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binmke Milwaukee - A travel report by Brian
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Milwaukee - a changing city

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One of the most under-rated towns in the Midwestern USA, Milwaukee has a great variety of sights, great restaurants, bars, etc. just waiting to be discovered.


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Milwaukee is a town of about 600,000 on the shore of Lake Michigan, 100 miles north of Chicago. It has had its ups and downs over the past hundred years, but is currently undergoing a rapid and expansive renaissance. Former warehouse and factory buildings in this once manufacturing-heavy town are now being converted to new restaurants, loft-style apartments, and art galeries. The new addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, designed by Santiago Calatrava, has been a great addition to Milwaukee's lakefront skyline.

Favourite spots:
Brady Street: Laid-back, bohemian area with a great ambiance. A strong Italian influence shows here with a string of great Italian restaurants, delis, and bakerys. Great coffeeshops (Anodyne, Rochambo), bars (Nomad, Hi-Hat, Red Room), and an outstanding seafood restaurant (Watermark) can all be found in the area. It's a great place for people-watching while enjoying lunch on the patio. North Ave: Another great street for bars/restaurants...P-izza Man has one of the biggest wine lists in the USA. The Oriental Theater, a classic 20's-era movehouse, shows independent films. Hooligan's is a sports bar that serves some of the best bar food in Milwaukee. And the BBC is a highlight of the Milwaukee music scene. Other great places: 3rd Ward (warehouse district, art galleries), Walker's Point/5th Ward (great bar scene, Mexican restaurants)

What's really great:
Swing Nouveau at Jazz in the Park
Swing Nouveau at Jazz in the Park
There are lots of interesting places to check out, and events in the summertime like Jazz in the Park (free concert! Thursday nights at Cathedral Square) and Gallery Night (art galleries open for free on Friday nights) are a lot of fun...the city comes alive with people.

Sights:
The Brise Soleil of the Milwaukee Art Museum
The Brise Soleil of the Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Art Museum - Brise Soleil by Santiago Calatrava
Miller Park (baseball stadium)
Art galleries in 3rd Ward
Lake Michigan
Pabst Theater

Accommodations:
The Pfister Hotel
The Pfister Hotel
High end = the Pfister Hotel or the Hilton Milwaukee Downtown. Both are in very historic buildings that date to the late 19th century and have pretty convenient locations.

Mid-tier = There are lots of smaller non-chain hotels downtown...Hotel Metro, the Astor, the Knickerbocker, the Park East...any of these have great locations and are in historic buildings.

Low-tier = standard chain places like Holiday Inn, Motel 6, etc are available throughout the city.

Nightlife:
Club Havana (Jefferson St., near Cathedral Square)
Eve (Milwaukee St.)
Three (Milwaukee St.)
Lava (North Ave.)

Hangouts:
TONS of watering holes all over the city. Favorites include:

Flannery's (Cathedral Square)
Hi-Hat (Brady St.)
The Safe House (Spy bar, in the theater district)
The Wicked Hop (3rd ward)
Red Light (upstairs from the French bistro Trocadero)

Restaurants:
Lots of new restaurants have also sprung up. Some of the best are run by the Bartolotta family, including :
Bacchus (in the Cudahy Tower, on the lakefront)
Lake Park Bistro (on Lake Drive, north side of town).

Other favorites:
Roots (organic/regional cuisine - Reservoir St. in Brewers Hill)
Watermark Seafood (**fantastic**, on Arlington, right off of Brady St.)
Elliot's Bistro (French - Murray St., near North Ave.)
Pizza Man (best wine list anywhere...North Ave.)
Coquette Cafe (French - 3rd Ward)
Alterra Coffee (built in an old pump station on the lake!)
Izumi's (Japanese - on Prospect Ave.)
Maharaja (Indian - on Farwell St.)
Dancing Ganesha (Indian - on Van Buren & Brady)

Check out more reviews on http://www.onmilwaukee.com

Published on Sunday August 29th, 2004


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Fri, Sep 17 2004 - 03:51 PM rating by conwayjay

Excellent report... as a fellow Milwaukee resident, I concur with your findings.

Thu, Sep 09 2004 - 07:45 PM rating by jelloo

I have never given milwaukee a second thought, but it sounds like a great city to chill or even live in. Enjoyed you repots lots!
Thanks Cassandra

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