By Courtney Bondar Multimedia Journalist Published Feb 08, 2024 at 12:16 PM

Picture this: It's date night, and you have no idea where you want to go with your partner. You head to Google and look up "places to go on a winter date in Milwaukee," but you get the same old repetitive spots everyone else recommends. That ends right here.

This guide features a collection of engaging spots that will transform your next date night options from average to picture-perfect.

Have fun, and stay safe during our Great Milwaukee Winter!


Arthur Murray Dance Center
109 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, (414) 877-0799
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Take date night to a whole new level! Sign up for a couples dance class at the Arthur Murray Dance Center and redefine date night. This is your opportunity to learn more than just the basics about your partner. So, get on the dance floor, learn a new skill together and create a memory that will last a lifetime.

Glassnote Candle Bar
524 S. Second St. Floor 2, (414) 250-7572
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Pour your heart into your own handcrafted candle. Nothing is more romantic than walking into an intimate and homey aromatic candle bar. This Milwaukee hidden gem is located on the second floor of a century-old building, and the red door on Second Street will be your access point for your breathtaking experience. Scent is everything, especially on the first date. Find the best top, middle and low notes, and explore your chosen scents to make your own one-of-a-kind candle.

Glorioso's Appetito
1020 E. Brady St., (414)206-4653
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Spice up your night with the sweet aroma of a warm winter dinner at Glorioso’s Appetito. Wine and dine your date with a hands-on cooking class experience. Learn all about your chosen dish while your designated professional chef introduces you to new techniques for preparing your meal. Make sure to ahead and purchase tickets online. 

Indulgence Chocolatiers
211 S. Second St., (414) 223-0123
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Make your date melt while you explore chocolate pairings at Indulgence Chocolatiers in Walker’s Point. Take your sweet time in this class to taste the divine flavor of hand-crafted chocolate and focus on notes with your wine, old fashioned or cheese. 


Uncle Buck's drink
PHOTO: Uncle Buck's Facebook

728 E. Brady St., (414) 271-6000
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Head to the lower East side and feast on Middle Eastern cuisine. Enjoy your exciting night out with your partner and satisfy your tastebuds with a variety of dishes like pita and hummus, steak tahini pasta, baklava and more. Don't forget to enjoy specialty cocktails to complement your meal or hookah. 

Saint Kate Hotel
139 E. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 276-8686
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Stay-cation at one of the most artistic and aesthetically-pleasing locales in Downtown. Make your way to ARIA for Midwestern-inspired cuisine or Proof Pizza for Neapolitan pies. Stop by The Bar for leisurely cocktails or linger over sparkling wine at Giggly. And of course, while you're there, be sure to take a look at the permanent and featured art exhibits throughout the hotel.

Uncle Buck's
1125 N. Doctor M.L.K. Jr. Dr., (414) 988-0355
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Located right next to the Fiserv Forum beer garden, head over to Uncle Buck's and indulge in their casual menu available downstairs. And if you're looking for more of a view, their upstairs area features a bar and rooftop called Red Star. There you'll be dancing and drinking while immersed by a great view of the bustling city that'll leave you in awe. 

Zocalo Food Park 
636 S. Sixth St., (414) 433-9747
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Want to pick the right place for a romantic dinner – but aren't sure what kind of food you want? No matter you end up craving, Zocalo has you covered. Cozy up in a warm full-service heated hut at Zocalo Food Park and enjoy any number of dishes from the park's resident food trucks. Each rentable hut offers the luxury of private dining, including a dedicated staff member who will take your food and drink order.


Photo: Blu bar and lounge facebook
Photo: Blu Bar and Lounge Facebook

Blu Bar & Lounge
424 E. Wisconsin Ave. 23 Floor, (414) 298-3196
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Enjoy a date night with panoramic views of Milwaukee on the 23rd floor of the Pfister Hotel. Have a drink during happy hour Tuesday through Thursday from 5-7 p.m. or take advantage of Friday and Saturday nights when live music begins at 7 p.m.

Bryant's Cocktail Lounge 
1579 S. Ninth St., (414) 383-2620
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Take a step into Milwaukee's oldest cocktail lounge for an intimate date night. Relax upon the plush velvet seating surrounded by cozy mood lighting while you order a classic cocktail or trust a bartender to serve you something based on your flavor profile preferences. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis – make sure to plan ahead to ensure a splendid night out. 

Foundation Bar & Lounge
2718 N. Bremen St., (414) 374-2587
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Are you looking to treat your date to a tropical paradise without leaving Milwaukee this winter? Say aloha to one of the “top 10 tiki bars in the world," a reputation that Foundation Tiki Bar has well earned. Immerse yourself in this intimate romantic setting filled with collections of Polynesian carvings, artifacts and more, while sipping on some serious beverages. Relax with a cocktail or two and enjoy this sweet escape. Paradise is only a sip away.

Shanghai MKE
Black Cat Alley, 2238 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 763-9081
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Take a walk into Black Cat Alley and approach a gate with a sign with the letter S. Through the gate you will find the entrance of the mysterious speakeasy, Shanghai. Enter the small doorway and find yourself transported into this moody hidden bar that serves intoxicatingly delicious cocktails. Get lost in the moody decor and priceless fun you’ll have that’s sneakily just on the other side of Collective Crossroads.

Twisted Path Distillery
2018 S. First St., (414) 405-8900
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Are you looking for an exciting night out? Grab one of the creative, hand-crafted cocktails at the Twisted Path Distillery cocktail bar. While you're there, hop on a public tour of the distillery led by distiller and former CIA operative Brian Sammons. He'll  guide you through the inner workings of the distilling process and a taste of their spirits.

Two Bar & Lounge
718 E. Burleigh St., (414) 372-7880
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Discover a relaxed and cozy speakeasy where there are only tables for two. Two offers a cozy, romantic and intimate atmosphere with elegant hand-crafted cocktails. Turn up the heat on your next date and take your significant other to this intimate hidden gem.

Vendetta Coffee Bar
524 S. Second St.

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Allow Vendetta Coffee Bar to reintroduce you to the coffee date. Enjoy the smooth taste of Italian espresso in a macchiato, cappuccino or another great drink. Explore and experience the rich flavors of imported coffee grounds, smooth cocktails, delicious pastries and food that’ll have you saying “you’re the love of my life” in Italian. 


W63N643 Washington Ave., Cedarburg
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Baby, it’s cold outside – but it's not too cold to plan a trip to Cedarburg for its "Back to the '80s" themed Winterfest. Dress to your '80s best and dance your way back to the '80s on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Take part in ice carving contests, barrel races, outdoor activities, take selfies with the '80s-themed backdrop and more. And to warm up, don’t forget the indoor activities like a chili cook-off, music, merchant activities and shopping. Don’t forget to shop local and support small businesses this winter season. Purchase your tickets to the Totally Tubular '80s Bash today! 

Games and indoor activities

Photo: Adventure Rock Facebook
Photo: Adventure Rock Facebook

Adventure Rock
21250 W. Capitol Dr., (414) 790-6800
2220 N. Commerce St. 
613 S. Second St.
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Bring your partner-in-climb to Adventure Rock. Make your reservation and climb to your heart's desire. Feel the thrill of climbing to new heights, testing your limits and gaining a good workout. Plan ahead and purchase your passes online or in person at Adventure Rock. 

910 W. Juneau Ave.
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Bring a group of your friends and their plus ones to join the fun at Amped! Located in the heart of the Brewery District, reserve your private karaoke suite to queue your favorite songs to sing your heart out to. Plus, there's food and drinks available there for you to enjoy – no need to leave early to catch a restaurant before the kitchen closes! Don't wait and book today! 

1924 E. Kenilworth Pl., (414) 939-8592
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Improve your standard old date night with flying axes, targets and on-point drinks. Whether you’re a walk-in or you reserved your lane, this thrilling, engaging and fun bar sport will have you showing off your game while enjoying a beer at its best.

Camp Bar
6600 W. North Ave., (414) 763-3793
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Put date night to the test at trivia night at Camp Bar. Every Monday at 8 p.m. enjoy fun questions that’ll leave you competing for prizes and drinking up tasty drink specials. A perfect way to see if you're date likes you for your mind. 

Game Show Battle Rooms
12565 W. Feerick St. Suite B., (414) 765-2860
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Change up your boring game night into something more spectacular. Gather a group and go to a place where you’re actually in a game show! Choose from various game shows and test your knowledge during this high-energy experience. Trust me, you’ll look at game night differently once you’ve played here.

Landmark Lanes
2220 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 278-8770
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This classic Milwaukee gem is home to underground games leaving you with an unforgettable date night. Go bowling, play arcade games, team up in a game of pool or darts, and take advantage of their drink specials. A true Brew City casual date classic.

Nine Below
1905 E. North Ave., (414) 210-4470
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Why go on a small one-on-one date when group dates are so much better? Bring your group to this build-your-own mini golf bar. Choose your team, reserve your tee time, build your course, then play a nine-hole course that your group actually made together. If you’re looking for something more lit, Fireball golf will be the way to go as you surround yourself with black lights, glowing cocktails and mini-golf. Don’t forget to dress in neon and prepare for plenty of Fireball shots.

RSVR Milwaukee
2210 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
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Here’s to the place where you can have your next double date. Book your VR station and have fun experiencing gaming in a whole new way. Take part in multiplayer games and battle together or with each other during your adventure. 

4940 S. 76th St.
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Jump into love at Skyzone. Purchase your ticket today and enjoy the various park attractions such as skyslam, skyhoops, drop slide and more. Don’t forget the free jump trampolines that’ll make you jump higher, show off your moves and take your date to new heights.

Up-Down MKE
615 E. Brady St., (414) 585-0880
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Couples that game together, stay together. Head over to Up-Down MKE on Brady Street where there are over 60 classic games from the ‘80s, ‘90s and today. They also serve up daily drink specials, 60 beers on tap and house-made pizza – so get your tokens and plan a date that's a high score. 

Outdoor activities

Photo: Ice Castles Facebook
Photo: Ice Castles Facebook

Glow Tubing
7011 S. Ballpark Dr., Franklin
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Are you looking for a thrill? Experience glow tubing at the Rock Snowpark this winter for your next date night on Saturday! Make the trek up the snowy hill with glowing colorful lights to jump on a tube to race to the bottom with your group! Purchase your tickets today! 

Slice of Ice at Red Arrow Park
920 N. Water St., (414) 289-8791
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Spin your date around the ice rink at night at Red Arrow Park, as you fall in love this Milwaukee winter. (Just make sure you don’t also fall on the ice.) Imagine a picture-perfect night surrounded by gleaming lights, music, the Downtown skyline and hand-holding while you skate in the shadow of City Hall. Make sure to take advantage of the on-site Starbucks “warming house” next to the rink where you can grab a warm cup of hot chocolate or coffee by the fireplace to complete this romantic experience.

Winter Realms
1091 Hidden Cottage Cir, Lake Geneva
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Explore the beauty and magic of a real-life fairytale together at Winter Realms in Lake Geneva, open from January through the end of February. This icicle wonderland replaces last year's Ice Castles after it closed due to warm weather. This year, patrons can look forward to magnificent LED lights that bring sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, chilly chutes and fountains to life. Plus, horse-drawn sleigh rides, winter characters and more can also be found. Make sure to purchase your tickets at


Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. Water St., (414) 336-1111
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Casual date night? Go to Milwaukee’s most unique Downtown food destination. Spend your time at the market how you want: choose one of the spot's nearly endless options or try a bit of everything. Independent merchants bring you fresh ingredients, high-quality artisan and ethnic products, and a wonderful environment that brings a gathering place right to the heart of Downtown. 

Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market
5305 W. Capitol Dr., (414) 687-0122
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Support your local producers and shop local this winter! Make your way to the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market to shop for high-quality fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, poultry, dairy products, health, wellness, body products and more! The Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market is every Saturday now through April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

3rd Street Market Hall
275 W. Wisconsin Ave. Suite 100, (414) 249-5062
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Want options? Check out 3rd Street Market Hall where there are more than ten food vendors, fun free games to play and picture-perfect decor that’s worth posting on your socials. Mix and match from unique and diverse dining options for a true food hall-style dating experience.

Movies, music and shows

Photo: Avalon Theater Facebook
Photo: Avalon Theater Facebook

Avalon Atmospheric Theater
2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 539-6678
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It’s date night and you’re looking for something casual. So turn off Netflix, turn on your car and head to the Avalon for a movie. This small Bay View theater makes a huge statement with a star-studded atmospheric ceiling that gives you that “wow” factor before the featured presentation even begins. Grab something delicious from the Avalon menu, a drink at the Avalounge and enjoy movie night with your date this winter.

Bradley Symphony Center
212 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 291-6010
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Enjoy an intimate night surrounded by the sound of elegant music from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in its gorgeously renovated new space. Plan your visit and experience a luxurious evening with drinks and dining at Resonance Food Co. before your memorable concert experience.

Marcus Performing Arts Center
2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 273-7121
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Add more spice to your evening and experience the many shows appearing at the Marcus Performing Arts Center this winter. Whether you like musicals like “Funny Girl” and “Mamma Mia,” or you want to see one of the venue's other remarkable productions, this is the place for you for some of the stage's most spectacular shows.

The Oriental Theatre
2230 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 276-5140

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Almost a century old, this East Side staple is still a marvel – and that's before the lights go down and the movie starts. The timeless movie palace makes for a dazzling date night spot – then after your movie, pop right behind the theater for a walk through Black Cat Alley and a cozy post-film drink at Shanghai.

Museums and tours

Photo: Harley Davison Museum Facebook
Photo: Harley Davison Museum Facebook

Harley Davidson Museum
400 W. Canal St., (414) 287-2789
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Revving up romance? Plan your next date at the Harley Davidson Museum where you and your partner can experience and enjoy guided or audio tours. Explore over 100 years of Harley history that goes beyond the open road.

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Dr., (414) 224-3200
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Love is a work of art and so is the Milwaukee Art Museum. Filled with beauty inside and out, peruse our lakefront's gorgeous building and enjoy the magnificent exhibits of nearly 25,000 works of art while you paint the perfect date.

Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W. Wells St., (414) 278-2728
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Love and learning go hand-in-hand. Buy your tickets and learn about each special and permanent exhibit that will leave you filled with wonder, excitement and knowledge. Stroll through everything from the live butterfly exhibit to the living ocean exhibit and Streets of Old Milwaukee (while you still can).

The Pabst Mansion
2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 931-0808
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The beginning of any romantic story begins at the grand Flemish Renaissance Revival-styled home formally known as the Pabst Mansion. Take the 60-minute guided tour or self-guided tour through the Pabst family home. You'll find yourself immersed in the history of the Pabst pioneer brewing family and five archbishops who once called this mansion home. Look at this early chapter in Milwaukee history while you write a lovely new chapter in your own.

Courtney Bondar Multimedia Journalist

Courtney Bondar is an adventurous Multimedia Journalist at OnMilwaukee, covering all things Milwaukee. Born and raised in Greendale, WI, Courtney has a deep-rooted connection to her hometown and a strong desire to explore and showcase the vibrant city of Milwaukee.

You can often find Courtney all over Milwaukee, attending exciting events - documenting her experiences on her Instagram stories. Her genuine enthusiasm for her work shines through in her posts - as she strives to capture the beauty of the city and shares it with her followers.

Courtney's passion for writing is evident in her engaging and heartfelt articles. While she covers a wide range of topics, she particularly enjoys delving into the intricacies of dating culture and the art of mixology. Her insightful and thought-provoking pieces offer a unique perspective on these subjects, captivating readers with her authenticity and wit.

After dedicating herself as an intern at OnMilwaukee, Courtney's hard work and dedication paid off when she earned her well-deserved diploma. Now, as OnMilwaukee's first full-time multimedia journalist, she is fully committed to continuing her journey - bringing her distinctive voice and storytelling skills to the forefront.