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1. Central Standard’s Crafthouse & Kitchen
320 E. CLYBOURN ST.
Central Standard’s Crafthouse & Kitchen is a restored, exposed-brick-and-wood jewel where it seems only apt that the craft cocktails are suffused with the company’s own line of spirits, including bourbons aged in white oak barrels. That stripped-back design motif feels at ease with Milwaukee pop-rock acoustic guitarist Joe Wray’s smooth cover sets. Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.
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2. Ope! Brewing
6751 W. NATIONAL AVE., WEST ALLIS
Ope! Brewing’s big, comfortable taproom has hosted a steady stream of local and regional musical acts, including co-owner Kyle Ciske’s band Lost Orange Cat, since its early summer opening. We’re also happy to report that the beer has gotten significantly better since our first visit featured in the August issue.
3. Dead Bird Brewing
1726 N. FIFTH ST.
The taproom at Dead Bird Brewing – inside an early 1900s building where folks can throw down pints of vegan beer and plant-based tacos and get a handful of NA drinks (a citrus fizz to a virgin mary) – hosts a regular weekend gig of eclectic tunes from the likes of local outfits such as indie acoustic duo Pasta Sauce. Saturdays, 5 p.m.