The Best Bars for Foodies in Milwaukee

The OpenTable Team

Every one of the best bars in Milwaukee can trace its success to the breweries established back in the 1830s. Immigrants from 'drinking cultures' settled the area, and while nearly every community in Wisconsin had at least one brewery, Milwaukee had the largest in the world. But where do patrons with demanding taste buds choose to toss back a few? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve gathered data from thousands of bars and restaurants to find the places that OpenTable’s most experienced users love the most. Milwaukee is well-known for its butter burgers, cheese curds, and bratwurst, and it just so happens that all these foods go great with an ice-cold brew. Check out these popular spots and book a table today!

Restaurants:Punch Bowl Social - Milwaukee, Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub At The Brewhouse Inn & Suites, Glass + Griddle
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Milwaukee

Punch Bowl Social - Milwaukee

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
71 reviews
  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
When alcohol, table games, bowling, private karaoke and a vintage arcade are combined, the world is graced with the Punch Bowl Social. Even though it’s known as one of the best – aRead more
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Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub At The Brewhouse Inn & Suites

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
248 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
Understandably located at the Brewhouse Inn & Suites, Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub calls the former Mill House building of Pabst Brewery home. The exposed brick, vintage posters and oRead more
93% recommended
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Glass + Griddle

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
119 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
  • Good for Groups
Anyone who enjoys watching the Packers, Bucks or Badgers will no doubt consider the Glass + Griddle beer hall one of the best bars in Milwaukee. Fans can watch a game anywhere, butRead more
Good for Groups in Wisconsin
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Oak Barrel Public House

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Milwaukee
237 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Bar Seating
Located in the Downtown area, Oak Barrel Public House has worked hard to maintain its designation as one of the best bars in Milwaukee. This includes offering a shuttle bus to everRead more
93% recommended

The Rumpus Room - A Bartolotta Gastropub

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
2,000 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
Joe Bartolotta was a force in the Milwaukee restaurant scene, and The Rumpus Room that bears his name has proven just as popular. Their frequent events – which include the OysterfeRead more
91% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Milwaukee
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Johnny Manhattan's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Menomonee Falls
415 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Worth the Drive
The oak wood ceiling, mounted deer head, vintage chandeliers and stone fireplace are not what make Johnny Manhattan’s one of the favorite bars of Milwaukee. They do create an aura,Read more
96% recommended
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Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
312 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
A trip to the Harley-Davidson Museum simply wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Motor Restaurant. The décor is exactly what one would expect: classic motorcycles, whiskey bRead more
100% recommended
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East Town Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
471 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
  • Bar Seating
Many bars claim that they'll eventually become the preferred downtown hot spot, but East Town Kitchen & Bar could actually pull it off. Their whiskey list is one of the best in theRead more
91% recommended
Hot Spot in Wisconsin
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Five O'Clock Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Milwaukee
2,243 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, and in Wisconsin, ‘somewhere’ is the Five O’Clock Steakhouse. It’s often called Milwaukee’s best steakhouse, and with options like filet mignon, New York Read more
93% recommended
Hot Spot in Milwaukee
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Stella Van Buren

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Milwaukee
879 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
The bourbon collection that lines the walls behind the bar is impressive, and this alone would throw Stella Van Buren into contention for the ‘Best Bar in Milwaukee’ title. Those wRead more
94% recommended
Steakhouse in Milwaukee
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Ale Asylum Riverhouse Milwaukee

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Milwaukee
197 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great Beer
With upwards of 90 whiskeys available – along with a variety of other spirits – it’s hard to not call Ale Asylum Riverhouse one of the best bars in Milwaukee. An impressive selectiRead more
84% recommended
Scenic View in Milwaukee
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Butcher & Barrel Gastropub

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Racine
312 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The wood paneling outside makes Butcher & Barrel Gastropub stand out among its neighbors. Its selection of drinks, however, makes it stand out from its contemporaries. Their signatRead more
92% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Wisconsin
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Dorsia

$$$$·Italian·
Milwaukee
349 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
The contemporary art, stainless steel features, black ceiling and Stygian wallpaper create a dark yet sleek and upbeat atmosphere at Dorsia Restaurant. Many patrons keep coming bacRead more
94% recommended
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Mason Street Grill

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
2,519 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
When asked what they enjoy most about Mason Street Grill, many people will mention sitting in the lounge – right where the wood-fired oven aroma and live jazz can tickle their sensRead more
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Milwaukee
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Bass Bay Brewhouse

$$$$·American·
Muskego
353 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Casual
Located right on the water, the Bass Bay Brewhouse has always managed to remain one of the most popular restaurants and best bars in Milwaukee. They serve many Wisconsin favorites Read more
94% recommended
Kid Friendly in Wisconsin
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Harry's Bar and Grill

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
321 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
Just a short distance from Lake Michigan – and sporting an outdoor deck that would fit in perfectly at the lake – Harry’s Bar and Grill is a popular bar in Milwaukee’s east side. TRead more
96% recommended
Great for Lunch in Wisconsin

Bodegon - Hotel Madrid

$$$$·Spanish·
Milwaukee
375 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
The Hotel Madrid building is one of the most historic in the city, and the quality of the Bodegón reflects positively on this history. Matador jackets hang from the walls on manneqRead more
96% recommended
Great for Brunch in Wisconsin
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Champps Americana - Brookfield

$$$$·American·
Brookfield
241 reviews
  • Casual
  • Kid-friendly
  • Bar Seating
Frequently referred to as the city's 'craft beer mecca,' Champps Americana is a sports-themed casual restaurant that puts a heavy focus on live sporting events. Like any Bucks or PRead more
92% recommended
Kid Friendly in Wisconsin

Firefly Tosa

$$$$·American·
Wauwatosa
455 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
Classic comfort foods with a modern twist are the name of the game at Firefly Tosa, but this doesn’t mean the eatery can’t also be a desirable bar in Milwaukee. The elegant lightinRead more
91% recommended
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Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee

$$$$·Barbecue·
Milwaukee
1,251 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Everyone knows that barbecue and beer go great together, and this is the driving force behind the popularity of Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue. It’s located in the luxurioRead more
95% recommended
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