Our COO Bridget on the places to go (beer), see (the Bronze Fonz), and eat (beer) in Milwaukee.
Having lived in Milwaukee through college, marriage, the births of my children, my first job, and my first home purchase, it’s hard not to wallow in nostalgia and frequent old haunts when I visit. Lucky for me, my friends there have evolved—despite my protests—and with each visit comes a slew of fantastic new things to do and eat and drink. Here are some of my picks, both old and new:
First and foremost: BEER.
Milwaukee birthed the American beer industry. Beer culture there is real, yo. Skip the fancy cocktail clubs and find yourself a bar stool in a corner tavern. Head to Palomino Bar, a neighborhood classic that just happens to serve vegan bar food. Or Koz’s for mini-bowling with your beer. If you're after the archetype, perfectly executed, go to Wolski's—and yes, by all means, get the "I Closed Wolski's" pariphenalia. It's only cliché if you live within 100 miles.
Milwaukee was way out ahead of the craft beer movement (sorry Brooklyn and Portland), and one of the first breweries is still one of the best: Lakefront Brewery. And if you’re going to visit, make it on a Friday for a very-Milwaukee fish fry, complete with a polka band and a bubble machine. (BUBBLE MACHINE!) If you want to try them all, go to Sugar Maple, a great, newer bar in Bay View neighborhood serving over 60 American craft beers on tap.
Oh, and in Milwaukee, they put beer gardens in the public parks. Beer Culture. Real.
First beer, then sausages (and other food):
More food stops to add to your list:
Want to read more about Milwaukee's restaurant scene? Head to Milwaukee Magazine for the latest.
Other random coolness not to be missed:
What are your favorite places to visit (and eat) in Milwaukee? Share with us in the comments below!