The chi masters at this trinity of acupuncture and health centers seamlessly weave Chinese medicine stretching back 3,000 years with modern medicine's focus on disease and pathology. Dr. Chuan Liu tends to patients with a parallel approach at Milwaukee Acupuncture & Health Center and Ozaukee Acupuncture & Health Center. Trained his native China, Dr. Liu helps patients manage pain and stress, restore energy, and obtain optimal health through therapies including the AcuRelief and AcuHealth systems, which he helped found.
Milwaukee Ale House echoes with notes of live music and the laughter of pub goers, but the building is also the site of serious work. Beyond a pair of glass doors, the pub's stainless steel fermentation tanks bubble with Milwaukee Brewing Company's creations. When they're ready, these beers make the short leap from brew room to bar tap, forming a beverage selection that Esquire described as, "plentiful and tasty, complementing the top-notch food."
The menu sports a convenient pairing chart that helps diners match prime rib, pulled-pork sandwiches, and spicy beef-and-chorizo burgers to house brews. Ideal with chicken, Louie's Demise exudes the smooth maltiness of a typical amber ale but with a balanced kick of Perle and Tettnanger hops, A meat-and-potatoes porter, the Admiral Stache ages for one month in bourbon barrels, lending a toasty vanilla flavor to subtle notes of milk chocolate and dried fruit.
Situated in the heart of the Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee Ale House's century-old building provides the main dining room and patio areas with waterside views of the Milwaukee River. The pub's decor exudes its own historic charm with exposed brick, a scattering of empty wooden barrels, and vintage beer signs. When live bands aren't performing, focus turns back to the bar area, where the taps form an ornate centerpiece built to resemble a copper-topped wooden vat. Around the vat hang white mugs belonging to members of the Mug Club and office workers who "got lost" during their coffee break.
Fins, a family-friendly hangout, is perched above the Rock River and offers eyeball-soothing sights and easy access to Lake Koshkonong. The open kitchen churns out an array of eclectic menu items and the full bar offers a wide selection of drinks. Start softly with a salad such as the caprese ($4.95), or cut into homemade crab cakes ($6.95). Fins has mastered the art of the classic pressed sandwich—grab a hot buffalo-chicken panini ($7.95) or an Italian-beef panini ($7.95). However, nine out of ten devout dentists agree that Fins’ specialty is the pizza (9" for $9.95, 12" for $11.95). Hack a triangle out of Pat's MSP (mushroom, sausage, and pepperoni), the BLT, Michael's BBQ Chicken, or finally give in to acronym-o-phobia and go for the "drag it thru the garden", a pie packed with peppers, tomatoes, onions, black olives, and mushrooms, doused with spinach and artichoke sauce, and smothered in a special cheese blend.
In 1892, a grand Victorian hotel hosted traveling gentlemen in luxurious $1-a-night rooms supplied with fine liquor and cigars. The proprietor’s sons, prominent Milwaukee businessmen, brought 20th-century celebrities such as Liberace to the hotel for evening performances; today, the piano he played is still displayed in the building’s grand lower level.
The carefully restored building now also houses Koehring's Grand Central House, which is both a restaurant and a bed and breakfast. Bartenders pour signature ice-cream drinks from behind a replica of the original front desk as diners eat butter-grilled steaks and seafood beneath elegant chandeliers. Despite the changes, antique dishes and photographs hang throughout the entire restaurant, and ghost hunters claim that the eatery is still overbooked with the spirits of the unquiet dead.
Beach volleyball is traditionally a summertime sport, but it's a year-round affair at Bic's Place. In addition to two outdoor sand courts, the sports bar shelters two indoor sand courts, all of which host league games and tournaments. Perfect for postgame celebrating or commiserating, Bic's Place's menu includes sports bar staples such as deep-fried macaroni and cheese, housemade pizza, and wings tossed in one of more than 10 sauces, including Wild Turkey bourbon. Bartenders behind the curving wooden bar help pair each meal with the right libation, while eight big-screen TVs stay tuned to the latest sports until at least 2 a.m. six nights a week.
Overlooking Lake Nagawicka, Seven Seas serves a palatable menu of finely prepared meats and fresh seafood, along with more than 500 wines from around the world. Diners can furnish exquisite fermented sippers with digestive companions, such as the rumaki Seven Seas, a starter of chicken liver and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon and smoked salmon canapés with mustard-lime sauce ($10).