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In Dining

Cocktails next to water. Summer perfection.

In Dining

Many Milwaukee bars and restaurants overlook the Milwaukee River.

In Dining

Grab a pint at The Harp and watch the boats pass.

A guide to bars and restaurants overlooking water

Recently, we set out to identify every City of Milwaukee bar or eatery that's next to a body of water. In order to do so, we followed the lake and rivers and made a list. We didn't stop in at all of these places, but we did drop in at a few.

It's a tough job, but someone had to do it.

After all, summer is short – it's seemingly even shorter this season. So get out and drink or eat something tasty and enjoy the serenity of the city's natural sources of H20 before the snowflakes return. Here's a guide to inspire you.

Lake Michigan view

Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro (lake is visible when trees are without leaves)
3133 E. Newberry Blvd., (414) 962-6300

Cafe Calatrava (Inside the Milwaukee Art Museum)
700 N. Art Museum Dr., (414) 224-3200

Harbor House
550 N. Harbor Dr., (414) 395-4900

Northpoint Custard (seasonal)
2272 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., (414) 727-4886

Milwaukee River view

Bel Air Cantina
1935 N. Water St., (414) 226-2245

Brocach (river visible from rooftop patio)

1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-9009

The Harp Irish Pub

113 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 289-0700

John Hawk's Pub

100 W. Wisconsin Ave. #1, (414) 272-3199

Milwaukee Ale House

233 N. Water St., (414) 276-2337

Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern

1110 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 831-8862

Port Of Call
106 W. Wells, St., (414) 273-7678

Riverfront Pizzeria
509 E. Erie St., (414) 277-1800

Rock Bottom

740 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 276-3030

223 N. Water St., (414) 220-9933

Sail Loft
649 E. Erie St., (414) 223-0100

Screaming Tuna
106 W. Seeboth St., (414) 763-1637


112 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 628-2521

Stubby's Gastropub and Beer Bar

2060 N. Humboldt Blvd., (414) 763-6324

Surg On The Water
102 N. Water St., (414) 331-5721

Water Buffalo

249 N. Water St., (414) 431-1133

Wine Maniacs On The River

106 W. Seeboth St., (414) 278-WINE

Kinnickinnic River view

Barnacle Bud's

1955 S. Hillbert St., (414) 481-9974

Horny Goat Hideaway

2011 S. 1st St., (414) 482-4628

Menomonee River view

Motor Bar & Restaurant

401 W. Canal St., (414) 287-2778

Twister Fisherman Crab Shack

1200 W. Canal St., (414) 384-2722


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