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The "3 Block" Guide and a little farther afield

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The "3 Block" Guide and a little farther afield

Restaurants & Cafes -“3 Block Radius” & Beyond
“3 - Block Radius” Restaurant Recommendations: The basis of these recommendation are from OnMilwaukee.com (a great resource for the 414). ***** Included are only places that we endorse. *****
Lulu Cafe & Bar 2265 S. Howell Ave., (2 blocks North - take KK or Howell), (414) 294-5858, lulubayview.com LuLu is a funky bar and cafe that serves unique hot sandwiches, fresh salads and daily soup. Wash everything down with a variety of imported and domestic beers and wines, local and national microbrews and seasonal specialty drinks. Happy hours are 3-6pm and 10pm-close Mon-Fri. Try new and interesting wines on Wednesday and get $10 off any bottles on our list! Sunday brunch is served until 2 p.m. with original benedicts, scrambles and brunch specialties. Get some blue cornmeal pancakes for the table!
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LuLu Cafe
2265 S Howell Ave
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Lulu Cafe & Bar 2265 S. Howell Ave., (2 blocks North - take KK or Howell), (414) 294-5858, lulubayview.com LuLu is a funky bar and cafe that serves unique hot sandwiches, fresh salads and daily soup. Wash everything down with a variety of imported and domestic beers and wines, local and national microbrews and seasonal specialty drinks. Happy hours are 3-6pm and 10pm-close Mon-Fri. Try new and interesting wines on Wednesday and get $10 off any bottles on our list! Sunday brunch is served until 2 p.m. with original benedicts, scrambles and brunch specialties. Get some blue cornmeal pancakes for the table!
2378 S. Howell Ave., (one block North on Howell) (414) 988-7086, lazysusanmke.com A casual fine dining restaurant, Lazy Susan MKE serves a rotating eclectic mix of shareable plates. The food is fun, creative and community-driven. Brunch serves up unique creations like challah french toast, seasonal quiche and blueberry ricotta pancakes.
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Lazy Susan MKE
2378 South Howell Avenue
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2378 S. Howell Ave., (one block North on Howell) (414) 988-7086, lazysusanmke.com A casual fine dining restaurant, Lazy Susan MKE serves a rotating eclectic mix of shareable plates. The food is fun, creative and community-driven. Brunch serves up unique creations like challah french toast, seasonal quiche and blueberry ricotta pancakes.
2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (one block North on KK) (414) 763-5881, oddduckrestaurant.com Odd Duck is known for its ever-changing small plate and shareable menu inspired by local ingredients. It has options for everyone: vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. Co-owners Ross Bachhuber and Melissa Buchholz boast French, Mediterranean, Southern Asian and other various culinary styles. Their cocktail list is also killer!
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Odd Duck
2352 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (one block North on KK) (414) 763-5881, oddduckrestaurant.com Odd Duck is known for its ever-changing small plate and shareable menu inspired by local ingredients. It has options for everyone: vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. Co-owners Ross Bachhuber and Melissa Buchholz boast French, Mediterranean, Southern Asian and other various culinary styles. Their cocktail list is also killer!
2398 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (1 block North on KK) (414) 544-2774, corazonmilwaukee.com This is the newer Bay View outpost of the Riverwest gem. Excellent, fresh Mexican food that isn't drowning in cheese. There are also tons of vegetarian and vegan options. Our favorite margarita in the city! If you call ahead for carry-out, be sure to tell them you’re picking up at the Bay View location.
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Café Corazón
2394 S Kinnickinnic Ave
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2398 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (1 block North on KK) (414) 544-2774, corazonmilwaukee.com This is the newer Bay View outpost of the Riverwest gem. Excellent, fresh Mexican food that isn't drowning in cheese. There are also tons of vegetarian and vegan options. Our favorite margarita in the city! If you call ahead for carry-out, be sure to tell them you’re picking up at the Bay View location.
2165 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (4 blocks north on KK) (414) 800-7329, c-viche.com Enjoy Ibero-American small plates with a Peruvian influence and focus on fresh ceviches, handcrafted pisco cocktails, and international wines. Some of the best ceviches you’ll find in the city!
C-viche
2165 S Kinnickinnic Ave
2165 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (4 blocks north on KK) (414) 800-7329, c-viche.com Enjoy Ibero-American small plates with a Peruvian influence and focus on fresh ceviches, handcrafted pisco cocktails, and international wines. Some of the best ceviches you’ll find in the city!
2659 S Kinnickinnic Ave, (4 - FOUR Blocks South on KK), (414) 539-3593, vanguardbar.com Milwaukee's best bar food, 2018 (according to OnMilwaukee.com) Sausage, spirits and beer are the main focuses of The Vanguard in Bay View. Choose a classic bratwurst, a chef-inspired styled sausages or a city-specific sausage. Every sausage has a specific beer or spirit recommendation for the ultimate pairing of meat and libations. Their menu also includes poutine and "tube-less" plates such as Thee Dirty Burger and lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Brunch - Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m., includes chicken and waffles, a diner brat and a selection of four brunch cocktails.
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The Vanguard
2659 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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2659 S Kinnickinnic Ave, (4 - FOUR Blocks South on KK), (414) 539-3593, vanguardbar.com Milwaukee's best bar food, 2018 (according to OnMilwaukee.com) Sausage, spirits and beer are the main focuses of The Vanguard in Bay View. Choose a classic bratwurst, a chef-inspired styled sausages or a city-specific sausage. Every sausage has a specific beer or spirit recommendation for the ultimate pairing of meat and libations. Their menu also includes poutine and "tube-less" plates such as Thee Dirty Burger and lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Brunch - Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m., includes chicken and waffles, a diner brat and a selection of four brunch cocktails.
2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (4 - FOUR Blocks South on KK), (414) 489-7437, www.honeypiecafe.com Retro-style eatery with patio serving creative comfort food and desserts -- including delectable housemade pies --made from local ingredients
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Honeypie
2643 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (4 - FOUR Blocks South on KK), (414) 489-7437, www.honeypiecafe.com Retro-style eatery with patio serving creative comfort food and desserts -- including delectable housemade pies --made from local ingredients
2691 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (5 - FIVE Blocks South on KK), (414) 294-0483, www.huebayview.com Hue is a Vietnamese restaurant in Bay View specializing in pho and other central Vietnamese dishes. The kitchen serves until 10 p.m. and the bar and lounge stays open until 2 a.m.
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Hue Vietnamese Restaurant - Bay View
2691 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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2691 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (5 - FIVE Blocks South on KK), (414) 294-0483, www.huebayview.com Hue is a Vietnamese restaurant in Bay View specializing in pho and other central Vietnamese dishes. The kitchen serves until 10 p.m. and the bar and lounge stays open until 2 a.m.
2663 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (4 1/2 blocks South on KK), (414) 595-9656, www.facebook.com/hungrysumosushibar Right next door to The Vanguard, Hungry Sumo offers both traditional and modern takes on sushi, including creative rolls, nigiri and sashimi. You'll also find classic Thai dishes, entrees like teriyaki bowls and danburi and a variety of Asian inspired appetizers. Personally, we love the sushi and the pad kee mao. Oh! And the tom kha gai – great when you have a cold!
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Hungry Sumo
2663 S Kinnickinnic Ave
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2663 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (4 1/2 blocks South on KK), (414) 595-9656, www.facebook.com/hungrysumosushibar Right next door to The Vanguard, Hungry Sumo offers both traditional and modern takes on sushi, including creative rolls, nigiri and sashimi. You'll also find classic Thai dishes, entrees like teriyaki bowls and danburi and a variety of Asian inspired appetizers. Personally, we love the sushi and the pad kee mao. Oh! And the tom kha gai – great when you have a cold!
1955 S. Hilbert St., (414) 481-9974, barnacle-buds.com Barnacle Bud's, right on the Milwaukee River, offers patrons fresh seafood and barbecue in a beach-style shack in Bay View. Enjoy their fresh oyster bar, appetizers, sandwiches and such. The menu includes gems such as po' boy, crab cake sandwiches and fried fish baskets.
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Barnacle Bud's
1955 South Hilbert Street
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1955 S. Hilbert St., (414) 481-9974, barnacle-buds.com Barnacle Bud's, right on the Milwaukee River, offers patrons fresh seafood and barbecue in a beach-style shack in Bay View. Enjoy their fresh oyster bar, appetizers, sandwiches and such. The menu includes gems such as po' boy, crab cake sandwiches and fried fish baskets.
352 E Stewart St, (414) 897-7367, santinoslittleitaly.com Traditional Neapolitan pizzas, plus pasta & drinks in a rustic setting with an 1890s Brooklyn vibe.
Santino's Little Italy
352 E Stewart St
352 E Stewart St, (414) 897-7367, santinoslittleitaly.com Traditional Neapolitan pizzas, plus pasta & drinks in a rustic setting with an 1890s Brooklyn vibe.
2414 S. St. Clair St., (414) 481-7530 - (Cash only & call ahead for reservations) This charming old European restaurant lives in an old Schlitz corner pub and specializes in traditional Serbian dishes that will make your heart sing. The homey style, lovely family of owners, and comfort food of the highest order make it our favorite place to take out of towners for an old Milwaukee experience! Popular dishes include spinach and cheese burek, beef goulash, and chicken paprikash. Don’t miss the grape leaves and Serbian salad of peppers and atoes with cheese – simple and divine. One of our absolute all-time favorites! (Cash only – call ahead for reservations)
Three Brothers
2414 South Saint Clair Street
2414 S. St. Clair St., (414) 481-7530 - (Cash only & call ahead for reservations) This charming old European restaurant lives in an old Schlitz corner pub and specializes in traditional Serbian dishes that will make your heart sing. The homey style, lovely family of owners, and comfort food of the highest order make it our favorite place to take out of towners for an old Milwaukee experience! Popular dishes include spinach and cheese burek, beef goulash, and chicken paprikash. Don’t miss the grape leaves and Serbian salad of peppers and atoes with cheese – simple and divine. One of our absolute all-time favorites! (Cash only – call ahead for reservations)
2457 S. Wentworth Ave., (414) 763-4706, goodkindbayview.com With a symbiotic relationship between the kitchen and bar, this is another one of our personal favorites! They have a selection of rotisserie meats and feature tons of local produce and house-made cocktails. You'll find things like fresh pappardelle pasta, lavender-anchovy rubbed leg of lamb and a beef brisket tartar along with an intriguing Sunday brunch menu, complete with hilariously-named house cocktails. Give bar maid extraordinaire, Katie Rose, a high-five from us if you go! And if you buy a round for the kitchen (see the bottom of their menu), they ring a bell and cheer.
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Goodkind
2457 South Wentworth Avenue
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2457 S. Wentworth Ave., (414) 763-4706, goodkindbayview.com With a symbiotic relationship between the kitchen and bar, this is another one of our personal favorites! They have a selection of rotisserie meats and feature tons of local produce and house-made cocktails. You'll find things like fresh pappardelle pasta, lavender-anchovy rubbed leg of lamb and a beef brisket tartar along with an intriguing Sunday brunch menu, complete with hilariously-named house cocktails. Give bar maid extraordinaire, Katie Rose, a high-five from us if you go! And if you buy a round for the kitchen (see the bottom of their menu), they ring a bell and cheer.
2640 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 486-0504, hificafe.com Another punk rock kid favorite! Hi-Fi Cafe is a coffee shop offering various coffees and espressos, teas and juices, breakfast items, sandwiches and snacks, pizzas and pastas. The food’s not great, but it’s still a fun little place with a diner-like feel and good musical vibes. Have a bagel and a coffee and soak up some old-school Bay View.
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HI-FI Cafe
2640 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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2640 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 486-0504, hificafe.com Another punk rock kid favorite! Hi-Fi Cafe is a coffee shop offering various coffees and espressos, teas and juices, breakfast items, sandwiches and snacks, pizzas and pastas. The food’s not great, but it’s still a fun little place with a diner-like feel and good musical vibes. Have a bagel and a coffee and soak up some old-school Bay View.
101 W. Mitchell St., (414) 763-0438, transfermke.com Also located between Bay View and Walker's Point, Transfer Pizzeria Cafe is relaxed cafe featuring 40-plus types of creative pizzas, wine and beer, complete with local art and live music. Make an attempt to try the bruschetta salmon, prosciutto fungi pizza or the classic carbonara pasta.
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Transfer Pizzeria Café
101 West Mitchell Street
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101 W. Mitchell St., (414) 763-0438, transfermke.com Also located between Bay View and Walker's Point, Transfer Pizzeria Cafe is relaxed cafe featuring 40-plus types of creative pizzas, wine and beer, complete with local art and live music. Make an attempt to try the bruschetta salmon, prosciutto fungi pizza or the classic carbonara pasta.
711 W Historic Mitchell St, (414) 672-7878 ** I LOVE this place ** Across the freeway in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood, this casual, family-owned eatery offers traditional Pakistani cuisine made from Zabiha Halal meats. This is probably the most authentic and delicious Pakistani and Indian cuisine in the city next to Bombay Sweets. And they deliver!
Anmol Restaurant Milwaukee
711 West Historic Mitchell Street
711 W Historic Mitchell St, (414) 672-7878 ** I LOVE this place ** Across the freeway in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood, this casual, family-owned eatery offers traditional Pakistani cuisine made from Zabiha Halal meats. This is probably the most authentic and delicious Pakistani and Indian cuisine in the city next to Bombay Sweets. And they deliver!
1801 S. 3rd St., (414) 837-5950 Located between Bay View and Walker's Point, Triskele's is a cozy, friendly bar and restaurant with a seasonal, rotating menu and all-you-can-eat mussels every Tuesday night.
Triskele's
1801 South 3rd Street
1801 S. 3rd St., (414) 837-5950 Located between Bay View and Walker's Point, Triskele's is a cozy, friendly bar and restaurant with a seasonal, rotating menu and all-you-can-eat mussels every Tuesday night.
Cafes - COFFEE! & Donuts!- the "3 - Block" Guide
Most of these places will have some food, Stone Creek has the least food but has an exceptional cuppa.
2 Blocks North on KK Where to grab a GOOD cuppa from a local roaster.
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Stone Creek Coffee - Bay View
2266 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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2 Blocks North on KK Where to grab a GOOD cuppa from a local roaster.
Collectivo Cafe & Troubadour Bakery 2 Blocks North on KK 2301 S. Kinnickinnic Ave *** Troubadour Bakery's signature artisan bread, baked goods and more are made from scratch every day. *** Located at the intersections of Kinnickinnic and Lincoln Ave, this unique cafe provides an open view of the daily work at Troubadour Bakery as well as an opportunity to grab a loaf of their signature bread. Come check out the innovative water management features, plenty of patio seating and sheltered, vertical bike parking for intermodal commuters! *** Collectivo Cafe is a locally owned and operated coffee roaster offering coffee, sandwiches & bakery, with cafes in Milwaukee and Madison WI and Chicago IL. Organic/Fair trade coffees are USDA Certified Organic and certified fair trade by Fair Trade USA.
Troubadour Baking Co
2301 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Collectivo Cafe & Troubadour Bakery 2 Blocks North on KK 2301 S. Kinnickinnic Ave *** Troubadour Bakery's signature artisan bread, baked goods and more are made from scratch every day. *** Located at the intersections of Kinnickinnic and Lincoln Ave, this unique cafe provides an open view of the daily work at Troubadour Bakery as well as an opportunity to grab a loaf of their signature bread. Come check out the innovative water management features, plenty of patio seating and sheltered, vertical bike parking for intermodal commuters! *** Collectivo Cafe is a locally owned and operated coffee roaster offering coffee, sandwiches & bakery, with cafes in Milwaukee and Madison WI and Chicago IL. Organic/Fair trade coffees are USDA Certified Organic and certified fair trade by Fair Trade USA.
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company is a locally owned, small batch roaster proudly working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They provide an exceptional cup of coffee. The cafe has southern Italian style pizza; made from scratch, in a piping hot, wood burning oven. Go for coffee, get your work done and then enjoy a glass of wine and a wood fired pizza.
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Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.
2920 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company is a locally owned, small batch roaster proudly working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They provide an exceptional cup of coffee. The cafe has southern Italian style pizza; made from scratch, in a piping hot, wood burning oven. Go for coffee, get your work done and then enjoy a glass of wine and a wood fired pizza.
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Starbucks
2110 E Oklahoma Ave
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A quirky little cafe at the South edge of Bay View. Very attentive and nice staff.
Sprocket Cafe
3385 S Kinnickinnic Ave
A quirky little cafe at the South edge of Bay View. Very attentive and nice staff.
NEW! Try this place out and let me know how it is. We love the Urban Renewal happening at this old warehouse!
MOR Bakery and Cafe
2018 S 1st St
NEW! Try this place out and let me know how it is. We love the Urban Renewal happening at this old warehouse!
"DRINKS! for all my friends!"
Not everyone is Charles Bukowski but, you'll probably make plenty of friends at any of the neighborhood taverns.
2335 S Kinnickinnic Ave, "2" Blocks North Craft beer, wine & cocktails offered in a modern-rustic space with usually free - live music & a exceptional patio.
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Tonic Tavern
2335 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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2335 S Kinnickinnic Ave, "2" Blocks North Craft beer, wine & cocktails offered in a modern-rustic space with usually free - live music & a exceptional patio.
441 E Lincoln Ave, a local GEM! (2 blocks North and short swagger right - to the East) Visit our friend Adrienne at her sleek, wood-accented bar serving more than 60 American craft beers (ON DRAFT) in a relaxed atmosphere.
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Sugar Maple
441 East Lincoln Avenue
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441 E Lincoln Ave, a local GEM! (2 blocks North and short swagger right - to the East) Visit our friend Adrienne at her sleek, wood-accented bar serving more than 60 American craft beers (ON DRAFT) in a relaxed atmosphere.
422 E Lincoln Ave, Try Voyager Wine Bar: "a focus on natural wines " is now open. The bar, also mixes cocktails, and pours beer and hard cider. The space includes large windows, dark walls and drapes, and a wood-clad bar. Wines made with minimal intervention are growing in popularity; the wines at Voyager come mainly from smaller producers in Europe and the U.S. They're sold by the glass, carafe or bottle, and are moderately priced — bottles range from $19 to $42 on the current list, and glasses start at $6.
Voyager
422 E Lincoln Ave
422 E Lincoln Ave, Try Voyager Wine Bar: "a focus on natural wines " is now open. The bar, also mixes cocktails, and pours beer and hard cider. The space includes large windows, dark walls and drapes, and a wood-clad bar. Wines made with minimal intervention are growing in popularity; the wines at Voyager come mainly from smaller producers in Europe and the U.S. They're sold by the glass, carafe or bottle, and are moderately priced — bottles range from $19 to $42 on the current list, and glasses start at $6.
Too Close for saftey! 1 block away to the North on Howell
The Stone
2422 South Howell Avenue
Too Close for saftey! 1 block away to the North on Howell
Football Fans! (errr... Soccer Fans!!!) This is where all of the games will be on and you might run into an ex-pat or 10.
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The Highbury Pub
2322 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Football Fans! (errr... Soccer Fans!!!) This is where all of the games will be on and you might run into an ex-pat or 10.
Large Menu, interesting decor, many beers. IMHO - the food has been adequate but they've recently re-launched so the jury is out. Nice seating, new interior, BRUNCH!
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Centraal Grand Café and Tappery
2306 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Large Menu, interesting decor, many beers. IMHO - the food has been adequate but they've recently re-launched so the jury is out. Nice seating, new interior, BRUNCH!
1 block North on KK Olde School Bowling. Dive Bar. Locals. What else could you ask for - for local color? Say hi to Dee Vo if she's behind the rail!
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Bay View Bowl
2416 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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1 block North on KK Olde School Bowling. Dive Bar. Locals. What else could you ask for - for local color? Say hi to Dee Vo if she's behind the rail!
Hipsterville. But we still love this place.
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Burnhearts
2599 South Logan Avenue
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Hipsterville. But we still love this place.
Dive? Your call. 100% local charm.
The Newport
939 East Conway Street
Dive? Your call. 100% local charm.
Puddler's Hall
2461 S St Clair St
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At Random
2501 South Delaware Avenue
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Stop inside for a good glass of wine.
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G. Groppi Food Market
1441 E Russell Ave
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Stop inside for a good glass of wine.
Club Garibaldi
2501 South Superior Street
MUSIC
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Cactus Club
2496 South Wentworth Avenue
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MUSIC
and foodz
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Palomino Bar
2491 South Superior Street
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and foodz
MUSIC
Frank's Power Plant
2800 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
MUSIC
Blackbird Bar
3007 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
The Backyard
2155 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Lost Whale
2151 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Revel Bar
2246 S Kinnickinnic Ave
SHOPPES
New to Old, Craft to Artisnal, Vintage to Antique
BIGFOOT BIKE AND SKATE LLC
350 East Ward Street
Voyageur Book Shop
2212 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Halo Artisan Skin Care
2227 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
Sparrow Collective
2224 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
AND HEN HOUSE expert Milliners.
The Brass Rooster
2252 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
AND HEN HOUSE expert Milliners.