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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 9.7
Drink Quality 9.4
Drink Selection 9.4
Mood 9.5
Music 9.5
Service 9.5
Tikiness 9.8
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.
In 2017, a fully tikified vacation rental was added above Foundation, the Captain's Quarters
Foundation Captain's Quarters
Milwaukee, WI


KillDevilJones has visited Foundation.
July 25, 2018, 8:35 PM
We drove through the ‘hood to get there. My wife commented, “It doesn’t even look open!” It was about 6:00 on a Monday night. It was open. From the moment we crossed over the threshold, we were transported away from a sultry, midwestern summer into a cool, dark tropical oasis. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Picture a “tiki bar” in your head. Go ahead. You’re probably picturing The Foundation. The drinks were fantastic. Decor: spot on! Cool
music. You can even bring in your own food from cool local eateries on the same block. Just a great experience. We will be back.
jenkudu has visited Foundation.
March 19, 2018, 7:14 AM
This place is like a dream come true! Decor and drinks are fantastic. The location is in a neighborhood house bar, which is one of the things I love most about Milwaukee. We drank until we collected all 4 souvernir tikis. It was a fun and blurry night..... luckily Collectivo had some really strong coffee the next day.
Raider273 has visited Foundation.
March 17, 2018, 10:53 AM
Wife and I visited on Sunday, March 11,, 2018, during a grand tour of tiki bars stretching from Milwaukee to Smyrna, Tenn. Stayed upstairs at the Foundation BnB; a fantastic location and that best way to get from bar stool to bed!!

Foundation is located in a non-descript neighborhood and the building looks kind of like someone's house. We actually drove past it before doubling back! However, walking through the front door is akin to being transported to another world.

The decor is amazing, nice and dark with objects and details everywhere. Drinks were strong and well done. Staff was super friendly. Easy to understand why Foundation rates so highly.
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