Milwaukee Nightlife

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    Regano's Roman Coin: Great Neighborhood Bar

    by gkitzmil Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    REGANO'S HISTORIC PUB

    Actually I think they open at 7:00 AM so this is not so much a "nightlife" tip as it is a "good place to find a cold beer" tip. Notice the Blatz sign -- they actually serve Blatz on tap, along with Miller products. They have imports in bottles If you would enjoy abeer in a neighborhood pub atmosphere this is the place. The building is historic, REGANO'S ROMAN COIN is located in an original Pabst Brewery tavern which was built in 1890 and designed by Otto Schank, designer of the Pabst Theater.

    Dress Code: just show up!

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    MEL'S ON WATER: WHERE THE YOUNGER CROWD GOES

    by gkitzmil Updated Apr 4, 2011
    MEL'S ON WATER

    Mel's is in the Heart of the Water Street bar scene in Milwaukee. Mel's has a great bar, cool building, and big screen TV's. Another cool historic building of "cream brick" as they call it in Milwaukee.

    Dress Code: just show up!

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    The Rock Bottom Brewery: "We Stumbled Upon This Gem!"

    by tetonski1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We found this spot on the Riverfront on a casual stroll one night. In this area there are a number of outdoor cafes that are perfect to sit down with someone special and enjoy.

    At the Rock Bottom Brewery at night, there are lights that dance on the water here, music that beckons you indoors.

    This place had nice ambiance, drinks, and appetizers. I would definitely visit again. It also was a nice stroll back to our hotel afterward!

    Dress Code: Casual, slightly dressy.

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    Kenadee's: Excellent hard-to-describe bar opened in Sep. '03

    by Bogota Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the owners of Eve (see separate tip) opened this place up in September 03 and he's scored again! This place is hard to describe, full of contradictions, so bear with me until I get a picture!
    First, it has over a hundred types of beers but also serves cocktails. Overall it has the feeling of a modern log cabin yet the people dress up to impress, while the music is no-nonsense hits from classics (American Pie, Police, U2) to newer stuff (Kid Rock, etc.). The decor mixes wood, stone, plasma TVs, fur "paintings", antler lamps, a neon green light shine on everything and everybody at the entrance, while a second story sports a large screen across a 70's neon-green coach fitted with its plastic cover and adorned by a glass table wih a sculpture of a doe. Wheew, that's the best I can do describing it - just check it out!!!

    Dress Code: Dress-to-impress, trendy, fashionable, sexy (jeans, sneakers o.k. if you look good) ; )

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  • Milwaukee PumpHouse 2011 South 1st: Best GLBT NightClub

    by chavo414 Written Jan 21, 2008

    Best gay NightClub in Milwaukee. Located 2 Blocks - 3 Blocks west of the Hwy. Exit 312B (becher ramp) head west to first. Music type is Dance, trance, high energy club music.
    Great space to party. Friday & Saturdays are the best. Thursday - Latino Dance Nights

    Dress Code: None

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    Rock Bottom Brewery: Riverwalk Bastion

    by yooperprof Written Aug 20, 2007

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    a patio party every night?

    Yes, it's very corporate. I usually stay away from chains when I'm visiting a city. But when I was looking for a light supper and a good beer outdoors in downtown Milwaukee, the Rock Bottom Brewery was a perfect choice. The location here counts for a lot - the managers here have done an excellent job of maximizing the benefits of the bar's placement at a lovely spot in the middle of Riverwalk. On a warm summer's night, with a decent beer and a great view of pleasure boats crafting by, this is as good as it gets in Milwaukee!

    Rock Bottom brews their own, and I've always found something drinkable in their taps. (I have a liking for their red ale.) They also have a full menu available at sit-down tables outdoors, as well an appetizer menu for the bar and at high-top tables.

    Dress Code: casual

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    Landmark Lanes: Cheap drinks on the East Side

    by movybuf Written Apr 7, 2007

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    This was my favorite place to hang out at when I lived on the East Side. This is primarily a bar, well three bars, but there is also a bowling alley, game arcade, pool and free darts. This is a great place to hang out with none of the east side snootyness. The drinks are also made strong and well below the price of other east side places.

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  • 2 Sweet International Delight: Hooka Bar!

    by navoight Updated Mar 22, 2007

    2 Sweet International Delight is a hooka bar with a great ambiance. I have been going there for over two years, and being only two blocks from my school (UW-Milwaukee), it has a perfect location. I highly reccomend it before going out to the bars on Water or Brady St. or if you're under 21 and want to have some fun.

    Dress Code: No Dress Code

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    Von Trier: Gemütlichkeit Central

    by yooperprof Written Mar 2, 2007

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    lederhosen optional

    Lovers of beer and German beer halls will find a home at the Von Trier, conveniently located across the street from the Oriental Theater, a foreign film/indie palace. (A new Whole Foods is right across the street, so you know that this is yuppie central.)

    There's an impressive selection of tap beers, and an even more impressive pricing policy that keeps everything affordable. And the interior is enough to merit a visit from even the most devout beer-aphobe.

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    Centanni: Piano Bar - Fun Music

    by mwenn2100 Written Nov 2, 2006

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    I didn't know this place existed until last night (and I'm sad that I didn't). This small bar is a super fun/chill spot to hang out with friends, sip martinis and listen to piano covers. Centanni's is located on Water Street across from the Ale House. You walk in and there is a long hall with tables set up along the wall. When you come to the small main room there is a bar on the right, tables on the left and the piano in the back corner. We arrived around 8pm and there were only a few people in the place, but by 930pm on a Wednesday night the place was packed and the pianoman was playing. Atmosphere is light colored, modern decor and very low lighting.

    They have a long drink menu with tons of martinis, mixed drinks, wine and champagne. Look for martini specials when you go (all there martinis were $5, as opposed to $7 or $8). Get there a bit early and snag a table (by 930pm it was standing room only). Sit back, enjoy good conversation and then sing along to the music! The pianiast was taking requests and playing modern songs. There were even a few couples dancing in the cramped quarters.

    Dress Code: Most people were dressed business casual, but there were a few people there in jeans and t-shirts. No one seemed to have a problem with what anyone was wearing.

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    The Red Corvette: NEARLY NAKED MEN

    by moiraistyx Written May 9, 2006

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    I came here with my friend Beth for my first ever male revue show. It was a blast. After the show they open the doors and hundreds of men literally poor into the club. It really is a feeding frenzy for us ladies. The drinks were reasonably priced and the music was awesome. The men weren't bad either.

    I think this place might be closed because I can't find a new phone number, but I will keep trying.

    Dress Code: Casual

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  • Water Street: College bar line-up

    by LaFreakEgurL Written Aug 15, 2005

    I have never been to any of the bars on the infamous college bar, water street.

    they do have really great deals on Alcohol, beer and drinks are cheap.... BUT you have to fight the crowd of dirt poor college kids getting drunk, and rowdy.

    the bars are jam packed, and often overflowing with many drunk, or nearly drunk rowdy young adults. college frat boys, and sorority sistas can be seen spilling out onto the side walks, and taxi cab lined streets, just to force their way into yet another rowdy, and drunken cramped bar next door.

    when driving past water street, drive slowly, this provides you with TWO things:

    1. it is fun to see all of the teeny tipsy college girls tottering out in their 5 inch pink high heels into traffic..

    AND

    2. it is against the law to run over someone..... on purpose

    Dress Code: typical drunken college attire.

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  • Comedy Cafe: 2 drink minimum laughter

    by LaFreakEgurL Written Aug 15, 2005

    Husband's co-workers love to take advantage of the Comdey Cafe's deal..

    if you submit a "large group party card" while at the Comedy Cafe you can get yourself and a large group of people to come with you, and get in free. only catch is there is a two drink minimum... but with (really good tasting drinks) ranging from 4-8 dollars it could be a cheap night out :)

    everyone is piled into a small, cramped room. and when your full party has arrived you are lead back into a somewhat larger, yet still small area, there are little tables, and chairs strewn about in every which way.

    you order your first batch of drinks, the lights dim, the MC introduces the first of 3 comedians, and everyone laughs.. the show can last a few hours, and when it is over there is a heavy line swarming for the exit where the first comedian, or two is sitting at a table and selling anything from bumper stickers, t-shirts, or CDs of his own material.

    other than the cramped quarters, and the really big, and mean looking mobster guy whom I can only imagine is the owner, or the GM. It really can be a fun, and cheap night out :)

    Dress Code: whatever you want..

    I've seen jeans and T-shirts, guys in Cowboy hats, guys in suits, pretty much it is a mix-match sort of place :)

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  • Deno's: martini, anyone?

    by LaFreakEgurL Written Aug 15, 2005

    Deno's (I don't know if it is still there anymore) I went there a few years back for cocktails. it is a Greek inspired little lounge/bar.

    not sure from the outside, but on the inside it seemed a little upscale.

    you can either take a seat at the bar, or you can have a seat in the small well lit table seating area.

    There are drink menus on the table that you can look at. I had an "Aphroditie's delight" it was a Chocolate martini with a cool Chocolate syrup swirl effect on the inside of the glass. cost was around 8 dollars.

    I'd recommend Deno's to business men wanting a drink, but not wanting to wade through the endless amount of college bars in the downtown Milwaukee area. or I'd recommend it to sophisticated couples, or couples on a double date. I'd imagine that it would depend on the time you go, we went on a friday, or saturday night (I don't remember) it was around 9-10 O'clock but it was dead in there. my husband and I double dated with his friend. and we were the only couples in there. so if you want a nice quiet place go to Denos :P

    Dress Code: slacks, (no jeans) and dress shirts.

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  • Hi Hat & the Garage: Split Personalities

    by LaFreakEgurL Written Aug 15, 2005

    I have been to the Hi Hat & the Garage only once. It is located on Brady Street in downtown Milwaukee. it is a bustling lounge/bar type of place. the "Hi Hat" is the top half of the club, my impression when first walking in was, subdued. quiet. dark, with deep red colored walls. little bistro style tables set in scattered places. "high maintainance" couples sat conversing, or often times bickering. my impression of the this portion was youthful, business type.

    there is a small bar area in the Hi Hat (and I DO mean Small) where the more "rowdy" business youth go to talk loudly over each other while bumping shoulders, and sipping their drinks.

    As for the OTHER section, the "Garage" there is a stair well, that looks like it might lead to bathrooms, or a kitchen area, I can't remember if there was a distinct sign for the "Garage" I was just following my friend that already knew where he was going.

    When we got to the Garage portion It was a dramatic change. it was more of an open area, I think there was a big screen T.V. on one of the walls. a big dingy bar, bathrooms were clearly marked. seating was a little limited, so get there early if you don't want to stand. the atmoshpere was that of a typical college bar. rowdy, loud, laughter, shots, partying, etc.

    Dress Code: the Hi Hat portion was a business casual, or black turtleneck snooty for the men..

    Business casual with a twist of "night on the town" flare; Sophisticated fashion for women.

    the Garage area was very much like a rowdy college bar. dress shirt and jeans for guys, flirty fun fashion for girls.

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