By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Mar 12, 2024 at 2:30 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

MOVIDA, a longtime favorite for Spanish dining, has been long-known for delivering on high quality patio experiences. But, they’ve officially gone next level.

The restaurant, located at 600 S. 6th St., has completed construction on a brand new rooftop bar and patio, which will debut to the public later this week.

The rooftop space – which offers scenic views of the cityscape – is just one element of the brand’s extensive expansion, which includes an additional dining room, kitchen and first-floor terrace.

All-told, the additions expand the restaurant’s footprint to a total exceeding 12,000 square feet. With the addition, guests can expect an elevated experience that was made to accompany the Spanish fare for which the restaurant has become known.

Expansion at MOVIDAX

Get a first look

The rooftop and dining space will officially make its public debut on Friday, March 15 during a special rooftop happy hour followed by a dinner of tapas and sangria in the new dining room.

Moving forward, guests are invited to enjoy the rooftop during a daily happy hour featuring $1 tapas from 4 to 6 p.m., as well as a new “Sangria Hour” featuring $9 sangrias on the rooftop.

The new spaces, which are ADA compliant, will also be fully utilized to host both public and private events including corporate gatherings, weddings and large group reservations. Accommodations include seating for up to 500, two kitchens, two bars, three dining areas and the second floor rooftop patio.

 More to come

To celebrate the grand opening, MOVIDA will be offering numerous special events in the space including St. Patrick’s Day brunch, a rooftop Sangria Lab, a special Friday After Work Happy Hour and Easter Brunch.  More details can be found online.

The rooftop bar and patio will be open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to close and beginning at 10 a.m. on weekends.

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.