America's Best Outdoor Bars
The Yard, Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee
Crowds do pack The Yard, but it has an open, spacious feel, spreading out along the hillside beneath the Sixth Street Viaduct with couches, tables, fire pits, even a brick pizza oven. Colorful shade sail canopies and twinkle lights add a festive touch, while other design choices reflect the historic, still active railroad and 1907 warehouse nearby; tables are made from salvaged wood and factory carts and the two outdoor bars from reclaimed original fire doors. So why not go for the Old Fashioned? (Iron Horse’s own limited-edition Barrel 1907 Rye Whiskey and Amarena cherries). Just be prepared: motorcycle fans take over on Thursdays for Bike Nights.