5 Best Bars in Milwaukee, WI

Best Bars in Milwaukee

Below is a list of the top and leading Bars in Milwaukee. To help you find the best Bars located near you in Milwaukee, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

Milwaukee’s Best Bars are:

The top rated Bars in Milwaukee, WI are:

  • Camp Bar Third Ward – began over 20 years ago when Paul Hackbarth started Sound by Design
  • Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge – Milwaukee’s oldest cocktail lounge, having opened in 1938
  • Tied House Milwaukee – a culinary craft cocktail concept developed by husband and wife combination
  • The Explorium Brewpub Third Ward – a locally owned brewpub that serves enhanced pub fare
  • The Sofie – a Downtown Milwaukee Contemporary Cocktail Lounge

 

Camp Bar Third Ward

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Camp Bar Third Ward story began over 20 years ago when Paul Hackbarth started Sound by Design. Paul bought 4044 N Oakland in 2012 to house his burgeoning DJ firm, Sound by Design. The property had two shops and plenty of parking, which was just what the company required.

Within five years, three Camp locations have opened in various areas in the Milwaukee area. In addition, they have sister businesses Campsite 131 and Deer Camp.

Products/Services:

Bar

LOCATION:

Address: 525 E Menomonee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 930 9282
Website: www.campbarmke.com

REVIEWS:

“Awesome bar trivia and staff!! Decor features Christmas lights and taxodermied bears in sunglasses. The vibe is somewhere between chill tiki bar in Oahu and upscale ski lodge in Aspen. Check it out!!” – Liz Cook

 

Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge

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Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge is Milwaukee’s oldest cocktail lounge, having opened in 1938. For almost 80 years, they’ve been making one-of-a-kind custom drinks. Exotic lighting, velvety velvet walls, and melodies from a vintage McIntosh driven audio system await you. Relax in a booth while drinking a classic trademark cocktail and receiving Milwaukee’s best service.

Products/Services:

Cocktail bar

LOCATION:

Address: 1579 S 9th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone: (414) 383 2620
Website: www.bryantscocktaillounge.com

REVIEWS:

“If you appreciate classic cocktails, vintage ambience, and top notch service (and don’t mind enjoying your surrounds while they make your cocktail) this is your spot. Reasonable pricing for the quality of experience. Will be returning…often!” – Nichole Herda Power

 

Tied House Milwaukee

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Tied House Milwaukee is a culinary craft cocktail concept developed by husband and wife combination Adam and Melissa Weber in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Family, friends, and community are the most important things to Adam and Melissa. Having those “ties” adds value to everything they do. These actual relationships, according to the Webers, are what gives Tied House its true meaning—being tied to the fundamentals of hospitality.

If you visit Tied House, you will find an inclusive space to have fun, settle down with a delicious cocktail, and share a story or two with Melissa and Adam. The distinctive “all seasons” patio, stylish bar area, and private event space upstairs lends itself to the perfect atmosphere for any occasion.

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Bar

LOCATION:

Address: 124 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: N/A
Website: tiedhousemke.com

REVIEWS:

“This place has a great vibe! Everything about Tied House feels really homey and relaxing. Their cocktails are second to none. Definitely will be coming back for more!!” – Andrew Budziszek

 

The Explorium Brewpub Third Ward

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The Explorium Brewpub Third Ward is a locally owned brewpub that serves enhanced pub fare and has 24 taps of house-brewed beer, wine, soda, cocktails, and a large liquor selection. The Explorium encourages you to try the flavors they have gathered from around the world. They now have online ordering available for pick-up. You can order food as well as reserve beer and liquor.

Come in and have a look at what they’re all about.

Products/Services:

Brewpub

LOCATION:

Address: 143 W St Paul Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: (414) 423 1365
Website: exploriumbrew.com

REVIEWS:

“Great vibe here. Excellent drinks, delicious food. Cheese curds were A+ & the brandy Old Fashioned was perfect (not a fan of the gin one). Fish fry was solid. Definitely one of my favorite spots near 3W.” – Tim Halloran

 

The Sofie

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The Sofie is a Downtown Milwaukee Contemporary Cocktail Lounge. At The Sofie, they’ve created the ideal setting for a casual cocktail, nice conversation, and unwinding at their bar. Even if it’s only to have a Happy Hour beverage after a hard day, The Sofie is a go-to spot for gatherings and groups of all sizes.

From the moment they walk down the stone-arched porch of this beautiful 1860s building, they want their customers to feel welcomed and friendly. The Sofie is a go-to venue for gatherings and parties of all sizes, with plenty of leather sofa seating and booths!

Products/Services:

Bar

LOCATION:

Address: 777 N Jefferson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 930 0683
Website: www.thesofie.com

REVIEWS:

“I love coming here! The manager Jackie is so sweet and I love the vibe and drinks!” – Micaela Corona