Milwaukee is underrated. I know Chicago gets all the Midwest city love, but Milwaukee, Wisconsin has truly stepped up its game since my 8th grade years driving up for pop-punk concerts at the Rave.
Now, if you don’t live in the Midwest or haven’t stepped foot in Wisconsin, know that it’s much better than it sounds (and hopefully I can prove that to you). And if you like beer and cheese, I won’t have to do much convincing, because that stereotype is absolutely true.
After spending an amazing ~girl’s weekend there, I’ve compiled a little itinerary modeled off our own. Thanks to Meghan for planning a perfect weekend and for helping me add more Milwaukee gems 🙂 Without further ado… the itinerary!
We drove up to Milwaukee after work and had what I believe all weekends should start with– a night in. We cozied up with wine and cheese, put our phones down and caught up. Staying in on Fridays should be a given– first for the quality time, and second for that magical feeling waking up Saturday morning without a hangover.
8:30 am – Workout Class
Start your day with a morning group workout class. We went to Orangetheory in the Third Ward (must try if you haven’t– your first class is free!) and it absolutely killed us. Boutique fitness classes are a great way to try something new and get a sweat in early on, and besides, dying is always more fun when you have good company. Milwaukee is scattered with boutique fitness studios, see below.
Spire – cycling, rowing, TRX | Hot Yoga Milwaukee | Yoga Squad
10:00 am – Breakfast
Time to treat YO SELF! We opted to go for breakfast right after Orange Theory so we could beat the crowds and also so we could ruin everyone else’s dining experience 🙂 We headed to Sweetdiner, a trendy and bright cafe with delicious food. If you decide to visit, spend some time walking around Milwaukee’s super cute Third Ward area. Then go home and shower, jeez!
Cafe at the Plaza | Honeypie Cafe | Toast | Café Benelux | Urban Beets Cafe (vegan) | Merriment Social
12:00 pm – Milwaukee Public Market
One of Milwaukee’s biggest tourist and local attractions is the Milwaukee Public Market. Hang out for an hour, walk around, and try some of the vendor’s fresh food. The public market also has classes and events sometimes, if you’re into that kinda thing. It’s also indoors, which is the kind of self-awareness I like to see in a city.
1:30 pm – Milwaukee Brewing Co.
They don’t call it the Beer Capital of the World for no reason! We stopped at Milwaukee Brewing Co.‘s newer location on 9th St and it did not disappoint. Bright windows, greenery walls and beer flights make for a very happy Bianca. This location and the other offer brewery tours for $12, which gets you beer samples and a pint glass as well. We love Wisconsin.
4:30 pm – Lakefront Brewery
Time for beer stop #2, and this one’s practically a Milwaukee must-do. We decided to go for a brewery tour at Lakefront Brewery (book ahead) that has the exact same perks as the previous brewery. They make it informational in a funny and entertaining way, which is important because I’ve been on 294 brewery tours and still don’t understand how beer is made. Tip: try their Hazy Rabbit if you like IPAs and do not leave until you’ve overdosed on their cheese curds– I cannot recommend them enough.
6:00 pm – Dinnnnna
After stuffing yourself with beer and fried cheese, it’s time to put on your big girl pants and go grab some dinner. Balzac was the perfect choice for us, as it’s a cozy restaurant with small plates and an extensive wine list. The food was delicious and the portions were JUST RIGHT. Small plates or die. If you speak in Yelp language, I’d say this is a two dollar-sign ($$) restaurant.
$ – Ian’s Pizza, late night
$$ – Birch and Butcher, small plates | La Merenda, tapas | Point’s East Pub, dive bar with great wings | BelAir Cantina, Mexican | Fixture, pizza | Sobelman’s, American/burgers | Rice N Roll, sushi/Thai | St. Paul’s Fish Company (get a lobster or bring home some fresh fish)
$$$ – Zarletti, Italian | Harbor House, seafood | Third Coast Provisions, seafood
$$$$ – Carnevor, steakhouse
7:30 pm – The Night Begins…
After dinner, head back home/to the hotel/to the Airbnb to freshen up and maybe pregame if the previous four beers and two glasses of wine just wasn’t enough. We went out on Brady St. and had a blast. Bars/areas recommended below:
Brady St (The Garage, Jo Cats, Nomad) | Old World Third, good for game day | Third Ward | Walkers Point/Fifth Ward, up and coming | Bayview | Riverwest | Shorewood
If you don’t have to waste your whole day recovering, here’s a list of Milwaukee’s top attractions. Enjoy, and let me know what I missed:
Drinks – The Outsider, rooftop bar | View MKE, rooftop bar | Lost Valley Cider Co. | Milwaukee Pedal & Paddle Tavern | Lakefront Brewery | MKE Brewing Co.
Sports – Milwaukee Brewers | Milwaukee Bucks
Activities – Check out Visit Milwaukee for an up-to-date listing of seasonal activities!
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Thanks for reading,