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9 Perfect Places for a Ladies’ Night Out in Milwaukee

With Milwaukee’s thriving nightlife scene, it’s not difficult to find a great place where you and your girls can enjoy a night on the town.

No matter who you are or the type of awesome women you choose to surround yourself with, Milwaukee has an establishment perfect for your next ladies’ night out.

For a nerdy night out, head to…

Oak & Shield Gaming Pub/42 Lounge
600 East Ogden Ave; 414-988-9982

With food, games and geek culture, Oak & Shield supports fandoms for every group of girlfriends. Attend one of their theme nights, like Puzzled Pint or Pawn and Pint Night — they even host karaoke! Order a butterbeer or one of their other themed drinks and a video or board game from the bartender and settle in for a nerdy night – nerdy has been the new cool for a while now.

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For a night of dancing, try…

Site 1A
231 E Buffalo St, 414-270-1018

Only open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Site 1A is a sweat-inducing dance club in the middle of the third ward. Though on Fridays they usually have live music, we recommend going there with your girlfriends on Saturday nights, as they offer free champagne to women before midnight and no cover if you arrive before 11.

Splash Studios

For an artsy night out, check out…

Splash Studio
184 N Broadway Ave, 414-882-7621

You wouldn’t think drinking and painting would be a natural combination, but it sure works well at Splash Studio. Register online for a painting session and a seasoned instructor will walk you through how to paint a landscape or concept painting while you and you girlfriends sip on Pinot or Merlot. Better than a hangover, you will wake up with beautiful paintings.

For a taste of New Orleans, head to…

The Brass Alley
1023 N Old World 3rd St, 414-800-6240

Stepping into The Brass Alley, you might as well be walking into a club or restaurant in Nola. With New Orleans-style food during the day and New Orleans-style partying at night, The Brass Alley won’t disappoint you and your group of girls. Though their dance floor is expansive and their frozen drinks are delicious, if you get tired of it all, Evolution Milwaukee is always open upstairs for ping pong.

Empty glasses for wine above a bar rack in vintage tone.
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For a wine-filled night, go to…

1716 N Arlington Pl, 414-755-0099

Just off Brady Street, Balzac is the perfect place to go for a chill night sipping wine and ranting about work and love. Pair your wine with a cheese plate and you’re set for the night, and if you go on Wednesdays, your wine will take you twice as far with their “half off glass pour bottles” deal.

Pink Squirrel. Photo by Dan Bishop/Bryant’s

For cocktails, head to…

Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge
1579 S 9th St, 414-383-2620

Over their 80 years of existence, Bryant’s has perfected their array of specialty cocktails. Grab a Brain Buster or a Pink Squirrel and settle in with your girls for a night of people watching and bonding as your heads spin from the liqueur.


For a tropical night, go to…

2718 N Bremen St, 414-374-2537

Who needs an island vacay when you can go to Foundation? This Riverwest staple offers all the tiki you could ever desire along with scrumptious frozen drinks, some of which are almost as big as a fish bowl. You and your friends may never want to leave.

For night of bowling, check out…

Landmark Lanes
2220 N Farwell Ave, 414-278-8770

Sick of stilettos? Try on a pair of classic bowling shoes for size and compete to see who among your friends is the best bowler at the Milwaukee staple Landmark Lanes. Order a pitcher of beer from the bar while you’re at it, and enjoy their array of classic arcade games between bowling games.

For a classy night, try…

Blu at the Pfister
424 E Wisconsin Ave, 414-298-3196

Located on the 23rd floor of the Pfister Hotel, a night out at Blu will make you and your friends feel like socialites. Here you’ll sip on a crafted cocktail, listen to live jazz, and take in the excellent views of Milwaukee with your girls.



Since interning for the magazine in spring of 2017, Anna has contributed to both the print publication and website. She has covered topics from women in the workplace to communal gardens and also writes guides to life in Milwaukee. Outside of writing for the magazine, Anna is going back to school at UW-Milwaukee to work towards a career in genetic counseling.