Milwaukee’s best hotel bar, 2012: County Clare

You voted it Milwaukee's best Irish bar - again. And now you've named it Milwaukee's best hotel bar - again!

The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee’s Best: Bars & Clubs, 2011. Find readers’ results in 50 categories, including an editors’ pick, in this series of articles that run daily in the Bars and Clubs section of

You voted it Milwaukee’s best Irish bar – again. And now you’ve named it Milwaukee’s best hotel bar – again!

County Clare boasts of pouring the most stout in the state of Wisconsin, which isn’t surprising in the comfortable pub. But some bar patrons may not even spare a thought for the other part of County Clare’s business, a hotel with more than two dozen guest suites.

But readers knew all about it and made the cozy public house at 1234 N. Astor St. the easy winner as best hotel bar for yet another year.

The bar and restaurant is definitely an oasis if you’re staying at “The Guesthouse,” where rooms boasts a double whirlpool bath.

But whether or not you’ve got a room, the stout, along with a healthy selection of beers and imported whiskeys are a draw, as is the regular performances of traditional Irish music.

And, at this frigid time of the year, the fireplace in the Saint’s Snug is particularly enticing.



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