Art Bar, called a "Painter's Paradise" by Urban Milwaukee magazine, isn't your typical watering hole. In its enchanting interior, hundreds of soda bottle caps create an argyle pattern on pillars, wine corks stud an oval-shaped bar, and paint-by-number pieces—depicting everything from horses to the Virgin Mary—plaster a wall.
The kitschy aesthetic offers a glimpse into the creative mind of owner Don Krause. Krause left his former career as an interior designer for Ethan Allen to brave the trials of opening a bar in Riverwest. And he did it his way: His joint pours more than 40 microbrews by night and Alterra coffee by day in a space adorned with the rotating creations of local artists. The beer lineup includes seasonal brews from Bell’s, Founders, Lakefront, and New Glarus, as well as “mystery beers” served for three bucks cloaked in a crumpled brown bag—the way Wisconsin dignitaries drink. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel describes the venue as “a feast for all senses” and “one of the hottest spots in Riverwest,” thanks in part to its comedy, musical, or artistic events.
Bremen Café's cadre of sandwich sages heap hearty portions of veggies and deli meats onto hoagie rolls to round out an inventive menu. Silence maundering appetites with meal-prefacing portions of mini Pit-Zas ($4), which set zesty pizza fixings atop 10-foot wide pitas before a shrink ray zaps them down to a more manageable size. The Turkey Delight unites italian hoagie halves with a stack of smoked turkey, pesto mayonnaise, and muenster cheese ($6.50). Instead of staying dry—like cities during prohibition and squirt guns during groundings—the Bremen Beef sandwich anoints tender roast beef, peppers, and onions with piquant chili butter ($6.50). Achieve meatless munching by choosing vegetarian options such as the Burn Mama, Burn ($5.75), which ferries grilled cabbage and giardiniera peppers into mouths on a hoagie roll to launch surprise attacks on taste buds.
Loacated in the heart of Historic Brady Street, the warm and homey "Brewed Cafe" invites you to relax with excellent quality coffee (roasted by our good friends at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company) and array of delicious foods ranging from homemade bakery to our signature vegetarian chili, sandwiches and spreads.
Refuge Smoothie Cafe started as a way to indulge without completely undoing healthy eating habits. The menu boasts colorful, tasty smoothies made with fruit and vegetables to satisfy sweet cravings while filling the body with healthy vitamins. House blends include smoothies packed with berries, vegetables such as kale and spinach, and herbs such as mint and basil. Guests can customize their own smoothie or slurp on coffee, tea, and fresh-squeezed juice.
A cold-press system is the key to Juiced! Mobile Juice Bar's vitality-boosting concoctions. Owner Jason Lannoch swears by the technique because it allows him to preserve fresh fruits' and vegetables' nutrients rather than breaking them down with a high-powered centrifugal juicer. Try signature blends such as the Hangover Destroyer with apples and organic beets, carrots, and lemons, or the Lean & Clean, which combines kale with cucumbers, apples, ginger, and limes. Customers can pick up individual bottles at Lannoch's North Farwell Avenue shop or opt for multi-juice power cleanses.
Let tea become a new safe place to let your humanity glow like a burning pile of old National Geographic magazines. The East Brady Street coffee and tea house offers more than 70 teas by the cup, pot, or ounce, with green, black, scented black, white, periwinkle, herbal, jasmine, and oolong teas priced by their degrees of rarity. House teas, such as the mountain huckleberry or Japanese sencha, go for $1.75 a cup, while $2.75 will put a steaming cup of one of the rare selections, like the organic white plum berry, into your tired hands. Extra-rare offerings, such as the white silver needles tea, go for $3.75 a cup, and all teas are available by the ounce for home-brewed delight. If coffee is what you crave, Rochambo's selection of more than a dozen syrupy sweeteners are on hand to flavor any coffee (starting at $1.40 for a small mug) or espresso ($2.40 and up) concoction, while its specialty coffee creations—including a Summer Sun Latte with honey, butterscotch, and caramel ($3.95), or the Almond Joy mocha, infused with almond and coconut ($3.95)—tempt palates in need of a buzz. Booze-infused specialty coffee drinks, such as the Mood Ring, with Crater Lake hazelnut espresso vodka, Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueur, and a dollop of whipped cream ($6), make for a soothing treat any time before the clock strikes midnight, when Rochambo closes its night-owl-friendly shop every night.