The Blue Jays—and presumably many Blue Jays followers—are headed to Milwaukee to play the Brewers on June 24–26. As somebody who isn’t afraid of inauspicious assignments I spent a weekend within the Cream Metropolis earlier this month, testing the water to supply Toronto followers this journey information.
Attending to Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Mitchell Worldwide Airport’s IATA code MKE is an enormous a part of town’s model although it’s a slightly small worldwide airport. Air Canada’s direct service from Toronto Pearson was suspended in the course of the COVID pandemic, however is being restored the weekend earlier than the Jays’ sequence. United Airways provides a connecting service by means of Chicago O’Hare (ORD) which includes a ~20-minute flight between ORD and MKE, one of many shortest frequently scheduled industrial flights in the US. The USA lately rescinded the order requiring a detrimental pre-departure COVID-19 take a look at for air arrivals, so that’s one much less factor for vacationers to fret about.
The Blue Jays play the White Sox proper earlier than the Brewers, so a bunch of followers may be travelling to Milwaukee from Chicago. Greyhound offers a two-hour bus service that prices round $25 per particular person, however the identical 150 km journey will also be taken on a 90-minute practice service for the same value courtesy of the Amtrak Hiawatha, which might most likely be the extra comfy possibility.
American Household Subject
Previously generally known as Miller Park, American Household Subject is the house of the Milwaukee Brewers. Its retractable roof ensures that travelling followers wouldn’t must take care of a climate postponement. Followers can herald their very own meals in a small bundle (like a sandwich bag) and factory-sealed bottles of non-alcoholic drinks however they should be positioned inside a clear bag with just one compartment.
Attending to the Ballpark
The ballpark options a number of giant parking tons and is a 10-minute drive from downtown Milwaukee. There’s a huge tailgating custom in Milwaukee, so drivers can take into account packing some meals and drinks to get pleasure from within the parking zone forward of the sport. It’s a good way to satisfy native followers!
For these with no car, as an alternative of taking an Uber or Lyft, take into account patronizing an institution that provides free shuttles to the ballpark for patrons. Moreover saving you cash, these shuttles additionally drop you steps in entrance of the stadium’s important gates whereas rideshare automobiles’ dropoff level is round a 300-metre stroll away. Bear in mind to carry some money to tip the motive force (additionally they settle for Venmo transfers). (Shoutout to Nicole Haase for offering this tip!)
American Household Subject Shuttles
|Balisteri’s||McBob’s Pub & Grill|
|Brewski’s / MKE Steakhouse||Mo’s Irish Pub|
|Dugout 54||O’Brien’s Pub|
|J&B’s Blue Ribbon||Rounding Third|
|Jack’s American Pub||Saz’s / Spitfires on State|
|Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub||Thirsty Duck|
|Kelly’s Bleachers||Who’s On Third|
|Liquid Johnny’s||Wisconsin Membership|
|Magoos on the Mound||Wurstbar MKE|
Eats & Drinks within the Park
For a ballpark that was named after Miller, it shouldn’t be stunning that there numerous Miller / Molson-Coors beer on the ballpark. This isn’t the park the place you can find a wide array of impartial craft beers. Whereas I’m not typically a Miller Lite fan, it appeared proper to me to have a kind of whereas on the stadium—plus you get this particular Brewers-themed can! There are additionally cocktail stands across the stadium. There’s a strong recycling program on the ballpark: bottles and cans are despatched to the common blue bin stream, however plastic cups are despatched to an SC Johnson plant to be become bottles for his or her merchandise.
Tater Tots are certainly one of my few weaknesses and American Household Subject provides a wide range of topped sizzling canines, together with the Badger State Vienna Beef Scorching Canine that’s topped with Merkt’s Wisconsin cheddar, chopped bacon, a cranberry jalapeño ketchup, and a handful of tater tots. It’s going to set you again $10.49. For dessert, attempt a frozen custard (mainly an ice cream with eggs) in a helmet for $7.49.
There are additionally all-inclusive areas across the park the place the value of admission contains complementary meals and drinks. The Aurora Well being Care Bullpen space has desk seating at discipline degree proper past the appropriate discipline chain-link fence.
For the Kiddies
American Household Subject provides various actions for youngsters who may not need to sit and watch a whole baseball recreation. A big playground might be discovered within the right-field nook on the Terrace degree, geared up with batting cages, a tunnel that measures pitch pace, a 90-foot basepath that occasions dash pace, slides, and extra.
Locations to Eat, Drink, and be Merry
Breakfast / Brunch / Lunch
Blue’s Egg isn’t in downtown Milwaukee—in truth it’s west of American Household Subject—however it’s completely well worth the trek out to the ‘burbs. Past the standard breakfast choices, additionally they provide specialties like a shrimp scallop and calamari scramble. I had their every day particular, a breakfast risotto with pulled ham, cherry tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and two poached eggs (be sure you ask for them to be made simple) for round $17. The meat, greens, and cheese have been sourced from Wisconsin farms. Belief me: go eat right here.
Whether or not you need to simply seize a espresso, purchase some souvenirs, or have a meal, the Milwaukee Public Market will possible fulfill you. The Anodyne Espresso Roasting Co. is someplace the place you’ll be able to seize a espresso to kick off your morning (you may as well take a look at Colectivo Espresso proper throughout the road). Brew Metropolis Model Attire actually highlights the slick model of this metropolis on the shores of Lake Michigan, with numerous good trying t-shirts and mugs. If you wish to choose up a memento, do it right here—you’ll pay a slight premium at their outlet within the airport.
There are numerous completely different locations to eat, however for lunch in the future I went to The Palapa on the St. Paul Fish Firm, a tiki bar in a glassed-in extension of the principle market constructing that serves island-themed drinks in addition to seafood entrees. The Palapa is visually wealthy with random knick-knacks from all over the world and could also be much less busy than the seating space contained in the market. Their grilled fish dinner platters include a number of round 10 completely different fish fillets and a aspect of greens and rice. I loved a blackened mahi mahi with a scrumptious mango salsa for round $18. In addition they serve a ridiculous-looking Bloody Mary that has an entire lobster tail dunked inside.
As talked about above, numerous institutions provide free (and frequent) shuttles to the ballpark. I visited Who’s On Third proper earlier than the sport for a blackened hen wrap with fries ($16), consuming the fries there (they have been surprisingly good) and saving the wrap to have on the park. It’s not spectacular meals, however it will get you a trip to the park and again. When you’re up for some vitamin C within the morning, attempt the Bloody Mary right here too—you’ll be able to carry it on the bus to complete if you happen to’re in a rush.
I’m not exaggerating once I say that I had the most effective crab truffles in my life at Shaker’s Cigar Bar. When you don’t thoughts cigar smoke (there may be additionally rooftop and out of doors patio seating) then I extremely recommend stopping by this Milwaukee icon within the Walker’s Level neighbourhood. The constructing it sits in was as soon as an Al Capone-owned speakeasy-cum-brothel in the course of the Prohibition period and the bar was additionally frequented by Jeffrey Dahmer within the ‘90s. They conduct guided excursions to fill you in on its historical past as nicely.
Proprietor-chef Bob Weiss is a foodie and he supplied our group with a customized seafood feast with extraordinarily contemporary sea scallops, Oaxaca shrimp tacos, the aforementioned crab truffles, and grilled trout. It was not an affordable meal however it was an distinctive expertise. Name forward to inquire about every day specials. Their wine listing isn’t intensive (and fairly a number of on their menu weren’t accessible that day) however their cocktails and specialty rum have been implausible.
There isn’t any scarcity of locations to seize a drink, two, or three in Milwaukee. I didn’t personally go to, however I’ve heard nothing however nice issues about Lakefront Brewery. When you resolve to get a crowler to go, be sure you ask for the particular “Putin is a Dick” label, proceeds go to a Ukrainian humanitarian fund.
I might say my favorite bar in Milwaukee is the Outdated German Beer Corridor, which primarily serves German beer (duh) from Hofbräu München. You may also get German classics like big Bavarian pretzels, schnitzel, and bratwurst at very reasonably priced costs in addition to take part in a recreation of Hammerschlagen. As you down your beer (which are available litre and half-litre sizes), go to the bar to ask for Kleiner Feigling fig liqueur photographs and ask them to show you the correct technique to take them (it’s enjoyable).
If trivia is extra your sort of bar recreation than hammering nails into lumber, then head to Hooligans for Buzztime trivia and good brews. I’ve been there thrice and have twice led the bar to a primary place end in North America—please proceed my work.
Get a great sense of Milwaukee’s structure on a river/lake boat tour. You may choose an organization with a small boat however I feel the bigger ones, like from the Edelweiss Cruises and Boat Excursions, are extra enjoyable as a result of the raise bridges over the Milwaukee River go as much as permit you to move by means of.
In some unspecified time in the future on the journey you’ll must work off the energy out of your consumption. From downtown, stroll in the direction of the lake in the direction of the Milwaukee Warfare Memorial (which is subsequent to the Milwaukee Artwork Museum). You may go to the 2 websites, then take a refresher within the biergarten of their parking zone. From there, comply with the lake to go to Veterans Park and stroll across the lagoon in the direction of the Oak Leaf Path – Lake Line pedestrian bridge. That can join you to East Brady Road which has a string of pubs and eating places. One place to cease at is the Peter Sciortino Bakery, an Italian joint with implausible cream puffs. Huh: I simply realized that I began this paragraph with burning energy. I suppose you’ll be able to stroll again to burn off that beer and creampuff.