City Pushes Downtown Bar to Drop ‘All You Can Drink’ Special
RWB will avoid 15-day suspension by discontinuing deal.
The days of bottomless drink specials may be over for Red, White and Blue, a downtown nightclub known for its party atmosphere.
The self-described “Milwaukee’s party bar” has been open since 2016 at 1044 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and, until Tuesday morning, was one of the last remaining establishments to offer a recurring “all you can drink” or AYCD special.
During an Oct. 18 License Committee meeting, committee members expressed concern over police reports from incidents that had occurred at RWB over the past year. Of five incidents that required police intervention, three coincided with the Thursday night special.
“Aren’t you kind of asking for problems by having such a permissive flow of alcohol on Thursday nights?” asked Alderman Scott Spiker at the Licenses Committee meeting.
“Thursdays are extremely competitive nights,” said Dehne, noting that most of his competitors offer $1 drink and $1 shot specials on Thursdays. He also clarified that its AYCD special does not signal an open bar and doesn’t include shots.
Several Milwaukee bars offer similar weekday specials. La Cage in Walker’s Point offers AYCD wristbands, which grants patrons unlimited rail drinks for $14. Brother’s Bar & Grill previously offered an AYCD special. Murphy’s Irish Pub and Caffrey’s Pub have previously offered “unlimited drinks” for a fixed price on select days.
“The reason I received this suspension was partially based on not liking old drink specials that I now have known to become an issue,” Dehne said. “I did not break any laws or rules and price competitively for the same weekday specials my competition does, which is $1 shots, $1 drinks and open bars…I even voiced under oath that I would change my drink specials upon hearing their concern but needed time to decide what they would be,” he added.
The bar, under the council approved plan, is still allowed to be open on Thursdays and offer different specials.
In response, Alderman Robert Bauman moved to amend RWB’s plan of operation to reflect the elimination of the AYCD special and proceed with a warning letter.
Update: This article has been updated to better reflect the process by which the AYCD special was dropped. The article previously referenced Murphy’s and Caffrey’s as offering similar AYCD specials. The two bars have offered “unlimited drinks” specials.
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