The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: June 27

This week we recommend deals at the zoo, a beer garden and more.

1. Go to the Whitnall Park Beer Garden on a Beautiful Day


The weather on Sunday was practically perfect so my husband and I made our way to our neighborhood beer garden to have a drink with a couple of friends. The garden was busy, but not packed, and the combination of brews and snacks was ideal. Both the brat and pretzels on the menu are worth the order. We were thankful for all of the trees that helped us stay cool on a hot summer day.

2. Take Advantage of $4 on the Fourth at the Milwaukee County Zoo


Some people say I’m a cheapskate. I disagree. Just because I refuse to spend money on non-essentials like shampoo or deodorant doesn’t mean I’m cheap – it means I’m smart. A genius, even. So when I hear about a great deal like $4 tickets to the Milwaukee County Zoo on July 4, I take advantage of it. You can too, if you want – they’re selling discounted tickets online or in-person. If you go and you happen to​ see a smelly fella talking to the elephants, I’d seriously advise you to ignore him.

Photo by Joel Miller




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3. Try a Tobacco-Rinse Cocktail at Lucky Joe’s


Allow me to preface this recommendation by noting that I am not a cocktail guy. But every once in a while, something on a drink menu will be able to pry me away from the tap list. Most recently this at Lucky Joe’s in Wauwatosa, and the drink was Grand Dad’s Cabin, a twist on a Manhattan made with Elijah Craig Bourbon and a house blend bitters. The pièce de résistance, though, is a tobacco rinse, explained to me as a kind of tincture that coats the glass and provides an earthy, slightly vanilla-like spin on the cocktail. It’s a fascinating flavor to bring into a cocktail. $11, 1427 Underwood Ave., Wauwatosa 

Lucky Joe’s; Photo by Chris Drosner

4. Get a Box of Peaches


Georgia peach availability is an important topic on my mind right now. It’s a summer ritual to pick up a box of Tree-Ripe peaches – some of the juiciest, most flavorful of this fuzzy stone fruit that I’ve ever tasted. They’re divine in cobblers and pies, but honestly, having a bunch on my kitchen counter ready to snack on is essential. Because of some challenging weather earlier this season, Tree-Ripe had temporarily put limits on how many you can buy (one box per customer). But according to a recent Tree-Ripe email, mid- to late-season peaches should be OK, so those limits may end soon. Tree-Ripe lists when and where you can find them on their website. A couple stops this week are Tuesday, June 28 (3-4:30 p.m.) at Bavarian Biergarten at Old Heidelberg Park; Wednesday, June 29 (10 a.m.-noon) at SmallPie in Bayview; and Sunday July 3 (9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) at Shorewood Farmers Market.

Photo courtesy of Tree-Ripe Fruit Co.

5. Watch “The Bear” on Hulu


On Thursday night, I decided to change things up and just stay at home for once. The club was calling my name, my phone was blowing up with disappointed texts from the ladies, but you know, sometimes a player just has to relax and watch some television. And boy did I find a great show. “The Bear” premiered on FX and Hulu this week, an eight-episode comedy from Christopher Storer, who directed Bo Burnham’s first two standup specials and the show “Ramy,” among others. It follows a young James Beard award-winning chef in Chicago, who takes over his dead brother’s crappy neighborhood sandwich shop. From the first minute to the last, this show is pure energy. It explodes off the screen with the profane, fiery, frantic and hilarious pulse of an overworked, understaffed kitchen. It’s fantastic – the 30 minutes flew by, and I’m planning to watch the rest as soon as I possibly can. Highly recommend.