Wednesday, January 8, 2014

MKE Has Best Bars In America - Again

The bar at Braise Restaurant was recognized
along with Distil in
Food & Wine's Best Bars in America
We may be known first as a city of beer drinkers, but Milwaukee is also being acknowledged along with our growing food scene for our superb cocktails. Back in 2013 Esquire magazine named Bryant's the Best Bar in America as OnMilwaukee.com reported and we even had another top-five bar in Koz's Mini Bowl.  Well, the kudos keep coming in as Food & Wine included 2 Milwaukee bars in their list of 40 Best Bars in America  - the bar at Braise Restaurant and Distil.

Braise's farm-to-table concept was recognized in its  crafted drinks:
With an entire wall made from reclaimed barn boards, the cozy interior of Braise echoes the restaurant's farm-to-table philosophy. The cocktail list is based on seasonal infusions, including a toasted nut–enhanced rye whiskey used in their Sazerac
Meanwhile Distil was recognized for its focus on bourbon:
More than 120 bourbons and ryes, along with local cheeses and charcuterie, are the draw at Distil. A recent "Taste of the Month" featured a bourbon old-fashioned infused with Wisconsin’s famous Nueske’s bacon.
Braise and Distil were joined by Forequarter in Madison to give Wisconsin 3 of the 40 bars, pretty impressive considering how many states didn't even make it on the list.

In addition to the general best bars category, we have another bar that received acclaim from Food & Wine with Lucky Joe's Tiki Room being named one of five Best Tiki Bars.
This tropical-themed bar and lounge specializes in wacky riffs on classic tiki cocktails, like a peach pie–flavored mai tai. luckyjoestiki.com