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If you are fortunate enough to own a boat -- or have a friend or family member who does -- knowing where you can "drop anchor" for a nosh and a drink is integral to the fun.
Holly Davenport is the director of the Milwaukee Sailing Center and a Merchant Marine who captains multiple river boat cruises. She says the local entertainment options for boaters has increased dramatically in recent years.
"The scene has been building up in the last 10 years. The choices have grown exponentially," she says.
Davenport says the development of condos and the RiverWalk have livened up the Downtown area and, in turn, inspired restaurants to welcome a new demographic of customers by adding boat slips.
Milwaukee has numerous boat-friendly restaurants / bars and here’s a list of them.
1955 S. Hilbert St., (414) 481-9974
Harp Irish Pub
113 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 289-0700
Horny Goat Hideaway
2011 S. 1st St., (414) 482-4628
Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden
1872 N. Commerce St., (414) 372-8800
Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St., (414) 226-2337
Riptide Seafood Bar & Grill
649 E. Eerie St., (414) 271-8433
Rock Bottom Brewery
740 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 276-3030
Ryan Braun’s Waterfront Grill
102 N. Water St., (414) 727-2888
249 N. Water St., (414) 431-1133
Don’t own a boat but want to eat, drink and be merry on one? Here are a few riverboat / dinner cruise options:
Offers Thursday and Saturday night dinner cruises, Sunday brunch cruises, holiday hors d’oeuvres cruises, cheese and wine cruises and more.
Milwaukee Boat Line
The Milwaukee Boat Line operates the Iroquois and the Voyager, both of which offer a variety of eating options on deck.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.