By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Sep 10, 2015 at 1:03 PM

Milwaukee’s third annual Cocktail Week will take place Sept. 16-22, at a variety of venues around the city.

This week-long celebration will bring together bartenders, cocktail luminaries and industry enthusiasts for a series of experiential events highlighting the best of Milwaukee cocktail culture.  

And many of them revolved around – not only cocktails – but food.

In fact, you'll experience uniquely delicious pairings created by some of the city’s best chefs and mixologists when you visit the following venues for their Cocktail Week dinner offerings.

Sept. 16

Great Northern Distilling Dinner at Goodkind
Few restaurants in Milwaukee better fuse the worlds of dining and imbibing like Bay View’s Goodkind. On Sept. 16, Great Northern Distilling will present elegant yet casual evening of cocktails and cuisine as they team with Goodkind in this multi-course dinner.

Great Northern Distilling produces premium grain-to-glass spirits out of central Wisconsin. Their spirit line-up includes their Potato Vodka, Herbalist Gin (made exclusively with botanicals native to the northwoods of Wisconsin), Opportunity Rum, and the Vanguard Whiskey.

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Goodkind – 2457 S. Wentworth Ave.
Price: $75 plus tax and gratuity
RSVP: (414) 763-4706 ;

Great Lakes Distillery 4-course Dinner at Morel
Two beloved Walker’s Point businesses come together in this exclusive cocktail dinner on Wednesday, Sept 16. Morel has crafted an exceptional four-course menu, with each course paired with a cocktail using Great Lakes Distillery spirits. Guests will also enjoy a complimentary reception cocktail before seating at 7 p.m. 

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Morel – 430 S. 2nd St.
Price: $75 plus tax and gratuity
RSVP: Open Table or (414) 897-0747

Sept. 17

"Pride of Wisconsin" Milwaukee Cocktail Week Dinner at c.1880
c.1880 returns for their third year crafting an incredible cocktail dinner for Milwaukee Cocktail Week. This five-course dinner’s theme is "Pride of Wisconsin," and features both cuisine and cocktails sourced from our home State. As chef Thomas Hauck works his magic in the kitchen, General Manager and Beverage Director Joshua Wolter will present each course and cocktail, – each made with a spirit from a Wisconsin distillery – and recount the tales that inspired each course.

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: c.1880 – 1100 S. 1st St.
Courses: 5 courses, each paired with a cocktail
Price: $75 plus tax and gratuity
RSVP: (414) 431-9271 ;

Sept. 18

Great Lakes Distillery Dinner with Madison guest mixologists at Bavette La Boucherie
Celebrated bartenders Tom Dufek (Merchant) and Ricky Pajewski (Oliver’s Public House), will collaborate with Chef Karen Bell on this craft a tasting menu featuring Milwaukee’s own Great Lakes Distillery products. This five-course dinner will include paired cocktails and cuisine with a focus on local.

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Bavette La Boucherie – 330 E. Menomonee St.
Price: $70 plus tax and gratuity
RSVP: (414) 273-3375

Sept. 20

Cocktail Week Tailgate
Enjoy the tail-gate without the trouble at this popular Cocktail Week event. Meet and greet local restaurateurs, chefs and bartenders, mingle with other cocktail enthusiasts and indulge in all the great Milwaukee food and drink as you play classic tailgate games and watch the football game on Horny Goats giant TV!

This all-inclusive, ticketed event will feature unlimited food sampling with paired cocktail samples.  

Participating Resturants Include: AfroFusion Cuisine, Amilinda, BelAir Cantina, The Cheel, Harbor House, Horny Goat, Maxie’s, Mekong Cafe, Ono Kine Grindz

Participating Bars Include:, Boone & Crockett, Buckley’s, Goodkind, The Hamilton, Hi-Hat, Distil, Braise, La Masa, Story Hill BKC, Stack’d.

Time: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Horny Goat Hideaway Tent – 2011 S. 1st St.
Price: $40 in advance; $45 at the door
RSVP: Buy Tickets on EventBrite

Sept. 21

Heaven Hill 4-Course Whiskey Cocktail Dinner at Distil
Heaven Hill, one of the countries largest producers of quality bourbon, teams up with one of Milwaukee’s best whiskey and cocktail bars for this four-course whiskey cocktail dinner. Featuring a cocktail from Evan Williams Single & Domain de Canton as a reception cocktail and followed by four delicious food and cocktail pairings featuring Bernheim Wheat, Elijah Craig 12, Henry McKenna Single and Parkers Heritage, this super-exclusive dinner is the whiskey-lover’s dream.

Each attendee will receive a special Heaven Hill gift bag, and one guest will win a $50 Distil gift card at the end of the dinner.

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Distil – 722 N. Milwaukee St.
Price: $65 plus tax and gratuity
RSVP: (414) 220 9411 ;

Sept. 22

Thatcher’s 5-Course Cocktail Dinner at Wolf Peach
Join Wolf Peach in their beautiful downstairs dining room as they craft a very special five-course menu surrounding the organic cordial offerings of Thatcher’s Artisan Spirits. Wolf Peach is at their best while exploring the elegant flavors of nature, and Thatcher’s organic liqueurs are the perfect complement to this extraordinary strength. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Wolf Peach – 1818 N. Hubbard St.
Courses: five courses, each paired with a cocktail and a reception cocktail
Price: $70 plus tax and gratuity
RSVP: (414) 374-8480

Sept. 22

45th Parallel & Gamle Ode Prix-Fixe Dinner at Braise
Braise will be offering a special three-course prix-fixe tasting menu option, available throughout service on Tuesday, Sept 22. This tasting menu will pair a cocktail made from 45th Parallel spirits and Gamle Ode Aquavit with each course. Menu details coming soon. Reservations are not required, but strongly recommended to assure a table.

Time: Available throughout service as menu option
Location: Braise – 1101 S. 2nd St.
Price: $45 plus tax & gratuity
RSVP: Recommended — Online or (414) 212-8843

More information

For more information about Milwaukee Cocktail Week events, visit or follow Milwaukee Cocktail Week on Facebook and Twitter.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.