Best Irish bars in the brewing capital of the US, Milwaukee

August 18, 2017

In celebration of Milwaukee Irish Fest IrishCentral presents the best Irish pubs in this Wisconsin city

Milwaukee is famous for brewing so it is no wonder that this city is home to an abundance of Irish bars. Milwaukee was once the brewing capital of the world and that tradition is still alive today. Keeping that in mind, we at IrishCentral decided to put together a list of the best Irish pubs in Milwaukee.

This is a big week for the diaspora across Milwaukee with the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest taking place in the city of Milwaukee. IrishCentral will have a booth set up at the event so be sure to come along and check us out. While you’re in the area why not try out some of the best Irish pubs from the list below.

House of Guinness

House of Guinness pub in Waukesha

The House of Guinness is a ‘no frills,’ ‘down to earth’ Irish pub in the heart of the historic Downtown Waukesha. Its beautiful wooden interior is an instant treat for the eyes and fits in beautifully with the landscape in the surrounding area of the city.

The House of Guinness may not offer food, but it does offer fantastic beer at a cheap price and an impressive Irish whiskey list. And if you do fancy a bit of food a list of local restaurants can be found on their website. Locals love the atmosphere, which is perfect for a quiet drink with your friends. With various events on most nights of the week, people can rest assured of having a good night.

“A proper drinkers pub. Simple, honest and authentic. Best pint in Waukesha and a wee nugget of the old country right downtown.”

“I’ve been frequenting House of Guinness for the last 10 years and it has consistently remained one of my favorite pubs. The beer selection is great and it’s the only place I know that carries Boddingtons on nitro.”


House of Guinness sold  

Carroll grads and partners buy longtime Waukesha pub

By Katherine Michalets – Freeman Staff

July 18, 2017

New owners of House of Guinness stand outside the Waukesha pub on Monday. From left to right: Liz Cliffe Kucharski, Keith Kucharski, Ian Cliffe and Ellie Martin Cliffe.
Submitted photo

WAUKESHA – Many memories have been made at Waukesha’s House of Guinness since it opened in 2000, especially if you’ve attended Carroll University during those years. And for new owners and Carroll graduates Ian Cliffe and Ellie Martin Cliffe that also holds true.

The couple announced the purchase of the downtown mainstay on Facebook Monday afternoon. The bought the business with Ian Cliffe’s sister, Liz Cliffe Kucharski, and her husband, Keith Kucharski.

“Our paths have crossed in the House of Guinness many times over the years, making it a unique part of our story as couples and as members of the Waukesha community. We’re looking forward to putting our own stamp on it in the future,” Martin Cliffe said by email Monday.

According to its website, the House of Guinness was opened at 354 W. Main St. in November 2000. It built its reputation on providing a selection of imports, micro-brews, hand-crafted beers, live Irish music and a diverse clientele.

“This is a true Irish pub that Waukesha forefathers would surely have frequented. Our Irish predecessors were a part of putting Waukesha on the map at the turn of the 20th Century.  House of Guinness continues to play a role in Waukesha’s return to splendor, 100 years later,” reads the website.

Martin Cliffe said in the near future the couples would like to put their own touch on the pub, but for now it will continue operating as it has.