Proud Quaffing

A review en miniature of Drink Wisconsinbly.

WISCONSIN-AS-NOVELTY has been the rage for the last handful of years (see: the growing Camp Bar empire), and so far Milwaukeeans have played along. But DRINK WISCONSINBLY (135 E. National Ave.), located in the former heavily renovated Blue Jacket digs, makes the trend meta: a bar and restaurant that celebrates how often we go to bars, so much so that its name recalls slurred drunk-speak. The theme is unabashedly unsubtle, as is the case in a delightful old fashioned topped with a cheese curd. What needs no embellishment is the respectable Wisconsin-only beer and cider list, where you can find MobCraft’s Hop Gose the Grapefruit, and selections from Potosi, Ale Asylum, Furthermore and Karben4 in addition to Milwaukee’s craft standards.


‘Proud Quaffing’ appears in the August issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Find the August issue on newsstands beginning August 1, or buy a copy at

Be the first to get every new issue. Subscribe.



Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.