The Milwaukee Bucket List Project

So, I moved here a year ago, and I’ve spent some time aimlessly wandering, getting acquainted with my immediate area. I thoroughly acknowledge I have not experienced most areas of Milwaukee. However, I am constantly shown that there are a million and one things right outside my door that I’ve never noticed, either. Funny how your eye always slips past the familiar scenes and makes it part of the background. Hence, the project: to explore and become a tourist in my own city. Some of these I’ve already tried, but perhaps maybe not as deliberately as I would have liked, plus, I’d like the chance to document. So. Here we go.

A non-comprehensive, and probably overwhelming list to begin with. Always open to new suggestions of course:

Museums and Attractions

Tour of the Pabst Mansion
{X} Milwaukee Art Museum (daytime and MAM After Dark)
Grohmann Museum
Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum
Morning Glory Gallery (bonus points for the Craft Fair)
Lynden Sculpture Garden
North Point Lighthouse
Milwaukee Historical Society
Milwaukee Public Museum
{X} Discovery World
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Harley Davidson Museum


{X} Summerfest
German Fest (bonus points for the Dachshund Derby)
Bastille Days (including Storm the Bastille 5k)
Festa Italiana
Irish Fest
Indian Summer Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival
Locust Street Festival of Music and Art
Lakefront Festival of Art
Brady Street Festival
Milwaukee Brewfest
Dragon Boat Festival

Experiences and Places

Ride a bike on the lakefront
{X} Kayak down Milwaukee River
Spend a day at Bradford Beach
Go exploring during Doors Open Milwaukee
Ice skating at Slice of Ice
Catch a Brewer’s game
Buy a book at Boswell’s
See the Bucks play
Milwaukee Admirals game
Tour of Basilica of St. Josaphat
{X} Dance to the bands at Jazz in the Park
Catch a movie on the couches at the Rosebud Cinema
Stop by the Milwaukee Soldiers Home
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Ride the Jingle Bus to see the Christmas lights
Milwaukee Public Market
Play a game of Foot Golf
Take a drive down Candy Cane Lane
Drive in movie at the Avalon Atmospheric Theater
Sensory deprivation therapy at Float Milwaukee
Try new foods at the Zoo a la Carta
Tour and sample at Clock Shadow Creamery
Newaukee Night Market
Milwaukee Domes
Milwaukee County Zoo
Catch a cult classic at the Times Cinema
Apple picking and/or Cheese tasting at the Elegant Farmer
Experience a murder mystery at the Memories Ballroom
Milwaukee Gallery Night and Day
Check out the marts at Re;Craft and Relic and/or Hover Craft
Buy sausage from Usinger’s Famous Sausage
Get meal ingredients from Glorioso’s Italian Market
CMP Tactical Lazer Tag
{X} Duckpin bowling at Thirsty Duck
Regular bowling at Holler House
Picture with the Bronze Fonz
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Tour 88NINE Radio Milwaukee
Drag show at Hamburger Mary’s
Milwaukee Public Library
Exercise while drinking with the Pedal Tavern
Take a cooking class at Braise Cooking School
River cruise on the Edelweiss
Gothic Milwaukee tour
Hike up Holy Hill

Music and Performance

Shakespeare in the Park with the Optimist Theater
Concert by the Bel Canto Chorus
Enjoy the Milwaukee Ballet
Listen to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
See a dance performance by the Ko-thi Dance Company
Catch a play at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Be enlightened by a play at the Next Act Theatre
Dinner at the Fireside Dinner Theatre
Watch a play at First Stage
See a band at the Rave
Blues music at Caroline’s
Jazz concert at the Jazz Estate
{X} Jazz in the Park


{X} Ale Asylum Riverhouse
All Purpose
{X} Balzac
Bavette La Boucherie
Beans and Barley
Blue Egg Diner
Bosley on Brady
The Brass Alley
{X} The Brown Bottle
Buddy Squirrel
Bumstead Provisions
c. 1880
{X} Cafe Bavaria
Cafe Benelux
Cafe Calatrava
Cafe Centraal
Cafe Grace
Carnitas Don Lucho
Club Charlies
Coquette Cafe
County Clare’s
Crazy Water
Dream Dance Steak
Elsa’s on the Park
Five O’Clock Steakhouse
{X} Goodkind
Harbor House
{X} Harry’s Bar and Grill
Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub
Holey Moley Donuts
Indulgence Chocolatiers
Iron Grate BBQ
Joey Gerard’s
Karl Ratzsch
{X} The Knick
Kopp’s Custard
{X} La Masa Empanadas
{X} La Merenda
Lake Park Pistro
Lazy Susan
The Loaded Slate
Le Reve Patisserie and Cafe
LuLu Cafe
Ma Fisher’s
Mason Street Grill
Matador Taco Bar
Mr. Perkin’s Family Restaurants
Northpoint Custard
Odd Duck
The Outsider
{X} Parkside 23
{X} Pastiche at the Metro
Pier 106
Pizza Man
Pub Club
{X} Purple Door Ice Cream
Red Elephant Chocolate
Red Light Ramen
Red Lion Pub
Ristorante Bartolotta
Rock Bottom
The Rouge
Rumpus Room
Sake Tumi
{X} Saz’s Sour Cream & Chive fries
Smoke Shack
{X} Story Hill BKC
The Tandem
Third Coast Provisions
Three Brothers
Transfer Pizzeria Cafe
Tre Rivali
The Vanguard
Ward’s House of Prime
Water Buffalo
Who’s on Third
Wolf Peach
Wy’East Pizza
{X} Zarletti

Bars and Breweries

Art Bar
Barnacle Bud’s
Bavarian Bierhaus
{X} Black Sheep
Boone & Crockett
Brass Alley
Brass Tap
Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge
Buck Bradley’s
Camp Bar
Central Standard Craft Distillery
Company Brewing
Dock 18 Cocktail Lab
{X} Good City Brewing
Great Lakes Distillery
Hooligan’s Super Bar
La Cage NiteClub
Lakefront Brewery
{X} Lost Valley Cider Co
Lucille’s Rockin’ Piano Bar
Mad Planet
Miller Brewery
MKE Brewing Company
My Office
Nine Below
Nomad World Pub
Old German Beer Hall
Pabst Brewery
The Ruby Tap
Sprecher Brewery
Sugar Maple
Plum Lounge
Twisted Path Distillery
Uber Tap Room
Wisconsin Cheese Mart
Who’s On Third
Y-Not II

Not Quite Milwaukee

Museum of Wisconsin Art
John Michael Kohler Art Center
House on the Rock
Old World Wisconsin


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