Farwell Avenue

Milwaukee’s East Side is a vibrant melting pot, popular with college students and retirees alike. The area surrounding the intersection of Farwell Avenue and North Avenue is always buzzing at night, thanks to restaurants, bars, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and more.

  1. This cool outdoor mural gallery transforms a two-block alley behind the Oriental Theatre on into an arts destination. Artists from Milwaukee and around the world have created pieces of large-scale street art to visit and enjoy.

    Alley between Prospect and Farwell, Ivanhoe and Kenilworth
    N Farwell Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
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  2. A cool urban taproom with a family-friendly vibe, this brewery has great beer and an impressive food menu (try the curry fries!). Come during the summer and head to the roof to enjoy one of the city’s coolest patios.

    2108 N Farwell Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
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  3. Grab a specialty slice at this late-night pizza joint. Insider tip: the mac n’ cheese pizza is not to be missed.

    2035 E North Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
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  4. The Jazz Estate

    Jazz Club

    The Jazz Estate

    This cozy cocktail joint has hosted the best national and local jazz musicians for more than 40 years. A longtime local favorite, the Jazz Estate recently received a refresh, including an all new menu of delicious classic cocktails.

    2423 N Murray Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53211
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  5. Landmark Lanes

    Bar, Arcade, and Bowling

    Landmark Lanes

    Serving the Milwaukee area since 1927, this bowling alley is one of the city’s most popular spots though it is, literally, underground. Part local hangout and part college dive bar, regulars keep coming back to enjoy 16 bowling lanes, an impressive arcade, and three full bars.

    2220 N Farwell Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
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  6. Milwaukee’s premier historic film venue, this movie palace originally opened in 1927. Carefully preserved and restored, the Oriental Theatre features an East Indian motif, including porcelain lions, hundreds of elephants, intricate mosaics, and more. Not only is the theater the main venue for the annual Milwaukee Film Festival, it also maintains the world record for continual showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, which has screened as a Saturday midnight movie since January 1978.

    2230 N Farwell Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 276-5140
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  7. Paddy’s Pub

    Irish Pub

    Paddy’s Pub

    You’re sure to feel at home at this charming Irish pub. Many people have said the cozy bar feels like sitting in someone’s living room, thanks to the friendly owners, free trail mix, and neighborly feel.

    2339 N Murray Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53211
    (414) 223-3496
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  8. Von Trier

    German Pub

    Von Trier

    This cozy bar has an old-world German vibe that locals love. Serving up a wide array of cocktails and brews since 1978, Von Trier was recently renovated with updates to the woodwork, a new sound system, and a new menu of German-centric favorites.

    2235 N. Farwell Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 272-1775
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