Located in the heart of the Midwest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin offers a lot of things besides the cold. Although Milwaukee is considered one of the chilliest metropolitan areas in the country, it has many different ways to keep you warm and comfortable. In fact, Milwaukee features a number of amazing bars, breweries, up-and-coming restaurants, and even local-favorite frozen custard shops. So after you’ve settled into your Milwaukee apartment, stop by a few of our favorite places to eat and drink around town.
Breweries and Bars
Regardless of whether you like beer in bottles, cans, kegs, or from the tap, you can’t go wrong with getting an ice cold brew in Milwaukee. As the self-proclaimed “City that Beer Built”, Milwaukee is home to countless microbreweries, taverns, brewpubs, and historical beer tours. (And yes, it is true that Milwaukee has more bars than grocery stores.) Stop by the historic Pabst Brewery, grab a Belgian bier at Cafe Hollander, or relax on the largest outdoor patio in Milwaukee at Horny Goat Hideaway.
The Dining Scene
From locally-sourced products and farm-to-table restaurants to mom-and-pop diners, the Milwaukee culinary scene offers a delectable blend of flavors. Whether you’re into fresh cheese curds from Clock Shadow Creamery or want authentic German dishes from Mader’s Restaurant, Milwaukee is never in short supply of comfort food. When it comes to award-winning restaurants, Milwaukee boasts several James Beard Award winners and runner-ups like Sandford, Braise, and Lake Park Bistro.
Despite the fact that Milwaukee’s winter temperature regularly drops well below 32 degrees, you can still eat frozen custard year round. Although most of the frozen custard shops serve up regular diner food, the custard is what keeps customers coming back. If you’re looking for the classic frozen custard feel, check out Gilles or Leon’s, both of which have been in business for 70+ years. Want a little something extra with your frozen custard? Both Kopp’s and Pop’s offer a wide variety of blended custards and sundaes.
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