Tiki Bar Review #38 Foundation Milwaukee, WI

Foundation Milwaukee

You would never think that one of the coolest Tiki bars in America hides in a house on this unassuming street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin…

Foundation Milwaukee

But there is! It’s called Foundation and I call it incredible!

I use the website Critiki to see what Tiki bars are worth checking out when traveling the country. If a bar isn’t listed on Critiki, it’s not worth going to. The cool thing about Critiki is that Tikiphiles can rate and review the bars. If a bar gets good ratings, then it’s a good bet that it’s going to be great. Foundation gets very high ratings, so I decided to check it out.

I made my way up the steps to this house that Foundation calls home…

Foundation Milwaukee

I opened the door and stepped inside. All I could see was black at first. It was dark—really dark, but as my eyes started to adjust, I saw that this place was cool…

Foundation Milwaukee

And it got even cooler as started to make my way around…

Foundation Milwaukee

Foundation Milwaukee

Foundation Milwaukee

The décor was perfect, but how were the drinks?

I found a seat at the bar and said hello to this man…

Nick Estes bartender at Foundation
Nick Estes bartender at Foundation

His name was Nick Estes and he would be taking care of my drink needs…

I looked over Foundation’s large drink menu…

Foundation drink menu
Foundation drink menu

And even larger selection of drinks…

Foundation drink menu
Foundation drink menu

I ordered a special drink that wasn’t on the menu. A Rhum Creole…

Rhum Creole at Foundation
Rhum Creole at Foundation

This drink was incredible. It was a mix of Rhum Agricole and spices. The drink had a bite to it that makes you enjoy every sip.

For my next drink, I went with a Tonga Punch…

Tonga Punch at Foundation

This drink mixes passion fruit and pomegranate to a base of two different types of rum. I don’t think I need to tell you how great this drink was!

Lisa, my new found friend from the Mid-West, stopped by to say hello! She got a classic: a Blue Hawaiian…

Lisa drinking a Blue Hawaiian at Foundation
Lisa drinking a Blue Hawaiian at Foundation

I went with a classic as well: a Mai-Tai!

Mai Tai at Foundation

After chatting it up with Lisa for a while, it was time to say good-bye.

I have to be honest, when I think of Milwaukee, I think of all the stereotypical things: the Brewers, beer, snow, and Laverne and Shirley. After my trip to Foundation, Tiki is now at the top of that list!

Ray and Lisa at Foundation
Ray and Lisa at Foundation

Here is Foundation’s website.

And Facebook Page.

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