By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Mar 02, 2020 at 12:01 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee is back! For the entire month of March, we're serving up fun articles on bars, clubs and beverages – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Follow along with the #DrinkOnMke hashtag too. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

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

This year's event will take place March 2-6 and will feature specially priced small plates, appetizers, cocktails and mocktails from 4 to 7 p.m. at a variety of Downtown restaurants.

Participating restaurants include AJ Bombers, Ale Asylum RiverhouseBlue Bat Kitchen & TequilariaCantina, Cubanitas, DOC’s Commerce Smokehouse, East Town Kitchen & Bar, Flannery’s, Harbor HouseThe Harp, The Knick, McGillycuddy’s, Monarch LoungeMOTOR Bar & RestaurantOak Barrel Public House, Onesto, Red Rock Saloon, Red StarThe Rumpus Room, The Bar at Saint Kate Arts HotelSafeHouse, Smoke Shack, Stella Van Buren, Trinity Three Irish Pubs, Uncle Buck's, Vagabond, Water Street Brewery and Who's on Third.

Menu options

Among the options for Taste & Toast, you'll find a variety of mouthwatering options including:

  • Tuna poke nachos ($6) and fried Brussels sprouts ($5) paired up with $4 house 'ritas and housemade strawberry agua fresca ($2) at Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria.
  • There are smoked chicken legs ($3) or smoked salmon dip at DOC’s Commerce Smokehouse along with drink options like an Ancho Paloma ($6) or handmade raspberry lemonade ($5).
  • At Harbor House, there are spicy coconut mussels ($13) and shrimp hushpuppies ($8) along with pours of red and white wine for $4 and the Deck Hand Mocktail with lime-and mint-infused simple syrup, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, topped with soda and ginger beer ($5).
  • There's rosemary hummus ($7) and Willow Creek Berkshire meatballs with San Marzano marinara, ricotta salata ($7) paired with a Wisco old fashioned ($9) or The Hibby, a carbonated mocktail with cucumber water, hibiscus, lemon, rose essence and mint ($7) at The Bar at Saint Kate Arts Hotel
  • Head to Uncle Buck's for seared scallops (4) with pan-roasted Brussels
    sprouts, carrot and ginger purée and crispy bacon ($13.95) and a hibiscus sparkler ($7) or a non-alcoholic rosemary sage paloma ($5).

Full menus for participating restaurants are available at tastetoastmke.com.

Eat, sip and enter to win

As a bonus incentive for participating in Taste & Toast, diners who participate and complete a survey about their experience will be entered to win the grand prize,  four roundtrip tickets (to be used before No. 21, 2020) to any domestic or international Southwest Airlines destination. Two runners-up will also be awarded $350 in dining gift certificates. To enter, participate in Taste & Toast and fill out the survey at tastetoastmke.com by March 9. 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. To do so, all you need to do is park, then enter your license plate number at the kiosk. Select rate option "Taste & Toast," enter code TNT20 and submit payment.

Taste & Toast is a prelude to Downtown Dining Week, which will return June 4-11.

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.