Bryant's Cocktail Lounge

Bryant's Cocktail Lounge

Cocktail Bar and Lounge$$$$
Historic Mitchell Street, Milwaukee
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    Bryant's Cocktail Lounge
    "holiday cocktail selection during Old Fashioned Cocktail Hour"(6 Tips)
    Ike O.
    "Probably the best mood lighting cocktail lounge in town."(3 Tips)
    Paige J.
    "Try the Marquette favorite Brain Buster."(2 Tips)
    Sir Charles I.
    "The best $5 Mai Tai anywhere!"(3 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • brain buster
  • dimly-lit
  • good for dates
  • holiday punch
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  • Eater
    EaterMay 28, 2014
    Cocktail expert David Wondrich is a fan of this Milwaukee bar, which is the city’s (and possibly the state’s) oldest—established in 1938. Wondrich says it was “cool before there were hipsters.”
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    Mina FarahzadAugust 16, 2014
    All kinds of cocktails. I especially loved one called the Herb that had mint, cucumber, gin, and tonic. And you can't go wrong with their chocolate ice cream cocktail!
  • Kathryn H.
    Kathryn HallFebruary 6, 2015
    Coming here is like stepping back into 1940 & I loved it! They have no menu but will make you whatever you want! There's a bar & only about 5 booths. It's cozy, retro & they play oldies :)
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    tracy appsFebruary 17, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    these folks are masters of the cocktail, and pairing them to your tastes. they really know what they're doing 😁
  • Ike O.heart icon on user image
    Ike OzurumbaNovember 25, 2012
    Probably the best mood lighting cocktail lounge in town. Extensive knowledge in mixology, so be sure to have some fun and tell your bartender/waitress what you like and see what they come up with.
  • Mary M.
    Mary MApril 6, 2012
    My FAVORITE place for drinks in Milwaukee! I went once with the recipe for a smoothie and asked them to turn it into a cocktail.....look for it in their little black recipe book! Tiger Blood!
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    Christine T.July 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my absolute favorite bars. Awesome drinks and equally awesome staff. Gotta try their Mai Tai, but be careful - it's rather strong! :)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 14, 2014
    Their claim to fame is that they don't have a cocktail menu; instead the knowledgable bartenders ask customers what they normally like and are in the mood for, and make cocktails to suit.
  • VISIT Milwaukee
    VISIT MilwaukeeOctober 28, 2013
    Bryant’s holds Cocktail Hour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. All ‘Depression Era Cocktails’ are half-priced, including the Old Fashioned, Cassis, Whiskey River and many more.
  • Chris O.
    Chris OlivaApril 18, 2012
    THE place to go for an awesome cocktail. Pricey, but worth it. No drink lists, as the bartenders have all that memorized. Just tell them what you like, and they'll create something delicious for you!
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    John GibbonsJanuary 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great cocktail lounge. Amazing drinks. No menu - tell bartender flavor/style/spirit and be wowed or try Brain Buster. Great music, cool vibe. Fantastic bar staff/owner. Park on Lapham for car safety.
  • Erin R.
    Erin RenshawSeptember 24, 2012
    No cocktail menu, but don't worry. Tell your bartender your tastes and he'll take good care of you. Also- If you've never tried one, you've simply got to get an ice cream drink. Yum!
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    Bryant's Cocktail LoungeNovember 10, 2013
    Trouble finding parking? There is a HUGE public parking lot with over 250 parking spaces just 1/2 block south of Bryant's on 9th Street.
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    AntonioAugust 28, 2014
    Great place trust your bartender they won't steer you wrong! Great place to take your lady friend to. Lots of fruity drinks!
  • Esquire
    EsquireJune 20, 2012
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. This bar is dark, but after trying their St. Paddy's Day punch or Old Fashioned you'll leave lit up. Read more
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    Samantha VanderhoofDecember 2, 2011
    Love the dim lighting and rat pack music & vibe. This is an excellent date spot, or just a great place to enjoy delicious cocktails specially made for you.
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    Bryant's Cocktail LoungeSeptember 14, 2013
    Want to know more about Bryant's history, join Wisconsin Foodie Kyle Cherek as he narrates the history of Bryant's for Open Doors Milwaukee. 9/21/13 at 2 and 3PM.
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    Bryant's Cocktail LoungeDecember 6, 2013
    Check out our specially priced holiday cocktail selection during Old Fashioned Cocktail Hour, Tuesday-Thursday from 5-9.
  • Kayla P.
    Kayla PavlakJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mike is the best bartender,hell make anything u name.....i love bryants:-) mai tais will fuck u up but chocolate raspberry ice cream or martinis are amazing
  • Ike O.heart icon on user image
    Ike OzurumbaNovember 25, 2012
    lighting like the inside of a submarine. love it. try a paloma! its tastey. really like this place.
  • Dan B.heart icon on user image
    Dan BenzJune 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the bar rather than the tables in back. Watching the geniuses behind the bar working their alcoholy magic is the best part about coming to Bryant's.
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BostwickJune 26, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The Roman Holiday is a gingery treat! A great summer cocktail.
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    Mad Men Halloween Party, 8/27/12, 8PM. Drink Specials, photobooth, and $100 Cash for best Mad Men costume!
  • Aaron O.
    Aaron OlsonJuly 30, 2014
    the best place everyone has now heard of...but you still need to check it out.
  • Kristopher B.heart icon on user image
    Kristopher BoronMay 8, 2016
    Just ask the bartenders to make you whiskey cocktails. Nuf said
  • Tanya S.heart icon on user image
    Tanya SparksNovember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing custom cocktails. Get the Cucumber Collins it's refreshing
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    Love MadMen? Don't miss our fourth annual Mad Men Halloween Party, November 2nd. Should be a blast.
  • Art of Adventuring
    Art of AdventuringSeptember 5, 2013
    They serve over 450 cocktails. They don’t have a menu at all. You tell the bartender what kind of mood you’re in and they’ll get you drink based on that. Read more
  • Marc G.heart icon on user image
    Marc GundersonAugust 15, 2017
    Tell them a base liquor and they'll make you something with it.
  • Zack S.heart icon on user image
    Zack SeuberlingJanuary 4, 2015
    sells more chartreuse than anywhere else in Wisconsin--according to a bartender. I believe it.
  • TJ K.heart icon on user image
    TJ KSeptember 28, 2014
    Absolutely love this place. Cocktail lovers heaven.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 29, 2014
    Check out Bryant's Cocktail Lounge as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more
  • Nathaniel B.
    Nathaniel BauerJanuary 8, 2010
    You have to try Frank's Drink if you like whiskey. Rye Whiskey, Chartreuse, Bitters and other secrets John Dye won't tell you. Also Sporting Fraternity every month is awesome.
  • Chuy C.heart icon on user image
    Chuy C.April 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Best Cocktail Lounge in town!
  • Kevin A.heart icon on user image
    Kevin ArtsDecember 27, 2014
    The tiki drinks are strong. Really strong.
  • Christopher S.heart icon on user image
    Christopher SmithNovember 26, 2016
    Old fashioned set the tone!
  • Lois L.
    Lois LaneDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    During the holiday season don't forget to try the punch! It packs a fruity punch!
  • Jun D.heart icon on user image
    Jun DNovember 21, 2014
    Good selection of cocktail drinks!
  • Sir Charles I.
    Sir Charles IIAugust 30, 2014
    The best $5 Mai Tai anywhere!
  • Viviana S.
    Viviana SedaFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Love this place, you can't leave without ordering at least two drinks
  • Quintin S.heart icon on user image
    Quintin SykesApril 19, 2016
    Lonesome Traveler is fantastic if you're a bourbon fan
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    Kenney CrumpJuly 28, 2015
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuNovember 25, 2012
    The Holiday Punch is very sweet and reminds me of jarred maraschino cherries.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KapelluschJuly 19, 2011
    They're perfect at giving you a drink that has exactly the characteristics you're looking for. Read more
  • Ferdinand G.heart icon on user image
    Ferdinand GaudOctober 30, 2022
    Been here 50+ times
    Great old fashion drinks
  • James O.heart icon on user image
    James O'SheaAugust 8, 2019
    Try the Herb!
  • Allen V.heart icon on user image
    Allen VoglianoJuly 4, 2015
    One of the Best Bars in America!
  • Laurie O.
    Laurie OsmanOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Live on the edge and just tell the server what you like to drink. You won't be disappointed.
  • Theodore P.heart icon on user image
    Theodore ProtasiewiczFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you finish the brainbuster you get a sticker
  • VISIT Milwaukee
    VISIT MilwaukeeJuly 20, 2010
    Try one of Bryant's 450 world famous cocktails, such as the flaming Black Magic! Read more
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