414) 226-2336
ale-house.com
Milwaukee Ale House, an all-malt brewery and restaurant, is located in the heart of the Historic Third Ward on the Riverwalk. Six fresh ales are brewed on the premises, and lunch and dinner are served in the turn-of-the-century beer hall atmosphere. The happy hour includes drink and appetizer deals.

Milwaukee Sail Loft
649 E. Erie St., (414) 223-0100
milwaukeesailloft.com
The Sail Loft's beer list is expansive and the wine selection is ample, featuring both domestic and international brands. Already-affordable prices are improved by weekly specials. A daily happy hour boasts cheap libations and appetizers.

Oak Lounge
231 E. Buffalo St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202, (414) 270-1018
oakmilwaukee.com
This upscale lounge brings a big-city feel to the Third Ward. The drinks are on the pricier side, but it hosts DJs and VIP parties for you to have a wild and dance-filled night.

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