By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Feb 16, 2023 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 Feb. 27 through March 3 and will feature specially priced small plates, appetizers, cocktails and NA cocktails from 4 to 7 p.m. at 18 restaurants, bars and lounges in Downtown Milwaukee. Gluten-free, vegetarian and plant-based options will be available.

“We’re thrilled to once again spotlight downtown Milwaukee’s diverse nightlife scene,” said Beth Weirck, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21. “Taste & Toast is a chance for friends, co-workers and couples to enjoy eachother’s company alongside discounted bites and beverages at a variety of downtown hot spots.”

Participating restaurants include Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria, Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen, Cubanitas, DOC’s Commerce Smokehouse, East Town Kitchen & Bar, Giggly Champagne & Wine BarThe Knick, Lucky Clover Irish PubMcGillycuddy’s Bar & Grill, Oak Barrel Public House, Onesto, the Pfister Lobby Lounge, Red Rock SaloonSmoke Shack, Third Street Tavern, Turning Tables Tavern & Eatery and Who’s on Third.    

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 $200 in dining gift certificates. To enter, participate in Taste & Toast and fill out the survey at by March 6. At the conclusion of the event, winners will be selected via a random drawing.

Park for just $5

During Taste & Toast, you can also take advantage of a special $5 parking rate at select Interstate Parking lots, good from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The coupon code and participating lots and structures will be available at

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.