By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Feb 21, 2024 at 11:01 AM Photography: Lori Fredrich

Get your chompers and sippers ready. It's almost time for the Taste & Toast, a happy hour extravaganza celebrating some of Milwaukee's best Downtown spots.

This year's event will take place Feb. 26 through March 1 and will feature specially priced small plates, appetizers, cocktails and NA cocktails from 4 to 7 p.m. at over 20 restaurants, bars and lounges in Downtown Milwaukee. Gluten-free, vegetarian and plant-based options will be available.

Nosh on Cubanitas famous plantain chips and guacamole.
Enjoy Cubanitas famous plantain chips and guacamole.

Participating restaurants include

View full menus for participating restaurants online.

Eat, sip and enter to win

As a bonus incentive for participating in Taste & Toast, two diners who participate and complete a survey about their experience will be awarded over $250 in dining gift certificates. To enter, participate in Taste & Toast and fill out the survey at by March 4. Two winners will be selected via a random drawing once the event concludes.

Park for 20% off

During Taste & Toast, you can also take advantage of 20% off parking at select Interstate Parking lots.  Coupon codes and instructions for various structures and lots are available online.

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.