By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Feb 18, 2022 at 2:01 PM 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 March 7-11 and will feature specially priced small plates, appetizers, cocktails and mocktails from 4 to 7 p.m. at a variety of Downtown restaurants.

“Downtown Milwaukee is rich with nightlife and unique dining experiences,” noted Beth Weirck, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 in the announcement about the event. “Taste & Toast offers the perfect opportunity for diners to sample an array of bars and restaurants with wallet-friendly happy hour pricing.”

Participating restaurants include Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria, Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen, Cubanitas, DOC’s Commerce Smokehouse, Flannery’sThe Knick, Oak Barrel Public House, Onesto, Pfister Lobby Lounge, SafeHouse, Smoke Shack, SportClub, Third Street Tavern and Who’s on Third.    

View full happy hour menus for vendors – including options for vegan and gluten-free items – 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 $150 in dining gift certificates. To enter, participate in Taste & Toast and fill out the survey at by March 14. At the conclusion of the event, winners will be selected via a random drawing.

Park for $3

During Taste & Toast, you can also take advantage of a special $3 parking rate at select Interstate Parking lots. The coupon code and participating lots and structures will be available at

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.