If you’ve been missing beer gardens these past few weeks, you can rejoice, because a popular one that closed has now reopened.
South Shore Terrace has added chalets and is taking reservations for them.
Though the Bay View beer garden, which overlooks Lake Michigan, closed in early November it’s now back and there are now 10 six-person heated chalets that are available for 90-minute timeslots.
Up to six people from the same household, or two people from different households, can rent a single chalet. The cost is $75 per 90-minute slot, which includes a $50 food and beverage credit.
In addition to beer and non-alcoholic beverages, the beer garden offers a menu of warming comfort food including a Friday night slow-roasted prime rib dinner, Belgian waffles, truffle mac and cheese, a vegetarian 'Ultimate burger,' plus snacks, soups, salads, fresh baked mini cookies and a children’s menu.
Reservations are available online on a first-come, first-served basis beginning today and are available daily, except Dec. 24-25.
Proceeds from beer gardens sales benefit the Milwaukee County Parks.
"We know that families want to get outside and enjoy the parks no matter the weather, and a winter beer garden has been a popular request for quite a while,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley.
“With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Milwaukee County, however, it was essential that we find a way to operate for our staff and guests, and these chalets provide a unique and safe way to enjoy Lake Michigan views, and a meal, in the winter."
You can find a list of other outdoor venues with tents, chalets and domes here.
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 has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.