Wednesday, April 2, 2014


For all of you that are planning on attending the Hoverson/Presser reception festivity memorial day weekend extravaganza bash, I wanted to make sure that there was an ample list of "things-to-do" for those who have never experience the amazingness that is Milwaukee. Some of you are veterans of the city, some of you novices. Either way, I am hoping that this helps all of you.
Milwaukee City Flag - Voted the 4th Worst Flag in 2004 by American City Flags Survey
    Frank's Diner
  • Frank’s Diner – Out of the way, down in Kenosha, but it is well worth it. The best breakfast of all-time and certainly one of the best atmospheres. Make sure to call for reservations if you have a group of five or more.

Trocadero – They have chicken and waffles for brunch. 

County Clare
County Clare – Outstanding Irish pub in my neighborhood. Connected to a bed and breakfast. I would highly recommend the reuben and the root soup. They also have the best Guinness pour in Wisconsin.


  • Solly's Grille – Been open for 77 years with their specialty “butter burger”. A Milwaukee classic. 

  • Sobelman's – My personal favorite burgers in Milwaukee, and if you like bloody Marys, you are going to definitely like Sobelmans. There are two locations, both basically the same.

  • Safe House – A spy themed restaurant! Find the entrance in a downtown alleyway. You need a password to get in, and make sure to pay attention to all the secret passage ways. The food and drink isn’t too bad either.

  • Mader's – The best German food you will find anywhere except maybe Germany. Get the giant pretzel, get German beer.


  • Karl Ratzsch's – The second best German food, which is better than a lot of food.

  • Umami Moto and Sake Tumi – Very close to each other geographically and menu. Both are Asian cuisine, Umami Moto being more Asian fusion, Sake Tumi being Japanese and Korean styled.

  • CafĂ© Benelux – Near the Milwaukee Public Market in the Third Ward. Benelux is Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg and they have a great beer selection and food. They also have a very nice outdoor area weather permitting.

  • Milwaukee Ale House – Great drinks and fantastic food, located in the Third Ward. It is situated on the river walk and has a wonderful patio/deck dining area.
Milwaukee Ale House

  • Dick’s Pleasure and Pizza – Unique place with alcoholic milkshakes, pizza by the slice, and a very trippy, high traffic upstairs club.
    Dick's Pleasure and Pizza

  • Wicked Hop - This might be the best designed bar I have ever seen. Great food and drinks, right next to the Milwaukee Public Market in the Third Ward. Amazing bloody Marys.
Wicked Hop


    Things to see
    • Milwaukee Art Museum
      Milwaukee Art Museum – World class architecture and a fantastic collection.
    • Harley Davidson Museum and Motor Lounge – The museum is very cool, and the lounge has great food and drinks as well as shuffleboard!
    • Milwaukee Brewers (Out of town until Monday) – Stadium is gorgeous and everyone should see a sausage race in their life. Plus Hank the dog is the new local hero.
    • Milwaukee Public Museum – Lots of good stuff, natural history museum.
    • Discovery World – More interactive than the Public Museum. A lot of great science and nature exhibits.
    • Brewery tours – Miller, Sprecher, and Lakefront are the best ones. Sprecher is probably better known for its root beer and soda flavors which are unlimited on the tour!
    • Mitchell Park Domes
      The Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)– Botanical Gardens and on weekends a very nice farmers market.
    • Pabst Mansion – Gorgeous mansion tour of the late, great Pabst. Blue Ribbon!
    • Riverwalk – Not a lot to see, but the best way to get around the city on foot. There are a fair amount of bar and restaurants built on the river walk. And don't forget to find the bronze Fonz.
    • Koz’s mini-bowling – Mini bowling at a bar!
    • Milwaukee County Zoo – The Milwaukee zoo is very good. Take the train, it is delightful.
    • Potawatomi Casino – Close to downtown. Very close to Sobelman's and Mitchell Park Conservatory.
    • Beach - Bradford Beach is the one to go to if the weather is nice. There are plenty of running and bike trails in the city. 

    Colectivo - There are a number of these as well as Alterra coffee roasters around the Milwaukee area. Milwaukee does have have great coffee scene and this Colectivo is located right near the lake. Great for breakfast or brunch.
    Rochambo - Great coffee place on Brady St. Definitely a little hipsterish, but they make alcoholic coffee and latte style drinks.

    Pabst Theatre, Turner Ballroom, Shank Hall, The Rave

    Hotels options (other than the designated block)

    Arranged most expensive to least:

    The Iron Horse - Valet $30/day
    The Pfister Hotel - Self Parking $25/day, Valet $30/day
    Hotel Metro Milwaukee - Valet Parking $27/day
    Hampton Inn and Suites Milwaukee Downtown - Self $12/day, Valet $26/day
    Courtyard Milwaukee Downtown - Self $18/day, Valet $23/day

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