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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:16:02 CDT


Hidden Gem: George's Pub

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:32:00 CDT

George Vomberg is the 84-year-old owner of George's Pub, 224 E. Washington St., in the Harbor View neighborhood. Listening to Vomberg is like being presented with a living history book.

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Milwaukee happy hour guide

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:09:00 CDT

There's nothing quite like a great drink special to help you unwind after a long day. We've done an exhaustive search and found Milwaukee's happiest Happy Hours.

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Hidden Gem: Urban Bay View

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 17:08:00 CDT

Being tucked away in the heart of a neighborhood presents both challenges and charms. For Urban in Bay View, it's been mostly the latter.

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Plans are shaping up for new Birch event space at Camp Bar Tosa

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:30:00 CDT

Earlier this summer, Paul Hackbarth of Camp Bar announced plans for expansion of the East Tosa location to include a new events venue. Since then, plans for the space have been rendered by Tosa's Galbraith Carnahan Architecture, depicting the full extent of the new venue.

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Where your grandparents ate and drank: 10 long-gone hangouts

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:04:00 CDT

Restaurants and bars come and go. While some are long-lived, some burn brightly and briefly, others fizzle quickly. The result is that over the years the scene has changed here quickly. Thanks to the enduring life of old postcards, we can show you some places of the past.

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Upgrades are in the works for Lucky Joe's Alchemy and Eatery in Tosa

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:56:00 CDT

Lucky Joe's Alchemy and Eatery is under new ownership. And that means changes for the bar and restaurant which opened in the Village of Wauwatosa in summer of 2015. To accommodate, the bar and restaurant will be closed for a week in October.

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Historical Society's Brew City MKE pours beer and history in old mall Applebee's

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 13:02:00 CDT

Milwaukee County Historical Society is taking its "Brew City" beer history show on the road, sort of, by opening a mini-museum just down the street in the former Applebee's near the main entrance of The Shops of Grand Avenue. Brew City MKE opens on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m.

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First look: Izzy Hops Swig and Nosh

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:03:00 CDT

Izzy Hops Swig and Nosh, Michael Vitucci's newest East Side sports bar and restaurant, offers comfortably cozy digs, bourbon pours, a beer list of more than 30 craft brews and a menu filled with Italian-inspired bar fare.

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A cheers to the bond between beer and Lake Michigan

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:06:00 CDT

It only makes sense that a city next to one of the biggest freshwater lakes would maybe have what Milwaukee historian John Gurda called "a wet subconscious," a thirst that for many can only be quenched by one beverage: beer.

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Miller Park shuttle guide

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:06:00 CDT

With another Brewers season upon us, plenty of fans are looking for a ride to the ballpark. It's a safe alternative, if you're planning to drink - and even if you aren't, parking can be a nightmare at Miller Park. Plus, it's always fun to have somewhere to go before or after the game to celebrate (or commiserate) with your fellow Brew Crew lovers.

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Is Montucky the new hipster beer?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:45:00 CDT

Montucky Cold Snacks is the "official, unofficial beer of Montana," but it's brewed right here in Wisconsin.

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1983 Arcade Bar headed to Old World Third Street

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:56:00 CDT

Gather up your quarters, Milwaukee. Hot off the news of one arcade bar, Up-Down, moving into town, the fittingly named 1983 Arcade Bar also announced its plans to bring a blast to the past to the city.

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Third Space marks anniversary with uniquely Wisconsin beer release

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:03:00 CDT

When Kevin Wright and Andrew Gehl decided to move back to their home city of Milwaukee to start a brewery, they had no idea what to expect. But after a very successful first year in business, they're celebrating with an anniversary bash and a uniquely Wisconsin brew.

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White Claw Hard Seltzer craze creates pining consumers

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:05:00 CDT

Have you tried to buy a case of White Claw hard seltzer lately? It ain't easy.

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Packers bar guide

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 10:01:00 CDT

Just about every bar in Wisconsin qualifies as a "Packers Bar," but this list should give you some ideas for some special places to catch a game.

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Hidden Gem: Twisted Path Distillery and Dock18 Cocktail Lab

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 19:03:00 CDT

There's a distillery and tasting room in town where you've likely never been. And, if you have, you're part of a fairly exclusive group who have discovered one of Milwaukee's best kept secrets. Read on and learn more about Twisted Path Distillery and Dock18 Cocktail Lab.

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Outdoor drinking guide

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:56:00 CDT

Cocktailing and beer drinking are year-round sports in Milwaukee, but the peak season generally coincides with our all-too-brief flirtations with warm weather. We've enjoyed a pleasant spring, which has provided ample opportunity to visit some of the city's spots and check out a few new venues for al fresco drinking and fun.

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Jim's Time Out gets a new name

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:40:00 CDT

Lots of new developments are happening at Jim's Time Out, including a name change.

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

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:02:00 CDT

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.

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Von Trier owner shares plans for future and reasons for change

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:09:00 CDT

Sidoff says when he purchased the iconic German-themed bar eight years ago he didn't buy it with the intention of changing it into something else.

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Third Space Brewing to host Fest Bier Release Party this Friday

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:17:00 CDT

With Oktoberfest season right around the corner, Third Space Brewing decided now was a good time to brew up its very first lager, which is called Fest Bier and will be available during a release party this weekend for local drinkers' enjoyment.

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Get glittery at Studio 54 themed pop-up at Phoenix Cocktail Club

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:03:00 CDT

There may never be a nightclub quite like Studio 54, the New York celebrity hangout that exemplified the all-out excess of 1970s America. This week a themed pop-up collaboration by Free Pour and Phoenix Cocktail Club will recreate the Studio 54 experience.

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Fourth annual Blue Harbor Craft Beer Festival to take place Sept. 23

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:02:00 CDT

The fourth annual Blue Harbor Craft Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center in Sheboygan. Attendees at the festival can indulge in beer samples from more than 30 breweries while enjoying an early autumn view of Lake Michigan.

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Upper 90 Sports Pub to close next weekend

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:06:00 CDT

Upper 90 Sports Pub, located at 322 W. State St., announced in a Facebook post that it will close on Sunday, Aug. 27. The post also notes "an exciting opportunity we just could not pass up" is coming soon to the space.

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Community and creativity come together at Gathering Place Brewing Co.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:02:00 CDT

During Gathering Place Brewing Company's grand opening this weekend, folks will get a first look at the new brewery and tap room. But, they'll also meet the brains behind the operation: Joe Yeado, a Kansas City native who made the decision to call Milwaukee home.

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Free Westallion Citywide Pub Stampede is this Sunday in 'Stallis

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:01:00 CDT

The Westallion Brewing Company has organized the first annual Citywide Pub Stampede, taking place Aug. 20 and showcasing "what West Allis drinking has to offer." From noon to 6 p.m., all are welcome to join in the bar crawl, for free, at any of the participating locations.

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Petition asks Von Trier not to change

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:01:00 CDT

After this morning's announcement that the German-themed Von Trier would morph into a mid-century cocktail lounge by early 2018, a petition appeared on

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Is a new beer garden coming to Pere Marquette Park?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:26:00 CDT

There is a proposal to bring a beer garden back to Pere Marquette Park next year - between the Milwaukee River, Kilbourn Avenue and 3rd and State Streets - and an upcoming meeting will unveil details of the plan.

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Von Trier to become mid-century cocktail lounge

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:59:00 CDT

Rumors that Von Trier was about to undergo major changes flew around for months, and this morning owner John Sidoff confirmed they were true.

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Weekly sips with Thirsty Passport: The Love Shack

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:06:00 CDT

With our Thirsty Passports in hand we recently stopped at The Love Shack in Walker's Point and quickly realized it's one of the best deals in the book.

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Hidden Gem: Garfield's 502

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:56:00 CDT

While an exciting future is swinging its way toward Garfield's 502, the beloved local bar and eatery, fit snugly between the Halyard Park and Bronzeville neighborhoods, still knows where its roots lie: in its past and in its community.

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First look: Points View Boite

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:06:00 CDT

Points View Boite (pronounced "bwot") quietly opened last night at 1619 S. 1st St. We stopped in today and it is open to the public tonight and every night from 6 p.m. to bar time.

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A peek at 1840 Brewing Company, which opens this weekend in Bay View

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:01:00 CDT

Bay View's newest brewery, 1840 Brewing Company, opens to the public this weekend. And the beer promises to be like none other in the city. Self-described as an urban farmhouse brewery, 1840 approaches its beer with an Old World attitude and a New World model.

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Gathering Place Brewing Company to open next week in Riverwest

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 17:01:00 CDT

Another craft brewery is due to open in the Milwaukee area next week. Gathering Place Brewing Company, located at 811 E. Vienna Ave. in the Riverworks Business Improvement District, has announced that it will host its grand opening party on Saturday, Aug. 19.

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Weekly Sips with Thirsty Passport: Red Dot Tosa

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 11:26:00 CDT

Red Dot has a patio that's perfect for clear summer days and warm nights. It's also got burgers that are worth checking out. Even better, it's on the list for Thirsty Passport's 2-4-1 deals, so you can grab a patio-pounder cocktail for less.

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Hidden Gem: Ice House Bar and Grill

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 09:02:00 CDT

If the Ice House, 4238 W. Orchard St., is a hidden gem - and I'd argue that it is - it's one that's hidden in plain sight, on busy Miller Park Way, across the street from Target and Toppers. But it wasn't always that way. When Bruce Schwabe bought the bar, it sat on a quiet one-way street.

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Who wants to buy The White House?

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 17:06:00 CDT

Kneisler's White House Tavern, 2900 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., in Bay View, is for sale. Someone, please, buy it!

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6 great reasons to get to Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall on Wednesdays

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 12:56:00 CDT

If you're looking for some of the best polka in the city, there's no better place than Kochanski's weekly "Polka Jam." And you can take my word for it when I say there's so many great reasons to put it on your bucket list of things to experience in Milwaukee.

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It's remodel time for Jim's Time Out

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:11:00 CDT

Jim's Time Out, 746 N James Lovell St., is currently undergoing renovations which will swank up the space, but also retain the unpretentious charm. It opens Sept. 1 under the name Jim's Time Out Lounge.

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Celebrate local brews with Milwaukee Craft Brewery Week

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:01:00 CDT

Celebrate the inaugural Milwaukee Craft Brewery Week, a week of events that celebrates locally brewed beers and the folks who make them. We've got the list of events going on all week long.

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Weekly Sips with Thirsty Passport: Central Standard Distillery

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 19:48:00 CDT

Central Standard, located at 613 S. 2nd St. in Walker's Point, makes bourbon, whiskey, gin and vodka. The distillery is part of Thirsty Passport's 2-for-1 promotion, which makes the cocktails even more appealing.

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First look: Snifters Tapas and Spirits

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 20:22:00 CDT

After months of anticipation, Snifters joined the burgeoning South 5th Street scene tonight with a soft opening in the remodeled space that was formerly home to Cafe La Paloma.

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Hidden Gem: The Irish Pub

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:01:00 CDT

It's been more than a decade since John Duggan, Tom Coffey and Ed Stritch bought the Third Ward building at 124 N. Water St. and transformed the space from the iconic MandM Club to The Irish Pub.

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Downtown Milwaukee happy hour guide

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:04:00 CDT

Happy hour is a great way to end the work day and having a drink at one of the many great downtown bars adds to the experience. So to help you get the most bang for your buck here is the complete Downtown happy hour guide.

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Centro owners to open Bar Centro in Riverwest

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:01:00 CDT

Riverwest will soon have a new place to gather. There's a new bar opening at 804 E. Center St. in the former home of the Peoples Books Co-Op. And it could open to the public as soon as October.

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MKE Brewing breaks ground on new brewery at Pabst

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:26:00 CDT

Last summer we took you inside the former Pabst distribution facility right after it emerged that MKE Brewing Co. was purchasing the building as its new home. On Tuesday, Milwaukee Brewing hosted an official groundbreaking for the project.

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Old World Third Street bar guide

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:01:00 CDT

It may be Old World Third Street, but the Downtown nightlife and drinking destination is more of a hybrid of Milwaukee's past and the present, old and young happily intertwined. Here's a quick rundown of all things old and new Old World Third Street has to offer.

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Weekly Sips with Thirsty Passport: Braise Restaurant

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:01:00 CDT

I'm enamoured of grabbing a quick bite at the Braise Bar. There's plenty to love about the welcoming space where the bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable and there's always something interesting to nibble. It's even better when I've got a two-for-one deal in my pocket.

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Hidden Gem: Sloppy Joe's Saloon and Spoon

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:06:00 CDT

Tucked away in rural Hubertus is Sloppy Joe's Saloon and Spoon, a place that many consider to be their second home and a place where the dining experience is just as stellar as the friendly atmosphere that can be felt throughout. Read all about it in this week's edition of Hidden Gems.

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Made in Milwaukee: Lakefront Brewery

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:01:00 CDT

Lakefront Brewery's 19th-century home has seen a lot of changes on Commerce Street since it was built in 1890. We take a look at some of them here.

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