- $30 worth of enticing beverages at Art Bar
- Rotating art shows
- Over 40 bottled microbrews
- Mystery Bags of mystery beers
- Free WiFi
- Live music, pool tables, board games, and more
- View event calendar
- Open late
- Not valid with specials or happy hour.
Carly Rubach of Milwaukee magazine raises her glass to the paints and pints at Art Bar. Yelpers give it an average of four stars, and six TripAdvisors give it 3.5 stars. > * 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.