The Art Bar in Riverwest is a pleasant, colorful setting for the spring season. I walked past the sidewalk patio, and the few folks at the tables lent a friendly “hello.” The door to the bar was propped open to the gentle breeze and allowed the live music of the evening to meander outside. The place has a nice café feel, serving tea and coffee in addition to booze.
Its name has everything to do with the décor — local artwork covers the walls. The bathroom features a creative use of candy wrappers, and the colors smear into straight graphic lines. The main art attraction is likely the “Painting of the Week.” Every Sunday, a new artist paints over the previous canvas, a simultaneously destructive and constructive process. Enjoy a Bloody Mary while you watch.
The Art Bar features nightly specials during the week. Mondays are usually $2 PBR and free pool. Tuesdays are two-for-one until midnight. Wednesdays, $5 glasses of wine, Thursdays $3 Lakefront beers, rail drinks and shots. Every weekend, they feature live music. Mason Reed plays this Friday, May 4. I just checked out a couple YouTube videos and was impressed.
There are a few different sections of the bar to choose from. As you walk in, there is a small stage to the left and a few tables and chairs. This is where you might hear a small band or a poet. Continue up a couple steps to the oval bar with surrounding cocktail tables better suited for conversation. The third area with more open space to hang out and play pool is to the right when you walk in.
I already plan to make it back this weekend. I love the relaxed, casual feel of the bar. The bartenders were also kind and helpful with their most excellent beer selection.
Mo’s Irish Pub
142 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Download a Recipe Card and fill it out with your original cocktail recipe for a chance to win a $200 gift card. Entry deadline is May 31.
811 N. Jefferson St.
Friday-Saturday, May 7-8
“Bye, Bye, Liver: The Milwaukee Drinking Play.” Enjoy this interactive, comedic performance from 9-11 p.m. Go to www.byebyeliver.comfor ticket and show information.
Thief Wine Shop and Bar
400 N. Water St.
Tuesday, May 11
Vin Blanc: White Wines of the Loire Valley. Taste six wines for $15. Seatings are at 5, 6:15, and 7:30 p.m. RSVPs are required.
Benno’s Genuine Bar & Grill
7413 W. Greenfield Ave.
$1 off all taps, and three sliders for $3.
223 N. Water St.
From 9 p.m.-close, take advantage of $1 slice night.
3007 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Free tacos from Hector’s, 4-8 p.m., or until supplies last. Also, $4 margaritas and $2 Pacifico and Corona.
2265 S. Howell Ave.
Every Wednesday starting at 5 p.m., enjoy $10 off bottles of wine.
Polish Falcon’s Nest 725
801 E. Clarke St.
Open Bowl on the oldest lanes in town. And it only costs $3.25 a game plus $1 for shoes.
1905 North Ave.
Hey ladies! Free drinks until midnight. Everyone else pays $3 for Stoli drinks. Not bad. No cover.
Hi-Hat Lounge & Garage
1701 N. Arlington Pl.
Ladies Night: DJs Kid Cut Up and Steve Marxx. Two complimentary drinks for the ladies.
Kenadee’s Ultra Pub
718 N. Milwaukee St.
Bitch Pleeze Fridays: Ladies drink free mixers every Friday from 10 p.m.-midnight. Kenny Perez provides the music. No cover. No dress code.
720 N. Milwaukee St.
Enjoy the spins of special guest DJs from LA, Las Vegas, New York City and Chicago. The special of the evening: $100 bottles of Belvedere vodka, of course.
Brocach Irish Pub and Restaurant
1850 N. Water St.
From 3:30 to 6 p.m., try happy hour: half off all top-shelf Irish and scotch whiskies. 20 oz. pint of Guinness and shot of Powers for $6.25. $5 wines by the glass.
Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge
1579 S. Ninth St.
Old-Fashioned Cocktail Hour
Bryant’s happy hour is from 5-9 p.m. and includes half price Old-Fashioneds and Depression-era cocktails.