Blues Bars In Southern Wisconsin

Wisconsin is best known for its cheese and beer as well as being home to the Green Bay Packers. Attractions in southern Wisconsin include the Harley Davidson Museum, the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Cave of the Mounds. The area is also host to a variety of major music festivals since various genres—including rock, jazz ,and blues—play significant roles in the community. There are several blues bars worth checking out while visiting southern Wisconsin.

ARJ’s Jazz & Blues Club

Named after owner Arliss R. Jones, ARJ’s Jazz & Blues Club opened in 1998. It is now one of Milwaukee’s hottest spots for live jazz, blues, and R&B and is a mega-nightclub that has its interior decorated with autographed instruments and photographs from famous musicians who played there. The L-shaped club has two stage areas, four separate bars, and a spacious dance floor. The regulars at ARJ’s Jazz & Blues Club are a well-dressed, diverse, and sophisticated crowd in their 30’s and above. There is a strictly enforced dress code in place that prohibits baseball caps, gym or tennis shoes, Timberland boots, sweat suits, and baggy jeans. ARJ’s Jazz & Blues Club is closed on Sunday.

ARJ’s Jazz & Blues Club

3120 W Villard Avenue

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209


Mamie’s Bar

Mamie’s Bar is a popular neighborhood tavern in Milwaukee. It boasts one of the most diverse crowds (in terms of ethnicity, age, and income level) in Milwaukee clubs who all attend for the quality music and friendly, comfortable atmosphere. Mamie’s Bar has a small, simple menu, but its most popular item are the tacos. There are also Happy Hours, daily drink specials, and menu and special-themed events. Mamie’s Bar is open every day of the week.

Mamie’s Bar

3300 West National Avenue

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


The Brink Lounge

The Brink Lounge is a wine lounge, a martini lounge, a nightclub, and an event venue in Madison. With a capacity of just under 400 people, it is a popular event venue. The Brink Lounge is known locally for its one-of-a-kind martinis and daily drink specials. It also carries fine wines from California, Argentina, France, Italy, and Australia. A perfect accompaniment on the menu is the Wisconsin, a selection of cheeses including aged cheddar, smoked gouda, and Green Bay skim cheese. It also comes with smoked turkey and Genoa salami and an assortment of crackers. There are also handmade pizzas on the menu made with traditional dough that come in Hawaiian, BBQ chicken, veggie, sausage, pepperoni, and classic cheese varieties. The venue showcases live music every night except Sunday and Monday, when it is closed. Parking spaces are available in the parking lot behind the building, and there is additional parking in the nearby Good Neighbor parking lot.

The Brink Lounge

701 E. Washington Avenue Suite 105

Madison, Wisconsin