Contrary to its name, Vagabond’s warm and modern atmosphere will encourage you to stay and mingle longer than expected. A 1970’s Airstream sits smack dab in the middle of the restaurant – now transformed into a bar – lending the restaurant a sepia-toned sheen of nostalgia. American and Mexican street food mingle with memory-lane music at this Downtown eatery.
Aficionados of craft beer and spirits are the people seated at the bar, yapping with the tenders.? Culinarily, this across-from-the-Marcus-Center venue straddles the culinary line, with pub food and just homey, delicious goes-with-any drink food. Examples: Scotch egg, rumaki, Rumpus burger and pork schnitzel.
A country & rock bar serving BBQ, wings and homemade BBQ sauces. Every Friday night has live local and national music acts. It is also home to Red Rock, the mechanical bull.
Grab a locally brewed pint and relax out on the patio of the Ale Asylum Riverhouse! Located directly on the waterfront, this updated tavern provides fantastic views of the Milwaukee riverfront. Sit outside on the patio on a warm summer night (or ask for a seat inside near the windows if its chillier) and take advantage of the spectacular river views. Before heading over to an event at the Bradley Center, head to Ale Asylum Riverhouse and hang out on the patio during happy hour Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m. Be sure not to miss their Crab Rangoon Nachos.
A corner bar where the peanuts and beer flow liberally. Order the Milwaukee Burger, which won the Travel Channel’s Food Wars contest against Sobelman’s in 2010. Make it a meal with a side of “frickles” and cheddar cheese curds.
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Carson’s has quite the Chicago reputation. Carson’s brings to Milwaukee a similar menu and what promises to be a swanky space. Here’s a look at the menu: BBQ baby-back ribs, chicken and pork chops; steaks from a 10 ounce filet to a black Angus NY strip. There’s also a Prime burger , shrimp Dejonghe , char-grilled salmon and more.
The Pub Club — part pub, part club, as the name informs — opened with its eyes set on solving the (real or imagined) problem of the itinerant nightlifer: Milwaukeeans shouldn’t have to travel between restaurant and night club on a night out, the owner surmised… (Read More).
An Old World 3rd Street Bar & Grill featuring their Ultimate Bloody Mary and chili. The Loaded Slate is great for watching Wisconsin sports.
The Brass Alley has a great space, ample room on the patio, and an inviting atmosphere. Its N’awlins theme has you ready for a second line at any time of day. (Read more)
Whether you come for lunch or dinner, this casual saloon and eatery is always a fun and delicious stop. Start off with their homemade chili and giant pretzel then try a signature build like the steakhouse or one of their specialties, like the Wise Guy.
A convenient stop before a show at the Rep, Pabst or Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The best table at this sixth-floor restaurant (inside the Intercontinal Hotel) has a large window with views of the busy intersection of Kilbourn and Water. Order the Big Boy burger (cut into quarters) as an appetizer, then sink into the beer-braised short ribs.
This spot is ripe for anyone looking for mealtime bliss. The textures and colors of this hotel restaurant add a modern atmosphere.