Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of naked people. Step into a funhouse of art-mirrors and more with today's Groupon: for $13, you get four microbrews and one 12-inch pizza (up to a $31.50 value) at Art Bar on East Burleigh Street in the Riverwest neighborhood.
Patrons can expand the creative horizons of the mind at Art Bar’s house of spirits, which comes decked out with local art and a smattering of beers, wines, and martinis. Artisans and their appreciators quaff from a collection of 40 microbrew varieties bottled by independent breweries ($5–$6 each). New Glarus and Lakefront stand as Wisconsin representatives, while other sudsmiths fashion foam-topped glasses of New Belgium creations. Each crispy canvas of thin-crust pizza ($7.50) comes brushed with lush landscapes of fresh ingredients and surrealist strokes of red sauce; varieties include classic margherita, greek, hearty sausage, chicken caesar, and supreme varieties.
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 and pool tables are readily available to arrange casual entertainment or solve land disputes.
- No snooty gallery, the Art Bar is a community meeting place with a unique and comfortable feel. – Vinnie Holly, Milwaukee
- I love this place! Friendly staff, the owner is fantastic, The Mystery Beer specials are a great catch, there are a wide variety of board games, the tables are made from rulers… – Babs H., Yelp
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 53212Get Directions