Food & Drink

The 11 Best Patios in Milwaukee

Published On 07/14/2015 Published On 07/14/2015
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1. Barnacle Bud's 1955 S Hilbert St, Milwaukee, WI 53207 (Bay View)

This beach bar is located in the heart of industrial buildings and boat storage warehouses in Bay View, but it brings a bit of Florida to Milwaukee. Fried fish sandwiches and colorful umbrella drinks keep the summer vibes alive alongside live music and oysters. This place is mostly patio, so enjoy the outdoor bar and picnic tables.

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2. Harbor House 550 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Harbor House should really just call its brunch buffet “Seafood Extravaganza" -- it goes all out with piles of fresh fish and shellfish amongst the typical omelets and bacon. And you wouldn't expect any less from a steakhouse-cum-raw bar trading in lobster bisque and shrimp cocktails, and with views of the water to boot.

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3. Casablanca 728 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (East Side)

Done up with red walls, sheer red curtains, and a second-floor outdoor patio, Casablanca gives you opulent reason to try a higher-end take on your favorite Middle Eastern dishes. The entrees are recognizable, but execution is two steps beyond your usual take-out falafel shop's; expect fragrant orders of beef shawarma, baba ghanoush, and stuffed grape leaves, which you can finish off with a hookah lounging session on one of their plush couches.

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4. The Landing At Hoyt Park 1800 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 (Milwaukee)

The short menu at this outdoor patio and beer garden is supplemented by the fact that you can bring in your own food to enjoy with their wine or beer. But if you would rather order their, they have pizzas, Baverian-style pretzels, and beer brats -- exactly what you would expect from a beer garden.

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5. Leff's Lucky Town 7208 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53213 (Wauwatosa)

Leff's offers a sports bar and then some, with special events and a monthly burger special (among them things like the Blue Moon Burger and the Hash Burger). The outdoor patio can be a nice place to escape the sports-craze, except on the nights when the bar brings in a giant screen to air the games out there. In which case the patio becomes one of the best places to watch the game, short of the stadium itself.

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6. Horny Goat Hideaway 2011 S 1st St, Milwaukee, WI 53207 (Bay View)

Imagine basically the perfect brewery bar and then add beach volleyball courts and a sandbox. Oh and put it basically ON a dock. Now you have Horny Goat Hideaway, where the Horny Goat Brewery is serving their beers alongside live music, fire pits, and food like sliders and tacos. And if brunch is your thing, they do that too.

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7. The Backyard 2155 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207 (Bay View)

This bar is in on the whole "B.Y.O" thing, except for them its "B.Y.O-meat," and they provide the grill. Their menu include fine dining specialties like mozzarella sticks, beef jerky, and snickers, so maybe consider the B.Y.O option. Other than that, this is literally a huge yard covered in games, screens for movies, chairs, and umbrellas -- and everyone is welcome.

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8. Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub 1203 N 10th St, Milwaukee, WI 53205 (Milwaukee)

This pub has taken over the location of the 1844 Pabst Brewery. Of course they serve tons of good, old fashioned PBR, but they also keep tons of Wisconsin beers on tap. Stop by for one of the outdoor concerts or a few yard games.

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9. Red Lion Pub 1850 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

MKE has exactly 3,472 Irish-themed pubs. That’s why the owners of Red Lion decided to revamp the space that had been an Irish pub into... a British pub! There’s more of a focus on soccer (or footy, for you ex-pats), and the food is slightly more British with things like bangers and mash, Cornish pasties, and donner kebab sandwiches, all of which are great when you’re drinking and/or hungover.

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10. The Yard 500 W Florida St, Milwaukee, WI 53204 (Milwaukee)

Located at the Iron Horse Hotel, this outdoor spot is decked out with comfy couches, fire pits and a fancy cocktail menu. Look out for live bands playing eclectic mixes in nice weather.

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11. Estabrook Park Beer Garden 4600 Estabrook Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53209

Estabrook, a spot located in Estabrook Park along the Milwaukee River, is quite literally a beer garden -- so much so that it's out of the public transit's reach. (The official site recommends arriving by "foot, bicycle, automobile, kayak, or canoe".) Estabrook prides itself on being a truly public beer garden, so patrons are encouraged to bring their own picnics or even steins.