Outdoor drinking


You have a new favorite way to bar-hop: Water Taxi MKE, debuting Saturday

Published May 18, 2018

Attention bar-hopping, patio-drinking, water-loving Milwaukeeans: You have a new favorite mode of transportation this summer. Water Taxi MKE debuts Saturday, operating along Milwaukee's rivers and providing rides by boat to bars, public docks, local landmarks and apartments on the water.


Social Circle: Favorite place to drink outdoors?

Published May 25, 2014

It's finally have-a-drink-on-a-patio season in Milwaukee and so this week's Social Circle question asks about your favorite outdoor spaces for a drink. Where's your top spot?


The Harp gets new patio, menu

Published May 8, 2013

You might want to put The Harp on your mental list of outdoor drinking destinations this summer. The iconic Irish bar recently got a new patio and patio furniture.


Best patio/outdoor seating, 2012: Barnacle Bud's

Published Feb. 19, 2012

Hidden away on one of the nation's most industrialized rivers sits a gem of a bar that has for years given Milwaukeeans a little taste of the Florida Keys. Barnacle Bud's is something special. We'll give you the address - 1955 S. Hilbert St. - but good luck finding it. Tucked away like no other bar in Milwaukee, it's a little easier to get to by boat.


Summer in Milwaukee means a party on the patio

Published May 11, 2009

These days, outdoor patios come a dime a dozen. That's not a bad thing, but it would be futile to try to list them all here in a comprehensive guide. Instead, we're picking a few of our favorites and adding a few more that make Milwaukee famous in the summer months.


Drinking outside the box: Our favorite bar patios

Published May 29, 2008

Cocktailing is a year-round sport in Milwaukee, but the peak season generally coincides with our all-too-brief flirtation with warm weather. Here are our favorite outdoor drinking venues.