Here’s What’s On Tap for Milwaukee Cocktail Week

From a bourbon-themed dinner at Goodkind to a garden party featuring Japanese whisky.

Milwaukee Cocktail Week is seven days of deep-dives into the world of spirits and mixed drinks. The events start with a kickoff party at Tin Widow (703 S. Second St.) on Monday, Sept. 25 (7 p.m.-close), and get more specific than that. For instance, on Tuesday night Plover-Wisconsin-based Great Northern Distilling is doing a hands-on cocktail workshop at Plum Lounge (780 N. Jefferson St.). Participants will create cocktails that will be featured at Great Northern’s mixology bar, among other places. The various event details are fleshed out on Milwaukee Cocktail Week’s website.

Some highlights from the lineup:

Imagination Exploration at Turner Hall, Sept. 26 (8 p.m.-midnight): The event features live art, dancing and bartenders making their own “art” (i.e., cocktail samples). Turner Hall Ballroom (1040 N. Fourth St.). $10 at the door.

Dinner Night at Goodkind, Sept. 27 (6:30 p.m. reception): Wisconsin bourbon-themed affair featuring J. Henry & Sons. (2457 S. Wentworth Ave.). $100 per person. For reservations, call 414-763-4706.

Gluten-free Cocktail Dinner for Two at Lazy Susan, Sept 27 (from 5 p.m.): Four courses with cocktail pairings featuring Great Northern Distilling.  (2378 S. Howell Ave.) $70 per couple. Reservations recommended. Call 414-988-7086.

Japanese Garden Party at Chef’s Table, Sept 29 (8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.): Focuses on Japanese whisky, food (light appetizers) and entertainment. The cocktails are made with Suntory Toki Whisky. (500 S. Third St.) Free event open to the public; cash bar available.

On this week’s edition of This Bites on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Tarik Moody and I tell you more about Milwaukee Cocktail Week, plus some events you might be interested in this fall. Stream the episode here!




Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.