Ray’s Wine & Spirits is Throwing a Parking Lot Party for 56th Anniversary

The Wauwatosa liquor store is thanking its patrons for 56 years of business with a party featuring food trucks, games and live music.

Since 1961, family-owned Ray’s Wine & Spirits has brought rare craft beers, spirits and wine to the Wauwatosa community. Above the retail store sits Ray’s Growler Gallery & Wine Bar, an educational center and tasting room with an outdoor patio that provides brewery-only releases, wine by the glass, and tasting events.

Photo by Orey Laev

On Sunday, July 16, Ray’s is celebrating 56 years of business at its current location with a free-to-attend parking lot party. The store is closing off the entire parking lot for an afternoon of food, drinks and revelry.

Fatty Patty Burger Truck, Marco Pollo Food Truck and Mr. Dye’s Pies will be serving up tasty eats until 5 p.m. or when they sell out. A “beautiful big ass beer truck” will be offering five delicious beers, in addition to Sprecher Root Beer, while Ray’s will be serving its infamous booze slushies.

Play bean bag toss or ladderball and enjoy live music from The Steelheads, who will play from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The party, which will take place rain or shine (thanks to tents), starts at noon and will end at 5 p.m. The store and Growler Gallery will still be open normal hours.



Elisabeth Wallock is a contributing digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. She graduated from Colorado State University and has interned at Marie Claire in New York and Urban Outfitters in London.