Have you ever wondered about the history of Kochanski’s? We tend to think of our beer hall as a place full of fun and laughter, but it turns out that there’s a lot more to the story.
Kochanski’s is located in Milwaukee’s Southside neighborhood, Burnham Park. In the early 1900s, our beer hall served as a rooming house/brothel for agricultural workers who worked the celery fields that surrounded the building at the time.
It also served as a hub and office space for local unions. Over the years, the building housed multiple venues, including the Parakeet Tap Tavern, before opening as Art Altenburg’s Concertina Bar in 1982. The bar became a haven for folks who enjoyed a night of beer, friends, polka dancing, and much more.
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The Concertina Bar is one of Milwaukee's most beloved music venues, hosting international, national, and local acts.
The bar was purchased by Andy Kochanski in 2007, who has since preserved its Polish roots and 1900 character.
Andy and Angie have been operating the bar jointly since 2018.
"The Concertina Bar" has evolved into more than just a polka bar. It is one of Milwaukee's most beloved music venues, hosting international, national, and local acts.