Part of Milwaukee’s reputation as a can’t-miss event destination comes from its seemingly endless list of things to do during an evening out. No matter how you prefer to kick back at the end of the day—from concerts to theater to cocktail bars to bowling—this city can deliver. Here are a few ways to experience the best of Milwaukee’s dynamic nightlife.
Catch a Concert
Milwaukee’s entertainment venues like Fiserv Forum and the Miller High Life Theatre host major music performances year-round—The Lumineers, Chance the Rapper and Foreigner are all scheduled to take the stage here in the next year. For those who prefer the sounds of the local music scene, check out Cactus Club or Company Brewing. Jazz lovers shouldn’t miss hometown hotspots The Jazz Estate and Caroline’s Jazz Club, an intimate music joint showcasing regional jazz and American blues artists.
Milwaukee is also a regional hub for theater and the performing arts—and has the range of shows to prove it. Anytime they come to town, your attendees will be able to spend an evening enjoying a great play, drama, comedy or musical at popular performance spaces like the Broadway Theatre Center or the Milwaukee Repertory Theater (housed in a cleverly converted former power plant). If their hearts are set on Broadway, they’re in luck. Award-winning shows like Hamilton and The Lion King regularly make stops in the city at the Marcus Performing Arts Center. Evenings with the Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera Company, or the music and comedy acts at Northern Lights Theater (inside the popular Potawatomi Hotel & Casino) are also well worth the price of admission.
Raise a Glass
After a long day, many attendees want to unwind with conversation over a round of drinks. Luckily, Milwaukee has many choices for creative imbibing. At the Lowlands Group—a collection of seven Belgian-style Grand Cafés throughout the city—beer lovers can peruse a highly curated bier book to find exactly the right pour for their tastes, served in exactly the right custom glass that honors the tradition and history of each brew. Each café serves a huge variety of seasonal, limited availability and specialty biers, with an emphasis on Belgian varieties. Craft cocktail aficionados will enjoy the retro vibe at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, a stylish 1938 vintage bar serving over 400 specialty cocktails. For food and drink with a side of bowling, shuffleboard, karaoke and bocce ball, direct visitors to Punch Bowl Social. Other creative nightlife options include Foundation (a tiki bar), Axe MKE (an axe-throwing bar) or SafeHouse (a spy bar).