Milwaukee Neighborhood Guide: Story Hill

Your guide to this cozy, cute neighborhood west of downtown.

Craftsman-style bungalows line Story Hill’s streets, a neighborhood flanked by Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers’ home field) to the South and West Wisconsin Avenue to the North. Downtown-Milwaukee offices plus Marquette University are a quick five-minute drive east.

Settled by Vermont resident Hiram Story during the 1840s, the neighborhood is perched on a bluff. Residents used to leave the neighborhood for nourishment and entertainment but within the last five years this has changed. Now, restaurants and green spaces are right outside their front door.

Dining & Drinking

1) Story Hill BKC

Where: 5100 W. Bluemound Rd. | 414-539-4424

Maxie’s and Blue’s Egg’s Black Shoe Hospitality Group sister opened in 2014. Wine snobs like the attached bottle shop (served with a corkage fee) and craft cocktails draw spirits enthusiasts. Milwaukee Beef Tartare and Leek-Baked Walleye are on the farm-to-table lunch and dinner menu, which also includes weekend brunch.

2) City Lights Brewing Company

Where: 2200 W. Mt. Vernon Ave. | 414-436-1011

Brewer Jimmy Gohsman standing behind beer taps
Jimmy Gohsman, photo courtesy of City Lights Brewing

Tucked into the adjacent Menomonee River Valley and open since 2017, beer brewed on site is paired with dishes folding in suds, like fish tacos, Bavarian pretzels, cheese curds and wings. Brewery tours offered Saturdays.

 3) Kelly’s Bleachers

Where: 5218 W. Bluemound Rd. | 414-258-9837

Whether it’s hopping free shuttles to Miller Park, beer pong tournaments, music bingo, trivia night or tuning into the Packers, this Irish-themed sports bar has been a destination since opening in 1984.


4) Fruit Ranch

Where: 6301 W. Bluemound Rd. | 414-476-9600

Filling gift baskets with fruit, nuts, cookies, flowers and chocolates for more than 65 years, this fourth-generation business is a go-to for locals.

 5) Appliance Gallery and Granite Gallery

Where: 4550 W. Wisconsin Ave. | 800-876-1044

Fixing up your abode? Or want some design inspiration? This twin set of showrooms specializes in high-end appliances and granite countertops.

6) Bark ‘N Scratch Outpost

Where: 5835 W. Bluemound Rd. | 414-444-4110

Fidos who call Story Hill home are probably getting outfitted and fed thanks to Bark ‘N Scratch Outpost, a pet-supply store that’s open daily. Pets are welcome to shop with their owners so long as they are kept on a leash. Events such as animal-communication sessions, holiday photos with Snata and pre-game tailgate photos are held at the store.


7) Three Bridges Park

Where: 610 S. 35th St.

Hosting Shakespeare productions during the summer months, this 24-acre park — one of the newest Milwaukee County parks, open since 2013 — is located along the Menomonee River in the Menomonee River Valley between 27th and 37th Streets, accessible along West Canal Street. Included in the grounds are 42 community gardens, two miles of hiking and bicycling trails, places to launch kayaks or canoes, and fishing access, too. Rent kayaks from the Urban Ecology Center’s 3700 W. Pierce St. location.

8) Mitchell Boulevard Park

Where: 5115 W. Bluemound Rd. | 414-342-0215

South of Bluemound Road between North 51st and North 52nd streets, and stretching south to North Story Parkway, is this 15.6-acre green space. During the summer months, the Story Hill Summer Concert Series is hosted here.

The “Tree of Life” sculpture by Nancy Metz White can be reached just south of Bluemound Road, on the park’s North end.

9) Doyne Park Golf Course

Where: 5300 W. Wells St. | 414-257-3718

This nine-hole golf course in Milwaukee County is a great beginners’ course with no tee times required. It’s all first-come, first-serve. Par is 27. Paying a round of golf will cost you only $5.

Entertainment & Culture

10) Miller Park

Where: One Brewers Way | 414-902-4400

Miller Park Stadium
Photo courtesy of Visit Milwaukee

It’s home field for Milwaukee’s MLB team, the Milwaukee Brewers, since 2001. Between April and October, the stadium is hopping a few hours before game time with tailgating as well as pre-game grub at Friday’s Front Row.

Bus Stops

Catch Milwaukee Country Transit System’s #64 along North Hawley Road, stopping at West Park Hill Avenue and West Bluemound Road. GoldLine runs along West Wisconsin Avenue.



A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine),, and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.