Holler House Advances to ‘Final 4’ in Historic Bars Bracket

by Bob Johnson 0

Parker Bohn III at Holler House

Two Milwaukee bars with distinctive atmospheres — the Safe House and bowling’s beloved Holler House — were selected to be included in bracket competition for the title of “America’s Favorite Historic Bar.”

The selections were made by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which features an historic bar series on its blog. Research for that blog, including input from blog followers, pared the field of contenders, and online voting will determine the winner, to be announced early this month.

Germonique Ulmer, the Trust's Vice President of Public Affairs, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the Holler House was chosen because of the historic two-lane bowling installation in its basement, not necessarily because of the multitude of bras hanging from its ceiling.

The Holler House has advanced to the “Final Four” in the competition, and you can view a full bracket summary here.


Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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