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Photo by Adam Ryan Morris Get a look inside this little slice of hipster heaven with our photo gallery. Comments commentsRELATED  50 Photos from Our Beer & Cheese Event


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Get a look inside this little slice of hipster heaven with our photo gallery.

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The Noble is a little slice of hipster heaven in the heart of Walker’s Point. All photos by Adam Ryan Morris.  Comments commentsRELATED  Photos from Jewish Museum Milwaukee's 'Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare' Premier Gala

The Noble is a little slice of hipster heaven in the heart
of Walker’s Point.

All photos by Adam Ryan Morris. 

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Not often do I visit a bar and am completely blown away by it. Not often at all, and I visit a lot of bars (casualty of the job). Usually, it’s the same format for most establishments of this area, mainly because it works. But the stock-standard Wisconsin watering hole sometimes (don’t hate me) just […]


Not often do I visit a bar and am completely blown away by it. Not often at all, and I visit a lot of bars (casualty of the job). Usually, it’s the same format for most establishments of this area, mainly because it works. But the stock-standard Wisconsin watering hole sometimes (don’t hate me) just doesn’t cut it.

Not the case with The Noble (704 S. Second St). Like I said: Blown away. It is really, really great. Trust me. You don’t even need to finish reading this. The rest of the article is just filler. Do yourself a favor and head on over.

Anybody left? Yes? Great, time for the secrets…If forced to rank this bar I’d put it among the top three best places MKE has to offer. Now that is a lot of praise.

Here’s why: It’s intimate and somewhat obscure. I had a hard time finding it and I was actively searching in the area, guided by GPS. And there’s limited seating; the bar top itself only seats a handful, a few for lunch or dinner at their tables, small table/game board in the corner for two, and a small nook with two leather chairs.


Where The Noble really shines is in the details. The overall ambiance is perfect. As a friend who came with me put it: “Subtle.” There’s not a lot of fanfare. A bare ceiling, a few pictures against the wall, a clean and simple bar top and bar back and all of this packed tight into a very small room. There isn’t a lot extra space for superfluous articles here, and I think that really helps it.

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But sometimes, the greatest asset of a place is the absence of a detail. The Noble has no TVs (Gasp!).

This, in my opinion, is the number one greatest factor of The Noble. This is its ace in the hole, its ever-redeeming, a timeless quality that will consistently bring me back, again and again. The simple fact: There are too many TVs in bars. Conversation over drinks already competes with the never ending stream of Internet, or personal soundtracks or laptops.

Any bar sans television is already a step-up on all other places, in my eyes. You can set up a TV in any area, put someone in front of it and give them enough beers or gin and tonics or tequila to make whatever’s playing look like prime time television and keep them engaged for hours.

To be fair, I’m not against TVs in bars, or against listening to music, or even against pulling out your phone and playing Angry Birds until your own castle crashes right off the stool. But I am one for a little uninterrupted conversation, a little discussion without constantly checking the score of a game or updating Facebook or watching some Kardashian do some sort of thing (I’m not actually sure what they doit’s something in law right…or New York…or basketball?). And I don’t believe I’m alone in this.


Without television, The Noble has that extra edge over the competition, a uniqueness of its own. It has other things too, like a nice signature drink selection (I’d stay away from the sickly-sweet Old-Fashioned Fashion though, it’s made with maple whiskey…). And while their prices are to be expected, with cocktails over $5, and beer right around $4, they have some great deals as well, like wine under $5 and $1 beers (Cream Ale and Boxer, if you, like me, think that if you’re gonna drink bad beer, it might as well be cheap beer).

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The Noble is, without a doubt, one of the best bars to open in Milwaukee in recent memory, and it’s not all due to absence of televisions. But that’s a big part. I’m trying really hard to come up with another place that’s without them, but none come to mind. And on a Saturday night, a few drinks deep and looking for a place to go, I doubt any but The Noble will spring to mind. And I doubt I’d rather go any other place.

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