4 Branding Studios on Telling Compelling, Holistic Tales

Harry McKinley  • September 14, 2020

We all know the buzzwords: authentic, experiential, hyperlocal. But obtaining that in a hospitality undertaking is less difficult said than accomplished. In truth, a superior portion of the achievement lies in weaving the tale by way of each individual touchpoint. Below, we examine in with 4 branding studios who are helping businesses outline their concept, hone their impression, and craft a potent visual id.


FINE’s collateral for aparthotel corporation Bode

“Branding has the electric power to make matters happen if you take care of it as a compass heading across all you do,” claims Josh Kelly, associate at San Francisco- and Portland, Oregon-primarily based High-quality. That strategic, methodology-driven tactic is 1 of Fine’s most distinct traits, encouraging the studio mature in stature and renown since its founding in 1994—an eternity in the minimize-and-thrust field of id setting up.

In the time considering the fact that, it has aided chart a study course for extra than 400 clientele, launching some of the earliest business sites through the initial wave of the dot-com era. “The stage of consumer-centric thinking needed to do great operate on the net is what led to a even further corporation evolution,” states Kelly. “Design thinking now informs our solution to branding, equally on line and off.”

Offers from Beat poets adorn guestroom walls at Hotel Emblem San Francisco, built by Studio Hatch

Formative collaborations with the likes of Kimpton Hotels & Eating places and emerging way of living providers like scooter-sharing platform Lime have led Fine to refine its individual branding procedures, with a renewed emphasis on openness, clarity, and storytelling.

“It’s never ever been extra vital to be crystal clear with all of your stakeholders as to who you are and what you do for people,” claims Kelly. “There’s too considerably transparency and sounds in the market to attempt and faux your way ahead with intelligent revenue pitches and visuals. You just cannot just say how you are diverse and much better through words and phrases and images, you have to be how you are different and much better.”


Visitor supplies at the Past Resort in St. Louis, made by ESG Architecture and Design, convey the building’s shoemaking record

Element of B&Co.’s tagline describes the studio’s get the job done as “creative method with a sprint of wit.” With an emphasis on storytelling and temperament, B&Co. bakes that credo into every project, with collaborators jogging the gamut from boutique accommodations and craft breweries to nonprofits and foodstuff-centric ecommerce.

Brigette Breitenbach released the Milwaukee-based studio in 2008 obtaining formulated anything of a really like affair with hotels. (In her early days, she even selected to choose fairness in a residence in lieu of payment.) “We’re hotel and F&B junkies,” she says, evidenced by the extra than 70 the agency has branded or promoted around the yrs.

The spiced-up rebrand of the Iron Horse Resort in Milwaukee, crafted by Kubala Washatko Architects, options witty copy and a rebellious design

Lately, Breitenbach has been doing the job with resort corporations like Marriott and Hilton to assist craft singular messages for gentle makes which include the Autograph Selection, Tribute Portfolio, Curio Selection, and Tapestry Assortment. Further, the studio is also fantastic-tuning charming narratives for a midcentury present day resort in Greece the Dubble Dutch, a 17-home historic Milwaukee inn and a 1-million-sq.-foot bank constructing-turned-way of life resort in Oklahoma City.

B&Co.’s branding process, Breitenbach describes, is deceptively clear-cut: “We focus on uncovering what is exclusive and rare, and notify those stories through messaging, visuals, and visitor experience. It is uncomplicated but highly effective.”

Revolver New York

The pleasurable and whimsical Sant Ambroeus visual identification

Revolver New York commenced unconventionally, as its founder Vincent J. Ficarra conveniently admits. Initially a New York graffiti artist right before segueing into hospitality, he bit by bit assembled a collective of like-minded freelance designers to collaborate on tasks with additional depth. When the group grew to become a most well-liked branding companion for Marriott’s Autograph Assortment, Hyatt’s Unbound Selection, and Hilton’s Curio Selection, it coalesced into a comprehensive-company studio.

“Street art pressured me to be genuine,” he claims. “My toughest critics ended up other graffiti artists, and the only way to generate their regard was to be primary and continuously evolve my competencies.” This has driven the company to thrust innovative boundaries by exploring new realms of electronic and onsite activation, mostly embedded in furnishing friends with significant information alongside ordeals.

“We glance to craft hospitality brand names with soul—that are straightforward and arrive from a pure place,” describes Ficarra. “Whether by way of structure or voice, owning a small grit delivers a feeling of realness that integrates well into an expertise, and our shoppers respect that.”

Double Decker

The style and design of Dot artwork magazine, curated by Double Decker

Based in London’s perennially hip East Stop, Double Decker, helmed by cofounders Melita Skamnaki and Wilhelm Finger, is a resourceful powerhouse—specializing in F&B identities and curating artwork collections for accommodations, cruise ships, and cultural establishments.

Its varied family of clientele consists of the Crowne Plaza, Hyatt, and Poland’s Puro Lodges, for which it made an expressive new design and style vernacular that is credited with revolutionizing the country’s hospitality scene. For the Puro Gdansk, as with numerous of their other folks, they concentrated on modernizing common tropes—such as referencing the region’s seafaring previous in up to date brand iconography.

The collateral for Puro Hotels’ Prisma Spas is encouraged by the rainbow refraction of gentle by way of a prism

Skamnaki and Finger credit history their backgrounds—which span promoting, trend, and artwork history—for a broad scope of references that permit them to conceive and execute manufacturer approaches centered on human link. Regardless of whether they’re crafting the visual identities for the forthcoming Rosewood Hotel Munich (intended by Tara Bernerd & Partners) or doing the job with Adam D. Tihany on a sequence of F&B identities for Cunard’s new ocean liner, “we carry a curatorial solution,” says Skamnaki. “Graphic language and branding, typically, are a dialogue with shoppers and a tether to their environment.”

Pictures courtesy of Fantastic, B&Co., Revolver New York, and Double Decker

This post at first appeared in HD’s August 2020 challenge.


8 Issues To Do in Milwaukee This 7 days: Sept. 14-17

1. Downtown Staff Appreciation 7 days

MONDAY-FRIDAY FROM 7 A.M.-9 P.M. | On the internet Activities

Despite the fact that this year’s Downtown Staff Appreciation 7 days appears various than typical, the occasion is just as energetic and interesting as common. The virtual gatherings nonetheless comprise a entire lineup of pursuits. Irrespective of whether it is night kayaking, a drive-in movie, everyday streaming concert events, or games and giveaways, there is positive to be a little something to make you feel appreciated!

2. Digital Stargazing

MONDAY FROM 7-7:45 P.M. | On-line Occasion

Best for the total spouse and children, throughout the thirty day period, Planetarium Director Bob Bonadurer hosts virtual tours of the September night sky. Bonadurer will nearly guide you by a 45-minute system of the gleaming night sky. The event charges $10 for every residence. 

3. Meal at the Backyard garden

TUESDAY FROM 4-7 P.M. | ALICE’S Back garden Urban FARM

Alice’s Back garden Artisan Marketplace will have your soul singing. Each and every Tuesday this Slide, site visitors can enjoy vegan soul meals. This week’s meal particular is BBQ Chicken.

4. Rooftop Meet Up


Once yet again, Milwaukee Brewing Corporation hosts their Rooftop Fulfill Up. To make certain social distancing, there is a limit of 100 people or significantly less on the celebration, so be certain to register. The celebration costs $10 and incorporates the entrance rate, two beverages and appetizers.

5. Oasis on Vliet Road (Sector)


A brand name new farmers current market helps make its debut on Vliet Road. A ideal opportunity to get some make and some refreshing air.

6. Ice Product Trip to Gilles


Take pleasure in the crisp Fall weather conditions with a group bike journey to Gilles Frozen Custard. To take part, fulfill at the Residence of Harley Davidson at 5:45 P.M. and get all set to pedal to the metallic!

7. King Solomon Stay at The Iron Horse Lodge


The Iron Horse Lodge is hosting King Solomon in its outdoor space, The Lawn. Drink and dance the evening absent!

8. Mend Divides: Civic Engagement

THURSDAY FROM 7-8:30 P.M. | On line Event

The Milwaukee Rep hosts a new digital dialogue collection called Repair service Divides. This week, the conversation is centered about civic engagement.




Outdoor drinking guide

Cocktailing and beer drinking are year-round sports in Milwaukee, but the peak season generally coincides with our beautiful but all-too-brief flirtations with warm weather.

Patios are bound to be hopping as being outside during the pandemic is much safer than indoors. We’re picking a few of our favorites that will help you take the party to the outdoors.

Hours and plans for bars and restaurants right now are an ever-changing thing, so the best thing to do is check their social media for updated weekly hours before heading there. Keep in mind things may not feel normal – because they aren’t. 

Please have fun responsibly, safely and wear a mask to protect yourself and others. Here is where to get some great ones locally made. 

At Random
2501 S. Delaware Ave., (414) 481-8030
Don’t miss the chance to take in the throw-back ambiance at the Ice Cream Social, At Random’s well-appointed mid-century modern patio serving up refreshing seasonal cocktails, floats and ice cream drinks. Read more about it.

The Backyard
2155 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 751-4087
Patio space at The Backyard is dog-friendly and offers space for yard games and social distancing. It even got a bit of a facelift during the quarantine!

1716 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 755-0099
Want a bit of an upscale feeling, just off Brady Street? Order a wine and sit either street side or on the quaint back patio at Balzac.  

Barnacle Bud’s
1955 S. Hilbert St., (414) 481-9974

This place is great for so many reasons, with perhaps number one being that so few know where it is. That’s because it’s nestled behind Skipper Bud’s on the north side of Bay View, and you have to drive through a few parking lots to find it. Once you do, though, you’ll see a totally unique view of the city, with converging rivers and a backdrop that feels more Key West than Milwaukee. The bar is far from fancy, but it’s good for greasy bar food, Coronas and margaritas. In terms of vibe, it’s filled with people who’ve docked their boats, as well as landlubbers who just came to adjust their latitude.

Bass Bay Brewhouse
S79W15851 Aud Mar Dr, Muskego, (414) 377-9449
If your ideal hangout is a patio with a lake view, look no further than Bass Bay Brewhouse. Just a short drive from Milwaukee, this destination patio offers both a beautiful view of Bass Bay plus a menu of tasty craft cocktails, wines and whiskeys as well as an extensive list of Wisconsin craft brews. Had a couple of rounds, but not ready to head home? Stick around and enjoy a dish or two off of their well-executed comfort food-filled menu.

Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W. Lexington Blvd., (414) 236-7000
The remodeled Bierhaus is sure to have a spot perfectly suited for your drinking desires. Let’s not forget Heidelberg Park biergarten just outside the historical building, which serves as a lovely spot to sip one of the numerous taps available behind the bar. 

Bert’s Bar
3907 S. Lake Dr., (414) 744-3722
A beer garden with a lakefront view – need we say more? Bert’s Bar has a great Friday fish fry, a jukebox and welcomes live music performances.

Best Place (not currently open to the public, but stay tuned)
901 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 847-1330
What’s not to love about a beer garden on the site of the historic Pabst brewery? Get your PBR on tap, take in the old world charm and hang around for one of the regular weekend music acts. You can even take your picture with Captain Pabst himself (or a statue of him, anyway).

Biloba Brewing
2970 N. Brookfield Rd., Brookfield, (262) 309-5820
Biloba Brewing is an oasis of quality craft beer in the western suburbs. Late in summer 2017, it installed a new patio out in front of the brewery, located in the intimate setting of the old Brookfield village.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
249 N. Water St., (414) 431-1133
This Riverwalk patio in the heart of the Historic Third Ward is sure to delight with its waterfront views. But its menu is also perfect for noshing alongside a cool, citrusy beverage. Plus, did we mention tequila? 

Boone & Crockett
818 S. Water St., (414) 763-4935
The new outdoor patio at Boone & Crockett includes an abundance of new picnic tables and social distancing. It also sports a fantastic view of the Hoan bridge (and, incidentally, any fireworks being set off at the lake) and houses Chef Mitch Ciohon’s Taco Moto truck, allowing tasty tacos on the warmest and coldest of Wisconsin days.

Cafe Benelux
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
A Third Ward rooftop bar with views of Downtown. Need we say more? Probably not, but their great collection of Belgian brews is an added bonus. There is also sidewalk seating.

Cafe Hollander
2608 N. Downer Ave., (414) 963-6366
7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa (414) 475-677
If you like Belgian beer, pommes frites and a cool vibe, you’ll be happy to while away an afternoon at either of these venues. The Tosa location is especially ripe for people watching (and trainspotting, too).

434 S 2nd St., (414) 800-5641
The word “camino” translates out to path – and you should follow this Camino into its fenced-in beer garden. It’s the perfect place to soak in some sun while soaking up Camino’s wide selection of tasty American craft brews. 

Camp Bar Tosa
6600 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 763-3793
As soon as it opened, Camp Bar became the coolest place for a cocktail in East Tosa. Now, there’s a patio out back and a deck above, as well, making it the coolest place in East Tosa for an outdoor cocktail.

Casablanca on Brady or Brookfield
728 E. Brady St., (414) 271-6000
17800 W. Blue Mound Rd., (262) 261-6000
Major renovations transformed one of the city’s best Middle Eastern restaurants – and one of the Milwaukee’s best buffets – into a destination. It’s a hot spot for the late-night crowd too, thanks to a second floor deck that juts out over the sidewalk to offer views along Brady Street. On the west side? Check out their Brookfield location – similar vibes and same great goodies. 

City Lights Brewing
2210 W. Mt. Vernon Ave., (414) 436-1011
Located in the heart of the Menomonee Valley, City Lights has a rockin’ patio that’s perfect for a pint on a warm summer’s day or night.

Crossroads Collective
2238 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 763-9081
The restaurants deservedly get most of the attention at this East Side food hall, but don’t overlook the Pharmacy Bar, which offers extended patio seating for distancing and, of course, delicious brews and cocktails for drinking.

1307 E. Brady St., (414)-539-6826
Sometimes a nice little sidewalk patio is all you need to make the day better. Use this opportunity to enjoy some Italian food and a wide-ranging cocktail list.

Eagle Park Brewing Company
823 E. Hamilton St., (414) 585-0123
S64 W15640 Commerce Center Pkwy. Muskego
This East Side brewery has a sunny patio located just to the west of the taproom and adjacent to the brewery’s substantial fenced-in parking lot, which serves as a site for pig roasts, concerts and beer release parties. A second location is now open in Muskego – and well worth the trip! 

Explorium Brewpub
5300 S. 76th St., (414) 423-1365
The patio space out front of Southridge Mall features an outdoor bar and fire-pit along with a dining area. Brews and sun await you. 

1875 N. Humboldt Ave., (414) 226-5882
Hello Milwaukee! Everybody’s going to “everyman’s cocktail bar” – and everyone knows it. And that includes its cozy patio, featuring plentiful seating and a few bar games to keep the energy and fun going even away from the pinball machines and arcade games inside.

Fuel Café 5th Street (currently not open, but stay tuned)
630 S. 5th St., (414)-847-9580
Fuel Café on 5th Street is the popular coffee shop, eatery and hangout’s second location, offering another place for bikers (and other chill folks) to relax, enjoy a cocktail or grab a cup of coffee or beer.

Glass + Griddle / Milwaukee Brewing Co. 
1130 N. 9th St., (414) 988-1551
You’re going to want to get a piece of this amazing patio and beer garden, which seats a crowd just outside the restaurant and brewery. 

Good City Brewing
2108 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 539-4173
Fiserv Forum, 333 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 539-4173
Thanks to Good City’s rooftop patio, it’s a great place to grab one of the city’s best craft beers and breathe in the lake air. Meanwhile, the Deer District location boasts tables outside on the plaza as well as a large upper balcony patio. 

Great Lakes Distillery
616 W. Virginia St., (414) 431-8683
Great Lakes has a spacious, nicely landscaped patio with an action-packed view of the cars going round and round and round on the 6th Street roundabout.

Harbor House (currently not open, but stay tuned)
550 N. Harbor Dr., (414) 395-4900
One of the city’s top seafood restaurants boasts a fine view of Lake Michigan, literally right outside the windows. But it also has an outdoor patio with a range of seating offering views of the lake, of Milwaukee Art Museum and of the changing Downtown skyline.

The Harp Irish Pub
113 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 289-0700
Perfect for outdoor drinks and tomfoolery from spring to fall, The Harp is located half a block off Water Street. Nothing beats sitting on the patio overlooking the water on a hot summer night.

Hooligan’s Super Bar
2017 E. North Ave., (414) 273-5230

Hooligan’s is right in the thick of things, and during the summer, the outdoor patio is a fun place to dine and casually take in the view of the bustling East Side.

Hotel Madrid
600 S. 6th St., (414) 488-9146
Among the city’s collection of well-appointed patios is the gem at Hotel Madrid.  In fact, there’s no better place for dinner, brunch or happy hour than their beautifully landscaped, secluded yard. So grab a sangria. We’ll meet you there.

Indeed Brewing Company
530 S. 2nd St., (414)
Freshly opened in Milwaukee in 2019, this Minneapolis import just built a lovely little outdoor parklet out front of its Walker’s Point taproom – perfect for soaking in the gorgeous Midwest weather and soaking in some delicious craft brews, including its hit pistachio cream ale.

354 E. National Ave., (414) 272-5789
One of the “secret gems” in the Milwaukee patio scene. The owner has tremendous style and a very green thumb, and it shows in this bar’s beautiful patio.

La Fuente
9155 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 771-9900
With a name like “The Fountain,” you can bet this outdoor drinking spot has them in spades. There’s even one in its indoor dining area, but the patio is where it’s at. Enjoy one of the signature margaritas (heck, grab a pitcher) as well as a taste of Mexico right here in Milwaukee.

Leff’s Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., Wauwatosa
(414) 258-9886

What used to be a tiny gas station and parking lot is now a comfortable drinking and dining spot that has made Leff’s even more popular with the Tosa crowd.

Lost Whale (currently open for sidewalk carryout for now – and PufferFish is coming!)
2152 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 249-3188
Grab some curbside cocktails for now – and get excited for the upcoming PufferFish tiki bar pop-up! In the meantime, try a negroni spritz or classic old fashioned while you’re there.

Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St., (414) 226-2337

The Ale House, with its picturesque location on the Milwaukee River, gives diners and drinkers a spectacular backdrop to conduct the pursuit of merriment. (The craft beer selection doesn’t hurt, either). It’s a great place to soak up the sun or watch it set.

Milwaukee Sail Loft
649 E. Erie St., (414) 223-0100
Our own Bobby Tanzilo has raved about the patio behind Sail Loft, where the Milwaukee River meets the waters of Lake Michigan in the shadow of the Hoan Bridge. With – or despite – the plaints of the seagulls, this deck (which welcomes boaters) offers urban views but the serenity of the seaside.

The Mothership
2301 S. Logan Ave., (414) 366-8525
Nestled in a Bay View residential area, the Mothership patio is perfect for chilling and feeling the friendly neighborhood BV love.

Motor Bar & Restaurant
401 W. Canal St., (414) 287-2778
Enjoy a moment in the sun, plus beer, wine or cocktails on one of two of Motor’s well-appointed riverfront patios.

Nomad World Pub
1401 E. Brady St., (414) 224-8111

Why do we all love The Nomad? Maybe because we can sit outside on their patio during the summer and watch the hustle and bustle of Brady Street while we sip a microbrew. Maybe it’s their dangerously delicious Bloody Marys. Or their happy hour specials. Or the shade and ample seating in the back. Or the Burger Shack? Whatever. We like it.

338 S. 1st St., (414)271-7546
The enclosed patio bar at O’Lydia’s is great for a rainy day or night – but there is also an expansive outside seating area for when the weather is right. Don’t miss the reuben rolls: They will go great with your drink. 

The Outsider
310 E. Chicago St., (414) 291-3980
Enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from The Outsider’s ninth-floor rooftop patio, complete with cool seating and cozy modern fire pits. 

Paddy’s Pub (not currently open, but stay tuned)
2339 N. Murray Ave., (414) 223-3496

This is undoubtedly one of the city’s finest outdoor drinking experiences. The beautiful – not to mention large – patio is adorned with natural foliage, small white lights and ornate stonework. The music is lively and authentically Irish, and the snacks are, of course, free and plentiful.

Red Lion Pub on Tannery Row
1850 N. Water St.
Take in rooftop vibes at the patio at Red Lion Pub. Games, food and more await you on this perch above Water Street. 

Rock Bottom Brewery 
740 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 276-3030
With good bar food and an awesome setting on the Milwaukee River, Rock Bottom is a great Downtown place to turn happy hour into dinner into an evening of fun.

606 S. 5th S., (414) 635-0882
Snifter’s cozy patio seating in the rear of the building will feel like you are in another world. Enjoy a cold one and chill out – or get moving to the music!

Sprecher Brewery beer garden aka “Outdoor Oasis”
2200 W. Bender Rd, (414) 964-7837
Enjoy a cold Sprecher while taking in this oasis. In addition to serving beer and soda the oasis will also offer hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, ice cream and other snacks. The park also has indoor restrooms – including a family bathroom – a large accessible playground, access to the Oak Leaf Trail and free parking.

Stubby’s Gastrogrub & Beer Bar
2060 N. Humboldt Blvd., (414) 763-6324
Comfort food and more than 50 beers on tap combine with a great riverside patio to create an inviting vibe that’s walkable from the bar zones on North Avenue and Brady Street.

Third Space Brewing
1505 W. St. Paul Ave., (414) 909-2337
One of the top craft brewers in town has a happening beer garden at its seemingly ever-growing Menomonee Valley brewery. The tap room and patio truly are a Happy Place.

Tied House
124 N. Water St.
This patio tucked in off Water Street is strewn with lights and tables. Enjoy a craft cocktail or beer while basking in the sun. 

Tin Widow
703 S. 2nd St., (414) 412-6131
Outdoor seating in front of the vintage-style lounge allows for excellent scene-watching on Second Street. Grab a kit to go and enjoy! 

Trinity Three Irish Pubs
125 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 278-7033

When things get crowded inside, it’s nice to have a patio to escape to and get some fresh air. But Trinity’s is so nice that it’s worth a stop all on its own. With stone accents and scores of nooks and crannies for you and your friends to sit and relax, Trinity’s patio is practically a separate bar.

Twisted Fisherman
1200 W. Canal St., (414) 384-2722
Picnic tables, umbrellas, cold drinks and a handful of crab legs sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Twisted Fisherman’s outdoor seating area is big enough to enjoy a seafood with friends, yet cozy enough to share drinks with a special someone.

The Vanguard (not currently open for sit down, but stay tuned)
2659 S. Kinickinnic Ave., (414) 539-3593
The patio in back of Milwaukee’s “go to” sausage joint is a winning proposition. It comes complete with shade, string lights, picnic tables and tables for smaller groups of two to four.

View MKE
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 763-0003
You would hope a restaurant called View MKE would have quite the view for outdoor dining and drinking – and you would be right, as the Brewers Hill spot offers a pretty tremendous view of the city to drink in while you’re drinking your beverage of choice.

Von Trier (currently carry-out only)
2235 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 272-1775
The small, triangular beer garden at Von Trier is cozy and enclosed, making you feel like part of an exclusive beer-swilling club on a warm summer evening.

Walker’s Pint
818 S. 2nd St., (414) 643-7468
Nice partially-covered patio that still feels connected to the action inside the bar.

The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway St., (414) 223-0345

In the warm months, there’s plenty of outdoor seating under the huge metal awning and plenty of people-watching. Yet since it’s on Broadway, it’s off the path of Water Street enough to still feel calm and relaxing after a long day at the office.

The Yard
500 W. Florida St., (414) 831-4615

More than one guest has soaked up the atmosphere outside the Iron Horse Hotel and exclaimed “I feel like I’m in another city!” With nearly 5,000 square feet of space featuring upholstered sectionals and a comfortable upscale vibe, this is a place to sip tasty, creative (and fancy) cocktails and watch the beautiful people.


Savor the final bites of summer with our new outdoor dining guide

Nothing feels better than getting out and spending some time in the sunshine. And this year, the notion of dining out in the fresh air on a beautiful patio is a particularly compelling one.

As a result, we’ve rounded up hundreds of restaurants in the area that are set up and ready to serve you in a safer, fresh air environment. Please note that some patios are reservation only, so plan accordingly. Looking for an outdoor bar patio? Use our outdoor drinking guide! Please enjoy these patios safely. 

As always, mask up, be safe and enjoy our beautiful summer, Milwaukee! 

Please read before using this guide: Due to the statewide mandate passed in Wisconsin, masks are required to be worn by diners at all venues statewide (except when eating and drinking), including local patios. Need a mask? Here is where to get one locally. Please educate yourself on the mandates before venturing out.

Regardless of your feelings about the dangers presented by COVID-19, please respect the rules individual restaurants have put in place for the safety of both consumers and their staff. If you have questions about safety procedures enacted at a restaurant, please call to inquire directly. As always, be kind and tip well.

Click on a location for restaurant information in a specific area

Bay View & St. Francis
East Side
North Side
North Shore & Northern Suburbs
South Side
Third Ward
Walker’s Point & Menomonee Valley
West Allis
West Side

Bay View & St. Francis

Barnacle Buds
1955 S. Hilbert St., (414) 481-9974

Bert’s Bar
3907 S. Lake Dr., Saint Francis, (414) 744-3722

Boone & Crockett
818 S. Water St., (414) 212-8115
Note: Food available from onsite food trucks. One party per outdoor table. No more than 6 people per party.

Centraal Grand Café and Tappery
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0378

Crafty Cow
2675 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 808-0481
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

2165 S Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 800-7329

Dom & Phil DeMarinis
1211 E Conway St., (414) 481-2348

Egg & Flour Pasta Bar
2273 S. Howell Ave.,
Limited patio seating available for carry-out customers.

Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant
2317 S. Howell Ave., (414) 482-2269

Makk ‘n’ Cheese
2242 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 837-3054

2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 539-6469

Odd Duck
2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 763-5881
Patio seating available by reservation only.

2491 S. Superior St., (414) 747-1007
Window service available on patio.

Sabor Tropical
2258 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 988-8030

Sabrosa Cafe & Gallery
3216 S. Howell Ave., (312) 834-1929

Santino’s Little Italy
352 E. Stewart St., (414) 897-7367
Patio seating available by reservation only

Saucy Swine @ Red Bar
2245 E. St. Francis Ave., (414) 509-5390
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

2504 E. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 763-7067
Statement on re-opening

2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 301-6255
Patio seating available by reservation only

Transfer Pizzeria Cafe
101 W. Mitchell St., (414) 763-0438

Tenuta’s Italian Restaurant
2995 S. Clement Ave., (414) 431-1014
Patio seating available by reservation only

The White House
2900 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 897-0495
Patio seating available by reservation only.


AJ Bombers
1247 N. Water St., (414) 221-9999

Ambassador Hotel 
2308 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 345-5015

Artisan Ramen
530 E. Mason St., (414) 888-8800

Birch + Butcher
459 E. Pleasant St., (414) 323-7372

714 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 210-5381

Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar
801 N. Cass St., (414) 277-1111
Patio seating is available by reservation only.

Calderone Club
842 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-3236

Glass + Griddle
1130 N. 9th St.,  (414) 988-1551
Beer garden and rooftop patios are available.

Harbor House
550 N. Harbor Dr., (414) 395-4900
Statement on re-opening plan and safety protocols
Reservation required for patio seating.

The Knick
1030 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 272-0011

Lakefront Brewery & Beer Hall
1872 N Commerce St., (414) 372-8800
Read before going: safety guidelines for dining
Patio seating available by reservation only.

Mader’s Restaurant
1041 N. Old World Third St., (414) 271-3377

Mason Street Grill
425 E. Mason St., (414) 298-3131

Milwaukee Brat House
1013 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-8709

Oak Barrel Public House 
1033 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8320

Proof Pizza
139 E. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 270-4433

San Giorgio
838 N. Old World Third St., (414) 276-2876

750 N. Jefferson St., (414) 808-1588

Third Coast Provisions
724 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 323-7434

Third Street Tavern
1110 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8137

Uncle Wolfie’s Breakfast Tavern
234 E. Vine St.,  (414) 763-3021|
Enjoy your take-out on the patio.

Tua Pasta
100 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 988-4016

Uncle Bucks 
1125 N. Old World Third St., (414) 988-0355

1122 N. Edison St., (414) 223-1122

View MKE
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 763.0003
Reservations are strongly encouraged for patio.

Ward’s House of Prime
540 E. Mason St., (414) 223-0135

Who’s on Third
1007 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8373

741 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 225-0000
Reservations highly recommended for patio seating.

East Side

BelAir Cantina
1935 N. Water St., (414) 226-2245
2625 N. Downer Ave., (414) 964-1190

Cafe Hollander
2608 N. Downer Ave., 414-963-6366

728 E Brady St., (414) 271-6000

Crossroads Collective
2238 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 763-9081
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols
QR Codes allow contactless ordering from all vendors from patio.

County Clare
1234 N. Astor St., (414) 272-5273

1307 E. Brady St., (414) 539-6826

Easy Tyger
1230 E. Brady St., (414) 226-6640

Good City Brewing
2108 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 539-4343
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

Hooligan’s Super Bar
2017 E. North Ave., (414) 273-5230

Izzy Hops Swig & Nosh
2311 N. Murray Ave., (414) 249-4489
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

Jack’s American Pub
1323 E. Brady St., (414) 763-1925

Kawa Ramen & Sushi
2321 N. Murray Ave., (414)-800-7979

Kompali Taqueria
1205 E. Brady St., (414) 210-3010

La Masa
1300 E. Brady St., (414) 885-1866

Ma Fischer’s Diner
2214 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 217-7424

1550 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 276-2250
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

Nomad World Pub
1401 E. Brady St, (414) 224-8111

The Original
2498 N. Bartlett Ave., (414) 763-4811
Enjoy your carry-out and drinks on the patio.

Pete’s Pub
1234 E. Brady St., (414) 312-7457

Pizza Man
2597 N. Downer Ave., (414) 272-1745

Rice N Roll Bistro
1952 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 220-9944

Sala Modern Sicilian
2613 E. Hampshire St., (414) 964-2611
Statement regarding re-opening and safety protocols
Patio seating available by reservation only.

Strange Town
2101 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 885-0404

Reservations required:

Stubby’s Gastrogrub & Beer Bar
2060 N. Humboldt Blvd., (414) 763-6324

2315 N. Murray Ave., (414) 797-1400

2499 N. Bartlett Ave., (414) 964-TESS (8377)
Statement on re-opening and  safety protocols
Patio seating available by reservation only.

932 E. Brady St., (414) 837-6280

North Shore & Northern Suburbs

A.J. O’Brady’s Irish Pub & Grill
N88W16495 Main St.,  Menomonee Falls, (262) 250-1095
Statement on reopening and safety protocol

Atlas BBQ
1304 12th Ave., Grafton, (262) 618-2181

Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W/ Lexington Blvd., Glendale, (414) 236-7000

The Bay
342 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, (414) 455-3045
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

The Brick Pub & Grill
6343 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale, (414) 797-0710
Statement on safety protocols

Cafe Hollander
2608 N. Downer Ave., 414-963-6366

the cheel
105 S. Main St., Thiensville, (262) 236-9463
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols
Reservations highly recommended for patio seating
Note: The baaree (outdoor patio & beer garden) is also open for the season, offering socially distanced outdoor seating and a full menu of food and beverages.

Crave Bar & Food
10401 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-9600

Foxtown Brewing
6411 W. Mequon Rd., (262) 292-5700.

Harvey’s Central Grille
1340 W. Towne Square Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-9589

Hefner’s Custard
N71W5184 Columbia Rd., Cedarburg, (262) 376-0601

Highland House
12741 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, (262) 243-5844

4144 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 909-0907

Jose’s Blue Sombrero
8617 N. Port Washington, Fox Point, (414) 351-9280

325 W. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, (414) 249-5750

Los Paisa Restaurant & Bar
600 W. Brown Deer Rd., Bayside, (414) 540-2125

The Main Mill Restaurant & Banquets 
N88W16521 Main St., Menomonee Falls, (262) 345-5692

Mequon Public Market 
6300 W. Mequon Rd.
Patio available for use by market guests.

Milwaukee Alehouse 
1208 13th St., Grafton, (262) 375-BEER (2337)
Reservations are highly recommended for patio seating.

Milwaukee Brat House
4022 N. Oakland Ave. (414) 539-5826

501 E. Silver Spring Dr., (414) 204-8980
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols
Reservations requested for patio seating.

North Shore Boulangerie
4401 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 963-2153
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

Jack Pandls Whitefish Bay Inn
1319 E. Henry Clay St., Whitefish Bay, (414) 964-3800
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

Poco Loco Cantina
4134 W. River Ln., Brown Deer, (414) 355-9550

Precinct Tap + Table
W161 N11629 Church Ave., Germantown, (262) 415-5680

The Ruby Tap
6000 W. Mequon Rd., (262) 302-4112

The Social Haus
N48 W18474 Lisbon Rd., Menomonee Falls, (262) 293-9565

Shully’s Cuisine – Biergarten
146 Green Bay Rd., (262) 242-6633
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols
Patio seating available by reservation only.

Spanky’s Hideaway
5208 W. County Line Rd., Mequon, (262) 242-3677

St. Paul Fish Co.
6200 W. Mequon Rd., (262) 200-9909

Tochi Ramen
705 Village Green Way, West Bend, (262) 429-1515 or (262) 429-1516
Sidewalk patio available for carry-out customers.

Trouble & Sons Pizzeria
133 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, (414) 800-5015
Statement on re-opening and saftey protocols
Reservations requuested for patio dining.

The Trysting Place Pub
N71-W12980 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, (262) 255-4110

Three Lions Pub
4515 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 763-6992

Zarletti Mequon
1515 W. Mequon Rd., (262) 241-5990
Statement regarding re-opening and safety protocols

North Side

3900 W. Brown Deer Rd., Brown Deer, (414) 362-4264

Dead Bird Brewing
1726 N. 5th St., (414) 930-0707
Patio tables must be reserved online prior to arrival.

Dr. Dawg
6969 N. Port Washington Rd., (414) 540-0400

Jewels Caribbean
2230 N. Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr., (414) 585-0678

Larrys Market
8737 N. Deerwood Dr., Brown Deer, (414) 355-9650

4313 W. River Lane, Brown Deer, (414) 354-1995


Big Daddy’s BBQ & Soul Food
2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., (262) 202-7726

Cafe Corazon
3129 N Bremen St., (414) 810-3941

Centro Cafe
808 E. Center St., (414) 455-3751
Reservations strongly advised for patio seating.

Company Brewing
735 E. Center St., (414) 930-0909

Nessun Dorma
2778 N. Weil St., (414) 264-8466

Riverwest Pizza
930 E. Wright St., (414) 269-9703

South Side & Suburbs

Ann’s Italian Restaurant
5969 S. 108th Pl., Hales Corners, (414) 425-5040

BelAir Cantina
410 West Town Square Way, Oak Creek, (414) 215-7995

The Brass Tap
7808 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, (414) 301-4054

Charleston Cafe
3465 E. Layton Ave., (414) 788-2911

Coach’s Pub
5356 S. 13th St., (414) 281-8175

Erv’s Mug
130 W. Ryan Rd., Oak Creek, (414) 762-5010 or (414) 762-7776

Explorium Brewpub
5300 S 76th St., (414) 423-1365

Hawthorne Coffee Roasters
4177 S. Howell Ave.

Georgie Porgie’s
9555 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, (414) 571-9889
5502 Washington Ave., Mt. Pleasant, (262) 635-5030
Patio available for use by carry-out customers

Gingerz Sportz Pub
3915 S. Howell Ave., (414) 482-9700

The Hale House
10539 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners, (414) 377-9392

Iron Grate BBQ  Co.
4125 S. Howell Ave., (414) 455-1776
Statement on service during COVID-19

Jalapeno Loco
5067 S Howell Ave., (414) 483-8300
Reservations required for patio seating.

Mulligan’s Irish Pub & Grill
8933 S. 27th St., Franklin, (414) 304-0300

Panther Pub & Eatery
5651 Broad St., Greendale, (414) 423-5800

Sandra’s on the Park
10049 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners, (414) 235-8889
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols
Reservations highly recommended for patio seating.

Third Ward

311 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 276-4400
Statement on re-opening and  safety protocols

Bavette La Boucherie
330 E. Menomonee St., (414) 273-3375

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
249 N Water St., (414) 431-1133
Reservations required for patio seating.

Café Benelux
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

401 E. Erie St., (414) 930-9088

222 E Erie St., (414) 885-2611

Club Charlie’s
320 E. Menomonee St., (414) 763-8548

360 E. Erie St., (414) 488-8036
Yes, counter service available for patio 

Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St., (414) 276-2337

Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. Water St., (414) 336-1111
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

221 N. Broadway, (414) 308-1600
Onesto Piccino Cafe walk-up window also operational
Reservations highly recommended for patio seating.

Riverfront Pizzeria Bar & Grill
509 East Erie (414) 277-1800

Smoke Shack
332 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 431-1119
Reservations required for patio seating.

Tre Rivali
200 N Broadway | 414-291-3971
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

322 N. Broadway(414) 223-3005

The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway, (414) 223-0345

Walker’s Point & Menomonee Valley

Black Sheep
216 S. 2nd St., (414) 223-0903

816 S. 5th St., (414) 672-3755

Braise Restaurant
1101 S. 2nd St., (414) 212-8843

434 S. 2nd St., (414) 800-5641

Engine Company No. 3
217 W. National Ave., (414) 226-5695
Reservations strongly advised for patio seating.

Greige Patisserie
408 W. Florida St., (414) 252-0143

Hamburger Mary’s
730 S. 5th St., (414) 488-2555

Hotel Madrid /  MOVIDA
600 S. Sixth St., (414) 488-9146
Reservations strongly recommended for patio seating.

The Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., (414) 831-4677
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

La Dama
839 S. 2nd St., (414) 645-2606
(Read more about La Dama here)
Reservations strongly recommended for patio seating.

La Merenda
125 E. National Ave., (414) 389-0125
Reservations accepted for patio seating.

Merriment Social
240 E. Pittsburgh Ave., (414) 645-0240
Reservations required for patio seating.

MobCraft Beer
505 S. 5th Street | 414-488-2019
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols
Reservations required for patio seating.

Momo Mee
110 E. Greenfield Ave., (414) 316-9003
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

430 S 2nd St., (414) 897-0747
Reservations highly recommended for patio seating.

Motor Bar & Restaurant
401 W. Canal St., (414) 287-2778
Statement regarding reopening and  safety protocols

The National Cafe
839 W. National Ave., (414) 431-6551
Patio seating with online ordering available.

O’Lydia’s Bar & Grill
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546

Shaker’s Cigar Bar
422 S. 2nd St., (414) 272-4222

Screaming Tuna
106 W. Seeboth St., (414) 763-1637

Snifters Tapas & Spirits
606 S. 5th St., (414) 635-0882

Stack’d Burger Bar
170 S. 1st St., (414) 273-7800

231 S. 2nd St., (414) 539-4179

Twisted Fisherman
1200 W Canal St., (414) 384-2722

Zócalo Food Park
636 S. 6th St., (414) 433-9747
Statement regarding re-opening and safety protocols

  • Mazorca Tacos: Monday-Sunday
  • Fontelles’s Eatery: Tuesday-Saturday
  • Anytime Arepa: Wednesday-Sunday
  • Foxfire Food Truck: Tuesday-Saturday
  • Scratch Ice Cream: Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. 
  • Ruby’s Bagels: Friday through Sunday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Zócalo Tavern: Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Steny’s Tavern & Grill
800 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-7139


ABV Social
11200 W Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, (414) 837-6290

Alioto’s Restaurant
3041 N Mayfair Rd., (414) 476-6900
Full service beer garden available.

BelAir Cantina
6817 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 988-8533

7700 W Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 271-7700

Cafe Hollander
7677 W State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 475-6771

6030 W. North Ave., (414) 312-8968
Reservations required for patio seating.

Colonel Hart’s
7342 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 476-3070

Eddie Martini’s  
8612 Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 771-6680
Statement on reopening and safety protocols
Reservations highly recommended for patio seating.

2300 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 867-9200

Ferch’s Crafthouse Grille
418 N. Mayfair Rd., (262) 770-3902

7754 Harwood Ave., (414) 431-1444

Golden Nest Pancakes Cafe
11250 W. Burleigh St., (414) 935-2135

7118 W. State St., (414) 258-5600

Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub
11302 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 988-4485

Jose’s Blue Sombrero
7615 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 453-230

Kin by Rice N Roll
7484 W. State St., (414) 524-9056

Leff’s Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., (414) 258-9886
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

Le Reve
7610 Harwood Ave., (414) 778-3333

Lucky Joe’s 
1427 Underwood Ave., (414) 269-9981

Midtown Grill
8913 W. North Ave., (414) 837-6400

Miss Molly’s Cafe & Pastry Shop
9201 W. Center St., (414) 249-5665
Carry-out can be enjoyed on the patio.

Mo’s Irish Pub
10842 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 774-9782

North Avenue Grill
7225 W. North Ave., (414) 453-7225

Ono Kine Grindz
7215 W. North Ave., (414) 778-0727

Ristorante Bartolotta
7616 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 771-7910
Statement on re-opening plan and safety protocols

The Ruby Tap
1341 N. Wauwatosa Ave., (414) 456-1300

Spitfires on State
5018 W. State St., (414) 777-5060

Taqueria El Jefe
11200 W. Burleigh St., (414) 837-6295

6502 W. North Ave. Wauwatosa (414) 323-7555

West Allis

Antigua Latin Inspired Kitchen
6207 W. National Ave, West Allis, (414) 321-5775

Capri di Nuovo
8340 W. Beloit Rd., (414) 543-5510

Crawdaddy’s on Greenfield
9427 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 778-2228

Double B’s BBQ
7420 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 257-9150

Jonny Hammers
6300 W Lincoln Ave., West Allis, (414) 430-0282

Kegel’s Inn
5901 W. National Ave., (414) 257-9999
Full-service dining is available in beer garden

Mis Suenos
7335 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 763-5150
Limited patio seating available.

Natty Oaks
11505 W National Ave., West Allis, (414) 543-2255
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

Paulie’s Pub & Eatery
8031 W Greenfield Ave, (414) 257-2854

Public Table
5835 W. National Ave., West Allis, (414) 488-2948

Señor Sol
8129 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, (414) 456-9955

Wild Roots
6807 W. Becher St., (414) 231-9081

West Side & Suburbs

Balistreri’s Bluemound Inn
6501 W. Bluemound Rd., (414)258-9881

Bass Bay Brewhouse
S79W15851 Aud Mar Dr., Muskego, (414) 377-9449

BelAir Cantina
250 High St., Brookfield, (262) 784-4938

Blue’s Egg Milwaukee
317 N. 76th St., (414) 299-3180
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

Bougey’s Bar & Grill
16760 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield, (262) 784-4092

18895 W. Capitol Dr., (262) 202-8678

Bullwinkles Sports Bar
20290 W. Blue. Mound Rd., Brookfield, (262) 782-8670

Cafe Hollander
20150 Union St., Brookfield, (262) 785-4490

Café Manna 
3815 N. Brookfield Rd., Brookfield, (262) 790-2340

Grimaldi’s Pizza
Corners of Brookfield, 20119 Lord St.,  (262) 785-1115
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

Jose’s Blue Sombrero
20371 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield, (262) 432-6667

Matty’s Bar & Grille
14460 W. College Ave., New Berlin, (414) 427-3838

6732 W. Fairview Ave., (414) 292-3969
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols
Reservations recommended for patio seating. Casual grab and go fare also available with patio seating at Lil’ Max.

Maxim’s Brookfield
18025 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, (262) 783-4501

McBob’s Pub & Grille
4919 W. North Ave., (414) 871-5050

Neighborhood Draft
5921 W. Vliet St., (414) 885-2028

North Star American Bistro
19115 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield (262) 754-1515

Paloma Taco & Tequila
5419 W. North Ave., (414) 810-0404

Parkside 23
2300 Pilgrim Square Dr.,  (262) 784-7275

Saz’s State House
5539 W. State St., (414) 453-2410

Silver Spur BBQ
13275 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove, (262) 821-1511

Story Hill BKC
5100 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 539-4424
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols
Reservations strongly recommended.

Triciclo Peru
3801 W. Vliet St., (414) 239-8388
Patio seating available to carry-out customers.

5513 W. North Ave., (414) 763-2095

The Pivot Room
185 S Moorland Rd, Brookfield, (262) 317-3400
Statement on re-opening and safety protocols

325 N. Market St., Brookfield, (262) 641-9975

13425 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove, (262) 794-3924


Patios and outdoor spaces to watch the Bucks in the playoffs

Sports look completely different right now, and those glorious rituals of meeting up with friends and fellow fans to cheer and celebrate as one have changed a little as well. But thankfully they haven’t gone away as outdoor patio spaces and beer gardens – both old classics and those newly created – continue to bring people together while keeping them safe, social distanced and in an open air place.

Here’s a list of Milwaukee bars and locales with patios and outdoor set-ups perfect for being safe while also cheering so loud that Giannis and the Bucks hear you all the way down in Florida. And let us know in the comments about other local bars with great outdoor arrangements for enjoying the big game. 

The Backyard
2155 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 751-4087

After months of being stuck in your backyard, why not let this Bay View bar’s leisure lawn take over hosting duties? An already massive yard filled with seating of all kinds, The Backyard remodeled a bit during the downtime this spring and summer, and renovated itself into a container bar atmosphere complete with fun patio games, a cute outdoor bar and, yes, television screens to watch the big games – including a giant projection screen near the back of the space for the particularly big games. 

The Beer Garden
1133 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 908-0401

Deer District may not be able to host the kind of raucous and crowded viewing parties outside Fiserv Forum like it did last season, but you can still watch the big games with your fellow Brew City enthusiasts in The Beer Garden. Picnic tables have been traded out for social distanced tables, but the giant screen (complete with a clear roof to protect from any bad weather) is still there and unmissable along with tasty brews from the nearby stand, scrumptious food delivered to your table by Cream City Cluckery and the blissful atmosphere of fans enjoying a win together. It’s perfect safe game day fun – minus one thing: Seriously, who do I need to call about renaming this place “The Deer Garden”?

Club Charlie’s 
320 E. Menomonee St., (414) 763-8548

Tucked away across the street from Catalano Square in the Third Ward, Club Charlie’s smartly expanded into the street amid the COVID chaos of 2020, adding a tented patio space and umbrella bar atmosphere, and creating more room in a distanced outdoor environment. And best of all, Charlie’s added a TV screen outside as well, making it the ideal spot to grab a brew and a view of the Bucks, Brewers, Packers and more. There’s few sports bars in the Third Ward, but with this outdoor addition, Club Charlie’s had leapt to the top of the list.

Good City Brewing
333 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 539-4343

Good City? More like good place to watch the Bucks game, amirite? OK, so that was painful – but don’t let my awful wordplay get in the way of checking out Good City Brewing’s lovely Downtown taproom, especially for the big game thanks to numerous TV screens and no lack of outdoor seating, from patio tables on the first floor to the rooftop space above. There may be no games playing at Fiserv Forum right now, but you can still bring the energy and fandom down to Deer District (plus, not to mention, enjoy a refreshing local brew, which they’ve got deals for during this current playoff ru) by stopping at Good City. 

Leff’s Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., (414) 258-9886

For Milwaukee sports fans, this Tosa hot spot needs no introduction or elaboration … but I’ll do it anyways. Leff’s continues to rule the sports hangout world in Milwaukee thanks to its cheer-filled atmosphere and delicious bar grub – including a plethora of wing flavors from devilish spicy to classic flavors to unique combinations. But what really helps it stand out is its lovely patio space. With open air, comfortable tables and screens all over, it’s a perfect place to soak in a summer night as well as a win for the Bucks, Brewers, Forward Madison or whatever local squad you’re cheering. Plus, it’s got luck right in its name – an ideal omen for cheering on you favorite team.

Matty’s Sports Bar & Grille
14460 College Ave., New Berlin (414) 427-3838

This New Berlin staple made the most of its downtime, opening up an outstanding tent addition outside for those not ready to head indoors quite yet. The big bonus patio has brought back live music, games of all kinds, happy (distanced) crowds and, most important of all, sports viewing parties, as the new tent comes complete with several 65-inch television screens tucked inside. Whether you’re watching Yelich and the Brewers swing for the fences or Giannis and the Bucks shoot for the Finals, Matty’s is a comfortable spot to grab a drink and cheer with your fellow fans. 

The MECCA Sports Bar and Grill
1134 N Vel R. Phillips Ave., (414) 908-0401

If you’re gonna watch the big game somewhere, you might as well do it at a bar and grill named after an iconic sports arena, right? Located in the shadow of Fiserv Forum, The MECCA currently offers two floors of distanced patio seating with so many television screens scattered throughout the restaurant – from the regular TVs outside to the mammoth signature screen above the indoor bar – that it’s practically impossible to miss whatever game you’re watching. Plus, during the Bucks’ current playoff run, if you reserve a table for one of the games, you get a sweet free Bucks hat. Here’s to food, refreshments, fashion and hopefully a Finals visit!

Nomad World Pub
1401 E. Brady St., (414) 224-8111

Nomad is famous for its high-energy soccer atmosphere, but you should definitely kick it over to the Brady Street staple for the rest of your outdoors sports entertainment needs as well. The Nomad’s outdoor patio space got a bit of an update over the spring and summer, now featuring open-air social distanced seating and the new food options like burgers, tacos, street eats, slushes and more to help wash down another win for the good guys. No matter your sport of choice, Nomad has it covered in its uncovered party patio.

Red Lion Pub
1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-9009

This Tannery Row taproom may be most known for its sports from across the pond, but Red Lion Pub is no slouch when it comes to hosting the party for sporting events besides soccer. The cheerful British-style pub offers tasty grub and, most important of all, a comfortable rooftop patio space complete with a projection TV perfect for enjoying the big game from basketball, baseball or whatever brand of football you prefer. 

750 N. Jefferson St., (414) 808-1588

I mean, if it’s got “sport” right there in the name, it has to be good, right? And SportClub is good, featuring delicious bar eats and a wide variety of beers and cocktails. But most important, they’ve got televisions everywhere with the game on – including its cozy outdoor patio space, ideal for taking in sports while safe and social distanced. And as an added bonus, grab some grub to go with SportClub’s new pick-up window offering street eats you can snag for some tasty pre-game or postgame culinary celebrations.

800 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-7139

An icon of Milwaukee sports enjoyment, Steny’s is always on the list if you’re looking for somewhere to catch the Bucks, Brewers or some hot hockey playoff action on the ice. But while the sports (and drinks and food) have always gotten the attention, it’s easy to forget that Steny’s has a really great patio space in the back perfect for enjoying the big game – in any weather as the open air space comes covered, so there’ll be no rain delays for your sports-watching enjoyment, something key as the seasons change during this strange year.

2060 N. Humboldt Blvd. #200, (414) 763-6324

This gastrogrub and beer bar tucked in between Riverwest, the East Side and Water Street turns into a “gastrogrub and deer bar” when the Bucks hit the court. But in case the punny wordplay wasn’t enough, Stubby’s most importantly has an outdoor patio complete with television screens perfect for watching Giannis and company stomp through the NBA. Or watching the Brewers crush the rest of the major leagues. Or watching just about any sport! And even if you’re not a sports fan, you’ve got a gorgeous view of the river to savor along with your suds and supper. So whether you’re lounging or getting loud for your team, Stubby’s deck is “gastro-great.” (OK, we’ll leave the puns to them.)

The Tracks Tavern
1020 E. Locust St., (414) 562-2020

This Riverwest bar is most known for the live in-person sports bumping and setting all over its volleyball courts, but it also makes a comfortable place to watch the big games taking place on TV as well. The Tracks Tavern has a big patio screen regularly blasting the Bucks and Brewers while you enjoy some tasty bar food as well as the open air with your fellow fans. And maybe if you’re feeling like working off some of that beer and bar grub, you can hit celebrate the latest local win with a win of your own on the volleyball sand. Or you can just sit and relax too. We’re big proponents of the latter. 

Uncle Buck’s
1125 N. Old World Third St., (414) 763-3852

One of the newer faces on Old World Third Street, Uncle Buck’s is so close to the action in the Beer Garden, you can actually get in on action. In addition to its parklet patio space out front and its rooftop area, the multi-tiered Old World Third Street bar also features some limited outdoor seating facing the now-active Deer District alleyway, giving customers a great seat close to the cheering crowd and the big game on the Beer Garden’s even bigger screen. It’s basically the best of both worlds: the energy and atmosphere of being in the Beer Garden combined with the cozy comfort and distance of being at Uncle Buck’s. 

Who’s On Third
1007 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8373

Who’s on third? We’ll leave that question to Abbott and Costello, but if you’re searching for a place to watch the big game, the answer is easy: Who’s On Third, the Old World Third Street hotspot. Thanks to its parklet patio space, you can drop by and grab some of this popular spot’s tasty pub grub – including crave-able wings, curds, burgers, brats and more – while enjoying a nice day out and, most importantly, the game thanks to Who’s On Third’s newly installed television screen outside. Space, supper and sports: a perfect combination and the answer to all your fandom needs. The only question left is: If Who’s on third, where’s What and I Don’t Know?

The Yard at The Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., (414) 374-4766

Like a little glamour with your big game? The Yard, found at the nationally recognized Iron Horse Hotel, is likely the swankiest patio to be found on this list, with its gorgeous and well-appointed yard set-up – but don’t hold that against the place. It’s still a perfect place to relax and bunker down with a drink and your fellow fans to watch a game thanks to a tasty menu of food, good beverages from cocktails to craft brews and new big screen televisions placed around the social distanced outdoor space. 


Let go of your stress and embrace the hygge at Eldr+Rime

Every restaurant has a story. For Eldr + Rime, which made its debut just over two weeks ago at 2300 N. Mayfair Rd., it’s a story with roots in Scandinavia that’s told through the elements of fire and ice, thoughtfully chosen ingredients and an environment that aims to capture the welcoming, authentic spirit of hygge.

It’s the little things

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a concept focused on the contentment found in little pleasures. It’s a Danish term which finds its origin in the sixteenth-century Norwegian word “hugga,” which means “to comfort.” Unsurprisingly, it’s also related to the English word “hug.”

It’s the sort of feeling you might find in a cup of leisurely morning coffee and a warmly spiced cardamom bun, the Swedish cousin to America’s cinnamon roll. You’ll find that at the Eldr+Rime Marketplace, a grab and go counter which serves a combination of coffee, tea, baked goods, sandwiches, and salads, which can be enjoyed either at the restaurant or picked up on the go.

It’s a feeling you could sustain on their beautifully appointed outdoor patio, which combines simple modern furnishings with beautiful plantings.

The area includes an outdoor fireplace, lounge furniture and strategic tree plantings that might make you forget you’re anywhere near the bustle of Mayfair Road.

It’s also the feeling you get stepping into the large, socially distanced dining room, which showcases the warm tones of birch and oak set against soft blues, cool slate, natural fibers and greenery.

It’s a space that showcases both sleek, modern Scandinavian-style seating along with cozy booths shaded by indoor birch trees.

Inspired by Scandinavia

At the culinary helm of Eldr+Rime is Executive Chef Gary Baca, whose career includes recent work with Micheal Jordan’s Steakhouse and Lettuce Entertain You in Chicago; and Executive Sous Chef Alex Lyskowsicz, former executive chef for the Iron Horse Hotel.

The menu’s Nordic inspiration derives from both traditional dishes and Scandinavian ingredients from wild herbs, cloudberry jam and pickled root vegetables to hearty rye and sour skyr, along with imported items like Saltverk, an Icelandic sea salt harvested with geothermal energy, Faroe Island salmon and Icelandic cod.

But Baca says it also follows suit in terms of New Nordic cuisine’s emphasis on hyper-local sourcing, foraging and indigenous items.

“We’ve woven Scandinavian flavors into the menu in innovative ways,” he says, noting that the name Eldr+Rime, which is Old Norse for “fire and ice” plays a role in the way they prepare food.”

Create a mini smörgåsbord

The menu lends itself to the creation of a mini smörgåsbord featuring breads, cheeses, fish, meats and snacks. But it can also be enjoyed in a more traditional, coursed fashion with appetizers, salads and entrees.

“Bread is such an important element on the Scandinavian table,” says Baca. “So we wanted to be able offer a variety, including dark, seeded Danish rye and flatbread.”

Nordic rye flatbread is baked in the wood-fired oven and brushed with whipped butter and local honey ($12). It’s served along traditional fermented skyr, an Icelandic dairy product consumed much like yogurt. The skyr counters the sweetness of the honey, while the sour flavor helps to pull out the subtle notes of caraway and rye.

Meanwhile, sturdy Danish rye flecked with pumpkin and sunflower seeds is served alongside a trio of cured salmon and accompaniments, including pickled vegetables, Norwegian mustard sauce and charred scallion smear ($18).

The salmon itself is presented three ways: cold smoked (on the right), brined and hot smoked over the live fire (center), and cured with beets, allspice, cloves and Alpine botanicals including juniper and dill (on the left).

Some traditional Scandinavian dishes are made true to form, but are presented in a unique format. For instance, classic Swedish meatballs are presented in slider form on potato buns with lingonberries, house pickles and grainy mustard ($14).

Others pay homage to foraged elements and the natural world, like fresh venison tartare served with blueberry aigre-doux, smoked and pickled spring onions, quail egg and a beer-raised waffle ($16).

Potatoes, a common starch in Scandinavia, often appear in dumpling form, mixed with flour and stuffed with a savory filling.

“We’ve taken the idea of the traditional potato spelt dumplings and given them a local twist,” says Baca, “By filling them with beautiful Clock Shadow cheese curds.”

The creamy cheese-filled dumplings are breaded, fried and served alongside intensely flavorful jam made with dehydrated seasonal strawberries and a chive creme fraiche ($12).

Fire & ice

Like the salmon trio, which highlights both hot and cold smoking processes, the bulk of the current raw bar menu is also a reflection of the notions of fire and ice.

For example, oysters are served on the half-shell with beet mignonette, smoked cocktail sauce and horseradish ($18). But you can also enjoy them glazed in a combination of miso and whipped creme fraiche with coriander and lime ($12).

Eldr+Rime is among a small number of restaurants in the Midwest that source from The Crab Broker in Dutch Harbor Alaska where freshly caught crab is cooked, chilled and brine-frozen without the secondary processing that so often creates salty or “off” flavors.

At Eldr+Rime, you can enjoy it chilled with garlic butter and mustard sauce ($80), a preparation that Baca says he can’t recommend more highly.

“We cut the top shell so that it’s super easy to eat,” he says. “And I recommend eating it cold because it’s so sweet. It will change your entire perception of king crab.”

But, guests can also enjoy the equally delicious merus (the largest portion of the crab leg), basted in butter, coal-roasted and served with charred lemon (pictured above, $25).

America meets Scandinavia

Entrees on the Eldr+Rime menu also straddle the worlds of American and Scandinavian cuisine through wood-fired cooking along with the integration of herbs, preserved items, pickles and locally sourced produce.

For example, the Filet Mignon Oskar is a classic American steakhouse dish with a Nordic twist that reflects its Swedish roots.

“As the story goes,” says Baca, “Veal Oscar was originally created for King Oscar II of Sweden. And our dish is true to the components, but we’ve deconstructed them a bit.”

Here the 8-ounce filet is cooked on the wood-fired grill, topped with king crab and accompanied by white asparagus brined in aigre doux infused with orange zest and tarragon. The wine-based marinade is then reduced with butter to form the sauce. The egg, which would normally be incorporated into a hollandaise or béarnaise, is instead integrated with a shaving of cured egg yolk over the top ($44).

Other entrees include Faroe Island salmon served with corn chow chow, pea shoots and preserved tomato vinaigrette ($26) along with a grilled half chicken is seasoned with wild Arctic thyme sea salt and served with BBQ parsnips and smoked chicken jus ($24).

For fish fry lovers, there’s Fish+Chips featuring lightly smoked Icelandic cod that’s fried in Spotted Cow beer batter and served along hand-cut fries and tartar sauce ($22).

And for those who just want some well-prepared, no-frills comfort, there’s even a wood-fired burger made with Wisconsin grass-fed beef, topped with butterkase and smoked onion jam and served with hand-cut frites ($16).

At the bar

Take a seat at the horse shoe shaped bar and you’ll find an extensive beverage menu which reflects similar Scandinavian twists.

Craft cocktails include selections like the Thyme for the Bramble with thyme-infused Hendrick’s gin, creme de mure, lemon, simple syrup and blackberries ($14).

You’ll also find an Aquavit Negroni made with Dampfwerk Aquavit ($14); Aquavit Punsch, a spirit-forward digestif with Kronan Swedish Punsch, aquaviit and sfumato ($14); and the Reykr Old Fashioned, a smoked version of the classic with High West American Prairie bourbon, High West Campfire whiskey, Angostura bitters, cardamom bitters and demerara syrup ($16).

Eldr+Rime’s beer selection showcases a combination of local craft brews and domestic and international staples. Meanwhile, a modern wine list showcases hand-picked selections that showcase various regions and approaches, including natural wine.

“Our goal was really to find hidden gems and spark curiosity from guests with selections they might not find elsewhere,” says Mick Laughran, Director of Beverage & Food Outlets, who points to selections like Moussé’s NV Brut Blanc de Noirs L’Or d’Eugène, a champagne made from a satiny blend of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir which is made with a blending process similar to sherry; and the Sonoma County Camp Cabernet Sauvignon, which is produced without the use of commercial fermentation aids or additives.

Hygge Time

The happiest hour of the day might just be one devoid of the stresses we carry with us. And that’s expressly the goal of Hygge Time, a celebration of the present moment held at the bar Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

During Hygge Time, guests will find select $4 craft brews, $6 single call mixers and $7 glasses of wine.

There are also affordable noshes, including $1 oysters from the raw bar, pretzel “epi” baguettes served with Spotted Cow beer cheese, beer mustard and beer jam ($5); Danish-style hot dogs made with a Bunzel’s natural beef hot dog topped with curry remoulade, apple ketchup, pickled red onion and crispy shallots ($5); and hand-cut fries with pickled shallot powder, Icelandic sea salt, apple ketchup and remoulade ($5).

Of course, you might also want to treat yourself to a bar-only special: the King Crab Dog, featuring a potato bun topped with King crab leg, Meyer lemon butter and tarragon mayo ($26). It might just rank among the most delicious moments in your week.

Eldr+Rime is open for dinner service Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.

The bar is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. And the Marketplace is open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.