In 2012, Esquire named Milwaukee "Bar City of the Year."
In 2013, it rated Bryant's the best bar in the entire country.
But in the last few years, Milwaukee hasn’t made the list, and that odd fact won't change in 2016 according to this year's 10th anniversary edition, recently published in print.
The "Best Bars in America" feature has been around since 2006, and, of course, a lot has changed on the drinking scene here and across America. The section is curated by David Wondrich, and this year he compiles a list from his "cross-country investigations, hangovers and aspirin."
Who knows, maybe Wondrich thinks Milwaukee just got too much love in ‘12 and ‘13. Yet it does seem odd that we haven’t appeared on the list in recent years. Esquire even did a Hall of Fame this year, and there's no Milwaukee representation on that list, either. The Violet Hour in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, though, made it.
Oh well; Milwaukee bars, we still love you. This year's list, as I mentioned, isn’t online yet, but check out last year’s here.