New year, new bars! (Yes, we know we’re more than a week into 2019 now, but give us a few more days with these sort of intros, will ya?)

Last fall, Milwaukee learned that Junior’s Hook, which opened in Walker’s Point in early 2015, would be closing. Owner Matthew Sherman recently stepped down as owner of the bar on 1517 S. Second Street, and Monica De Palma took over. De Palma—the owner of Monica’s On Astor who was prominently featured as an example of effective bar ownership on the Nick House episode of Bar Rescue—planned to reopen this winter with a new name and new look.

That transition was completed recently, as Junior’s Hook became The Dark Horse Tavern. Apparently, the bar quietly opened in late December, but it’s fully operational now. Dark Horse follows Junior’s Hook and The Parlor to become the third bar to open in the location since Bomb Shelter owner Greg Landig’s passing resulted in the bar’s closure in early 2012.

The Dark Horse Tavern is open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Friday and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday through Monday. For more information on the newest Walker’s Point watering hole, call them at 414-837-3016 or, better yet, stop by for a drink sometime.

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