The Jazz Estate

East Side

This swanky little jazz bar that has been hosting musicians for over 40 years. Unassuming and intimate, the space feels more like a neighborhood cocktail joint than a national jazz venue. Open seven nights a week.  jazzestate.com

2423 N. Murray Ave. (414) 964-9923

 

Cactus Club

Southside

This laid-back corner bar may be rough around the edges but has great sound and hosts local and national indie acts.

cactusclubmilwaukee.com

2496 S Wentworth Ave.

(414) 897-0663

 

Circle-A-Cafe

Riverwest

Neighborhood bar with live music (8-10pm) then DJs and eclectic jukebox.

Open weekends.

circle-a-cafe.org

932 E Chambers St  (414) 562-4101

 

Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall

Southside

This local landmark features polka jams on Wednesdays and a variety of original music on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees.

kochanskisconcertina.com

1920 S 37th St.  (414) 837-6552

 

Company Brewing

Riverwest's neighborhood brewery, restaurant and music venue.

735 E. Center St.  (414) 930-0909

 

The Back Room at Colectivo

Showcases local and internationally touring artists.

2211 N Prospect Ave.

 (414) 286-3663

 

 County Clare Inn and Pub

Classic and contemporary Irish ballads every Thursday and Irish sessions on Fridays. countyclare-inn.com

1234 N. Astor St. (414) 272-5273

 

The Packing House

Supper club with live jazz music. packinghousemke.com

900 E. Layton Ave. (414) 483-5054