By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Oct 20, 2023 at 11:03 AM

Located just four miles north of Milwaukee, Glendale is a thriving suburban community that might be best known as the home for Wisconsin’s Sprecher Brewing Company, but which offers both residents and visitors a wealth of options for recreation, exploration and entertainment.

Waterfall at Kletsch Park 
Waterfall at Kletsch Park (Photo: Welcome to Glendale)

Glendale’s Origins

In 1838, the land which is now Glendale was part of the Town of Milwaukee, an area created by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature that initially comprised the northern half of Milwaukee County. Over the span of 112 years, as settlers moved into the area, it was divided into villages and towns, including Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Fox Point, River Hills and Brown Deer. The Town of Milwaukee was officially dissolved in 1950 when the last of the remaining land was incorporated as Glendale.

The original Town of Milwaukee Hall, which was built in 1872, still exists. You’ll find it right behind the Glendale Municipal Office complex on the Milwaukee River Parkway. And, if its walls could talk, they would surely tell stories that spanned over two centuries of local history.

Today, the Town of Milwaukee Hall is just one of the many fascinating places that makes Glendale a unique place to live, work and visit. 

Glendale events

Beer flows at an event in Glendale
Beer flows at an event in Glendale (Photo: Welcome to Glendale)

There’s always something brewing in Glendale, where community events attract visitors from throughout the state. Here are some of the signature events held throughout the year.

Boogie Bash & Costume Contest at BAYSHORE (Oct. 27, 2023)

Autumn Artisan Fair at Nicolet High School (Nov. 4, 2023)

Chanukah Festival & Gelt Drop at BAYSHORE
Soda with Santa at Sprecher Brewery

Fred Usinger Day: Enjoy free brats and keg tapping at The Bavarian Bierhaus

North Shore Chamber of Commerce Community Expo 
Halfway to Oktoberfest event at The Bavarian Bierhaus

BAYSHORE's Annual Art Festival 

Wisconsin's Beer Lovers Festival (June 1, 2024)

Lager & Friends Lager Beer Festival at The Bavarian Bierhaus

Annual Sprecher Root Beer Bash (first Saturday in August)

Oktoberfest at Old Heidelberg Park (First weekend in Sept. through first weekend in Oct.)
Fashion Fest MKE at BAYSHORE



This longtime open-air shopping destination features world class shops including ATHLETA, Aversa for Her, Evereve, Champs Sports, H&M, Target, Kohl’s, ULTA and more. But it's also a hub for local entertainment, including events held all year round at The Yard, a community hub and green space.

Popular events include the Boogie Bash, Chanukah Festival, Fashion Fest MKE and The Sounds of Summer, a live music series on Friday nights throughout the summer.


Download a map and head out on a colorful walking tour of BAYSHORE's outdoor collection of over 20 original artwork pieces created by some of Milwaukee’s most talented artists. Download the Artiviv App and use it to experience the art in 3D!

ACX Cinemas Entertainment Center
5750 N. Bayshore Drive, Glendale, (262) 457-6202

Catch the latest flicks on six big screens while reclining in luxury heated seating and premium concessions. Head to the arcade to try your hand at 40 different games, or challenge your friends to a game at the 11-lane bowling alley.

Kids Empire (coming soon)
5794 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale

Give your kids a place to be themselves as they explore the multi-level playground featuring mazes, slides, rides, creative building games, climbing, bouncing, and ball pits. A smaller playground will cater to infants and toddlers with scaled-down opportunities for crawling, sliding, bouncing and dancing. The Kids Empire will also be available for signature birthday parties.

Sur La Table
480 W. Northshore Dr., Glendale, (920) 745-8767 
Not just a destination for kitchen supplies, Sur La Table also offers hands-on cooking classes that assist home cooks with learning new techniques, honing cooking and baking skills and creating delicious dishes. Perfect for date nights or gatherings with friends.

Vibez Creative Art Space
5706 N. Centerpark Way, Glendale,

Head to this creative space to explore and enjoy art through various media. Offerings include paint & sip experiences, workshops, birthday parties and events.

Where to eat

Friday fish fry at The Brick Pub
Friday fish fry at The Brick Pub (Photo: Lori Fredrich)

Whether you’re dining solo or with friends or family, you're sure to find a place that fits your appetite.

Backlot Pizza + Kitchen
5750 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale, (262) 457-6202

Serving: Detroit style pizza, entrees

Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale, (414) 236-7000
Serving: German fare

Bistro on the Glen
6823 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale, (414) 352-1940 

Serving: Bistro-style fare (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

The Brick Pub
6343 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale, (414) 797-0710

Serving: Pub fare, fish fry

Buchanan’s (coming soon)
5750 N. Bayshore Dr.

Serving: UK-inspired pub fare

Culver’s Frozen Custard
300 W. Bayside Dr., Glendale,  (414) 471-2222

Serving: Frozen custard, burgers

Royal Garden Chinese and Everest Cafe
206 W. Silver Spring Dr, Glendale, (414) 906-0998

Serving: Chinese, Nepalese fare

5756 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale, (414) 967-4803 

Serving: Chocolates, ice cream, fudge, caramel apples and more!

The King Crab Shack
5265 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale,  (414) 635-0094

Serving: Cajun seafood, seafood boils

Blue moon custard at Kopp's
You might get lucky & find Blue Moon custard at Kopp's (Photo: Lori Fredrich)

Kopp’s Frozen Custard
5373 N Port Washington Rd, Glendale, (414) 961-3288

Serving: Frozen custard, burgers
Be sure to get a selfie along Cow Row, an art installation by Arizona artist Bill Tonnesen in the Kopp's parking lot!

5735 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale,

Serving: Mochi doughnuts, Korean hot dogs, boba tea

Solly’s Grill
4629 N. Port Washington Rd., (414) 332-8808

Serving: Famous butter burgers, plus a menu of casual American fare

Breweries & Beer Gardens

Sprecher BeerX

For a community of its size, Glendale has more than its share of beer thanks to two breweries and multiple beer gardens. We think it suffices to say that these spots put the “ale” in Greendale.

The Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale, (414) 236-7000

Bavarian-style brewpub and beer hall featuring craft beer and German-inspired fare. Home of the Old Heidelberg Park Biergarten.

Sprecher Brewery
701 W. Glendale Ave., Glend
ale, (414) 964-2739

Long-time local brewery featuring tastings, brewery tours, a gift shop and a beer garden-style taproom.

Old Heidelberg Park Biergarten
The Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale, (414) 236-7000

This longtime beer garden features Bavarian Bierhaus Haus beer, plus a variety of German dishes. Open seasonally.

Sprecher Brewing Outdoor Oasis
Richard E. Maslowski Community Park
2200 W. Bender Rd.

This family-friendly beer garden offers beer, soda and food. A state-of-the-art playground and indoor restrooms are available to the public. Open seasonally

Estabrook Beer Garden
4600 Estabrook Pkwy.

This family-friendly beer garden offers beer, soda and food in a picturesque park setting. Playground and picnic areas available. Open seasonally.

Outdoor Activities

Families bike the Oak Leaf Trail
Families bike the Oak Leaf Trail (Photo: Welcome to Glendale)

Located just two miles from Lake Michigan with access to the Milwaukee River and two Milwaukee County Parks, Glendale is the ideal place for those who wish to spend time out of doors.

Estabrook Park
4400 N. Estabrook Dr., Glendale, (414) 257-PARK (7275)
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Located along the east bank of the Milwaukee River, Estabrook Park provides plenty of green space, picnic areas, a children’s play area, a local beer garden and a dog park. Guests will also find disc golf courses, a sand volleyball court, a skate park, a softball diamond and a soccer field. It’s also home to the Benjamin Church House (also known as the Kilbourntown House), a Temple-style Greek Revival home built in the 1840s.

Kletsch Park 
6560 N. Milwaukee River Pkwy, Glendale,  (414) 257-PARK (7275)
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This County Park is home to a portion of the Oak Leaft Trail, picturesque riverside scenery, an impressive array of native plants, plus a softball diamond, play areas, a soccer field, archery, disc golf courses and sand volleyball court and a great sledding hill.

The park is also home to one of five waterfalls in Milwaukee County. Located along the Oak Leaf Trail, the Kletsch Park falls (officially a dam) is a popular rest spot for hikers, a great site for photo ops  and among the best spots to take advantage of salmon fishing on the river.

Lincoln Park Golf Course
1000 W Hampton Ave, Glendale, (414) 962-2400

Located on 312 wooded acres along the Milwaukee River, Lincoln Park is home to the Milwaukee County Parks’ most challenging nine-hold course.

The Oak Leaf Trailhead
Richard E. Maslowski Park
2200 W. Bender Rd. 

Take the Oak Leaf Trail to nearby landmarks including the famous Bavarian Bierhaus, Sprecher Oasis or Kletzsch Park Waterfalls.

Richard E. Maslowski Glendale Community Park
2200 W. Bender Rd., Glendale

Among the gems in Glendale, this park offers a mult-generational gathering place for picnics, outdoor exploration and more. It's home to the Sprecher Outdoor Oasis beer garden, the area's area’s largest accessibility playground for all-inclusive play and the MSOE and Nicolet Baseball Field. Thanks to the Johnson Controls Outdoor Amphitheater, the park is a destination for outdoor concerts and festivals all summer long. 

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Bayside, (414) 352-2880

Located just minutes away in nearby Bayside, this comprehensive nature center offers six miles of trails that take visitors through 185 acres of forests, wetlands, restored prairies, ravines, bluffs, and Lake Michigan shoreline. Regular educational programming and events make the center a great spot for nature lovers of all ages.

Places to stay

Glendale boasts seven local hotels with amenities like free parking and wifi. Check out the Glendale Hotel Guide to find your perfect overnight oasis.

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.