Here are some tailgating alternatives during Miller Park's brisk early season.
April is the cruelest month, especially in Milwaukee where the weather tests the patience of tailgate-ready Brewers fans year after year. When the snow and cold put a damper on one of our most cherished local traditions – the parking lot tailgate – try one of these warmer alternatives.
If you really want to fill up before first pitch, check out this long-time Italian eatery. The best option for pizza in the area, Barbiere’s also offers sandwiches and pasta entrees that are so filling you’ll need a shuttle both to the park and to your seat.
5844 W. Bluemound Rd.
With daily dining specials, 4th Base shows that the pre-game fun is not limited to Bluemond Road. A West Milwaukee mainstay for over 40 years, they offer a diverse à la carte-style menu that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters.
5117 W. National Ave.
As pure a corner tap as you’ll find in the area, “SOBs” is a nice option for those who prefer to pack an extra cooler for the tailgate in place of a grill. Enjoy a daily happy hour of $6 pitchers – which will assuredly be more effective than most Brewers’ pitchers (rimshot) – before grabbing the Miller Park shuttle.
5841 W. Bluemound Rd.
If your tailgate is all about cheap beer and grilled meat, then J & B’s will be a perfect alternative. Only a few minutes from the stadium (they run a shuttle to every home game) and with an easygoing corner bar atmosphere, any Brewers fan will feel right at home.
5230 W. Bluemound Rd.
If you want your pregame drinks with a good dose of Brewers history, there’s no other place to stop than Cesar’s, which was for many years owned by Harvey and Audrey Kuenn. Harv, as he was known to his regulars, led the Brewers to the 1982 World Series and, with Audrey, lived in the small apartment behind the bar during that championship season. It’s a great place to raise a glass to the past before heading out to root for a World Series to come.
5527 W. National Ave.
Whether to pick Kelly’s or J & B’s is really a matter of personal preference, but Kelly’s offers daily menu specials that deviate a bit from the tailgate norm. On Mondays, you can get a four-piece chicken dinner with all the trimmings; on Tuesdays, enjoy a heaping plate of spaghetti and meatballs; and Wednesdays offer a platter of Mexican favorites with $3 Coronas. Kelly’s also offers a game-day shuttle to and from the stadium.
5218 W. Bluemound Rd.