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In Bars & Clubs

Branded at the Iron Horse Hotel is a well-decorated new Milwaukee drinking addition.

Milwaukee's best decor, 2009: Branded


"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun bars and club articles -- including guides, unique features, drink recipes and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Bars & Clubs, 2009. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run all month long in the Bars and Clubs section of OnMilwaukee.com.

While it's long been said that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, there are some things whose allure is undisputed. Branded, the bar inside the new Iron Horse Hotel, is one such entity, which is why it comes as little surprise that OnMilwaukee.com readers voted for it to win in the Best Décor category.

"From the indescribable and meticulous interior design to the exotic drink menu utilizing house infused Door County cherry brandy and French ginger liquor, the hotel's lobby and connected bar combine New York trend with Montana austerity," OnMilwaukee.com staff writer Maureen Post wrote after her first visit.

Intentionally complimenting the neighboring Harley-Davidson museum, the wrought iron moldings, leather covered chairs and biker inspired push button booths within Branded all render images of bikes out on the road.

Cream city brick walls preserve Milwaukee's historic charm with gorgeous hardwood floors sweeping across the large space. Combining both urban chic and a weathered Western feel, this is "modern" vintage décor at its best.

OnMilwaukee.com editor's choice: Two

Runners-up:
2. Trocadero
3. Brocach
4. Elsa's
5. Soho 7
6. Hinterland
7. Blu
8. Zen Den
9. Metro Bar
10. Cuvee
11. Eagan's
12. Indulge
13. Two


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