In this post we will be breaking down drinking at the best bars in Milwaukee. Whether you are looking for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to buy cheaper liquor during drink specials, or just to sing some karaoke hopefully we can assist.
Our first section will cover the best wine and cocktail bars in Milwaukee. Up next we will get into breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts.
Then we will mention some of the best drink specials near you so you can hit up the right bars at the right times to do your drinking cheaper. After that we will discuss bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area.
Lastly we will talk about bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music. Towards the end there will even be a local bar map that pins all of the spots from our various lists on it.
And if you want to compare the scene here to others cities around the Midwest you can do so at that link.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
Some of the top cocktail and wine bars in Milwaukee are:
- Voyager at 422 E Lincoln Ave
- Giggly at Saint Kate at 139 E Kilbourn Ave
- Balzac at 1716 N Arlington Pl
- Vino Third Ward Wine Bar & Store at 219 E Erie St
- Lost Whale at 2151 S Kinnickinnic Ave
- Spring City Wine House at 336 W Main St, Waukesha
- Crush Wine Bar & Shop at 378 W Main St, Waukesha
- Station No. 06 at 6800 W Becher St, West Allis
- Corvina Wine Company at 6038 W Lincoln Ave, West Allis
- Lucky Joe’s Tosa at 1427 Underwood Ave, Wauwatosa
- The Ruby Tap at 1341 N Wauwatosa Ave, Wauwatosa
- Chumley’s Pub at 3612 S Moorland Rd, New Berlin
- Moxie Food + Drink at 501 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay
- Bar Louie at 95 N Moorland Rd, Brookfield
Voyager prides itself on serving sustainably produced wines from around the world, a curated list of bottled cocktails, beers, wine accessories, and other retail items in addition to a seasonal menu of cheeses, cured meats, and other snacks.
Champagne, global sparkling wines, a variety of cocktails, and more are available at Giggly at Saint Kate from 5pm to 10pm Sunday through Thursday and from 3pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
Balzac has been making great small plates since 2005 that are served with an array of cocktails and wine plus they have some of the best drink specials in Columbus from 4pm to 6pm Monday through Friday.
Vino Third Ward serves nearly 300 wines in the afternoon and evening including a wine by-the-glass list that is regularly updated and that can be paired with a variety of artisan Wisconsin cheeses from Carr Valley, Sartori, and other regional producers.
A wide selection of off tap beer and tap staple cocktails as well as daily happy hours from 5pm to 7pm can be found at Lost Whale.
Spring City Wine House in Waukesha is a one-of-a-kind venue with 50 wines by the glass, state-of-the-art wine stations, and over 400 bottles from around the world to drink on site or to take home and if you want to save money visit them from Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm when they have great local wine specials.
Crush is a cool wine bar in your area that also has a shop and features unique, small batch, and obscure varietals with over 30 available by glass and over 100 more available by bottle.
For a fun craft cocktail and beer bar in West Allis with a small snack menu and occasional pop-up food events head to Station No. 06.
Corvina Wine Company is a wine bar and retail wine shop where you will find a diverse selection of wine styles and profiles from around the world including an exceptional selection of over 50 wines by the glass and bottle, wine flights, craft cocktails and beer, and a food menu that includes cheese and charcuterie, and other tapas style options.
Lucky Joe’s Tosa is a small cocktail bar in Wauwatosa that opens at 4pm Monday through Saturday serving signature handmade cocktails, a wide selection of beers and wines, and unique small plate food options.
There are self-service wine machines and wines on tap at as well as wine bottles to go, wine flights, and tasty bar snacks.
From 5pm to 9pm Tuesday through Saturday you can visit Moxie Food + Drink in Whitefish Bay who offers inspired American fare and a full bar.
Bar Louie in Brookfield serves delicious food, refreshing cocktails like signature martinis, mojitos, margaritas, and over 20 wines by the glass.
Milwaukee Breweries & Sports Bars
Sample new suds and watch the big game with your friends at the best local breweries and sports bars:
- The Explorium Brewpub 3rd Ward at 143 W St Paul Ave
- Dugout 54 at 5328 W Bluemound Rd
- McGinn’s All-Star Sports Bar at 5901 W Bluemound Rd
- The Highbury Pub at 2322 S Kinnickinnic Ave
- Fuzzy’s Sports Pub & Grill at 627 E Main St, Waukesha
- Lumber Axe at 831 N Grand Ave #215, Waukesha
- Fourth-N-Long at 8911 W National Ave, West Allis
- Aris Sports Bar at 1661 S 108th St, West Allis
- Big Head Brewing Co at 6204 W State St, Wauwatosa
- Leff’s Lucky Town at 7208 W State St, Wauwatosa
- Champps Americana Brookfield at 1240 S Moorland Rd, Brookfield
The Explorium Brewpub offers small batch handcrafted beer, 24 taps of homemade beer, and food starting at 11am every day.
Opening daily at 11am and featuring 32 tap lines, plenty of space, and many TV’s to watch all of your favorite Wisconsin, Bucks, Brewers, or Packers games Dugout 54 is definitely one of the best sports bars near you.
McGinn’s All-Star Sports Bar in Milwaukee has numerous TV’s to watch your favorite team as well as great food and drinks and they are open from 11am to 9pm most days and starting at 10am on Sunday.
Cocktails, wines, and a variety of beers are available at The Highbury Pub which is a festive soccer-centric watering hole that has frequent game-day specials.
Fuzzy’s is a great sports bar in Waukesha where you can find pub grub, beer on tap, and TV’s tuned to the game.
Fourth-N-Long offer burgers, wings, and other typical bar food served in modest surroundings as well as beer on tap, live music from 8pm to 10pm, and good local drink specials.
For a good Greek and American restaurant with a full bar, pool table, and other amenities head to Aris Sports Bar in West Allis where you will find a massive 200-inch screen TV in their private banquet hall.
Big Head Brewing Co in Wauwatosa has several TV’s including a large 9′ x 13′ screen to watch the Brewers, Packers, Bucks, Badgers, or whatever else is on as well as an indoor bag toss, pinball, shuffleboard, darts, giant Jenga, Hammerschlagen, numerous board games, and trivia Wednesdays at 7pm.
You can visit Leff’s Lucky Town from 11am to 2am to try their 8 beer taps, canned and bottle beers, and a variety of cocktails.
Champps Americana in Brookfield serves over 50 draft beers as well as wine, spirits, and cocktails.
Local Drink Specials
Visit these bars with drink specials near you to buy cheaper alcohol and your wallet will thank you:
- Taylors at 795 N Jefferson St
- Harp Irish Pub at 113 E Juneau Ave
- Steny’s Tavern & Grill at 800 S 2nd St
- Tally’s Tap & Eatery at S31W24661 W Sunset Dr, Waukesha
- Brass Monkey Pub at 11904 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis
- Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub of Wauwatosa at 11302 W Bluemound Rd, Wauwatosa
- Cleveland Pub & Grill at 14000 W Cleveland Ave, New Berlin
- The Bay Restaurant at 342 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay
- Bougey’s Bar & Grill at 16760 W Greenfield Ave, Brookfield
Taylors is a cocktail bar and lounge offering some of the best drink specials in your area every weeknight from 3pm to 8pm.
Well-known for their chicken wings, large beer selection, award-winning Bloody Maries, lively atmosphere for sporting events, and happy hours from 3pm to 6pm Steny’s Tavern & Grill is always a good option.
Tally’s Tap & Eatery features made from scratch food and craft cocktails as well as Sunday meat raffles, karaoke, seasonal sports, and liquor specials in Waukesha from 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays.
Great food and drink specials from 11am to 5pm can be found at Brass Monkey Pub in West Allis.
Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub in Wauwatosa is known for its lively and inviting atmosphere, live music, quality food, and good alcoholic drink specials near you from 3pm to 6pm daily.
Cleveland Pub & Grill serves food and over 100 beers to please every palate plus you can play darts, pool, basketball, and other games while enjoying drink specials in New Berlin.
Gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian as well as a fish fry on Fridays and barbecue on Saturdays are available at The Bay Restaurant which has drink specials in Whitefish Bay every Tuesday through Friday from 3pm to 4pm.
Bougey’s Bar & Grill serves some of the best food and drinks with liquor specials in Brookfield on Monday from 6pm to close.
We have done our best to mention any time you can drink alcohol for cheaper at bars in Milwaukee during happy hours all through this post so don’t only focus on this section if you are hoping to save a few bucks.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
Here is a good list of bars with trivia, quiz, and game nights in your area:
- Puddler’s Hall at 2461 S St Clair St
- McGillycuddy’s at 1135 N Water St
- Blackbird Bar at 3007 S Kinnickinnic Ave
- Pete’s Pub at 1234 E Brady St
- House of Guinness at 354 W Main St, Waukesha
- Nicky Migz Place at 9105 W Lincoln Ave, West Allis
- Camp Bar Tosa at 6600 W North Ave, Wauwatosa
- Varsity Club at 12400 Beloit Rd, New Berlin
- O’Sullivan’s Public House at 12525 W North Ave, Brookfield
At Puddler’s Hall you will find a large beer, wine, and liquor selection and a food menu with locally sourced pizzas as well as plenty of entertainment like table tennis, darts, video games, and some of the most fun bar trivia nights in your area that run every Monday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
McGillycuddy’s has drink specials from 3pm to 6pm Tuesday through Friday as well as trivia every Tuesday at 7:30pm.
6 rotating pinball machines, pub quiz nights every Thursday at 7pm, and daily drink specials from 4pm to 8pm are what you can get at Blackbird.
Pete’s Pub serves shareable and hand-held pub food as well as a nice selection of beer, cocktails, and canned wine with local bar trivia nights on Wednesdays at 7pm.
House of Guinness is a traditional Irish pub with 22 taps that specializes in imports as well as extensive whiskey selection, weekly live music, and trivia in Waukesha every Thursday at 7:30pm.
Formerly called Binary, Nicky Migz Place is a gaming bar in West Allis with over 300 different board games, a variety of video games, and classic arcade and bar games as well as trivia nights every Saturday at 7pm.
Camp Bar Tosa serves a variety of food and beverages including beer, wine, and cocktails with trivia available on Mondays at 8pm.
O’Sullivan’s Public House is an Irish sports bar that serves a variety of food and features bar games in Brookfield with happy hours every Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm.
More fun bars with trivia or games from different lists include Big Head Brewing Co and Cleveland Pub & Grill.
Dance, Karaoke & Live Music
Anyone that wants to dance, listen to live music, and sing karaoke can head to:
- The High Note Karaoke Lounge at 645 N James Lovell St
- Truth Lounge at 1111 N Doctor MLK Jr Dr
- Tonic Tavern at 2335 S Kinnickinnic Ave
- Blu at 424 E Wisconsin Ave 23rd Fl
- Mainstream Bar & Grill at 404 W Main St, Waukesha
- Maddy’s Bar & Music Lounge at 200 Madison St, Waukesha
- Wauwatiki Bar & Grill at 6502 W North Ave, Wauwatosa
- Mary’s Caddyshack at 1959 S 124th St, New Berlin
- Bobby’s Bar Great Place Good Times at 14735 W Lisbon Rd, Brookfield
The High Note is a fun karaoke bar near you with great music, cocktails, and food and they host the occasional stand-up comedy show too.
Truth Lounge hosts karaoke in Milwaukee every Thursday beginning at 10pm with drink specials from 4pm to 8pm.
Craft beer, wine, and cocktails in a modern-rustic setting with live music is what you get from Tonic Tavern.
Blu serves wine, cocktails, and beer to enjoy along with live music from 7pm to 11pm.
Mainstream Bar and Grill is known for its burgers, deep-fried tater tots, wings, and tap beer lists as well as local live music talent every Saturday..
Waukesha’s newest live music venue where guests can enjoy specialty cocktails and a small plate menu is Maddy’s Bar and Music Lounge.
Wauwatiki Bar & Grill offers a diverse menu that includes gluten free Caribbean and Hawaiian inspired cuisine as well as a DJ’s who spins all of the best 90’s hip hop hits.
Mary’s Caddyshack has live music in New Berlin every Sunday as well as a selection of bar food and drinks with great karaoke on Mondays at 7pm.
Other local bars for music lovers from different sections include Fourth-N-Long, Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub, House of Guinness, and Tally’s Tap & Eatery.
You might also want to read our posts on:
- Local Drink Specials In Madison
- Local Drink Specials In Chicago
- Local Drink Specials In Minneapolis & St Paul
- Local Drink Specials In Grand Rapids
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Milwaukee
After reading all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available near you. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke in your area.
If you think we got anything incorrect or notice us listing any venues that are no longer open please tell us in the comments so we can keep this info as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Milwaukee.