Your Guide to Milwaukee’s Bay View Neighborhood

From the shops on KK to craft drinks and food, there’s a lot of can’t-miss stops in this part of town.


This story is part of our Summer Guide from the June Issue of Milwaukee Magazine. To read our full guide to summer fun, order your copy today!


A FEW MILES SOUTH of Downtown and just north of St. Francis, the lake-adjacent neighborhood of Bay View is known for its industrial roots. Craft food and drinks are in no shortage in this hipster haven, particularly along Kinnickinnic Avenue – nicknamed KK – the neighborhood’s main drag. 

Whether you’re headed to Bay View for a night out or an afternoon with your family, here are a few can’t-miss spots.  

1. Plume

3001 S. KINNICKINNIC AVE., SUITE 2

Tucked behind Blackwood Brothers restaurant is Plume, a surprisingly affordable vintage and modern boutique. Along with secondhand clothes, peruse the selection of accessories, housewares and handmade gifts by local makers, and keep an eye out for pop-up sidewalk sales. 

Photo courtesy of Plume

 

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2. Lion’s Tooth

2421 S. KINNICKINNIC AVE.

Ditch the big-box bookstores in favor of this hybrid bookstore-café focused on small-press books and graphic novels – many by local authors – for kids and adults alike. (The beer and wine served from behind the counter, though, is for grown-ups only.) 

Photo by Pearl Nemecek

3. Cactus Club

2496 S. WENTWORTH AVE.

A few blocks off Bay View’s main thoroughfare is this queer-owned music venue and artist-driven community space with the look and feel of a dive bar. Cactus Club doesn’t serve food, but you can often find food trucks parked outside.  

4. Verdant CBD

2680 S. KINNICKINNIC AVE.

High-quality, stringently tested products and knowledgeable, friendly staff make Verdant an ideal destination for newbie or longtime CBD users. We’ve heard the stuff is so good you might be surprised it’s legal. Check out Pipe Dreams down the block for paraphernalia.

Photo courtesy of Verdant CBD

Insider tips

Adrienne Pierluissi, painter and owner of The Sugar Maple bar (441 E. Lincoln Ave), offers up some of her Bay View faves.

5. Cache Cider

2612 S. GREELEY ST. SUITE 123

This orchard-to-glass taproom is hard to find, but Pierluissi says the payoff is worth it. Milwaukee musician and proprietor Ethan Keller serves up classic European-style ciders that lean dry and complex. “You can feel the passion when you walk in,” she says.  

Photo courtesy of Cache Cider

6. Semolina MKE

2474 S. KINNICKINNIC AVE. 

You might feel like you’re in New York City when you walk into this locally owned purveyor of homemade pasta and sauces, a shop Pierluissi describes as “wonderful.” Want to try making some pasta yourself? Check out one of the store’s DIY classes.  

7. Lincoln Warehouse

2018 S. FIRST ST.   

Home to Component Brewing, Soul Brew Kombucha, New Barons Brewing Cooperative and Twisted Path Distillery, this former industrial building is a one-stop shop for craft beverages and among the top must-visits in Bay View. “If you want to park somewhere and discover some new things, these four are really cool spots,” Pierluissi says.


 

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s June Summer Guide issue.

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