Food/Drink

First Impression: Meraki

On first glance, there isn’t a lot to distinguish Meraki, the new venture from Chad Meier, former chef at Blue Jacket. It’s doing the same thing, in the same neighborhood, as most of the rest of the Milwaukee r...

First Impression: The Pub Club

Isn't it strange how a bar can have an identity? Depending on any combination of factors like the decor, the selection, the neighborhood, the clientele, the type of music that's played, and innumerable other in...

Traveling Beer Garden Tour to return in 2015

There's truly nothing like drinking outside. If you don't recall, "outside" is that place between your home and car that you run through while muttering obscenities about four months of the year. Fortunately, M...

First Impression: The Brown Bottle

To those of a certain late-20s/early-30s bent, the newly re-opened Brown Bottle harkens memories of a former downtown bastion of Thursday night specials and college-y underage drinking. To those of a different ...

First Impression: Red Lion Pub

In 2011, a little British pub called Three Lions Pub popped up in the northern part of Shorewood. A safe haven for soccer hooligans and an occasional karaoke host with traditional British food and a fun-loving ...

First Impression: Nino’s Southern Sides

Not too long ago, Shorewood was a much different place, with the tiny village flanking Milwaukee’s northern border boasting as many grocery stores as it did bars. A culinary scene that started with Benji’s Deli...

First Impression: 8Bit

The concept of an arcade bar has been around since someone got the bright idea to put video games in bars. The arcade classic Root Beer Tapper, for example, wasn’t always about serving root beer. The concept ha...

Tracklist: 10 final Bar Rescue takeaways

And so it’s come to this. Okay, so it’s not quite Woodward and Bernstein-level journalism. No, we didn’t compile an irrefutable report that a Heisman trophy candidate’s deceased girlfriend never existed, nor di...

First Impression: Riverwest Pizza

It’s a scientific fact that pizza will never go out of style. Stuffed-crust, fancy, or frozen, pizza is a universal constant that transcends age, gender, and taste. Still, the everyman/woman food is enjoying a ...

Ale Asylum Riverhouse preps for December 22 open

Milwaukee has no shortage of local beer. With the abundance of breweries in town, the Brew City moniker is well-deserved. So with the sheer volume of suds produced within the city limits, it was an interesting ...

Tracklist: 12 Bar Rescue takeaways

// It finally happened. Months after revealing Spike TV “reality” series Bar Rescue was scouting locations in the city, then subsequently breaking the news of what bar would be featured on the show and when...

First Impression: Uncanny Soup Co.

As one of easiest foods to prepare, among the least expensive meals to purchase, and one of the few edibles whose prepackaged store-bought version can be remarkably close in quality to many restaurant rendition...

First Impression: Tornado Brewing Company

Brewing is in its golden age. No matter when you’re reading this sentence, there are currently more varieties and brands of beer on Earth being produced by more brewers of all skill levels than ever before. Eve...

A Monday in Cudahy: My third-shift bar crawl

There’s no getting around it: Cudahy is Milwaukee’s punching bag. If you live anywhere in southeastern Wisconsin, you’ve undoubtedly heard dozens of jokes, putdowns, and generalizations cast in the direction of...