Readers of OnMilwaukee.com named Leff's Lucky Town the best bar in Wauwatosa in 2011, and it’s easy to see why. Though the historic building has housed both a silent-movie theater and a shoe store concealing a Prohibition-era speakeasy, today the wood-paneled bar is anything but silent, and the taps flow freely and legally. Groups of friends and family members wash down 10 signature burgers and a menu of Cajun barbecue wings, larger-than-life pretzels with stone-ground mustard, and sandwiches such as The Hulkster—hot ham, turkey, and roast beef.
Yet what may have been the award clincher is the spot's welcoming, humbly homey atmosphere, which may have also contributed to it being featured on the Fox6 Days of Dining Week. Tucked amid sports memorabilia or together on the outdoor patio, parties gather to catch their favorite sports or telekinetic spoon-bending competitions on high-definition televisions.
Amid the tangy aroma of buffalo wings and the clink of beer glasses, patrons at Karma Bar & Grill gather around 20 HDTVs with MLB, NHL, NFL, and UFC packages, eyes locked on the match. Servers keep the atmosphere inviting as they deliver pitchers of beer, hefty 1/2-pound Angus steak burgers, plates of six-cheese mac or house-smoked brisket and pork, Friday fish fries, and other from-scratch specialties. During baseball season, Karma offers patrons a Brewer shuttle during every home game, and stand-up comedians appear on select Wednesdays and Fridays. The private Karma Lounge is also available for rental for groups of 10?80, and sports a giant projection screen along with a private bar.
The atmosphere at Jonny Hammers is that of a classic diner and bar, with regulars enjoying a game at the free pool table while guests discuss the finer points of the game over pints of Wisconsin beers. While watching the day’s favored sport’s game on the bar’s television or socializing on the patio, guests can dig into classic American dishes such as burgers, fish fry plates, and thin crust pizzas bursting with fresh produce like an embezzling scarecrow. The diner opens up bright and early at 6 AM every day, with a 12-hour happy hour seeing it through until the evening bar hours.
Beers unfurl from taps into sparkling pints at O’Brien’s Irish Pub, ready for hearty sips or splashes from ping-pong balls during bar-sanctioned games of beer pong. In between rounds of darts and cheers for pro teams playing on the bar’s TVs, patrons dig into a menu of house-roasted prime rib sandwiches, taco pizza, and Guinness french onion soup. O’Brien’s also welcomes tailgaters before every home Brewers game, and provides two complimentary shuttle busses to and from the stadium.
Barcrawls.com and joonbug.com team up to throw themed parties at locations from New York to Los Angeles. Events are typically held at hip nightlife spots such as clubs, lounges, and restaurants. Each year's get-togethers typically include parties for holidays—including Thanksgiving Eve—and viewing parties for baseball's beloved home-run derby as well as the sport's lesser-known "Is It a Balk?" contest.
About 200 feet from the storied Milwaukee River, The Irish Pub's founding family emulates the Emerald Isle with an oak-topped bar and Irish paraphernalia. Brews served in 20-oz English pints such as Stella Artois and Guinness join cocktail fixings and wines behind the wood-inlay bar, where a chalkboard menu announces nightly specials and which waiters get detention. During the winter season, customers may also enjoy spiked hot caramel apple cider. The pub's kitchen whips up wings, half-pound burgers, salads, soups, plates of fish 'n' chips, and other quintessential comfort food, as well as corned beef sandwiches and curried-chicken-salad wraps. Flat-screen TVs dot the dining room's exposed brick walls, where they broadcast sports games and other major events.