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Michelle DeCou
· December 8, 2017
Dear Art*Bar when you have a buy one get one drink special please tell people that it has to be used between by 8. I didn't know so went to the bar to get my second drink just to be told, "Sorry you h...ave to use this by 8." Well, I wasn't told this when I bought my first drink, so now I'm 27 minutes too late? Bogus. See More
David Bourgeois
· January 6, 2018
Art Bar is a place for everyone who loves great drinks, great music, great art and friendly service. I have seldom had such meaningful and respectful conversations with complete strangers before. This... went on all night. People coming up to us to compliment us on our clothing, or simply just to say hello and chat for a while as they strolled from room to room to look at the artwork. I wish I lived closer so I could go more often. Very chill and welcoming for sure. Gave me hope for humanity again. Total warmth on a sub zero evening. See More
Sandy Barrette
· September 24, 2017
Pet friendly! This is a great neighborhood bar with a friendly staff and down to earth clientelle. The walls are full of fabulous and funky art. Had a great time at an adult coloring fundraiser held t...here yesterday. See More
Dani Sue Crinklaw
· October 9, 2017
I can't give any less than a 5 star rating to any place that allows furbabies! Never mind the amazing artwork, the excellent service, the fun and funky decor and the really nice people! It was crazy p...acked for the game and nobody even shushed the other teams fans. Very live and let live atmosphere! It was super. Looking forward to going back often ♥ See More
Jennifer Pyles Taylor
· November 1, 2017
One of my favorite venues. Fantastic drink selections and specials, friendly bartenders and great art. New for me? Bringing my puppy. Love it even more. We both had a super time.
Ericka Schultz
· October 28, 2017
Have always love coming here. Painted the big canvas on the wall once and had a blast. Definitely one of the best neighborhood bars.
Becky Tesch
· October 24, 2017
Great bar, great for the art community, lovely and perfectly gritty river west location.
Kevin Culver
· June 23, 2017
This bar , which in previous incarnations was the Lava Java coffeehouse , followed by the short lived " Sweet Black Coffee , has survived a while. Magazines and board games are available , and ther...e are three large rooms and sidewalk seating . Credit and debit are accepted and the bar hosts comedy shows from time to time . I don't believe there is a kitchen but they do have pizzas. Specials include $3 tall boys of Pabst and Bitburger or " Mystery Beer" in a brown bag( mine turned out to be Old Style. Tap beer is not available , unusual for Milwaukee but there is a large selection of cans and bottles . See More
Richard Ward
· October 25, 2016
I have been avoiding writing a review of this place for months, for one reason in particular: Art Bar is such a hidden gem -- so unique and comfortable and warm and welcoming, with great happy hour sp...ecials (buy one/get one 3:00 - 7:00 pm, Monday-Saturday), excellent Bloody Mary recipe, Colectivo coffee, the BEST Green Bay Packers game-day parties (not hyperbole; the very best), among many other things... Art Bar is such a favorite of mine that I'm afraid it will no longer feel like "my spot" as more and more people come to realize how truly awesome Art Bar is. But that would be an injustice to all Riverwest and Milwaukee residents. In short, Art Bar is a place you need to experience.

Local art covers the walls. The craft beer list is unparalleled. Live shows are always a blast. They host themed parties all the time, which are super fun (a recent David Bowie dance party comes to mind). The bartenders and owner are knowledgeable, friendly and just all-around good people. There are bingo nights as well, with hilarious, fun prizes. You can play Twister and board games and pool. They have coloring contests; that's right, coloring contests.

I used to avoid the bar scene during Packers games because the thought of sitting elbow to elbow in a raucous, uncomfortable public place was the opposite of appealing. I'd rather eat, drink and celebrate with a handful of good friends than a bunch of loud, obnoxious strangers getting black out drunk. Well, Art Bar changed all that. They serve free food during every game. Not just free, but really good food -- taco/nacho bar, brats and hamburgers, chili, and hot ham sandwiches, to name a few. Buffet style. The seating is comfortable and casual, more like a café or cinema grill than an overcrowded bar where everyone is usually forced to stand. They turn up the radio announcers, which adds to the excitement of the game. Free touchdown shots. Bloody Marys on special. It's not just a great opportunity to watch the game, but also to hangout and catch up with friends.

If you're not sold yet, they also allow dogs. It's not rare to see dogs chilling on stools at the bar, hovering under tables, or just trotting around looking for attention. Heck, my English chocolate lab Maggie is almost more of a regular than I am.

I feel as if I should spend more time on this review, try to be more thoughtful and insightful regarding how much this place brings me joy. But truth is, nothing I write will do Art Bar justice. You know that comfortable, "home" feeling you get as an adult when you return to visit your parents, mom and dad make dinner, spoil you like your a kid again, and you get to stay in your old room? That's Art Bar. It's not super fancy or over the top; it just feels like home.
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Les Braze
· January 16, 2018
Comfy, friendly and you can’t beat happy hour. Love the art!
Keith Stachowiak
· December 21, 2016
Perhaps this is biased because I consider this my neighborhood bar, but it is so much more than that. From packer games to live music, art shows, political debates, block parties and a fantastic happy... hour special (buy one get one) - this is one of the best spots in Riverwest and beyond. See More
Heidi Koester
· September 19, 2017
This is a wonderful place, so much fun to visit. :D
Ashley Suttle
· January 3, 2016
I love this bar! Great vibes , great energy and wonderful art work. Its like a safe haven to an artists dream lol. The new changes are kind of weird though, I was on maternity leave since February and... just came back to visit a few weeks ago, And no one knew what a Nervous Break Down was . I kind of wish the old staff was there because they knew my face and knew what drink I wanted but hopefully in see time the current workers will too! See More
Glenda Puhek
· January 16, 2018
All that artwork on the walls during the holidays…kudos!
Julie Westphal
· December 24, 2016
I'm not from the neighborhood...but this is a ABSOLUTE GEM! I LOVED all the art and decor...and may have purchase something from the wall the next time I'm in! Because I'd never been and was meeting a... friend after training, I had my dog with. Hard to find dog friendly places, especially indoor ones during winter, but Art Bar made this super easy for us to stay and socialize a bit! My only concern was people dropping their leashes to let dogs over. My dog is social with people, tolerant of dogs, but the 'in your face, in your space' without a human around could be dangerous...besides, we were in training mode. Maybe I'm just hyper aware because I'm a behaviorist...but I hate for any dog to have a bad or traumatic experience. Everyone was pretty open to me saying "Nope, I don't want my dog saying hi," and collected their leashes once more, so that was awesome. We train for different reasons...and some dogs are taught NOT to stray from the work they are doing...so I always recommend people be mindful that just because you see a dog, it doesn't mean you, or your dog, should go over and say hello. Distracting some dogs from their work (because there is no 100%in any species behavior after all)...can actually cause harm to their humans. :-( Overall, this is an AMAZING find and I am so happy to know it's there because I will definitely be back ...for many reasons, including the Cider! Highly recommended! See More
Sarah Miller
· November 20, 2015
Art*Bar is my favorite bar in the city. From the wonderful bartenders, the drink specials, and the drinks themselves, I'm beside myself. They assemble my favorite bloody, and it's a tough one to bea...t. Love this place and recommend it to everyone I know. See More
Doctori Sadisco
· April 23, 2017
I stopped in because i could no longer sit at home and was delighted to find my friends Abraham and Brice there to talk with. They are very, very cool people.
Crystal Rocha
· October 25, 2017
Less Taylor Swift would be cool.
Sheldon Jones
· July 23, 2017
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Bryan Atinsky
· July 21, 2016
Nice neighborhood bar. Art is sometimes interesting, sometimes not. Owner is a good guy who cares about Riverwest...pool table and dart board a bonus. But only bottles, no taps at all.
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