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Food scene
A food hall offering local, made from scratch options from multiple individual vendors, such as daily made pasta from Egg & Flour, Scratch Ice Cream, and more! Check out “Milwaukee’s Foodiest Food Hall” at www.crossroadscollectivemke.com, and ask a bartender about their second bar ;)
Crossroads Collective
2238 North Farwell Avenue
A food hall offering local, made from scratch options from multiple individual vendors, such as daily made pasta from Egg & Flour, Scratch Ice Cream, and more! Check out “Milwaukee’s Foodiest Food Hall” at www.crossroadscollectivemke.com, and ask a bartender about their second bar ;)
A Greek Milwaukee staple, known for their famous Gyros and late night hours. Open every day from 11am-3am.
Oakland Gyros
2867 North Oakland Avenue
A Greek Milwaukee staple, known for their famous Gyros and late night hours. Open every day from 11am-3am.
Since 1993, Shahrazad has been bringing authentic Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine to Milwaukee’s culinary scene in a warm, inviting, family friendly atmosphere. Check out www.shahrazadrestaurant.com to view their hours and menu
Shahrazad Persian / Middle Eastern Cuisine
2847 North Oakland Avenue
Since 1993, Shahrazad has been bringing authentic Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine to Milwaukee’s culinary scene in a warm, inviting, family friendly atmosphere. Check out www.shahrazadrestaurant.com to view their hours and menu
A Milwaukee favorite! Lisa's homemade pizzas, Italian classics and more delicious meals available for takeout, delivery or dine in. Visit www.pizzabylisa.com to view their menu.
Lisa's Pizzeria
2961 North Oakland Avenue
A Milwaukee favorite! Lisa's homemade pizzas, Italian classics and more delicious meals available for takeout, delivery or dine in. Visit www.pizzabylisa.com to view their menu.
Well known for their healthy vegetarian options, they serve good, healthy homemade food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their locally sourced ingredients continue to make Beans & Barley a wholesome staple of Milwaukee’s East Side. After your meal, stop over to their grocery store connected next door! Visit www.beansandbarley.com to learn more.
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Beans & Barley
1901 East North Avenue
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Well known for their healthy vegetarian options, they serve good, healthy homemade food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their locally sourced ingredients continue to make Beans & Barley a wholesome staple of Milwaukee’s East Side. After your meal, stop over to their grocery store connected next door! Visit www.beansandbarley.com to learn more.
A globally minded vegan restaurant that serves otherworldly food, always house-made, soulful and with bold flavors. The small intimate setting makes this a perfect date night spot. Check out their website and operating hours at www.celesta.restaurant.
Celesta
1978 N Farwell Ave
A globally minded vegan restaurant that serves otherworldly food, always house-made, soulful and with bold flavors. The small intimate setting makes this a perfect date night spot. Check out their website and operating hours at www.celesta.restaurant.
Plant based vegan bistro with a weekly changing menu, featuring natural wines, aperitif and music on classic vinyl records. Check out their website at www.strangetownmke.com.
Strange Town
2101 N Prospect Ave
Plant based vegan bistro with a weekly changing menu, featuring natural wines, aperitif and music on classic vinyl records. Check out their website at www.strangetownmke.com.
Red Light started as a way for the employees of Ardent to enjoy themselves with family and friends at the end of the week. After a few years of running their pop up shop out of Ardent on weekend nights, their simple menu of tonkotsu ramen and boozy slushies helped Red Light quickly gain popularity. It is now a weekend tradition of Milwaukee’s East Side featuring a much larger menu but with the same funky vibe, now in a restaurant of its own. Visit their website at www.redlightramen.com to view their hours and menu.
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Red Light Ramen
1749 N Farwell Ave
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Red Light started as a way for the employees of Ardent to enjoy themselves with family and friends at the end of the week. After a few years of running their pop up shop out of Ardent on weekend nights, their simple menu of tonkotsu ramen and boozy slushies helped Red Light quickly gain popularity. It is now a weekend tradition of Milwaukee’s East Side featuring a much larger menu but with the same funky vibe, now in a restaurant of its own. Visit their website at www.redlightramen.com to view their hours and menu.
Ardent’s approach to cuisine blends the earthy with the contemporary in an intimate space. The mood evokes both comfort and casual which complements the simplicity of the ingredients and accommodates the intimate conversation. Reservations are highly recommended. www.ardentmke.com
Ardent
1751 N Farwell Ave
Ardent’s approach to cuisine blends the earthy with the contemporary in an intimate space. The mood evokes both comfort and casual which complements the simplicity of the ingredients and accommodates the intimate conversation. Reservations are highly recommended. www.ardentmke.com
A local favorite, serving up specialty pizzas by the slice or by the pie. Some of their unique creations include the Portobello Pesto, Drunken Ravioli, Macadilla Killa and BBQ Chicken Pineapple. Ian’s is open late to satisfy those late night cravings. Also serving salads, desserts and vegan options. Check out their menu and hours at www.ianspizza.com.
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Ian's Pizza MKE North Ave
2035 East North Avenue
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A local favorite, serving up specialty pizzas by the slice or by the pie. Some of their unique creations include the Portobello Pesto, Drunken Ravioli, Macadilla Killa and BBQ Chicken Pineapple. Ian’s is open late to satisfy those late night cravings. Also serving salads, desserts and vegan options. Check out their menu and hours at www.ianspizza.com.
Milwaukee's newest upscale casual restaurant serving New-American style food paired with unique craft cocktails. The Original aims to create an atmosphere where guests can enjoy themselves and speak easy. Pretentiousness is checked at the door. You could be seated next to the Mayor or your kid's babysitter. There are no judgements here - politics, religion and all controversy aside - everone loves a great meal!
The Original
2498 N Bartlett Ave
Milwaukee's newest upscale casual restaurant serving New-American style food paired with unique craft cocktails. The Original aims to create an atmosphere where guests can enjoy themselves and speak easy. Pretentiousness is checked at the door. You could be seated next to the Mayor or your kid's babysitter. There are no judgements here - politics, religion and all controversy aside - everone loves a great meal!
Enjoy unique, high quality selections of artisan ethnic products, freshly made prepared foods and shop the independent merchants. Try the crowd favorite Lobster Roll at the St. Paul Fish Company. Visit www.milwaukeepublicmarket.org for more information and to view vendors.
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Milwaukee Public Market
400 North Water Street
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Enjoy unique, high quality selections of artisan ethnic products, freshly made prepared foods and shop the independent merchants. Try the crowd favorite Lobster Roll at the St. Paul Fish Company. Visit www.milwaukeepublicmarket.org for more information and to view vendors.
For over 70 years, Glorioso’s has been a staple in the community. Here, you’ll find a family behind a deli filled with Mediterranean-Italian favorites. Smell the mouth-watering aromas of fresh Italian food from the deli and Italian cookies and bread from the bakery. Also offering classes, in-store events and more!
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Glorioso's Italian Market
1011 East Brady Street
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For over 70 years, Glorioso’s has been a staple in the community. Here, you’ll find a family behind a deli filled with Mediterranean-Italian favorites. Smell the mouth-watering aromas of fresh Italian food from the deli and Italian cookies and bread from the bakery. Also offering classes, in-store events and more!
Chic bi-level Middle Eastern restaurant & cocktail lounge with hookah, daily specials, featured DJs and weekly belly dancers. For more info, go to www.casablancaonbrady.com
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Casablanca
728 East Brady Street
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Chic bi-level Middle Eastern restaurant & cocktail lounge with hookah, daily specials, featured DJs and weekly belly dancers. For more info, go to www.casablancaonbrady.com
At San Giorgio, their Neapolitan pizza dough is made fresh and naturally fermented in accordance with the strict standards of the authentic Vera Pizza Napolenta. Their pizza is wood fired in extreme heat for 90 seconds, creating a light and fluffy consistency. For more info and to view their menu, visit www.sangiorgiopizza.com.
San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana
838 N Old World 3rd St
At San Giorgio, their Neapolitan pizza dough is made fresh and naturally fermented in accordance with the strict standards of the authentic Vera Pizza Napolenta. Their pizza is wood fired in extreme heat for 90 seconds, creating a light and fluffy consistency. For more info and to view their menu, visit www.sangiorgiopizza.com.
Entertainment
Milwaukee’s first axe throwing bar. Great for friends & family gatherings, work outings, celebrations and date nights. Visit their website at www.axemke.com.
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AXE MKE
1924 E Kenilworth Pl
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Milwaukee’s first axe throwing bar. Great for friends & family gatherings, work outings, celebrations and date nights. Visit their website at www.axemke.com.
An arcade and nostalgia-based bar featuring more than 60 arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, along with an array of patio activities on their 2 floors of outdoor patio. All games just cost 25 cents. They have an extensive craft beer selection as well as house made pizza by the slice. Go to www.updownarcadebar.com for more info. Must be 21+ to enter.
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Up-Down MKE
615 E Brady St
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An arcade and nostalgia-based bar featuring more than 60 arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, along with an array of patio activities on their 2 floors of outdoor patio. All games just cost 25 cents. They have an extensive craft beer selection as well as house made pizza by the slice. Go to www.updownarcadebar.com for more info. Must be 21+ to enter.
The “adult playground” of downtown Milwaukee, where you can let loose and enjoy yourself. Featuring games such as bowling, shuffleboard, bocce, karaoke and more! Here you’ll find handcrafted beverages, a unique scratch-made culinary menu, a beautiful outdoor beer garden and two big “partios”. Check out www.punchbowlsocial.com for more info.
Punch Bowl Social Milwaukee
1122 N Vel R. Phillips Ave
The “adult playground” of downtown Milwaukee, where you can let loose and enjoy yourself. Featuring games such as bowling, shuffleboard, bocce, karaoke and more! Here you’ll find handcrafted beverages, a unique scratch-made culinary menu, a beautiful outdoor beer garden and two big “partios”. Check out www.punchbowlsocial.com for more info.
Coffee, wine, delicious nibbles and cats. Milwaukee’s first cat cafe, partnered with Lakeland Animal Shelter to help homeless cats find their fur-ever homes. Visit www.sipandpurr.com for their weekly lounge specials and to make a reservation.
Sip & Purr Cat Café
2021 E Ivanhoe Pl
Coffee, wine, delicious nibbles and cats. Milwaukee’s first cat cafe, partnered with Lakeland Animal Shelter to help homeless cats find their fur-ever homes. Visit www.sipandpurr.com for their weekly lounge specials and to make a reservation.
A buzzy spy-themed hideaway that features creative cocktails and casual fare in a quirky, dimly lit interior. The unassuming entrance has been the doorway to safety for spies and special agents since 1966. Behind the hidden entrance is a world of global espionage and entertainment. Go to www.safe-house.com for briefings.
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SafeHouse
779 North Front Street
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A buzzy spy-themed hideaway that features creative cocktails and casual fare in a quirky, dimly lit interior. The unassuming entrance has been the doorway to safety for spies and special agents since 1966. Behind the hidden entrance is a world of global espionage and entertainment. Go to www.safe-house.com for briefings.
Celebrating more than 100 years of Harley Davidson, the museum showcases the company’s rich history and motorcycles through a variety of interactive exhibits. Open 363 days a year. Visit www.harley-davidson.com for info about exhibits, tours, and events. After touring the museum, cruise on over to Motor Bar & Restaurant and grab a bite to eat. Go to www.motorrestaurant.com to view the restaurant’s specials, discounts, & offers.
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Musée Harley-Davidson
400 West Canal Street
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Celebrating more than 100 years of Harley Davidson, the museum showcases the company’s rich history and motorcycles through a variety of interactive exhibits. Open 363 days a year. Visit www.harley-davidson.com for info about exhibits, tours, and events. After touring the museum, cruise on over to Motor Bar & Restaurant and grab a bite to eat. Go to www.motorrestaurant.com to view the restaurant’s specials, discounts, & offers.
This beautiful movie palace is a historic Milwaukee landmark. With 3 screens, full service concessions and bar, and it’s ornate East Indian decor, the Oriental Theatre is consistently recognized as one of the top movie palaces in the country. Check their website, www.mkefilm.org/oriental-theatre, for current screenings.
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Oriental Theatre
2230 North Farwell Avenue
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This beautiful movie palace is a historic Milwaukee landmark. With 3 screens, full service concessions and bar, and it’s ornate East Indian decor, the Oriental Theatre is consistently recognized as one of the top movie palaces in the country. Check their website, www.mkefilm.org/oriental-theatre, for current screenings.
Located next to the Oriental Theater, Landmark is one of the oldest and longest running bowling alleys serving the Milwaukee community since 1927. Also featuring arcade games, live music, happy hour and more! Visit their website at www.landmarklanes.com.
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Landmark Lanes
2220 North Farwell Avenue
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Located next to the Oriental Theater, Landmark is one of the oldest and longest running bowling alleys serving the Milwaukee community since 1927. Also featuring arcade games, live music, happy hour and more! Visit their website at www.landmarklanes.com.
Four floors of over 40 galleries of art, featuring American paintings, sculptures, photographs and more. The 341,000 square foot museum includes the War Memorial Center. Visit www.mam.org for current exhibits and events.
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Milwaukee Art Museum
700 North Art Museum Drive
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Four floors of over 40 galleries of art, featuring American paintings, sculptures, photographs and more. The 341,000 square foot museum includes the War Memorial Center. Visit www.mam.org for current exhibits and events.
Milwaukee’s premier science and technology center for the whole family. The 120,000 square foot center offers fun and educational experiences including interactive exhibits, the Reiman Aquarium, educational labs and programs and more. Visit www.discoveryworld.org for more info.
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Discovery World
500 North Harbor Drive
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Milwaukee’s premier science and technology center for the whole family. The 120,000 square foot center offers fun and educational experiences including interactive exhibits, the Reiman Aquarium, educational labs and programs and more. Visit www.discoveryworld.org for more info.
Breweries & Distilleries
Local craft brewery featuring a taproom with 12 beers on draft as well as bottles and cans to-go, and a full kitchen offering lunch and dinner. View their featured beers at www.haciendabeerco.com!
Hacienda Beer Co North Ave Taproom
2018 E North Ave
Local craft brewery featuring a taproom with 12 beers on draft as well as bottles and cans to-go, and a full kitchen offering lunch and dinner. View their featured beers at www.haciendabeerco.com!
Host favorite! Featuring 20+ taps dedicated solely to cider, experience rotating seasonal offerings, house favorites and brand new craft ciders and meads. Also try their cider inspired cocktails, bottled and canned ciders of the world, shareable snacks and 4 ounce flights. Check www.lostvalley.com for their current draft menu and specials.
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Lost Valley Cider Co.
408 W Florida St
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Host favorite! Featuring 20+ taps dedicated solely to cider, experience rotating seasonal offerings, house favorites and brand new craft ciders and meads. Also try their cider inspired cocktails, bottled and canned ciders of the world, shareable snacks and 4 ounce flights. Check www.lostvalley.com for their current draft menu and specials.
Modern local brewery with a spacious industrial-chic taproom and rooftop offering craft beer and American plates. Visit www.goodcitybrewing.com for a list of their current beer selection.
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Good City Brewing
2108 N Farwell Ave
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Modern local brewery with a spacious industrial-chic taproom and rooftop offering craft beer and American plates. Visit www.goodcitybrewing.com for a list of their current beer selection.
The Lakefront Brewery Tour is ranked the 4th best brewery tour in America. Their spacious brewpub offers bar bites and their famous Friday Fish Fry. They have an array of beers including organic and gluten free brews. Visit www.lakefrontbrewery.com for more info.
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Lakefront Brewery
1872 North Commerce Street
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The Lakefront Brewery Tour is ranked the 4th best brewery tour in America. Their spacious brewpub offers bar bites and their famous Friday Fish Fry. They have an array of beers including organic and gluten free brews. Visit www.lakefrontbrewery.com for more info.
Small batch distillery locally producing vodka, bourbon, whiskey and gin. Try their popular Door County Cherry Vodka or the North Wisconsin Brandy! Their rooftop patio features views of Lake Michigan, the Downtown skyline and the Third Ward. Visit www.thecentralstandard.com for operating hours and tour schedules.
Central Standard Craft Distillery
613 S 2nd St
Small batch distillery locally producing vodka, bourbon, whiskey and gin. Try their popular Door County Cherry Vodka or the North Wisconsin Brandy! Their rooftop patio features views of Lake Michigan, the Downtown skyline and the Third Ward. Visit www.thecentralstandard.com for operating hours and tour schedules.
Local craft brewery producing a rotation of year-round ales and unique seasonal flavors in a sustainable, creative and innovative environment, using the best local ingredients and suppliers. To learn more, check our their brews or book a tour, go to www.mkebrewing.com.
Milwaukee Brewing Company
1128 N 9th St
Local craft brewery producing a rotation of year-round ales and unique seasonal flavors in a sustainable, creative and innovative environment, using the best local ingredients and suppliers. To learn more, check our their brews or book a tour, go to www.mkebrewing.com.
Local distillery producing certified organic and gluten-freevodka, gin, white rum, dark rum and whiskey. For more info visit www.twistedpathdistillery.com
Twisted Path Distillery
2018 S 1st St
Local distillery producing certified organic and gluten-freevodka, gin, white rum, dark rum and whiskey. For more info visit www.twistedpathdistillery.com
Drinks & Cocktails
For over 40 years, the Jazz Estate has has been hosting some of the best local and national jazz musicians. Refreshed by the owner of Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge (1579 S 9th St), they now offer a top notch cocktail menu, along with the classics, to compliment world class music in an intimate space. Visit www.thejazzestate.com for more info and to view upcoming shows.
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The Jazz Estate
2423 North Murray Avenue
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For over 40 years, the Jazz Estate has has been hosting some of the best local and national jazz musicians. Refreshed by the owner of Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge (1579 S 9th St), they now offer a top notch cocktail menu, along with the classics, to compliment world class music in an intimate space. Visit www.thejazzestate.com for more info and to view upcoming shows.
Shaker’s is one of the most unique smoking establishments in the country, and also voted one of the 5 most haunted bars in the nation. Stocking premium hand-rolled cigars and a full bar of vintage brown spirits and wines, which dates back to Capone’s speakeasy days in Prohibition. Go to www.shakerscigarbar.com to view their info and events. Shaker’s Original Ghost Tour lets you take an uneasy glimpse into the establishment’s sordid past. Visit www.hangmantours.com to book your tour.
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Shaker's Cigar Bar
422 South 2nd Street
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Shaker’s is one of the most unique smoking establishments in the country, and also voted one of the 5 most haunted bars in the nation. Stocking premium hand-rolled cigars and a full bar of vintage brown spirits and wines, which dates back to Capone’s speakeasy days in Prohibition. Go to www.shakerscigarbar.com to view their info and events. Shaker’s Original Ghost Tour lets you take an uneasy glimpse into the establishment’s sordid past. Visit www.hangmantours.com to book your tour.
One of Milwaukee’s best kept secrets! A Polynesian Tiki themed bar with a playful vibe offering tropical drinks & an ample Rum list. Adorned with bamboo, fish tanks, coconuts, sea horses and puffer fish, Foundation whisks patrons away to an escapist-fueled fantasy where run splashed drinks, filled to the brim in festive glassware, will cure your mid-season ails.
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Foundation
2718 North Bremen Street
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One of Milwaukee’s best kept secrets! A Polynesian Tiki themed bar with a playful vibe offering tropical drinks & an ample Rum list. Adorned with bamboo, fish tanks, coconuts, sea horses and puffer fish, Foundation whisks patrons away to an escapist-fueled fantasy where run splashed drinks, filled to the brim in festive glassware, will cure your mid-season ails.
Set nine stories above Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, The Outsider Rooftop Bar is an elevated social experience. Unique indoor and outdoor spaces, cozy oversized couches and toasty fire pits make this the perfect spot for joining friends for craft cocktails. In the cold weather months, a portion of the rooftop is enclosed so the rooftop can still be enjoyed year round.
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The Outsider
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Set nine stories above Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, The Outsider Rooftop Bar is an elevated social experience. Unique indoor and outdoor spaces, cozy oversized couches and toasty fire pits make this the perfect spot for joining friends for craft cocktails. In the cold weather months, a portion of the rooftop is enclosed so the rooftop can still be enjoyed year round.
Shanghai is the East Side’s newest secret speakeasy. Featuring a one of a kind curated cocktail list, craft beer program and wine selection.
Shanghai MKE
2238 North Farwell Avenue
Shanghai is the East Side’s newest secret speakeasy. Featuring a one of a kind curated cocktail list, craft beer program and wine selection.
Sightseeing
Book an entire bike bar for a 2 hour private tour of downtown Milwaukee with Pedal Tavern! You can choose your own route and bar stops around Milwaukee’s Third and Walker’s Point, or you can leave it up to your driver, a certified guru of Milwaukee’s neighborhood bar scene to put together the best Milwaukee pub crawl possible. Visit https://milwaukeepedalandpaddletavern.com/pedal/ to book yours today!
Milwaukee Pedal Tavern
800 S 2nd St
Book an entire bike bar for a 2 hour private tour of downtown Milwaukee with Pedal Tavern! You can choose your own route and bar stops around Milwaukee’s Third and Walker’s Point, or you can leave it up to your driver, a certified guru of Milwaukee’s neighborhood bar scene to put together the best Milwaukee pub crawl possible. Visit https://milwaukeepedalandpaddletavern.com/pedal/ to book yours today!
Milwaukee Paddle Tavern is a unique Milwaukee River excursion. Load up with 14 of your friends, grab some beers, and experience the Milwaukee River with a scenic and fun way to see our lovely city! More info at https://milwaukeepedalandpaddletavern.com/paddle/
PaddleTavern
113 E Juneau Ave
Milwaukee Paddle Tavern is a unique Milwaukee River excursion. Load up with 14 of your friends, grab some beers, and experience the Milwaukee River with a scenic and fun way to see our lovely city! More info at https://milwaukeepedalandpaddletavern.com/paddle/