Nightlife Guide: Get Active

Some nights you just want to curl up in a booth with a mug of cold beer…but other nights, you want to get active. Here’s where to go.


Blackbird Bar

Skillful nudging and flipper management on a legendary pinball machine like Theatre of Magic, one of six classic pins at Blackbird Bar, can be a real workout, both mentally and physically. Practice up so you’re ready for the monthly pinball tournament (first Sunday of the month). Winner takes home prizes like a roll of quarters and beer.
3007 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.


Evolution Gastro Pong

Chasing around a little orange ball takes agility and plenty of energy – a good way to burn off beer. The pingpong tables at Evolution provide about as strenuous a workout as you can get at a tavern. If you hope to show your friends your mad spinning skills it’s best to limit your visits to the bar. Pingpong is best played while coherent. 
1023 N. Old World Third St.

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Miniature Golf

Nine Below

You don’t just play mini golf at Nine Below, you actually build one of the holes with props and obstacles provided by the place. After construction you putt around on holes created by other amateur mini golf architects (while accessing a bar in the center of the “course”). So, be nice to fellow golfers and avoid conjuring up holes where deciphering putting angles requires a protractor. 
1905 E. North Ave.

CLEAR. Photo by Z2 Marketing


CLEAR at the InterContinental Hotel

This sleek bar in the hotel lobby is always an inviting spot. But every Tuesday, indoor bocce ups the ante. Bring your best pallino tossing skills and arrive promptly at 5:30 p.m., when the games begin, to ensure a round or two of lobby bocce.
139 E. Kilbourn Ave.


Bounce Milwaukee

Bounce houses are just as much fun for adults as they are for kids. The three large inflatable areas at Bounce Milwaukee area available to kids during the day, but after 9 p.m. on weekends, the big kids over 21 get a chance to play. If all that jumping hasn’t worn you out, there’s also a laser tag area, a rock climbing wall and video games. 
2801 S. 5th Ct.

‘MKE After Dark’ appears in the February 2017 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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