Backline Musician Must-Sees

The Backline music accelerator program provides coaching, mentoring, industry networking, and grants to Milwaukee-area musicians and bands. Klassik, REYNA, and Kaylee Crossfire, the first class of Backline 2019, gave us their favorite local hangouts and must-see spots for Milwaukee visitors.
  1. Belli's Bistro

    American Bistro

    Belli's Bistro

    “Award-winning restaurant, cute spot to go on a date, great food good vibes.” -Kaylee Crossfire
    This cozy bistro serves up classic comfort foods with an upscale spin.

    3001 S Kinnickinnic Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53207
    (414) 210-3665
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  2. "This place is my oasis! I go here whenever I need some "me" time. They have all kinds of art projects you can imagine and the cocktails are delicious." -REYNA

    4511 S 6th St
    Milwaukee, WI • 53221
    (414) 419-0000
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  3. The Lakefront


    The Lakefront

    "In the summer it is obviously the go-to relaxation and play spot because after 9 months (give-or-take) of winter, sprinter, and a spotty spring, everyone is bursting to get outside and enjoy the water and beach. However, early fall afternoons along Lincoln Memorial Drive are another "peace and quiet" definition for me, where I can take in the beauty of our city and be put at ease by the waves." -Klassik

    1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
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  4. "Noticing a theme? My favorite spots involve nature, water, and art haha. LSG is a hidden gem in our city; a non-profit outdoor sculpture museum that does amazing community and youth-education work. The grounds themselves inspire peace and tranquility. Also, as far as a day job goes for an essentially full-time musician, I couldn't think of a better, more accommodating and supportive group of coworkers ;)" -Klassik

    2145 W. Brown Deer Road
    Milwaukee, WI • 53217
    (414) 446-8794
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  5. Mazorca Taco Truck

    Taco Truck

    Mazorca Taco Truck

    "Mazorca has the best tacos in town! I love going there and talking Spanish to the staff, reminds me of being a kid and visiting family in Mexico. I just love the amazing tacos of course but also the feeling of familiarity." -REYNA

    209 S 1st St,
    Milwaukee, WI • 53204
    (414) 810-6603
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  6. "My quiet place (and quiet is an extremely important necessity for me), I have always been most inspired by visual art, even as a kid. Part of that was my early exposure to MAM, and I typically keep a membership just to be able to bask in the beauty of not only the amazing collections of art, but the Calatrava masterpiece itself." -Klassik

    700 N. Art Museum Drive
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 224-3200
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  7. The Oriental Theater

    Historic Theater

    The Oriental Theater

    "I love this place because it feels like you walk into the past and I love how they have kept all its charm. It's just such a romantic place for a date." -REYNA

    2230 N Farwell Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 276-5140
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  8. "We are obsessed with this store! We were there for the grand opening a while ago and we were hooked with the taste of the owners and the kinds of styles and clothing they are bringing in from thrift shops all over the country." -REYNA

    3001 S Kinnickinnic Ave # A
    Milwaukee, WI • 53207
    (414) 465-8197
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  9. "Perfect place to go with your girls to catch up! -Kaylee Crossfire
    Grab a meal or drinks at this comfortable yet classy lounge in Milwaukee's Uptown neighborhood.

    5526 W North Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53208
    (414) 323-4321
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  10. Sherman Phoenix

    Collaborative Market

    Sherman Phoenix

    "Collective of many businesses all in one great location. Get healthy great tasting food, paint and sip, and shop all in one spot." -Kaylee Crossfire
    "To have this complex literally and figuratively rise from the ashes of the events of a few summers is a testament to the resilience of the neighborhood, and the people of Milwaukee overall. I love seeing all of the beautiful black businesses under one roof. Living near by in Washington Heights, Sherman Phoenix is my one-stop shop: Get a haircut, grab some coffee from Shindig, and of course a Funky Fresh spring roll." -Klassik

    3536 W Fond Du Lac Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53216
    (262) 228-6021
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  11. "Great drink specials, games, and fun music." -Kaylee Crossfire
    Cheer on your team or just hang out with friends at this popular local sports bar.

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  12. The Tandem


    The Tandem

    "I love the friendly staff, I love the diversity of everyone coming in and out. This restaurant is inclusive and it brings people together over delicious food." -REYNA

    1848 W Fond Du Lac Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53205
    (414) 885-1919
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  13. "Many people do not know that the same person that designed the famed Central Park in New York also designed three parks in our own great city, dubbed the "grand necklace of parks": Riverside, Lake, and my favorite, Washington Park. As a new resident of the Washington Heights area but frequent visitor, I love that the park is pretty much in the center of our own city, much like Central Park in New York. The neighborhoods and different communities that it connects are beautiful in and of themselves, but having such a beautifully crafted green space with the bandshell and the lagoon and pool and the urban ecology center smack dab in the middle of it all highlights the interconnectedness of us all." -Klassik

    1859 N. 40th Street
    Milwaukee, WI • 53208
    (414) 257-PARK (7275)
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