By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jun 04, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Beginning on Tuesday, June 6, you can get a taste of the rooftop patio at The Atrium, 2107 E. Capitol Dr., in Shorewood. 

Last summer, Camp Bar owners Natalia and Paul Hackbarth acquired the former Garden Room, a venue they transformed into an event space fit for weddings and other celebrations. The patio, garden and bar will be open to the public Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. for Summer Camp, a special summer rooftop bar experience.

We got a first look at the space last week. And here's what you can expect.

The bar

Located inside the former horticultural atrium, the bar will offer a nice selection of bottled beer and wine, along with a menu of craft cocktails, including a variation on the Camp Bar old fashioned.


Just outside the bar lies a 1,000-square foot patio, complete with lush summer gardens.


A patio, complete with umbrellas and a pergola, provides social seating for small groups with a view of the gardens.


Two intimate shaded alcoves accommodate larger groups at the front of The Atrium.

Street views

You can also enjoy a cocktail and a view of Capitol Drive from the front patio adjacent to the bar.


If you're lucky, there might even be popcorn waiting. This mobile popcorn cart was built by Hackbarth's grandfather when he was a boy.

Watch The Atrium Facebook page for updates on hours, including closures over the course of the summer for special events.

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.