The Sugarcane Tavern – Milwaukee

Sometimes this world can feel a little crazy and overwhelming, so when Scott Lemmer wrote to the Dive Bar Tourist about The Sugar Cane Tavern in Milwaukee, WI, we were all ears. Scott has been going to the Sugar Cane for over 10 years, and had nothing but praise for it.

Located in a nondescript building on a quiet neighborhood block, this seems to be a place where you can step back in time, and truly forget your troubles and cares for a while. From the owners, Duane and Sharon, to the bartenders June, Penny, and Jen, the staff here is always friendly. Whether you’ve been a regular for years, or you’re just wandering in for the first time, you can always expect a warm and homey welcome.

In fact, community is incredibly important here. This is a place that looks after its own.  They throw Christmas parties and raffles for veterans, and arrange cookie exchanges for their regulars who like to bake. There is also a rummage table for patrons to use and enjoy.  Talk about multi-tasking! Customers can bring in their unwanted stuff to sell, all while enjoying a cold one and some good company at the same time.  They may even pick up an expected treasure along the way.

The Sugar Cane Tavern seems to have a “keep it simple” philosophy when it comes to drinks.  If you’re looking for the latest micro-brew, or a highfalutin fancy cocktail, this is not your place.  Bottles of PBR and cans of Blatz are reasonably priced, and mystery shots are available. And they truly are mysteries!  From what the Dive Bar Tourist can tell, even the bartenders don’t know what they are pouring.  There are three beers on tap:  PBR, Miller Lite, and Miller High Life.

One of the most notable aspects of the bar is the decor.  The place is literally lined with jigsaw puzzles.  They are on the ceiling, on the walls, and even in the bathrooms. If all those puzzles stir up a hankering to assemble one, you’re in luck! There are puzzles and board games available to play.  There’s also a pool table, a dart board, video games, and some TVs.  According to Scott, “the gambling machines are some of the loosest” in Milwaukee.  As for music, you’ll find a jukebox with- get this- actual CDs- a true throwback in this age of online-everything.  And at 7 songs for $2.00, it’s a real bargain.

Thanks for sharing your favorite local spot with us, Scott!  The Sugar Cane Tavern sure seems like our kind of spot.

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Be sure to try:  a can of Blatz.  You’re in Milwaukee, after all!


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