This is my Milwaukee

With the Reds’ trip to Milwaukee later this month, the weekend series from May 29-31 in the Cream City provides a perfect opportunity for a road trip.  Should you decide to make the trip to watch the Redlegs battle our NL Central rivals, check out my suggestions below when visiting my home state.  I know you’ll already be at Miller Park, but here some other things to do while in Milwaukee while the Reds are in town (bars, bars near Miller Park, brewery tours, entertainment, fine dining, hotels, local fast food, near Miller Park, pizza, shopping).  I know I’m missing some things on this list, so feel free to post anything I may have left off.


Atop the Pfister Hotel
424 E Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202

This elegant, yet casual bar is a nice spot to relax and have a drink.  There is usually a piano playing and this spot also offers one of the best views of the city.

Inside the Iron Horse Hotel
500 W Florida St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

This bar and restaurant offers classic American comfort food and a relaxed atmosphere.

Soho 7
231 E Buffalo St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, Soho 7 is the premier night club in the city.  Proper dress is required and there is sometimes a line to get in.  This is one of the spots to see local celebrities and sports stars.

1836 N Pulaski St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Tough to find, but worth it.  From the outside it looks like a house.  And even when you get inside, you think you’re at a dive.  But I guarantee that you have a blast if you stop here.  Free popcorn and metal-tipped darts highlight this experience.  If you stay until bar close, you also get a coveted “I closed Wolski’s” bumper sticker.  Mine is on my frig.

The following list of bars would be the place to go before the game, if you’re not tailgating.  Most of these bars offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the game.  You can simply park your car on the neighborhood streets and have everything else taken care of.  Each bar has some rules (i.e. two drink minimum, $10 tab, etc.) but it’s still cheaper and quicker than parking at the ballpark.  If you can, I would suggest the tailgate experience for at least one game.

Fiesta Garibaldi
5108 W Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Kelly’s Bleachers
5218 W Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Long Wong’s
5230 W Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53208

McGinn’s (my favorite)
5901 W Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53213

Rounding Third
6317 W Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53213

Steve’s on Bluemound
5841 W Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53213


Lakefront Brewery Tour
1872 N Commerce St
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Cost for the Lakefront Brewery Tour is $6 and includes a souvenir pint glass, four pours of beer and a coupon for one free beer before 6pm at any many local bars.  Friday night tours, between 6pm and 8pm, are $11.  This includes a $5 voucher for the fish fry (a Wisconsin staple), a souvenir pint glass, and four pours of beer.

Miller Brewery Tour
4251 W State St
Milwaukee, WI 53208

The indoor/outdoor tour covers the history of beer in Milwaukee and includes complimentary samples at the Bavarian-style Miller Inn.  Miller also provides postcards and will cover the postage to anywhere worldwide.  The tour is free.

Sprecher Brewery Tour
701 W Glendale Ave
Glendale, WI 53209

Reservation required, 414-964-2739.  This tour goes through the brewhouse, the aging cellar, bottling line and warehouse. The tour ends in an indoor beer tent where samples are served.  All adults 21 and older get four samples of beer (chosen from up to 10 beers on tap) and a beer tasting glass to take home.  Cost is $4 for adults.


Edelweiss Cruise
205 W Highland Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

The Edelweiss Cruise is a boat tour of Milwaukee that circles the area through the city’s rivers and Lake Michigan.  Food and beverages are served on some cruises and different packages are available.

Harley-Davidson Museum
400 Canal St
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Recently opened in July 2008, the 130,000 square foot facility embodies the spirit of Harley-Davidson by showing how the iconic bikes are built, rare exhibits and intriguing artifacts.  Cost for adults is $16.

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N Art Museum Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202

This lakefront museum offers over 20,000 pieces of art in 341,000 square feet of space.  The nearby War Memorial is also a must-see when visiting the museum.

Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 W Blue Mound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226

The Milwaukee County Zoo is home to more than 1,800 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles with more than 350 species represented.  Recognized as one of the country’s finest zoological attractions, it’s also a site for workshops, holiday celebrations, summer concerts and food festivals.

Milwaukee Public Museum/IMAX
800 W Wells St
Milwaukee, WI 53233

The Milwaukee Public Museum opened in 1884 and contains a great dinosaur exhibit.  Before baseball took over my life at age four, dinosaurs were number one for me.  The IMAX is currently showing “Ghosts of the Abyss” and “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure.” 

Mitchell Park Domes
524 S Layton Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53215

This horticultural observatory offers three uniquely themed domes.  There is a tropical dome, an arid dome and a “show” dome.  The “show” dome’s theme rotates each season.  It’s one of those places that everyone visits while in elementary school.  It’s really of cool how they get everything to feel authentic.

Pabst Mansion
2000 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233

From the Pabst Mansion website: In 1892, the Flemish Renaissance Revival Mansion of Captain Frederick Pabst, world famous beer baron, accomplished sea captain, real estate developer, philanthropist and patron of the arts, was completed. From the day the house was inhabited, it was considered the jewel of Milwaukee’s famous avenue of mansions called Grand Avenue and represented the epitome of America’s Gilded Age Splendor in Milwaukee.

Pabst Theater
144 E Wells St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

The historic Pabst Theater was built in 1895 by brewer Frederick Pabst.  It was designed after the classic European opera houses and is the fourth oldest continuous operating theater in the United States.  It is not unusual for performing artists to comment to the audience on the outstanding acoustics, some even perform unplugged.  Concert prices vary.

Pettit National Ice Center
500 S 84th St
Milwaukee, WI 53214

This official U.S. Olympic training center is used for hockey, speed skating and figure skating.  The facility is also open year-round for recreational skating. 


Capital Grille (steak, chops, seafood)
310 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Carnevor (steak)
724 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Coast (seafood)
931 E Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Cubanitas (Cuban)
728 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Kil@wat (contemporary American)
Second Floor of the InterContinental Hotel
139 E Kilbourn Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Lake Park Bistro (French)
3133 E Newberry Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mason Street Grill (steak, sandwiches, desserts)
435 E Mason St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Mo’s – A Place for Steaks
720 N Plankinton Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Sabor (Brazilian steakhouse)
777 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Saz’s (barbecue)
5539 W State St
Milwaukee, WI 53208

There are not any hotels near Miller Park, I would suggest that you stay at one of the downtown options listed below.  At worst, Miller Park is a 10 minute drive from downtown Milwaukee.

Ambassador Hotel (in between downtown and Miller Park)
2308 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Hilton Milwaukee (downtown)
509 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Hyatt Milwaukee (downtown)
333 W Kilbourn Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

InterContinental Hotel (downtown)
139 E Kilbourn Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Iron Horse Hotel (near Harley-Davidson Museum)
500 W Florida St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Pfister (historic, downtown)
424 E Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202


1641 Miller Parkway
West Milwaukee, WI 53214

Many locations, this one is closest to the ballpark.  Culver’s signature items are ButterBurgers and frozen custard.  A ButterBurger is a regular hamburger with butter grilled into the bun, it’s pretty tasty.  And for those of you who haven’t had frozen custard, do yourself and give it a try.  It’s like ice cream, but much creamier and a lot heavier than ice cream.  If you don’t have it at Culver’s, there are many other places in Wisconsin that serve it.

The Dog Haus
1433 E Brady St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Multiple locations.  Hot dogs made any way you can imagine.  Typically a late night option, the Dog Haus is open during the day as well.

Waterfront Deli
761 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Waterfront Deli is an upscale experience that is far from the traditional deli restaurant.  Gourmet breads are served, linen napkins line the tables and the BLT even has lox.


Potawatomi Bingo and Casino
1721 W Canal St
Milwaukee, WI 53233 

Potawatomi Bingo and Casino is located half-way between downtown and Miller Park.  It’s recently remodeled and sometimes even has a noteworthy concert.

Palermo’s Pizza
3301 W Canal St
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Palermo’s Pizza offers tours of their frozen pizza factory and also features “Palermo’s Villa,” a nice little lunch spot.  If you stop here, be sure to pick some of their pizza seasoning.  You’ll be sprinkling it on your pizza for days to come.

Sobelman’s Pub and Grill
1900 W Saint Paul Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233-2634

Like the website suggests, Sobelman’s features Milwaukee best burgers.  It’s still the best burger I have ever had in my life.  So good.


2961 N Oakland Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

This 41-year-old pizza parlor offers many types of pizza.  Lisa’s has an old-time pizzeria feel and only uses fresh ingredients.

Pizza Man
1800 E North Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202

This isn’t a traditional pizzeria.  Pizza Man offers a casual, yet refined atmosphere and features one of the top wine lists in the nation.

Pizza Shuttle
1827 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Technically named “Pizza” Shuttle, this pizza place also offers any other kind of food imaginable.  Traditionally a late-night option, Pizza Shuttle is also open all day.

Rocky Rococo Pizza
2094 Miller Parkway
West Milwaukee, WI 53219

Many locations, this one is closest to the ballpark.  This is my favorite pizza on the planet.  You can buy ready-made pizza by the slice or whole pies.  Give yourself some extra time if you order whole pies, its thick crust and may require some prep time.

1724 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Classic pizza.  This is what you think of when you think Italian pizzeria.  Zaffiro’s also has a full-service bar.


Bayshore Town Center (north of city, movie theater)
5765 N Bayshore Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Mayfair Mall (west of city, movie theater)
2500 N Mayfair Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226

The Shops of Grand Avenue (downtown)
275 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203


1 Comment

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