Milwaukee, WI
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2718 N Bremen St
Milwaukee, WI
Opened in 1995
Sun-Thu 4pm-1:30am
Fri-Sat 4pm-2am
(414) 374-2587

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Everyone You
Decor 9.6
Drink Quality 9.5
Drink Selection 9
Mood 9.5
Music 9.4
Service 9.4
Tikiness 9.7
Tilt 9.6
Vibe 9.2

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Humuhumu’s description

Foundation began as a punk bar, and around 2004 began a conversion into a punk tiki bar at the prompting of manager Don Nelson. Today the bar has left its punk roots behind, and has completed the metamorphosis into a beloved and completely punk-free tiki bar. It is chock full of tikis, many carved by local tiki artist Lake Tiki. The menu is full of traditional and modern tropical drinks, served in tiki mugs.

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Stacy Gomes
Stacy Gomes has visited Foundation.
May 16, 2017, 7:09 PM
What an unexpected surprise Foundation is on the inside! The drinks, the music, the decor, the lighting! I wish this was in San Diego! It would be go to bar!
Kahiki Guy
Kahiki Guy has visited Foundation.
April 26, 2017, 11:45 AM
One of my top 3 tiki bars of all time. Wish I could go back soon.
rsully95 is a semi-regular at Foundation.
January 13, 2016, 7:44 PM
Foundation is my favorite tiki bar on the planet. It is quiet, the drinks are fantastic, and they play a great selection of exotica/Martin Denny/bossa nova. The main bartender, Michael, is an absolutely fantastic guy who will sit down with you and talk rum and drinks as long as you want.

I lived in Chicago for many years and would drive the 1.5 hours up to Milwaukee to go to Foundation over Chicago's two main tiki bars, Three Dots and a Dash (turns into a 20-something club approximately 30 minutes after opening where no one actually cares about tiki drinks) or Lost Lake (which has great drinks, but I definitely felt out of place not having a weird mustache or some other thing that said I was a hipster).

I would always go to Foundation as soon as they opened and found it to be a quiet place where you could drink peacefully, make new friends, and enjoy one heck of a mai-tai.

Put simply, Foundation is my own quaint version of heaven.
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