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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 grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.