There seemed to be a nightlife -- especially on the waterfront. As I'm reaching old fogey status, I preferred walking around downtown.
Milwaukee does have this old waterfront city feel to it. (We even saw a bunch of rats at dusk in an open field).
A great little neighborhood place in the heart of Milwaukee's Italian village, Angelo's is the kind of place where you'd expect to run into Sinatra, Clooney, and Bennedetto. Great karaoke, with an older crowd that enjoys sing-alongs. Italian-Americans rock, IMHO!
This is not your average "piano bar." Lucille's
features non-stop rotating duel pianists/vocalists who sing all of the "feel good" songs and insist that the crowd gets and stays involved. They will pull members of the audience up to join the act, hilariously change the lyrics to trite songs and in general create a non-stop party. Ages when we visited ranged from college to 50 plus and all were made to feel at home. We simply "poked our heads in" and ended up staying until closing time because of the fun.
If you want a place that is loud, fun and rowdy
but still very safe, I'd really give this one high marks!
Dress Code: Most people were pretty casual, although a few were probably hitting other nightclubs
and were dressed up. Everyone blended together.
It is not especially easy to find this place. In fact, I would not have known to look for it without having read another TIP ON THIS SITE. It is worth a peek inside. 779 Front St
seems like a mere alleyway with a building that reads INTERNATIONAL EXPORTS. Open the door and you are greeted by a small room with no other doors.
If you know the password, you can enter
immediately. If not, you will have a fun time getting in as well. That's all I will say. Once inside, you can have a great meal or choose
to enjoy the 60's James Bond-style atmosphere. There are some intriguing
gadgets, but I don't want to spoil the fun for those who have not yet tried the place out. Perhaps sip one of their many different specialty martinis or other concoctions. They even have their own special beer, as well as souveniers. The place has operated under "TOP SECRET" status (wink) since 1966 at the height of the spy movie craze.
My wife and I loved it and will enjoy a return trip soon.
Dino's Taverna is located on Jefferson Street in Downtown Milwaukee.. it is a nice little greek bar, with a touch of class..
we went there on a friday night, and it was bare.. low lights, great atmosphere, and perfect for a nice quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the loud drunken college kids inhabiting nearby Water street..
I had a great chocolate Martini by the name of Aprhodite's delight.. it was great..
i'd recommend this place if you are on a date and you want to impress and have a quiet conversation.. then once you know each other a little better then you can just walk down the street to one of the loud crowded college bars..
Dress Code: club attire, but maybe a little more conservative..
Somehow, at 4AM on New Year's Eve 2002 (I guess that makes it NY Day 2003), I ended up here. They can really pack it in. It is pretty lounge-ish here, with lots of singles looking to meet. Typically not my kind of place, but it added a nice little story to the end of the evening.
Dress Code: A step above jeans.
This place is simply cool. Great for dates.
It has a Parisian decor, some elements reminiscent of a Metro stop, some of a tabac, others of a bistro. (Paris is my favorite city, I lived there 7 months).
Great to go for a glass of wine, or for brunch.
They also have beer and food for lunch/dinner - but I find the servings to be a bit on the small side.
Check out their web site below for menus.
Oh, their patio is heated for year-round use.
Dress Code: No real dress code, but people do trend to look a bit nice, yet relaxed.
This place has comfy couches, tropical aquari, and everything is bathed in a soothing red light. Very cool. Also has a pool table in a different room. Probably the closest you will get in Milwaukee to a 'lounge' feeling. Good electronic music from time to time.
Dress Code: People look nice, but there is less 'pressure' to do so.
Pure has Milwaukee's biggest techno acts on saturdays. The play other kinds of music the rest of the week, so check out their web site to find info on both and more. This club has excellent sound systems and decent lights. The decor is VERY basic as you might be able to determine from the picture.
Dress Code: The crowd on saturdays is mainly in their early twenties. Dress code is what you might expect to see at any techno club: t-shirts, sunglasses, etc.
Another of the top three places in Milwaukee.
Electronica and food downstairs, hip hop upstairs. Great Martinis, decor, and the best people-watching. Ages range from early twentys to some fifities (downstairs). Again, check out their own web site below for more details, such as special events, drink & food menu etc.
Dress Code: Dress to impress.
One of three coolest places in Milwaukee.
Good music in two separate sections, good drinks (even brunch), good people-watching.
I could tell you more, but not as much as their own website! Check it out for details on food, drink, more pictures, etc.
Dress Code: Trendy casual. A bit alternative, but in the kind that looks straight from the store.
An honest Milwaukee tavern - nothing fancy - it's where the locals go. You don't have to drink Blatz, either. The building is historic - it was constructed in the 1890s as an original Pabst Brewery tavern - the same architect designed the amazing Pabst Theater. Chatty bartenders.
Dress Code: Casual, of course
I was here on New Year's Eve for a few hours. The population is generally mid 20's to low 30's. They can pack it in here, so find a corner to hang out if you don't like mixing it up with people all around
Dress Code: Casual...jeans and whatever.
Trocadero is my personal favorite. It's a low-key wine with nice music, a great terrace and good decor and atmosphere. Usually pretty quiet - a great place to hang out with friends.
get the mojito - mmmmmmm
Dress Code: anything
Von Triers -
Right near by is Vitucci's, a little messy, but fun.
It is like a little beer hall. The picture I have here is from Zur Krones, a different bar that moved north of Milwaukee, so if in Milwaukee, Von Trier's is a good bet.
Dress Code: Casual