By Tobi Collins
As a newcomer southern gal to Milwaukee from Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia with a great downtown bar and music scene, Nomad World Pub reminds me of home. A tip from a friend led me to check it out.
Walking into The Nomad feels like walking into “Cheers.” Friendly bartenders who know your name after your first few visits, 24 beers on tap from locals to crafts and great people who keep people coming back time and again make this bar the place to be on Brady Street. An eclectic collection of items from far-flung locations such as Switzerland and Nepal grace the walls. What used to be only a one-floor pint patronage has gained another floor With a newly renovated building, the Nomad now includes a bar upstairs for more drinking fun and fellowship. Concerned about Milwaukee’s newest smoking restrictions? The Nomad has you covered with smoking allowed in their outdoor bar extension, the Bitburger Gazebo.
After walking in, I ordered a $7 pint and proceeded to watch the World Cup semi finals at one of the large window tables, along with the rest of my newly found friends at the bar. If 24 beers on tap from Guinness to Lakefront haven’t yet led you here, then going to the Nomad for its exciting and spirited events should entice you. The Nomad takes all things soccer to a new level and the World Cup was no exception. From the huge bracket poster hanging on the wall right as you enter to the Bracket Club on the bar’s website, these guys made the World Cup an event every single day. For the final match, Brady Street was alive with the buzzing vuvuzela and cheering fans from the Nomad’s block party with live music and a JumboTron viewing of the championship game.
Perhaps you missed the World Cup. Fear not! The Nomad proves to be just as spirited and fun for a Brewers game on a summer afternoon. On the weekends it’s a Brady Street hotspot, so get there early if you want a table!
With a diverse drink menu, whatever your sin is, you’ll find the nectar. From coffees to drafts served in the proper glassware (unless you head outside, which usually means plastic) the Nomad’s credit is that everything from the atmosphere to the drinks to the people all come together nicely for a great bar experience. They are constantly bringing new stuff in and always running some sort of special (I hear the $3 Oskar Blues cans night on Saturdays is pretty popular).
So if you’re heading to the east side and looking for a place that blends a friendly atmosphere with worldly drinking fun, go on ahead and visit Mike and his crew at the Nomad.
Oh, and if you are frugal and/or down on your luck, try the Recession Prix Fix: one shot of Jameson, one can of Pabst and one cigarette for $5.
I wish you happy drinking, my friends. I’ll raise my next glass to you.
About the Author
Tobi Collins currently lives in downtown Milwaukee. She hails from southern Georgia, cheers on her Georgia Bulldogs, and is a University of Georgia graduate with B.A. in English. Since coming to Milwaukee she’s learned to love cheese curds, frozen custard, and Ryan Braun. A true Southerner, Tobi drinks her whiskey straight, her Southern Comfort with style, and sweet tea–the house wine of the South.