Milwaukee Has a New Speakeasy! Here’s How to Find It

This cozy little bar is nestled in Milwaukee’s newest food market.

Mosler’s Vault, a speakeasy located inside a former bank vault on the lower level of the new North Avenue Market in Milwaukee’s Uptown Crossing neighborhood, is officially open for business. The space is named for the manufacturer of the bank vault door and is open Wednesday through Saturday. A reservation system is in place due to limited seating.

North Avenue market opened earlier this month at 5900 W. North Ave. in a 1940s stone building most recently occupied by an Associated Bank Branch.

Mosler’s Vault, which opened last week, features seating for 10 to 12 patrons and offers high-end cocktails. Old safety deposit boxes were used to make the facing of the bar. The Mosler Safe Co. manufactured security safes and bank vaults from 1874 until its bankruptcy in 2001.


 

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The stylish speakeasy is operated by Bittercube, a Milwaukee bitters producer that also has a much larger island bar that is the focus of the market’s main floor. Bittercube owner Ira Koplowitz serves as a business partner of Chris Harris Morse, North Avenue Market owner.

The walls of Mosler’s Vault are made of cream city brick. There are a few seats at the bar, and two small tables offer additional seating.

Cocktails are $15 and include concoctions such as Flamed Gin Sour, Fennel Pollen Sazerac and Queen of Lemon Herbs, among other creative offerings. One drink even poses a question, “Do We Even Need Flutes?” featuring Armagnac, strawberry-infused apple brandy, lemon, peach blossom honey, pineapple amaro, Jamaican no. 2 bitters and sparkling wine.


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Mosler’s Vault; Photo by Rich Rovito

Mosler’s Vault; Photo by Rich Rovito

Mosler’s Vault; Photo by Rich Rovito

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Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.