When the snow melts and the scent of spring fills the air, it’s time to take a stroll down to one of Milwaukee’s favorite waterfront destinations: the Milwaukee RiverWalk. Boasting more than three miles of breathtaking riverfront views, the scenic walk is home to an eclectic mix of public art, historic architecture, water adventures, and an ADA-friendly pedestrian promenade that delivers visitors to some of the best restaurants and breweries in the heart of downtown.
So grab your friends, linger at one of Milwaukee’s amazing riverside patios for two, tree craft beers der’, and taste the best of what the city has to offer.
Don’t forget to say “ayyy” to the Bronze Fonz along the way!
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery | 740 N. Plankinton Avenue
If you’re searching for a craft brew adventure in a fun, lively atmosphere, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is a must-see stop. The restaurant is part gourmet eatery, part award-winning craft brewery, and home to a spacious outdoor patio with a riverside view that is truly unmatched. In the summer months, it’s not uncommon to see visitors dock their boats to enjoy the restaurant’s chef-crafted dishes — washed down with a few rounds of refreshing brews, of course. Whether you’re taking in a show in Milwaukee’s theater district, or looking for late-night eats following another Buck’s blowout — Rock Bottom is a beer lover’s dream. Even better? You can explore Rock Bottom’s incredible craft beer menu with our exclusive Brew City Beer Pass.
Phone: (414) 276-3030
Milwaukee Sail Loft | 649 East Erie Street
Patio season wouldn’t be complete without a trip down to Milwaukee Sail Loft! Located on the bend of the Kinnickinnic River in the Historic Third Ward, this unique harbor district destination boasts views of Milwaukee’s iconic Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge and the Pierhead lighthouse, where the river flows out to Lake Michigan. The restaurant and bar feature signature seafood cuisine and an expansive wine, beer, and cocktail menu to keep those ol’ maritime spirits high. It’s the perfect place to dock a boat and unwind for brunch on the weekend or enjoy a scratch-made dinner while watching the sun set. If you’re ready to “chart your course” to one of Milwaukee’s top-rated restaurants, keep Milwaukee Sail Loft on your list!
Phone: (414) 223-0100
Mader's Restaurant | 1041 N. Old World 3rd Street
For an authentic, Old World German-dining experience just steps from the Milwaukee River, make your way to Mader’s Restaurant. This landmark die Gaststätte along Milwaukee’s famous cobblestoned avenue has been around since 1902, when a stein of beer cost just three cents! If beer isn’t your flavor, try out Knight’s Bar for an amazing Brandy Old Fashioned — crafted with the restaurant’s original, 100-year-old recipe. The restaurant’s famous Wienerschnitzel, sauerbraten, and spaetzle have made waves on the silver screen including on the Food Network and is a favorite of visitors at the nearby Fiserv Forum. From the Hummels that adorn its iconic German decor to its spirited, lederhosen-clad waitstaff, a trip to Mader’s is always in fashion. Prost!
Phone: (414) 271-3377
Beerline Cafe | 2076 North Commerce Street
At the bottom of the Milwaukee River is Beerline Cafe — which offers a fresh take on vegetarian dining on the city’s East Side. The cozy cafe, located on the city’s beautiful Beerline Trail, features an incredible 200-foot living wall in its dining room and a building created with reclaimed materials, like barn wood to maintain its eco-friendly goals. In addition to the restaurant’s appreciation for nature, the cafe sources many of its ingredients for its menu from local vendors to serve up its healthy fare. Well known for its delectable crepe options, the cafe is also known for its savory mushroom barley burger, panini-style sandwiches, and freshly-made juices and smoothies. Come for coffee or stay a while longer with its selection of craft beers.
Phone: (414) 265-5644
Article originally published on 5/2/2022