In our climate, we always devour whatever outdoor drinking time we can get in Milwaukee.
But, this year, sitting outside has been a real godsend for restaurateurs and tavernkeepers fighting to stay alive during the pandemic. It's also given the rest of us a much needed place to go enjoy ourselves (safely, please!) during so many months otherwise stuck at home.
As fall brings cooler temperatures and the promise of the annual frigidity, there's nothing like a fireplace, a fire pit or a fire table to not only extend the season, but provide the kind of ambience a big gas heater just doesn't offer. Here is a list of area venues with patio fire features where you can go, enjoy a drink and carve a little happiness out of our long, dark winter.
Looking for a cozy spot to enjoy dinnner? Check out our patio dining guide, which features a comprehensive list of restaurants, including those with heated outdoor patios.
We will continually update this guide, so be sure to check back often. And, remember, as always – but especially in these times – call ahead to make sure your favorite places are open and to make a reservation, if necessary.
Please wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands and let's all get through this together.
Please read before using this guide: Due to the statewide mandate passed in Wisconsin, masks are required to be worn by diners at all venues statewide (except when eating and drinking), including local patios. Need a mask? Here is where to get one locally. Please educate yourself on the mandates before venturing out.
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Bay View & St. Francis
3807 S. Packard Ave., St Francis, (414) 212-8694
PufferFish at Lost Whale
2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 249-3188
(PHOTO: Andy Tarnoff)
South Shore Terrace Beer Garden
2900 S. Shore Dr.
441 E. Lincoln Ave., (414) 509-6035
Captain Pabst Pilot House
1037 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 908-0025
425 E. Wells St., (414) 278-8586
Glass + Griddle
1130 N. 9th St., (414) 988-1551
The Explorium Brewpub
143 W. St. Paul Ave., (414) 423-1365
1135 N. Water St., (414) 278-8888
2417 N. Bartlett Ave., (414) 332-2440
Nomad World Pub
1401 E. Brady St., (414) 224-8111
2235 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 272-1775
North Shore & Northern Suburbs
5900 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, (262) 236-0107
4488 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 231-9660
Harry's on Oakland
3549 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 964-6800
Lakefront Brewery & Beer Hall
1872 N Commerce St., (414) 372-8800
1020 E. Locust St., (414) 562-2020
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 763.0003
South Side & Suburbs
Blum Coffee Garden
4930 W. Loomis Rd., Greenfield, (414) 282-4220
5300 S 76th St., Greendale, (414) 423-1365
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
The Outsider at the Kimpton Journeyman
310 E. Chicago Ave., (414) 291-3970
124 N. Water St.
The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway, (414) 223-0345
Walker's Point & Menomonee Valley
Boone & Crockett
818 S. Water St., (414) 212-8115
City Lights Brewing
2200 W. Mount Vernon Ave., (414) 436-1011
Hotel Madrid / MOVIDA
600 S. Sixth St., (414) 488-9146
Stone Creek Coffee
158 S. Barclay St., (414) 270-0028
The Yard at The Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., (414) 831-4677
6745 W. Wells St., Wauwatosa, (414) 453-4800
2300 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 867-9200
Ferch's Crafthouse Grille
418 N. Mayfair Rd., (262) 770-3902
Kegel's Inn Beer Garden
5901 W. National Ave., (414) 257-9999
The Patio at Public Table
5835 W. National Ave., (414) 488-2948
Station No. 6
6800 W. Becher St., West Allis
West Side & Suburbs
5921 W. Vliet St., (414) 885-2028
Taylor's People's Park
337 W. Main St., Waukesha, (262) 522-6868
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.