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.
The Swingin’ Door Exchange inhabits a red-awninged space under one of the city’s most majestic venues, the Grain Exchange Room. The dig’s first incarnation as a bar – called the Exchange Tavern – began in the 1930s. The owner of the neighboring barbershop took over the place in ’67, renaming it the Swingin’ Door. Nowadays, the Door still gets its patty melt and Friday fish fry on, but it’s rolling with the times – packing in a hodgepodge of the hungry, from bike couriers to number-crunchers. Read more…
For a fun and casual night out for seafood, Barnacle Buds has everything to satisfy your taste buds. Try one of their legendary crab cakes, almost any kind of seafood and one of their scrumptious sandwiches or salads. While chowing down on their delicious options, try one of their summery cocktails or come on a weekend for build your own Bloody Mary Bar.
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).
A classic Milwaukee sports pub known for their pub food and watching sport events. Who’s on Third offers weekly specials and a free Brewer’s shuttle bus.
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You can see a lot from a second-story roof in the Third Ward, it turns out. Café Benelux’s rooftop space is open for lunch and dinner—as well as weekend brunch—on warm-weather days. Umbrellas over each table shield you from the sun. With a menu modeled after Belgium’s cafes, signature dishes include cheese-stuffed bitterballen, mussels with frites or gulden draak pecan pie, plus a hearty roster of sandwiches, salads and burgers.
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Belgian beers are No. 1-voted Café Hollander’s claim to fame, but the restaurant’s brew menu is 15 pages long, and is organized by beer style.
Other Locations: Café Hollander – Tosa Village