Deck the bars with boughs of holly. Fa la la la la, la la la la.
IT IS A WELL-KNOWN fact that Milwaukee is an elite drinking destination with hundreds of bars for residents and visitors alike to have a good time. But with the holiday season in full swing Milwaukee Magazine wanted to find which of these bars offer the premier ambiance to help you feel festive.
795 N. Jefferson St.
For a demure night out, Taylor’s offers an elegant atmosphere. Although it boasts vibrant lights outside, inside is a different scene. The large round bar sits under an assortment of snowflakes that add a delicacy to the already-cozy bar.
525 E. Menomonee St.
Camp Bar transports you to an intimate ski cabin up north. The bar’s wood cabin walls are flanked with taxidermy moose, deer and even a large bear, all of which have been carpeted with Christmas lights, wreathes and ornaments.
131 N. Jackson St.
Campsite 131’s holiday decorations are so remarkable there have been lines down the street on the weekends just to get in the door. The hype is not undeserved. If the North Pole existed in Milwaukee, it would be tucked away here on Jackson Street. Needless to say, if you’re is still seeking that legendary holiday Instagram shot, this is the place to find it.
346 N. Broadway
Benelux displays chic holiday decorations with classic white lights and a variety of wreaths embellishing its interior. Best of all though, is their roof. You can make reservations to dine within their colorful Lux Domes. The orbs are surrounded by lights and offer blankets and card games to maximize cushiness.
795 N. Jefferson St.
The Public Market is a staple to the Brew City and with its festive décor, you now have one more reason to visit over the holidays. Although it’s not a traditional bar, there are an assortment of places within the market where you can sit and have a drink.
135 E. Juneau
As far as exterior decorations go, Trinity may take the cake. The bar and restaurant has covered its arched entryway with an abundance of lights to create a whimsical passageway into their establishment.
1101 N. Water St.
Water Street keeps it simple and elegant with their red and green décor. When you enter the building you’re greeted with a small army of poinsettias flanking the brew equipment. Classic wreaths and trees dot the remainder of the building.
1111 N. Water St.
Elwood’s nails the holiday spirit with colorful lights decking the ceiling but what really catches your eye are the multiple full-sized Christmas trees hanging upside-down from the ceiling. True to the nature of the bar, it is a funky and fun representation of the holidays.
Naturally, the Deer District transforms into Cheer District during the holiday season. With perhaps the largest tree in the city and the Milwaukee Christkindlmarket, the area is the perfect location to grab a glass of mulled wine and feel festive.
1137 N. Old World 3rd St.
Loaded Slate adds joy to their already spattered walls by adding a plethora Christmas tree bulbs and stockings. The effect is crowded yet endearing and gives you the perfect level of casual Christmas.
1007 N. Old World 3rd St.
The large front window at Who’s on Third will catch your eye. From outside you can peek in on their classic decorations. White lights and snowflakes perfectly droop from the ceiling giving a wintry effect.