Once home to the Schlitz and Blatz breweries of Milwaukee, Brewers’ Hill is a highly diverse neighborhood in the North of the city. In keeping with it’s being past, several bars have opened up over the past few years, from traditional dive spots to themed cocktail spaces. Here are our top 5 bars in Brewers’ Hill and the surrounding area.
Located just on the beautiful Milwaukee River, Lakefront Brewery began as a small family operation in 1987 before moving to their current location in 1998. A microbrewery only using state-sourced ingredients and serving local beers, tours are available for those interested in seeing how the beer is produced. Attached to the brewery is a beer hall serving Lakefront’s own brews, which include seasonal flavors, limited edition beer and gluten free options, as well as live music and traditional Milwaukee Friday fish-fries.
Hours: Mon-Thu 12 pm-8 pm, Fri 12 pm-9 pm, Sat 11 am-9 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm
Significantly, the Brown Bottle operates in the historic Schlitz Park, having originally opened in 1938 as a bar for post-brewery tour guests to relax and sample ”the beer that made Milwaukee famous”. With hunting lodge decor,The Brown Bottle, recently reopened in November of 2014, offers Schlitz beer for $2 a piece as well as a wide selection of both local and national brews. The menu features a list of foods influenced by traditional bar fare with modern and international influences, all created by graduate Chef Ben Hudson of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute of Portland.
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 11 am-9 pm
Watch Out For: $2 Schlitz and their Kimchi Reuben sandwich
Wolf Peach bar and restaurant has a wide selection of drinks, ranging from locally brewed beers to their well-crafted cocktail menu. Their perch on Brewers’ Hill has a brilliant view of the Milwaukee skyline, making this a great spot for a calm drink while observing the city. The restaurant’s elegant design blends traditional European decor, appropriate to their rustic menu, with modern, romantic features such as chandeliers and high-glass windows. Stop in for a drink and stay for their excellent gourmet pizzas and a cozy, contemporary atmosphere.
Unassuming from the exterior, with only some Polynesian decor to hint at what’s happening inside, Foundation Bar is one of the most popular bars in the city. At night it becomes a full-blown tiki bar with a dizzying list of exotic cocktails. The interior is decked out in tropical gear, creating endless Pacific summer vibes. Warm and fun with a seriously impressive Mai Tai, Foundation Bar is a great place to head for a laid-back night out with friends. Price: Mid-Range Opening Hours: Mon-Thur, Sun 4 pm- 1:30 am, Fri-Sat 4 pm- 2am Watch Out For: The Mai Tai cocktail 2718 N Bremen St, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Sitting just outside of Brewers’ Hill is the world-famous Wolski’s Tavern, a Milwaukee institution for over 100 years. In the 70’s the bar began handing out their iconic ‘I Closed Wolski’s’ bumper stickers to those who stayed until closing, a mark of a true patron. Wolski’s is perhaps the best bar in town for a traditional Wisconsin bar atmosphere complete with laid back dive-y fun, pool tables, a game of darts with some of the regulars and a couple of Pabst Blue Ribbons.
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 2 pm- 2 am, Friday 2 pm- 2:30 am, Sat 12 pm- 2:30 am, Sun 12 pm- 2 am
Watch Out For: Their famous ‘I Closed Wolski’s’ stickers