Monday, November 13, 2006

College students like to drink…a lot. Absolut, Jack Daniels, Finlandia…okay maybe more like Milwaukee’s Best and Roundy’s vodka, but you get the point. It’s no secret students like to go out and have a good time, and it’s not likely to change anytime soon.

And University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee students are no exception to this rule.

Many UWM students spend long, tireless hours studying, writing papers, and of course taking those dreaded exams. And when the long awaited weekend arrives they can think of nothing better to do than to let lose and party a little!

In fact, sometimes it’s just too difficult to wait for the weekend, and they need a little mid-week pick me up.

The students (those of legal age) deserve some time to relax and take it easy. Many work a job, or multiple jobs on top of a heavy course workload. Sometimes they, like everyone else who works hard, just need a night off. A little vacation from the ‘real world.’

And, UWM students are extremely lucky because when it comes to bars in Milwaukee, this city offers an excellent, diverse selection.

Whether you like classier and more sophisticated lounges or you’re into the nitty gritty pubs and bars, Milwaukee has it all and then some.

And what’s even better is that the vast majority of Milwaukee bars do not have cover charges or ridiculous drink prices, but rather many drink specials and offers (any night of the week)! Milwaukee bars offer big city style, with small country costs.

Milwaukee Street (and the surrounding area) is full of trendy, more upscale bars and restaurants. It’s the perfect location for those interested in getting all glammed up for a night on the town.

It’s home to Tangerine, which features ladies night specials every Thursday from seven until close. Kenadee’s, and Taylor’s, as well as Eve, a lounge and discotheque great for dancing, are just a few blocks over. And Elsa’s on the Park, a reputable Milwaukee favorite known for its mouth-watering burgers (try the Burger Alfredo) and fruity cocktails is right around the corner.

While some of the bars in this area are little pricier, it’s well worth it for the trendy atmospheres, unique cocktails, and dancing they offer.

A sharp contrast to Milwaukee Street is Water Street, which offers a great selection of bars- one right after another. It’s home to more of the ‘college-type’ bars, with more greasy bar foods and drink specials.

It’s home to Brothers, a popular chain bar that is also located in Madison and Lacrosse. Every Wednesday, Brothers features one-dollar bottles of Miller High Life and ten-cent wings- an offer no college student can refuse.

Right next-door is Rosie’s, another popular bar on Water Street. And on the corner is the appropriately named Corner Bar, which is another favorite for its cheap drink specials and its younger, twenty-something crowd.

The Harp (nearby to Water street) is another great bar perfect for lazy afternoon as it overlooks the water. Milwaukee Ale house is also a great bar that is located on the water and has great meals. Between four and seven on weeknights they offer specials to enjoy while sitting by the river.

And if your interested in a good ol’ Irish pub, be sure to hit up McGillycuddy’s which has some great Irish beer on tap and authentic Irish dishes, like their Irish stew and their mini ruebens.

If you’re not quite in the mood for the Milwaukee Street Area or Water Street, you can easily hop on over to nearby North Avenue. This area is home to BBC’s, with great bar food and drink specials and across the street is Houligan’s, which also has drink specials and yummy bar food.

And if you’re just not feeling North Ave, make your way down just a bit to Brady Street with its artsy, smaller bars and pubs. There’s Nomad, a pub-type bar and the trendier Balzac, just to name a couple.

When it comes down to it, Milwaukee has a great selection of bars. And the ones mentioned just name a few in the city- there are certainly more scattered all over that should be visited for a drink, or a few. So pick your destination, go out, and drink up because like they say, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

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