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Dorothy Parker could probably drink me under the round table, but it would still be a hoot.
Dorothy Parker could probably drink me under the round table, but it would still be a hoot.

What dead person would you drink with?

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com 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!

My kids are at the age where they ask a lot of "what if" questions. I like it. It makes me think about random topics I wouldn’t normally mull over. Not surprisingly, I just had a "what if" question pop into my head, and I thought I’d toss it out to the Milwaukee masses.

What if you could have a beer or a cocktail with any dead person? Who would it be?

Given the chance to booze with the deceased, I would choose my grandfather -- who loved his Schlitz -- and then Milwaukee founder Solomon Juneau and / or the dark and witty writer Dorothy Parker.

Although with Parker, I would probably wind up having quite a few more than one, but that would be OK, too. As she would say, "Might as well live."

How about you?

"Someday soon I'll make you mine."
"Someday soon I'll make you mine."

I want booze and candy

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com 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!

Wine and chocolate are a common candy-and-alcohol match, but for those of us with way less refined taste, here's a list of other liquors and their candy counterpart, according to my arguably questionable palate.

Rum and Almond Joy. If you lust after the coconut, pick a coconut-flavored rum, otherwise, a regular ol' rum will do and you'll still get your tropical nutty fix with this combo. The wearing of a pirate's eyepatch while consuming is recommended.

Pernod and Good 'n' Plenty. Go into anise-overload by pairing up these two, and keep in mind that black licorice also works well for a trifecta of anise taste. However, if you're one of those folks who think there's a reason why "anise" sounds so much like "anus," then you probably wanna pass.

Jack and caramel cubes. Jack Daniels caramel candy is delicious, but a glass of whiskey and a hand full of caramels is even better. And best of all, if the sticky caramels accidentally pull out a filling or two, you're already anesthetized by the booze.

Sour Apple Pucker and Sour Patch Kids. Like your candy and your booze both sweet and sour? This disgustingly delicious combo is for your inner underaged drinker.

Beer and just about any candy on the market. It's true. I've matched up beers with most cheap, drugstore candies -- including M&Ms, Chick-o-Sticks, Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll pops, Airheads, Andies Candies, Twix Bars, Boston Baked Beans, Butterfingers, Circus Peanuts, Sugar Babies, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Reese's Pieces, Clark Bars, Three Musketeers, Dots, KitKats and Jelly Bellies -- and they all worked as fine, fine complements. (Note that Fun Dip "lick-a-stick" did not make it on this list.) However, if forced to pick, Salted Nut Rolls with Lakefr…

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The Dubliner was open for less than a year.
The Dubliner was open for less than a year.

The Dubliner is done

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com 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!

New Year’s Eve was the last night of business for The Dubliner, 124 W. National Ave., and recently, a "for sale or lease" sign appeared on the building.

Jerry Stenstrup, who also owns Steny’s, opened the Irish gastropub in March of 2010. The Dubliner featured a lengthy menu of traditional Irish fare along with Irish and local beers.

According to an employee at Steny’s, The Dubliner is closed for good.

Milwaukeeans make a mean cupcake.
Milwaukeeans make a mean cupcake.

Prepare for competitive cupcake-ing

The sprinkles, they claim, are gonna fly this weekend at Iron Cupcake Milwaukee's "Pro / Am Cupcake Clash."

The competitive cupcake competition takes place Sunday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (voting closes at 12:30 p.m.) at MSOE's Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway.

Duff Goldman from the Food Network show "Ace of Cakes" will be a special guest at the event, along with Food Network Cake Challenge competitors, Vinny and Michelle Garcia.

Tickets cost $6 and they are available at the door. Cupcake-tasting tickets are $1. Beverages -- from milk to beer -- will also be for sale.