While the surrealist painter Joan Miró was known to occasionally starve himself to achieve inspired artistic hallucinations, the lesser-known Hans Hanserton simply asked his audiences to imbibe martinis. Today's Groupon combines an eye for art with a gullet for cold libations. For $10, you get $25 worth of enticing beverages late into the night at Art Bar on East Burleigh Street in the Riverwest neighborhood. Signature cocktails swirl amidst wines and microbrews to hydrate an atmosphere of live music and special art exhibitions.
Art Bar undergoes constant interior makeovers thanks to the rotating presence of local art shows. Paintings, photography, found objects, and more visual creations stand and hang for the contemplative admiration of sipping patrons. Board games, free WiFi, and pool tables are readily available for casual entertainment, and Art Bar's eclectic drinks menu aids a relaxed evening of chilling with mates. Until the 2 a.m. closing bell, patrons can expand the creative horizons of the mind with a smattering of beers, wines, martinis, and more. Over 40 microbrews wait patiently in their bottles ($4–$7) amidst 16-ounce PBRs that compete with the glorious temptation of the Mystery Beer, an unknown bottle of brew concealed by the woven fabrics of a sack ($2.50 each).
Liquid cravings that disdain lagers and ales can turn toward a sampling of red and white wines ($5–$10 a glass) and $10 specials like the Planter's Punch with white rum, dark rum, and orange juice. Banana-split martinis please a thirsty sweet tooth ($9), while a non-alcoholic beveragist can always lean back to a hearty cup of coffee ($1.75) or a super-charged Caramelicious espresso drink ($4).
This Groupon is not valid with Art Bar's weeknight specials or happy hour.
- In a neighborhood teeming with artists, a smart bar owner gives his clientele a place to drink and paint...No snooty gallery, the Art Bar is a community meeting place with a unique and comfortable feel. – Carly Rubach, Milwaukee
- Is it a coffee house? Is it a bar? Both? Gallery? Music venue? All of the above? The place has more personality than Sybil, and I quite liked it. This is going to become a regular stop. – William T., Yelp
- The atmosphere in this place is amazing - it's dark, but not too dark, alive with color, and friendly and welcoming as can be. In addition to having all sorts of art to gaze upon, you can also play a board game or utilize the pool table. – theALTERNAtraveler, TripAdvisor
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.
722 E Burleigh St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211Get Directions