Most people over the age of 21 have a favorite place that they like to go to when they want to relax and spend time with their friends. Whether they prefer to drink, dance, play pool or darts, eat, sing or meet someone new, there’s a place that they’re proud to call “my bar”.
There are many reasons as to why they choose to call it “my bar”. It could be the atmosphere, the music, the service, the parking, the entertainment, the prices, the convenience or even the menu. Whatever the reason, when they want to go out, they’ll most likely go back to the place that hit the majority of their preferences on the checklist and also managed to hit fewer pet peeves on their “do-not-go-back” list. Why wouldn’t you go back?
Sometimes going to the same place over and over again can get a bit boring after awhile, so you may decide to venture off to somewhere new. Like taking a vacation from work or home, but when the vacation comes to an end, you begin to realize that it may be a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t really want to live there. There’s no place like home or “my bar”, which is why you’ll keep coming back.
Here are some locals’ favorites:
Lady Luck Bar is a drinking place, brewpub and café near Blackjack Fireworks in Caledonia.
“It’s a small town bar, 5 minutes away and the bartenders are nice and learn your names…makes me feel like I’m walking into Cheers!” – Jodi, 22, Franksville
Jock Stop is a tri-level sports bar on National Avenue in Milwaukee that offers karaoke and a diverse crowd.
“My husband and I love to drink there. It’s a small bar and the owner is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Whenever he is bartending, he always makes sure you are never thirsty and he can make you laugh with just one of his many stories. Besides, their ladies night special is hard to beat!” – Jamie, 25, West Allis
Ray and Dots on Grange Avenue in Greendale has been around since 1957 playing a variety of music on their juke and offering darts, pool and fried food.
“It’s for me! They have $1.50 beer and $0.75 pool everyday!” – Charlotte, 26, Milwaukee
Café Lulu is a funky bar and café that offers live music on the weekends on Howell Avenue in the Bay View area.
“Good atmosphere and drinks. And it’s a bit classier, but still for everyone.” – Drake, 23, Racine
I saved “my bar”, the best, for last. City Lounge is a fun, comfortable, social lounge on Layton Avenue in Cudahy offering a diverse crowd, free line dance lessons on Thursdays, a dance club atmosphere Fridays and Saturdays, karaoke Sundays and a beer garden patio open year round.
“City Lounge! Music, dancing, drinks… and friends!” – Sharon, 24, Oak Creek
I really like this bar because it’s always been smoke-free – which is one of my biggest pet peeves, – you can always find a parking space, it’s a great place to people watch – one of my favorite past times, – and the city street scene decorations make for an interesting atmosphere. I’m not a big drinker so I usually just order one drink and volunteer to be the designated driver, but I think they’re pretty reasonably priced, and they’re the only place I’ve been to that will make my drink just the way I want it and not look at me like I’m a pest for ordering more water than alcohol. I usually only come on Friday and Saturday nights to dance with my friends because I love being active and it’s the easiest way to get in shape and relieve stress. Their music has the best variety of all of the places that I’ve been to that it can be difficult to leave the dance floor for a bathroom break or water replenishment because I don’t want to miss a good song.
The Jock Stop: http://www.yelp.com/biz/jock-stop-the-milwaukee
Ray and Dots: http://www.onmilwaukee.com/bars/articles/rayanddots.html
Café Lulu: http://lulubayview.com/
City Lounge: http://www.cityloungesmokefree.com/