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Bars and Clubs > Happy hour > City of Milwaukee > Downtown > Motor Bar & Restaurant

Motor Bar & Restaurant [edit]
401 W. Canal St.
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 287-2778
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Motor offers a menu of bold American lunch and dinner classics that celebrate the discoveries of the open road. The peach cobbler looks and tastes exactly like it does in the roadside diners of Georgia, there are hints of Little Rock in the smoked BBQ ribs, and of course, the menu features Wisconsin favorites like lake-caught Walleye and Milwaukee's best sausage and cheese.

While the food is designed for triggering memories, the space is designed for sharing them. Communal tables and a horseshoe-shaped bar make every seat a perfect spot for starting conversations, either with an old friend or the new friend one seat over.
Upcoming events

Oct. 22, 2014
Central Waters Brewing Co. Beer Dinner

Experience true Wisconsin brews at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant on October 22 when Central Waters Brewing Co. teams up with MOTOR’s Executive Chef Kirk Wright for an expertly paired beer dinner. Wisconsin-owned for nearly two decades, Central Waters is known for producing some of the finest, most responsibly-brewed craft beers in the state. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a hand crafted beer cocktail and passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. The dinner portion of the evening will be hosted by Anello Mollica, a co-owner of Central Waters who has more than twenty years of experience in the brewing industry. Mollica’s best brews will be skillfully paired with delicious fare by Chef Kirk. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at Reservations are required.

Oct. 25, 2014
Pumpkin Decorating

Make this year's Halloween season extra-special, grab the kids and head on over to MOTOR®. We will provide you with everything you need to create a customized Halloween masterpiece to take home. Space is limited. 14.95 per pumpkin. Reservations required. Call 414.287.2778.

Oct. 30, 2014
Skulloween Bike Night

Bring out your best costumes and customs and get ready for a true Harley Halloween. On October 30, Skulloween Bike Night celebrates bikes and beer at one of Milwaukee’s most popular haunts, MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. Enjoy beer specials, sample girls and awesome Harley-Davidson prizes for the best skull-inspired attire. Revel in a Smokes & Spirits sampling in the Museum Plaza. Skulloween Bike Night is your last chance to see Good Colors, Bad Decisions, a rock art display by Eric Von Munz in Cafe Racer.

Nov. 5, 2014
Milwaukee Supper Club

The Milwaukee Supper Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month for a specially designed, multi-course meal at selected venues throughout the city. On Wednesday, November 5, dine at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum, a venue known for putting a modern spin on the classic American meal. Please note that this month meet one hour earlier than usual. Anyone is welcome to attend Supper Club events, but advanced registration is required since they often sell out. Tickets for the event at MOTOR are $38 and include meal, tax and gratuity (individual beverages not included). Attendees will be expected to check in at the event since tickets will not be mailed. Purchase your ticket at

Dec. 7, 2014 - Dec. 14, 2014
Breakfast with Santa & Gingerbread Houses

Bring the kids down to the Harley-Davidson Museum for a special MOTOR breakfast with Santa! In this annual tradition, parents and children have the opportunity to snap a photo with Santa and build their very own gingerbread house. Space for the event is limited and reservations are required. 20.95 per gingerbread house. Call 414.287.2778 to make a reservation.


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Posted by S&S on July 13, 2009 at 1:52 p.m. (report)

Was here for lunch about 2 weeks ago. It felt like they just opened, the service was very slow. Took almost 45min to get our food, grilled ch. While the food was good, the order was wrong. The MGR was great & took off the food that was not correct. I will try it 1 more time. I suggest getting younger waiters who can move fast.

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Posted by stuartw on Jan. 9, 2009 at 1:07 p.m. (report)

Food & service marginal. Ordered ribs and burgers. Ribs were tough (bad qaulity of meat) &/or under cook. Didn't fall off of the bone. Flavor was okay, but overly smokey, disappointment - wouldn't order again. Burger was prepared to order, but the bun it was presented on was dry and old. It seemed like the b-team was working that Thursday evening. As for service, it was lack luster. They weren't on top of things that evening and had to request beverage service numerous times before it would arrive. The four of us will probably not go back to the resturant.

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