Sit back, relax and enjoy the show! Here are our favorite spots after-dark fun.
Check your worries at the door, and let the fabulous “ladies” of Hamburger Mary’s bring a smile to your face. Drag queens in over-the-top get-ups, overdone makeup, and Texas-style wigs are the main draw here, but equally over the-top burgers aren’t bad: one’s topped with mac ‘n cheese, and another weighs a pound.
730-734 S. 5th St.
In lieu of plane-hopping to balmy Casablanca, Uber it to the East Side’s Casablanca on Brady for free belly-dancing shows (8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Fridays) while you bite into Middle Eastern food or chill with a hookah.
728 E. Brady St.
The Bard’s third “Shakespeare Raw” season starts with Romeo and Juliet ($10) March 7-9. Actors draw character names, run backstage to throw together an outfit and grab the script while the director lays down the rules for the audience drinking game.
901 W. Juneau Ave.
Milwaukee Nightlife Guide: 56 Things to Do After Dark
Murder-Comedy Dinner Show
A whodunit with food? Yes, please! “The Dinner Detective” ($69.95, every Saturday at 6 p.m.) seats its performers with well-heeled ticketholders over pork loin or chicken marsala (there’s vegetarian, too). The “big reveal” comes during post-dinner interrogation.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milwaukee Downtown, 611 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Opera Piano Bar
Hear local talent belt out opera on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The vibe’s more basement den than glam cocktail lounge, but what matters is the great singing. Don’t even think about leaving without ordering a $5 old fashioned.
Angelo’s Piano Lounge, 1686 N. Van Buren St. Milwaukee
Channel your inner yogi with this call-and-response, chanting-and-music event ($20). First Friday Kirtan is one of the country’s largest, attracting a few hundred people, and is easy for beginners to pick up. It starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Unitarian Universalist Church West, 13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield