7/27/2013 1 photo 1 check-in here First to Review
If Yelp allowed half stars, I’d award three point five.
Liquid Johnny’s walks the line between the quintessential ‘stallis bar and something just a bit more special.
What do I mean by “special”? It’s not easy to put my finger on it, but I’d say these two features are contributors: blues music and local craft beers. In fact, I’m penning this review at Liquid Johnny’s with a Louie’s Demise while chillin’ to some jamtastic blues blaring from the hi-fi. I’ve also got one eye that’s darting forth and back between NASCAR qualifying and professional bowling.
See what I mean? Special meets ‘stallis. (For those unfamiliar, “‘stallis” is short for West Allis – Milwaukee’s blue collar bedroom community. It’s a great place, but has a unique vibe all its own.)
LJ’s has long been a supporter of Milwaukee blues music. I used to come here regularly on Tuesdays for a blues jam that often included a who’s who of Milwaukee blues. They’ve since terminated that series, but you’re still likely to hear some tasty grooves here – whether they be live or recorded.
The food is respectable too. And it won’t break the bank. Moments before authoring this, I enjoyed a fresh grilled chicken chicken salad with lots of fresh greens, cukes, ‘maters and onions. For $7.50, it was a solid and healthy value.
You know what else? The place is strikingly clean. That’s saying something, ’cause I know this place gets used hard – especially on a Friday night (I’m writing this on a Saturday afternoon). As I look around, the floor’s vacuumed, the bar and tabletops are spotless and the mirrors shine. To my Mom – the original Yelper before Yelp – cleanliness was everything. Well, cleanliness and the quality of the coffee – Hell hath no fury like my mom after she’s been served a burnt cup of coffee.
Liquid Johnny’s. Visit here, order a Milwaukee craft or a Bloody Mary and chill to some blues. Why not? After all, it’s Mom approved!