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In Bars & Clubs

Ideas for a great girl's night (or day) out




Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Oct. 27, 2005 at 5:49 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.


We go to powder our noses in pairs. We always get a second opinion on shoes. We spend all of our free airtime minutes dissecting the details of our lives. We swap recipes, babysitters, sweaters, and sometimes guys. We will tell you the truth and support your decisions, but unlike your mothers, you will actually listen to our advice. We are your girlfriends, and we are amongst the most important and rewarding relationships in your life. Isn't it time to celebrate all the fabulous femmes in your life?

Girl's Night Out is a perfect opportunity to ditch the never-ending to-do list and just have fun with your gal pals. The best thing about Girl's Night Out is that it's whatever you make it to be. A GNO is completely customizable, so tailor the female fun to the personalities and desires of your ladies. You can recharge your batteries, re-energize your mood, gripe about work/kids/guys to the unyielding soundboard or choose to forget it all for a night.

OnMilwaukee.com has compiled a list of possible itineraries you and your fabulous femmes can use to jumpstart the ideas for your own GNO. So gather up your girls and let your hair down. Guaranteed good times are ahead, but this is just a start. Have other suggestions? Let us know using the talkback feature at the bottom of the article.

Party Itineraries: Walker's Point Women
Kick off the party with dinner and margaritas at La Perla (734 S. 5th St.), and someone is bound to ride the pepper. Expel some energy at the dance clubs in the area. Hot Water (818 S. Water St.) features different types of music all week long, and La Cage is good for getting your groove on without risk of groping dudes.

Party Itineraries: Riverwest Ravens
Riverwest is a funky, eclectic neighborhood with plenty of restaurants boasting great atmosphere. Go casual or upscale at Brewers Hill neighbor Roots (1818 N. Hubbard St.), followed by drinks and atmosphere at Club Timbuktu (520 E. Center St.). Cap the night off with drinks and dancing at Mad Planet (533 E. Center St.).

Party Itineraries: Low-key Ladies
K.I.S.S.- Keep it simple, sister! Do it Milwaukee-style with a brewery tour at Lakefront (1872 N. Commerce St.), naturally followed by darts at Wolski's (1836 N. Pulaski St.). Kick back with some great food at Nessun Dorma (2778 N. Weil St.). If you're not ready to call it a night, hit up Landmark Lanes (2220 N. Farwell Ave.) for a couple of frames.

Party Itineraries: Sophisticated Ladies
Want to celebrate a new job or that sweet corner office? Do it up diva-style with martinis at Hotel Metro (411 E. Mason St.), followed by a wine and dine at Bacchus (925 E. Wells St.). Unwind with a cosmo at the top of the Pfister at Blu (424 E. Wisconsin Ave.) while checking out the amazing view.

Party Itineraries: Fine Arts Femmes
Sample a variety of tapas at La Merenda (125 E. National Ave.) before taking in the opera, theater, or concert at the Marcus Center (929 N. Water St.). Discuss the show over a drink at the bar at Eagan's (1030 N. Water St.).

Party Itineraries: Brady St. Betties
Want to see that new indie film? Don't bother with your dude; grab some gals for art-house intrigue at the Oriental Theatre (2230 N. Farwell Ave.). Discuss the cinematic nuances over dinner and drinks at Hi Hat (1701 N. Arlington Pl.) and stroll along the shops of Brady St. If you have enough ladies, arrange for a free shopping party at Vieux et Nouveau (1688 N. Franklin St.). Your girls will love you for it.

Party Itineraries: Bay View Babes
Poke around the plucky galleries like Paper Boat Gallery (2367 S. Howell Ave.) and Tip Top Atomic Shop (2343 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) Gear up on girl power at the feminist bookstore Broad Vocabulary (2241 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) where you can catch a lecture or peruse the shelves. Share your enlightening experience over the salads and sandwiches at Café Lulu (2265 S. Howell Ave.).

Don't let nighttime commitments cramp your style. Do some gal pal time during the daytime hours.

Girl's Day Out: Lakefront Ladies
Start your Sunday with a delectable champagne brunch at Lake Park Bistro (2133 E. Newberry Blvd.). Take in the latest exhibit at Milwaukee Art Museum (200 N. Art Museum Dr.), and chat over coffee at Alterra at the Lake (1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.). If it's summer, try out your sea legs with a class at the Milwaukee Sailing Center (Veterans Park, McKinley Marina), or visit Villa Terrace Museum (2220 N. Terrace Ave.) for Café Sopra Mare, a relaxing Sunday concert in an Italian courtyard.

Girl's Day Out: Mind, Body, Soul Sistahs!
Drop into a yoga or pilate's class at Yama Yoga (231 E. Buffalo St. Suite 201) followed by an organic brunch at Roots (1818 N. Hubbard St.). Feel like preparing it yourself? Hit up the new Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water St.) for a cooking class or demonstration. Outfit your fine form with boutique browsing at the shops and galleries of the Third Ward. Check out Lela (321 N. Broadway), Blush (249 N. Water St.) or Broadway Paper (191 N. Broadway).

Talkbacks

OMCreader | Dec. 3, 2005 at 1:42 p.m. (report)

Sarah P. said: I am having my birthday party in a few weeks. We are starting out at the tool shed, in riverwest, for a private party. Than we are heading to cafe Lulu for dinner and drinks. This sounds to me like the perfect GNO.

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OMCreader | Oct. 31, 2005 at 3:35 p.m. (report)

mootown said: lets get the ladies together and hit up BREW CITY. I can't wait to paint the town RED with my lipstick, however, i prefer more natural shades...

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OMCreader | Oct. 27, 2005 at 4:06 p.m. (report)

Sophie said: calling around is the ticket. you get great service and treats if you let them know you are bringing a group. We prefer to go places that can help us get around too like LaPerla or Velvet Room with their great shuttles.

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OMCreader | Oct. 27, 2005 at 2:39 p.m. (report)

girls just wanna have... said: girls can't have fun without guys around. about 2 hours into a GNO, giurls will search out guys - either looking to puick up at the bars, or they will call their boyfriends

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OMCreader | Oct. 27, 2005 at 1:50 p.m. (report)

GNOleader said: This will be my 6th year hosting a GNO event. Yes, some times is very fun but remember you can't please all of the ladies all the time. Do what you think the majority of the girls would have fun doing and if the other ones aren't in for the adventure, meet up with them later or the week after. Also, if you plan a GNO try calling the places that you want to go, some times they'll offer no cover or drink specials if you can promise them a certain number of people.

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