Rooftop Dining

Heat rises, so it’s no surprise that rooftop bars and restaurants are often the hottest spots in town. After a long winter, Milwaukee restaurants are eager to throw the doors and windows open, set out the patio chairs and welcome back al fresco dining – and the only thing that beats a patio is a rooftop patio! Delicious food, cool drinks, warm summer breezes, and stunning city views: what could be better? These rooftops in Milwaukee will help you take patio dining to the next level (literally).

  1. Cafe Benelux


    Cafe Benelux

    Inspired by the grand cafes of Lowland Europe, Cafe Benelux serves up European favorites like frites, mussels and waffles. A whole book is required to list the extensive selection of biers, but don’t be intimidated – all Benelux staff take “bier classes” and are happy to make recommendations. As if the menu wasn’t enough to make Benelux a top brunch spot, the rooftop patio certainly seals the deal. It’s the ideal place to take in some summer sun and enjoy one of the inventive Bloody Marys Milwaukee is known for.

    346 N. Broadway
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 501-2500
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  2. The Outsider


    The Outsider

    Located on the roof of the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel in the stylish Historic Third Ward, The Outsider is a chic indoor/outdoor space with a one-of-a-kind view of the downtown skyline. Get cozy on cabana-style seating while you enjoy cleverly craft cocktails and bar bites, or order up wood-fired pizzas from Tre Rivali on the ground floor. On summer weekends, you just might find an afternoon barbecue or shuffleboard tournament in full swing, and fire pits will help keep the party going long after the sun goes down.

    The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel
    310 E. Chicago Street
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 291-3971
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  3. Pizzeria & Wine Bar

    Serving up classic Milwaukee-style thin crust pizza since 1970, Pizza Man offers inventive specialty pies and an impressive wine list that’s been recognized by Wine Spectator every year since 1989. Have you ever tried cream cheese on a pizza before? Trust us, it’s a game changer. At the East Side location, you can share a few slices while watching the hustle of Downer Avenue below from the beautiful second-floor atrium and elevated patio.

    2597 N. Downer Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI • 53211
    (414) 272-1745
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