A new Bucks season is upon us, with a brand new star repping Milwaukee on his uniform and all sorts of exciting championship potential surrounding the team. One thing that isn't always exciting, though? Grabbing parking around Fiserv Forum.
Whether you want to avoid the Downtown parking logjam – or want to avoid picking up the real-world flagrant foul of getting behind the wheel after having too much fun at the game – here are several bars, restaurants and hotspots around town that'll give you a drive to Fiserv Forum almost as awesome as Giannis' drives to the hoop.
2308 W. Wisconsin Ave. (414) 342-8400
This landmark Downtown hotel will bring fans to Fiserv Forum – for those with either a room reservation or a reservation at one of the Art Deco venue's dining establishments. Shuttles leave at the bottom of the hour, running from 7:30 a.m. until midnight daily.
304 N. 76th St., (414) 475-0500
Brewski's logo may represent the Brew Crew, but this neighborhood tap support all the local squads – including the Bucks, with shuttles running to every Fiserv Forum home game starting a hour and a half before tip-off.
120 W. National Ave., (414) 347-0524
Volleyball may usually be Fat Daddy's game – but they happily trade out volleyball nets for basketball hoops when it comes to Bucks home games, offering rides to Fiserv Forum on its "Fatmobile." Unfortunately, the bus is currently undergoing some load management – aka in the shop – but should be back on its wheels later this season; stay tuned to Fat Daddy's website or Facebook page for updates on when it's back on the court, er, road.
Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub
1675 S. 44th St., (414) 509-7011
If you're looking for a blue-ribbon ride to Giannis' latest dominating game, here's a blue ribbon option, offering a ride to all home games 45 minutes before tip-off and returning back 20 minutes after the final horn. Round-trip tickets cost $3.
5218 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 258-9837
Kelly's Bleachers may be famous as a Brewers bar, with its proximity to AmFam Field, but it can get you into the Fiserv Forum seats just as well as the ballpark's bleachers. The sports bar runs two shuttles to every Bucks home game beginning an hour before tip-off, free to all customers.
4919 W. North Ave., (414) 871-5050
A Milwaukee bar classic, McBob's can McBus you down to Fiserv Forum for Bucks home games this season, starting an hour and a half before each game's first dribble.
Milwaukee Brat House
4022 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 539-5826
You probably don't need a shuttle for the arduous walk-around-the-block journey from Milwaukee Brat House's Downtown locale to Fiserv Forum – but its Shorewood location? A different story! Thankfully, the Shorewood spot offers free rides starting 90 minutes before tip-off, for those who buy any food or drink. The trips continue until the end of the first, then pick back up 25 minutes after the final dribble. Get a brat, a beer, a bus ride and hopefully a Bucks win!
Miss Katie's Diner
1900 W. Clybourn St., (414) 344-0044
Miss Katie's is a Milwaukee staple – and a godsend if you're trying to get down to a Bucks home game without having to deal with parking around the arena, as the classic diner offers free shuttle rides during the season. And fitting considering its proximity to Marquette University, it also offers rides to Golden Eagles games!
Mo's Irish Pub
142 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 272-0721
You don't need the luck of the Irish to get to Fiserv Forum without a hassle; you just need Mo's Irish Pub, which will run Bucks shuttles from the Downtown location throughout the season for home games Monday through Saturday. The bus will pick up at the corner of Wisconsin and Plankinton.
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
In addition to running shuttles for most major Fiserv Forum concerts and shows, this Walker's Point pub staple will jet Bucks fans down to the arena for home games throughout the season. Shuttles are free and start taking off around an hour or two of tip-off time.
Paulie's Pub & Eatery
8031 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 395-1712
Paulie's is your pal when it comes to avoiding any parking structure shenanigans or parking spot searches. The bar offers shuttles to all sorts of sporting events and concerts on the calendar – of course including the Bucks, with buses taking off to Fiserv Forum generally starting two hours before game time.
5539 W. State St., (414) 453-2410
Saz's State House offers shuttle service to Bucks home games throughout the season, taking trips at both an hour and 30 minutes before tip-off. The ride is free for those who make meal reservations – so call to lock in your spot, feast on some of the best comfort bar food around, then bus over to watch Giannis and company feast on opponent defenses. For more info, click here.
Spitfire's on State
5018 W. State St., (414) 777-5060
He's on fire – Spitfire's, that is! (Seamless "NBA Jam" reference, no notes.) Anyways, if you're looking for a hot spot to park far away from the arena hubbub and snag an effortless ride to the latest Bucks game, look no further than Spitfire's on State, which offers shuttle trips to all Bucks home games leaving the bar about an hour before tip-off.
Steny's Tavern and Grill
800 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-7139
As one of Milwaukee's most famous sports bars, of course Steny's has Bucks – and Packers and Admirals and Brewers – shuttles. Just buy a drink inside (that you can take as a roadie!) and you'll grab a stamp on your hand giving you a ticket to ride to and fro Fiserv Forum.
Who's on Layton
512 W. Layton Ave., (414) 312-7482
One of the newer bars in the area will help get you to Giannis and company. Make any food or drink purchase, and you'll score a wristband for the bar's shuttle, running to Fiserv Forum for home games starting two and a half hours before tip-off. Rides there drop fans off just a block or so away from the arena at Who's On Third – which is also where you'll get picked up, starting in the middle of the fourth and running until 30 minutes after the final buzzer. For non-sports fans, it's also available for Fiserv Forum concerts!
1239 E. Brady St., (414) 763-2180
WurstBar? More like best place for Bucks fans! This Brady Street bar will run a shuttle to Fiserv Forum for home games starting an hour and a half before tip-off. Buses stop at the end of the first quarter, but will come to pick up fans at the arena 25 minutes after the final horn. Rides are free with the purchase of food or drink.
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