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    The Pabst Theater

    by traveldave Updated Aug 9, 2012

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    Built in 1895, the Pabst Theater is the fourth-oldest continuously operating theater in the United States. Since its opening, most of the biggest names in twentieth-century music, dance, and drama have graced the stage at the theater. Such jazz musicians as Louis Armstrong and Dave Brubeck have played in the theater's Hal Leonard Jazz Series. Other legendary artists such as Enrico Caruso, Beverly Sills, Yo-Yo Ma, and Liza Minelli have brought their musical talents to the Pabst Theater. Old-time actors including Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne, Katherine Hepburn, and Sarah Bernhardt have played in great dramas and comedies. Even politicians, including presidents, senators, and Sir Winston Churchill, have used the Pabst Theater for political rallies and speeches.

    Milwaukee brewer and philanthropist, Frederick Pabst, built the New German City Theater in 1890. Shortly after it opened, it was destroyed by a fire, and Pabst had a new theater built immediately. This new theater was named the Pabst Theater. It was designed by architect Otto Strack in the German Renaissance Revival style of architecture. The design was inspired by that of the great European opera houses.

    The theater has a seating capacity of 1,345 and boasts a proscenium stage with two balconies. Other indoor architectural elements include a two-ton (1,814-kilogram) Austrian crystal chandelier that hangs over the atrium, a white Carrara marble staircase, and a proscenium arch highlighted in gold leaf which frames the stage.

    Nowadays, the Pabst Theater hosts around 100 events per year, including music, comedy, dance, opera, and theatrical performances.

    The Pabst Theater was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991.

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    The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

    by traveldave Updated Aug 2, 2012

    The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the largest venue for the performing arts in Wisconsin, and is the center of Milwaukee's social scene. The center is the home of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Florentine Opera Company, the Milwaukee Ballet Company, and the First Steps Children's Theater. It was named after philanthropist Ben Marcus after his company, the Marcus Corporation, made a substantial donation to benefit the performing arts center.

    The center's building was designed by renowned Chicago architect Harry Weese in the Brutalist style of architecture. It contains several halls and pavilions that can accommodate different types of programs and performances. The 2,305-seat Uihlein Hall features orchestral concerts, operas, musicals, dance programs, and theatrical productions. The Todd Wehr Hall is a venue for concerts, plays, conferences, and lectures. It has a seating capacity of 496. The 475-seat Vogel Hall can host plays, dance programs, film screenings, meetings, and seminars. The Peck Pavilion is an open-air pavilion along the banks of the Milwaukee River which is used for concerts, dance programs, dramatic performances, and film screenings.

    In addition to its various halls and pavilions, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts has a banquet hall, offices and conference rooms, and an impressive atrium.

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    The Potawatomi Bingo Casino

    by traveldave Updated Oct 20, 2010

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    Run by the Potawatomi Indian tribe, the Potawatomi Bingo Casino is one of the most popular places for nightlife in Milwaukee.

    The casino features bingo, blackjack, craps, roulette, and more than 1,000 slot machines. The casino's bingo game has the largest daily payouts in the United States.

    For those not interested in gambling, the Potawatomi Bingo Casino offers nightly entertainment in its Nest of Life Concert Hall and Northern Lights Theater.

    In addition, the casino has three restaurants, snack bar service, and a catering department.

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    SAFE HOUSE: Popular Spy-Theme Restaurant & Night Spot

    by deecat Updated May 20, 2005

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    Nowhere is there a sign advertising "Safe House". It's hidden behind International Exports Ltd. on Front Street in Milwaukee. We found out about it by word of mouth.

    It's like an old-fashioned Speakeasy. It is, indeed, one of a kind. It's easier to experience it than to tell about it Once you find it, you go through the Red Door beneath the gas lights. They'll ask for a pass word (they will let you in if you don't know it). I'm sworn not to tell it.

    There are secret places and things everywhere. You'll enjoy the restrooms, the bar stools, the menu, the bartender, and the waiters/waitresses!

    They offer Appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and drinks with spy-appropriate names.

    It's truly a "riot". If you have the opportunity, don't miss SAFE HOUSE in Milwaukee!

    Dress Code: Dress in casual clothing unless you want to play along with the spy theme...black overcoat, hat, briefcase!

    Have Fun...

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    Blu Cocktail Bar: For Magnificent Views of Milwaukee...

    by deecat Updated May 20, 2005

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    If you want a wonderful evening of quiet talk, lavish libations, and extraordinary views of Milwaukee, then you want to visit BLU% atop The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    It's located on the 23rd floor with floor to ceiling windows that allow a wonderful view of this marvelous city. It is certainly Milwaukee's most sophisticated martini and wine bar.

    Dress Code: It is not a casual attire sort of place. Women need to wear a good slack outfit or a skirt or dress. Men need to wear slacks and a shirt with a collar. You'll want to look as good as you feel as you take in the awe-inspiring views and partake of the unique drinks.

    Photo from Advertisement. My photos were too dark.

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    Fox River Brewing Co. & Restaurant: Fox River Brewing Co. & Restaurant

    by dlandt Updated Feb 5, 2005

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    The Fox River Brewing Co. & Restaurant is located in a bland shopping mall in Appleton. Normally I would shy away from such a location, but the local tips were just too enthusiastic to pass it up. I have to say their beer is simply phenomenal, and I would stack it up against a lot of European brewers for sheer quality. The fact that the beer is fresh out of the vats makes it even better. It draws quite a crowd, most of which are really friendly. I didn't try the food, but the beer... You MUST try the beer.

    Dress Code: Anything goes.

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    Tangerine: Milwaukee St.

    by mcaffa Updated Jun 17, 2004

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    One of Milwaukee's newest and posh-est bars. The main level is very classic looking. Dark lighting, some couches, tables with these big red chairs.

    But the downstairs is where the place gets it's name....the walls, the fuzzy couches and ottomans, the bulb shaped opaque unisex bathrooms...all tangerine colored.

    Dress Code: No jeans or sneakers. People dress to impress here.

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  • State Parks: deer spotting

    by emilianarciso Written Jun 9, 2003

    Drive through the state parks and try to spot deer would be the best nightlife door county has to offer! It is great for the kids and fun for the adults as well.

    Dress Code: P.J.'s and pillows are a must for the back seat of the mini van.

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    If you are ever in Hurley for...

    by Davenusa Written Aug 26, 2002

    If you are ever in Hurley for the snowmobile races stop in at The Alaskin House. The Bartender is the owner. He must be in his 50's. The bar was handed down to him from his father. It is a good place to start the night.
    The bar has a lot of character. So does the bar tender. Great prices will get you on your way for the night!

    Dress Code: Anything goes, but you'll be like family if you are wearing some sort of Snowmobile logo.

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    Grab a cold one or a nice...

    by kellensdad Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Grab a cold one or a nice bottle of wine and kick back. Summer in Wisconsin is short so grab a beverage and enjoy!
    You don't have to drive anywhere. No DUI concerns or having to impress people you don't know.

    Dress Code: Summer casual is recommended.

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    Water Street in Milwaukee: Water Street in Milwaukee

    by donovanel Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Just find Water Street and you can't miss the bars! This is awesome in the summer: people all over the place every nite (especially weekends) and tons of bars and clubs and restaurants.
    My favorite stomping ground--O'Danny's Pub

    Dress Code: Anything goes! Wisconsin is fairly casual--a lot of jeans, but you don't seem out of place dressing it up a little.

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    Harp Irish Pub: Harp Irish Pub

    by donovanel Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This place is also within walking distance of Water St. I like it because in the summer they have a HUGE patio that overlooks the river--great place to sit and chill and have yourself a Leinenkugel's (beer).

    Dress Code: Come as you are

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    B.B.C. (Bradford Beach Club): B.B.C. (Bradford Beach Club)

    by donovanel Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    East side bar offering 2 levels. A complete bar downstairs, with pool tables and other gaming devices. Good beer selection. Upstairs is where the bands play. Located on the corner of North and Farwell, which is a good area for partying.

    Dress Code: Just look respectable and like you want to have a good time!

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  • Any local bar in Northern...

    by Kliner Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Any local bar in Northern Wisconsin is worth a visit.
    Here you will be privy to some real characters, and if at first they aren't friendly don't worry they will come around after a few pops. Helpful hint: For free coctails play the locals in darts or pool after about 12:30am for drinks.

    Dress Code: Casual or straight out of the fishing boat attire will do. If you dress up they will think you are from Chicago and expect you to buy them drinks.

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    Water Street: Water Street

    by mcaffa Updated Jul 6, 2006

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    This is one the centers of the Downtown Milwaukee nightlife. There are tons of bars lined up and down both sides of Water Street.

    Dress Code: Anything goes - you can get by just fine with jeans.

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