Further north up Kinnickinnic from the Palm Tavern, among perhaps the more heavily trafficked bars in the Bay View neighborhood, yet just off the beaten path enough to exude a neighborhood feel, sits Burnhearts, a dark and edgy pub known for craft beer and cocktails. At least at night. By day you’re just as likely to find a full patio and street parties and Mittenfests. But as the sun dips below the horizon, the red-lit haunt with its nooks and carrels along the corridors allows patrons to chat with bartenders over expertly made negronis just as easily as hiding out in a corner with a local brew from one of their roughly 25 taps or the impressive bottle list, particularly the hoard of sours.
We just popped in for a few postprandial beverages, and though an Old Fashioned hit the spot, I wanted to try a couple of local beers too, the first being an excellent IPA dubbed Frank by the Door County brewery up north past Green Bay. The sharp bitterness of this dry hopped ale was refreshing after our rich dinner and dessert. I stuck with IPAs, giving the equally bracing Horehound IPA from Chicago’s Like Minds brewery an enthusiastic try.
Burnhearts is definitely a spot I could post up in for a long while, particularly on one of those cold Milwaukee nights, ensconced in the back corner drinking my way through the beer list. It may be awhile before I get back to the Good Land, but my heart will burn till then.