My two-year anniversary at OnMilwaukee.com is coming up in March, but Iâ€™m still finding new things to experience in and around Milwaukee, and "firsts" are always a lot of fun. I spent my first New Yearâ€™s Eve in the Cream City this week, and it was a lot more fun than I expected.
I first checked out a New Yearâ€™s Eve tradition, which was the Harlem Globetrotters entertaining downtown at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Iâ€™d never seen the Globetrotters, but of course heard about them for years (loved the cartoon from back in the day!) and while I went in unsure of what to expect it proved to be more fun than I anticipated.
I expected it to be kid friendly and perhaps somewhat dull for an adult, that wasnâ€™t the case. Our entire group of 30-somethings were definitely entertained.
We then headed to Umami Moto for a nice dinner, treating some out-of-towners to one of Milwaukeeâ€™s better sushi establishments. We had a great table watching the snow fall outside, outstanding service and excellent food. Owner Omar Shaikh even took a minute to say hello and welcome our visitors, which was a great touch.
Â As for what to do when the clock struck midnight, that was a little harder to determine. I was pleased with the variety of options Milwaukee had to celebrate the New Year, from high end "gala" type events to lower key dinner and drink options.
We elected to go off the map and take in the Dead Manâ€™s Carnival at the Oriental Theatre. This was something weâ€™ve never seen in this way â€“ or at least not for a couple hours â€“ and for our guests the theatre itself was a treat to see.
While we couldnâ€™t get a cab to save our life, getting around the city was surprisingly easy and safe as a designated drive. (Yes, I say surprisingly because I did expect the roads to be in poor shape with the snow and people to make unwise decision regarding their vehicles). I saw a bunch of people utilizing free bus rides and ability to walk to-and-from some places made getting around convenient.
As someone who has spent his life going to Chicago for New Yearâ€™s, Milwaukee definitely treated me to a unique and really, really fun evening. Nearly two years in, and the Cream City continues to surprise me.
We usually go out on NYE & find the traffic is about as light as it can be. "All the drunks on the road on NYE " is a myth spread by peeps who don't go out, probably afraid of "all the drunks on the road". I think also a lot of peeps that do go out get a hotel package + free bus rides = lightest traffic of the year.
1 comment about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jim Owczarski
Published March 31, 2015
The Milwaukee Brewers are 72 hours away from starting the 2015 Major League Baseball season, and one could argue there hasn't been a bigger campaign in recent team history.
Published March 30, 2015
For two years, Scooter Gennett has been preparing for this chance, this season. With former All-Star Rickie Weeks now gone, the young second baseman has a chance to secure his chance to be the club's "future" by performing in the present.
Published March 29, 2015
The Milwaukee Bucks have 10 games left in the regular season, but this "sprint" that head coach Jason Kidd talked about just after the All-Star break has winded his young team. Not many on the roster, including many key players, know what it's like to win such hotly contested games.
Published March 26, 2015
Even during this recent stretch of losses, two things have remained consistent about the Milwaukee Bucks: their defense, and their propensity to turn the ball over. Of late, the latter has really tested the former.
Published March 25, 2015
Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura went from being on the top of the world at the start of 2014 - the club was considering extending his contract and giving him a raise, and he was coming off an All-Star campaign. But things turned in ways he couldn't imagine, but the 25-year-old hopes to see the sun again in 2015.
Published March 24, 2015
The jersey-maker Mitchell & Ness released a sales graphic that shows that the most popular throwback jersey in the state of Wisconsin is Kobe Bryant's No. 8. Really? No Packers?! No Bucks or Brewers? And, to make matters worse, the only Packers jersey in the country is being purchased in Kansas, of all places. So much for having great sports fans.
Published March 24, 2015
With one full season now under his belt, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis is looking to solidify his spot as an everyday power producer for the organization.
Published March 23, 2015
The two Division I men's basketball programs in Milwaukee are spectators during March Madness, as Marquette University bowed out in the second round of the Big East tournament and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was ineligible for postseason play. We take a look back at a tough year for Milwaukee hoops.
Published March 20, 2015
The Milwaukee Bucks have lost four in a row and 11 of their last 14, and the team is losing its grip on a once solid playoff position. This young team is finding out just how hard it is to win playoff-type games on a nightly basis, and they are looking for a spark.
Published March 19, 2015
A year after finally getting over the hump in last year's NCAA Tournament and advancing to the Final Four, the Wisconsin Badgers are primed for a return trip - and it's perhaps even an expectation as March Madness truly begins.