Get wired at these local Wi-Fi hot spots
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Sept. 12, 2007 at 8:39 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.
Milwaukee was among the first cities in the United States to provide wireless Internet access in public spaces. Pere Marquette Park and Cathedral Square Park have been "freespots," or wireless access points for public use, since June 2003, but now as summer begins its slow wrap up and fall classes resume, indoor Wi-Fi spots are in hot demand.
Accessibility to the online world and online media is becoming much easier in and around Milwaukee. So go out, explore the city, lose yourself in a quiet park or relax the afternoon away in a cozy coffeehouse, but don't forget your laptop.
Here's our guide to the Web scene and Wi-Fi world in Milwaukee.
Any branch of the Milwaukee Public Library offers free computer use, though terminals are limited and usually crowded. Washington Square Park branch was the first to become Wi-Fi, with the rest following in close pursuit. Milwaukee Public Libraries already provide more than 300 computers with free Internet access and unique library databases for public use. Be sure to call your local branch to find out sign-up requirements, availability, times of operation, etc.
Coffeehouses and cafes
Alterra Coffee Roasters
1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., (414) 223-4551
2211 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 273-3747
170 S. 1st St., (414) 765-9873 (Free in the morning)
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. (Free)
1208 E. Brady St., (414) 276-8081
920 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (414) 489-0765
189 N. Milwaukee St. (414) 273-5620
Bremen Café (Free)
901 E. Clarke St. (414) 324-9596
Brewing Grounds for Change (Free)
2008 N. Farwell Ave. (414) 273-9777
1947 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-7677
3116 N. Downer Ave., (414) 332-1300
825 N. Jefferson St., (414) 271-4400
The Fire Escape
819 N. 27th St., (414) 935-1100
818 E. Center St., (414) 374-3835
2640 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 486-0504
Mo's Mocha-A Coffee Bistro (Free)
124 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 276-6242
Quasi Café (Free for members)
1340 N. 6th St., (414) 305-1324
Roast Inc. (Free)
2132 E. Locust St., (414) 963-6363
Rochambo Coffee & Tea House
1317 E. Brady St., (414) 291-0095
4924 W. Roosevelt Dr., (414) 875-7375
920 N. Water St., (414) 272-0232
544 E. Ogden Ave., (414) 221-9099
326 N. Water St., (414) 278-0345
1610 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 933-1233
1677 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 224-7760
1417 N. Wauwatosa Ave., (414) 607-8864
4741 S. 76th St., (414) 817-1932
1130 Miller Park Way, (414) 643-5179
5300 S. Howell Ave., (414) 747-5252
624 N. Water St., (414) 277-7679
Stone Creek Coffee (Free)
275 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 298-9965
2266 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 481-4215
6969 N. Port Washington Rd., (414) 228-8699
4106 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 964-1608
8340 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 443-1302
601 E. Silver Spring Dr., (414) 332-2285
2644 Hillside Dr., Delafield, (262) 646-2241
Sven's European Café (Free)
2699 S Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 483-2233
Wildgrove Roastery and Coffee House (Free)
524 S. 2nd St., (414) 807-3699
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Starbuck's demands some t-moblile acct. - not free.
nomadwebgeek | Sept. 12, 2007 at 4:38 p.m. (report)
nomad on brady was THE FIRST free wi-fi spot in the city and it didn't make the list?! it is and always has been ABSOLUTELY FREE.
don't forget my fav- Ruby G's at 21st and Wells. Great food too. 3 stations and wi-fi.
ideas | Sept. 12, 2007 at 1:43 p.m. (report)
Jetz Convenience Stores in Hales Corners and Muskego have fee high-speed internet -- plus their coffee tastes great and has a great price!
Wippidy wifi | Sept. 12, 2007 at 1:40 p.m. (report)
Bella's Fat Cat on KK - free wifi
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