Best time to visit: Summerfest (June 29th through July 10th)
Must-hit bars: All of these
Aside from the Alice Cooper concert in Wayne’s World, most people don’t know much about the great Milwaukee party scene. It starts with Summerfest, the world’s largest outdoor music festival that spans two weeks, brings the biggest names in music, and draws crowds from all over the globe. From there, it's all about the tailgate -- nobody knows how to tailgate like Milwaukeeans, who can turn even a Monday night Brewers game into the biggest parking-lot party in the Midwest. And finally, Milwaukee has three times more bars than grocery stores, uses beer as an actual tourist attraction, and takes pride in doing unspeakable things with Bloody Marys.
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Matt Meltzer is a staff writer at Thrillist who thought Tiesto’s set at Summerfest was better than anything he ever did at Ultra. Follow him on Instagram: @meltrez1.