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Guidebook for Milwaukee

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Guidebook for Milwaukee

Drinks & Nightlife
Classic one-of-a-kind vintage bar. Esquire Magazine loves this place. Think Mad Men. The is neighborhood is kink of sketchy though. I had a Cucumber Collins there--it was outrageous!
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Bryant's Cocktail Lounge
1579 South 9th Street
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Classic one-of-a-kind vintage bar. Esquire Magazine loves this place. Think Mad Men. The is neighborhood is kink of sketchy though. I had a Cucumber Collins there--it was outrageous!
This is my favorite dive bar in Milwaukee. Within walking distance to the house. Pinball and a photo booth. Nice mix of people, but heavy on the hipsters.
Blackbird Bar
3007 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
This is my favorite dive bar in Milwaukee. Within walking distance to the house. Pinball and a photo booth. Nice mix of people, but heavy on the hipsters.
If you want a serious drink. This is the place to go. They have a fantastic beer selection. Hole-in-the-wall from the outside, but chill, casual and relaxing inside.
Palm Tavern
2989 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
If you want a serious drink. This is the place to go. They have a fantastic beer selection. Hole-in-the-wall from the outside, but chill, casual and relaxing inside.
If you can't make it to Bryant's, you must go to this gem. Vintage bar not far from the house.
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At Random
2501 South Delaware Avenue
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If you can't make it to Bryant's, you must go to this gem. Vintage bar not far from the house.
This institution just changed their menu, and it is now more expensive. People think they should have changed the name as well.
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Palomino Bar
2491 South Superior Street
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This institution just changed their menu, and it is now more expensive. People think they should have changed the name as well.
Considered one of the best Serbian restaurants in North America. Very highly rated.
Three Brothers
2414 South Saint Clair Street
Considered one of the best Serbian restaurants in North America. Very highly rated.
Nice bar when the weather is nice. It becomes a large gradient of indoor to outdoor space. The bartenders can make a good drink as well.
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Tonic Tavern
2335 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Nice bar when the weather is nice. It becomes a large gradient of indoor to outdoor space. The bartenders can make a good drink as well.
If you are into soccer, this is the place to watch it. I saw some of the World Cup here and it was crazy. Also consider Nomad on Brady St..
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The Highbury Pub
2322 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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If you are into soccer, this is the place to watch it. I saw some of the World Cup here and it was crazy. Also consider Nomad on Brady St..
Great beer selection in a bar with a north woods vibe.
Romans' Pub
3475 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
Great beer selection in a bar with a north woods vibe.
Food Scene
I can't afford to eat here, but my friends who have swear by it. Casual French dining. Very small, comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.
Pastiche Bistro & Wine Bar (Bay View)
3001 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
I can't afford to eat here, but my friends who have swear by it. Casual French dining. Very small, comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.
Small, Italian joint near the house tucked away in the neighborhood. Limited outdoor seating. People like this place a lot.
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Tenuta's Italian Restaurant
2995 South Clement Avenue
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Small, Italian joint near the house tucked away in the neighborhood. Limited outdoor seating. People like this place a lot.
Farm-to-table restaurant. So awesome! Drinks, dessert, brunch, lunch...it is all good. And it affordable. Outdoor patio in back is very nice.
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Honeypie
2643 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Farm-to-table restaurant. So awesome! Drinks, dessert, brunch, lunch...it is all good. And it affordable. Outdoor patio in back is very nice.
A great restaurant in the neighborhood.
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LuLu Cafe
2265 S Howell Ave
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A great restaurant in the neighborhood.
Having lived in Texas I think this is a good Mexican restaurant. People in Milwaukee and some of my guests have said this is the best Mexican they have had. Affordable.
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Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant
2317 South Howell Avenue
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Having lived in Texas I think this is a good Mexican restaurant. People in Milwaukee and some of my guests have said this is the best Mexican they have had. Affordable.
This is a must when the weather is nice. Trying to find this place will earn you a gold star for the day. It is hidden. Always tops the list of Milwaukee's best outdoor patios. Food is just OK.
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Barnacle Bud's
1955 South Hilbert Street
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This is a must when the weather is nice. Trying to find this place will earn you a gold star for the day. It is hidden. Always tops the list of Milwaukee's best outdoor patios. Food is just OK.
Really good coffee shop near the house.
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Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.
2920 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Really good coffee shop near the house.
Alterra (now Collectivo) is an institution for coffee. The Bay View location is one of the newest in the city. Also , check out the location near the lake (in the old pump house). It is a gem.
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Colectivo Coffee - Bay View
2301 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Alterra (now Collectivo) is an institution for coffee. The Bay View location is one of the newest in the city. Also , check out the location near the lake (in the old pump house). It is a gem.
Highly Rated and Reviewed Restaurant in Milwaukee. Small plates.
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Odd Duck
2352 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Highly Rated and Reviewed Restaurant in Milwaukee. Small plates.
My favorite restaurant and pizza in Milwaukee. I will not say anything more except for honest kitsch with the best Midwest-style pizza. Ever. Out-of-the-way unfortunately.
Maria's Pizza
5025 West Forest Home Avenue
My favorite restaurant and pizza in Milwaukee. I will not say anything more except for honest kitsch with the best Midwest-style pizza. Ever. Out-of-the-way unfortunately.
Great gastro pub in Bay View. They have other similar restaurants in Milwaukee under different Dutch names.
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Centraal Grand Café and Tappery
2306 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Great gastro pub in Bay View. They have other similar restaurants in Milwaukee under different Dutch names.
Home of the Butter Burger. Think Culver's Restaurant. It is new on the outside, classic vintage diner within.
Solly's Grille
4629 North Port Washington Road
Home of the Butter Burger. Think Culver's Restaurant. It is new on the outside, classic vintage diner within.
An institution. Free bacon on Sundays. On Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.
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Comet Cafe
1947 North Farwell Avenue
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An institution. Free bacon on Sundays. On Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.
People rave about the brunch. A bit of a drive from the house.
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Blue's Egg
317 North 76th Street
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People rave about the brunch. A bit of a drive from the house.
Fast Food if you must
Wendy's
3050 South Chase Avenue
Fast Food if you must
Fast Food if you must.
McDonald's
830 East Potter Avenue
Fast Food if you must.
Everything Else
How many hat shops do you know of? They make most of the hats that they sell on premise. Very cool. Expensive, but one-of-a-kind. The owner is very cool, too.
The Brass Rooster
2252 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
How many hat shops do you know of? They make most of the hats that they sell on premise. Very cool. Expensive, but one-of-a-kind. The owner is very cool, too.
Cool, vintage, resale shop.
Rethreads
2671 S Kinnic Ave
Cool, vintage, resale shop.
I argue with my friends that they have the best wings in town. Fried, then grilled. You really don't need blue cheese for these wings--they are that good. Classic, neighborhood dive bar.
Club Garibaldi
2501 South Superior Street
I argue with my friends that they have the best wings in town. Fried, then grilled. You really don't need blue cheese for these wings--they are that good. Classic, neighborhood dive bar.
Small organic food store within walking distance from the house. They have a limited selection of prepared food as well, including a nice salad bar.
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Outpost Natural Foods
2826 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Small organic food store within walking distance from the house. They have a limited selection of prepared food as well, including a nice salad bar.
This area in 20 years could transform Milwaukee. Right now it is light industry, gay bars and a hot new food scene.
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Walker's Point
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This area in 20 years could transform Milwaukee. Right now it is light industry, gay bars and a hot new food scene.
Calatrava's most famous piece of architecture in North America. It is the face of the Milwaukee brand. It is the most visited attraction in the city. Next to the lake.
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North Art Museum Drive
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Calatrava's most famous piece of architecture in North America. It is the face of the Milwaukee brand. It is the most visited attraction in the city. Next to the lake.
This is an Olmstead (at least partially) designed park. He designed Central Park in NYC. It is just four blocks from the house. A great way to get some exercise and relax.
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Milwaukee's Craft Beer Garden at Humboldt Park
3000 South Howell Avenue
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This is an Olmstead (at least partially) designed park. He designed Central Park in NYC. It is just four blocks from the house. A great way to get some exercise and relax.
Box store for all of your needs
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Target
2950 South Chase Avenue
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Box store for all of your needs
Pharmacy for your needs. Walking distance from the house. This location is not open 24 hours.
Walgreens
3109 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
Pharmacy for your needs. Walking distance from the house. This location is not open 24 hours.
If you are travelling to Chicago, on a road trip, etc. and need to stock up on food or booze...look no further. Think average grocery store, but enormous and ridiculously cheap. In Kenosha, too.
Woodman's Food Market
8131 South Howell Avenue
If you are travelling to Chicago, on a road trip, etc. and need to stock up on food or booze...look no further. Think average grocery store, but enormous and ridiculously cheap. In Kenosha, too.
Indoor public market with kiosks of different food-related goodies. In the Third Ward.
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Milwaukee Public Market
400 North Water Street
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Indoor public market with kiosks of different food-related goodies. In the Third Ward.
Check out the Joan of Arc chapel at Marquette. It has a unique history. The layering of outdoor space is unique as well.
Marquette University
1250 West Wisconsin Avenue
Check out the Joan of Arc chapel at Marquette. It has a unique history. The layering of outdoor space is unique as well.
Nice Bay View park situated along the lake. From May to October this is a very nice Farmer's Market on Saturdays.
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South Shore Park
2900 South Shore Drive
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Nice Bay View park situated along the lake. From May to October this is a very nice Farmer's Market on Saturdays.
If you like those loud bikes, this is a must!
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Harley-Davidson Museum
400 West Canal Street
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If you like those loud bikes, this is a must!
A must-do if you have children.
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Discovery World
500 North Harbor Drive
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A must-do if you have children.
This is where the Brewers play. Some concerts are held here as well.
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Miller Park
1 Brewers Way
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This is where the Brewers play. Some concerts are held here as well.
Cool lighthouse in another Olmstead park...Lake Park.
North Point Lighthouse
2650 North Wahl Avenue
Cool lighthouse in another Olmstead park...Lake Park.
A very nice park and beach that will be less crowded than Bradford Beach.
Grant Park
100 Hawthorne Ave
A very nice park and beach that will be less crowded than Bradford Beach.
A great beach. Don't go in the water though. Watch everyone strutting there stuff along the lake. It is a spectacle during the summer. Walk to Colectivo (coffee shop)
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Bradford Beach
2400 North Lincoln Memorial Drive
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A great beach. Don't go in the water though. Watch everyone strutting there stuff along the lake. It is a spectacle during the summer. Walk to Colectivo (coffee shop)
Cool street with eclectic restaurants, coffee shops, and bars.
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East Brady Street
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Cool street with eclectic restaurants, coffee shops, and bars.
They say this is the most visited Brewery tour in North America. Guests have enjoyed this tour.
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Lakefront Brewery
1872 North Commerce Street
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They say this is the most visited Brewery tour in North America. Guests have enjoyed this tour.
Gorgeous historic theatre showing art house/independent films. Great for a rainy day.
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Oriental Theatre
2230 North Farwell Avenue
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Gorgeous historic theatre showing art house/independent films. Great for a rainy day.
Bronze Fonz statue. How you can not visit this life sized statue while visiting MKE? For you younger folk, Fonzie is from the TV show The Happy Days. No Laverne and Shirley or That 70's Show stuff.
117 E Wells St
117 E Wells St
Bronze Fonz statue. How you can not visit this life sized statue while visiting MKE? For you younger folk, Fonzie is from the TV show The Happy Days. No Laverne and Shirley or That 70's Show stuff.
The Berkeley of Milwaukee. Cool vibe, good bars and restaurants, but borders a neighborhood where residents live in abject poverty. Be cautious in the evening.
Riverwest
The Berkeley of Milwaukee. Cool vibe, good bars and restaurants, but borders a neighborhood where residents live in abject poverty. Be cautious in the evening.
Check out the Plensa sculpture. Then drive north along Lake Dr. and check out the old, beautiful mansions along the lake.
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Atwater Park
North Lake Drive
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Check out the Plensa sculpture. Then drive north along Lake Dr. and check out the old, beautiful mansions along the lake.
Cool, all inclusive, but small grocery store in Bay View that used to be owned by one of my neighbor's father. Another Milwaukee institution.
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G. Groppi Food Market
1441 E Russell Ave
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Cool, all inclusive, but small grocery store in Bay View that used to be owned by one of my neighbor's father. Another Milwaukee institution.
Cool bar tucked away in Bay View.
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Burnhearts
2599 South Logan Avenue
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Cool bar tucked away in Bay View.
Nice bakery just a block or so from the house. They make sandwiches too.
Canfora Bakery
1100 East Oklahoma Avenue
Nice bakery just a block or so from the house. They make sandwiches too.
Grocery
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Pick 'n Save
250 West Holt Avenue
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Grocery
Shopping
Get the Zanzabar chocolate ice cream. Dark chocolate ice cream. 'Nough said.
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Babes Ice Cream & Dessert
2264 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Get the Zanzabar chocolate ice cream. Dark chocolate ice cream. 'Nough said.
Great NY Style Pizza. Walking distance from the house too.
Milwaukee Classic Pizza
3929 South Howell Avenue
Great NY Style Pizza. Walking distance from the house too.
So you want to try Wisconsin's famous frozen custard...this is one of the places that I recommend. Also consider Leon's too (it is closer to the house). Burger are good, too.
Kopp's Frozen Custard
7631 West Layton Avenue
So you want to try Wisconsin's famous frozen custard...this is one of the places that I recommend. Also consider Leon's too (it is closer to the house). Burger are good, too.
Great frozen custard! Counter service only. Even in the winter! Aghh.
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Leon's Frozen Custard
3131 S 27th St
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Great frozen custard! Counter service only. Even in the winter! Aghh.
Best Corned Beef Sandwich this side of NYC?Expensive and in a less-than-desirable neighborhood. People drool when talking about this place.
Jake's Deli North
1634 West North Avenue
Best Corned Beef Sandwich this side of NYC?Expensive and in a less-than-desirable neighborhood. People drool when talking about this place.
Great record store.
Rush-Mor Ltd Music & Video
2635 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
Great record store.
Sightseeing
Milwaukee's Basilica. This used to be the Post Office for Chicago! It is a grand spectacle just don't pay attention to the faux-painted marble columns.
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Basilica of Saint Josaphat
2333 South 6th Street
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Milwaukee's Basilica. This used to be the Post Office for Chicago! It is a grand spectacle just don't pay attention to the faux-painted marble columns.
Arts & Culture
Summerfest, Harley Fest, Polish, German, Greek, Italian, etc. Fest are located here.
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Henry Maier Festival Park
200 East Polk Street
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Summerfest, Harley Fest, Polish, German, Greek, Italian, etc. Fest are located here.