Rooftop bars Milwaukee

Complete guide to the 5 best rooftop bars in Milwaukee [2020 update]

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Last updated: April 25th, 2020

To make the most out of the rather short but oh so lovely Milwaukee summer, plan a visit (or several actually) to some of the top Milwaukee rooftop bars. Elevated drinks, tasty bites, scenic views and some sunshine. It doesn't get much better than that. This guide to the best rooftop bars Milwaukee will help you find the venues you crave and need, packed with all info in one place: opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more. From a swanky Downtown rooftop lounge to relaxing East Side patios. Just scroll down and find the Milwaukee rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Area:Third Ward
Rooftop bar Milwaukee The Outsider Rooftop Bar
1

The Outsider

$$$$ 310 E Chicago St
  • Highlights
  • 9th floor
  • Elegant & swanky
  • Amazing views
  • Year-round

The Outsider Rooftop Bar is a spacious and swanky cocktail lounge, located 9 floors up at the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel in the historic Third Ward. Modern and elegant in decoration, the rooftop comes with six unique indoor and outdoor areas, offering amazing skyline views year-round. In a sophisticated yet vibrant ambience, the rooftop bar serves festive cocktails, crafts on tap, a wide selection of wines and some shareable snacks and sliders.

Area:Third Ward
Rooftop bar Milwaukee Café Benelux Rooftop Bar
2

Café Benelux

$$$ 346 N Broadway
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Friendly & vibrant
  • Morning to night
  • Massive Belgian bier selection

Surrounded by the high-rise buildings of downtown Milwaukee, the spacious Café Benelux rooftop terrace is warm and sunny during daytime, cosy under strings of lights at night, and comfy in rooftop igloos during winter. Taking inspiration from the grand cafés of the the Benelux region, this place aims to serve as a home away from home, a place to gather any time of the day for food and drinks. Which can be theaward-winning Belgian bier selection, or the large menu of 'from-scratch-food'.

Area:East Side
Rooftop bar Milwaukee Good City Brewing Rooftop Bar
3

Good City Brewing

$$$ 2108 N Farwell Ave
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Spacious
  • Welcoming & friendly
  • Great food

Located in the heart of Milwaukee's vibrant East Side, Good City Brewing is a spacious, fun and friendly venue, packed with production brewery, urban taproom and a lovely second floor rooftop terrace. Apart from the large and obvious selection of in-house brewed beers, Good City Brewing menu also includes beer-inspired cocktails, wine and a very impressive and tasty selection of food. Welcoming and friendly in atmosphere, the open-air terrace is a great spot for a sunny rooftop lunch or some happy hour beers.

Area:Harbor View
Rooftop bar Milwaukee Braise Rooftop Bar
4

Braise

$$$ 1101 S 2nd St
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Unique & local
  • Charming terrace
  • Farm-to-table

A lovely farm to table restaurant, as well as a culinary school, Braise also comes with a unique rooftop terrace. Charming, simple and very natural in setting, the wood- and garden inspired rooftop fits very well with the local, farmer and community supported restaurant. Enjoy slow grown and natural food, crafted cocktails and local beers. If you like what you eat (which you propably will), you can also take one of the Braise cooking classes.

Area:East Side
Rooftop bar Milwaukee Pizza Man Rooftop Bar
5

Pizza Man

$$$ 2597 N Downer Ave
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Italian & Pizza
  • Wine bar

For pizza, wine, fun times and some elevated al-fresco vibes, head to Pizza Man, located in the Murray Hill area of East Side Milwakuee. While the Pizza Man rooftop is more like a second floor balcony than a sky-high terrace, it is a charming and lovely outdoor spot, offering nice views over the iconic Downer Avenue. Indulge in fresh and handmade pies and signature pastas, along with a wide selection of wines from around the world, and beers on both tap and bottle.

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This guide was made by The Rooftop Guide, the world's leading experts on rooftop bars. With over 600 rooftops visited over the last two years, we keep you up to date in the ever growing universe of rooftop venues.

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Rooftop bar Milwaukee

Rooftop-grade: 5/10
Prime season: May - Sept
Inhabitants: 1,3 millions
Climate: humid continental

Located on Lake Michigan's western shore, Milwaukee has cold, windy, snowy winters, and warm, humid summers. So the peak outdoor rooftop season is limited to the warmer months between May to September. But that doesn't stop some of the Milwaukee rooftop bars staying open year-round, thanks to rooftop igloos and other heating solutions.

Most of the Milwaukee rooftop bars can be found in the historic Third Ward in downtown, or in the vibrant East Side area.

About Milwaukee

Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin, but only the 31st largest in the United States. Located next to Lake Michigan, the city is a popular place for water activities like sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. In the early 80's, Milwaukee had the greatest brewing capacity in the world. And while the beer-making has gone down a bit, it is still a big part of the city, and Milwaukee is also home to the famous Miller Brewing Company.