When the sun goes down, head out to where the party is. If you are looking for Milwaukee's own imitation of the famous Bourbon Street, visit Water Street for a wild time. Hit up one of the city's popular dance clubs to dance the night away, or relax to live music at a laid back bar or late-night venue. Whatever kind of nightlife you're looking for, Milwaukee has got a spot for you.
For live music every single night of the week, Cactus Club
is the place for music aficionados. See a local band or a national (or even international) act. Famous past performers include Idlewild, The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, The Electric Six and many, many more. Cover charges are low ($7-10) and there is a fully-stocked bar with knowledgeable bartenders who guarantee a good time on the nightlife scene.
Address: 2496 S. Wentworth Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 482-0160
Jazz lovers will want to swing by this local jazz landmark. The Jazz Estate
has been operating in Milwaukee since 1977. This throwback 50s-style nightlife venue hosts live musical performances by local, national and international performers on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy a drink and let the jazz wash over you.
Address: 2423 N. Murray Ave., Milwaukee, WI - MAP
Phone: (414) 964-9923
If you feel the urge to dance, hit the floor at the Mad Planet
. Milwaukee's only alt-rock dance club, Mad Planet hosts a retro-themed dance night every Friday, when you can dust off your parachute pants and get down to the funky sounds of the 80s and 90s. Live music shows on Saturdays have included big-ticket national acts like Arcade Fire and Lucero.
Address: 533 E. Center St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 263-4555
Located in the old Eagles Club, The Rave
is one of the most action-packed live music and nightlife venues bringing in hip-hop, metal and alternative bands from across the globe. The former Eagles Club featured a boxing ring with seating, a swimming pool, a high-end restaurant and a bowling alley, all of which have been redesigned and incorporated into the multi-roomed Rave.
Address: 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI - MAP
Phone: (414) 342-7283
As you make your way down Water Street, be sure to stop in Rosie's Water Works
. Serving up some of the best tasting food alongside some of the best drinks and nightlife in Milwaukee has been Rosie's way of business for over 25 years. Be sure to mention if it is your birthday in order to receive a free celebratory drink!
Address: 1111 North Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 274-7213
As you hit the slot machine, play bingo or try your hand at cards in Potawatomi Bingo Casino
, you can enjoy a fine drink from Bar 360. This bar lives up to its name. You can find it at the heart of the casino, on a slightly elevated, central platform. See and be seen by the entire casino while you enjoy a variety of the drink specials available from the full bar.
Address: 1721 West Canal St., Milwaukee, WI 53233 - MAP
Hi Hat Lounge
sets the feel for the night with excellent mood lighting and spectacular artwork. This versitile nightlife venue opens for lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends, and stays open until 2:00AM every night. Enjoy food from the full menu, featuring typical American fare like burgers and salads. Listen to a live DJ every Friday night, or hear a live band perform. On nights without a band or DJ, you can still crank up the juke box.
Address: 1701 North Arlington Place, Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 220-8090
Visit Milwaukee's original brew pub on Water Street
! Water Street Brewery is built on providing bar goers with a continuous variety of award-winning traditional and specialty home brews, as well as beers from local, regional, national and international breweries - and of course, nightlife fun. Enjoy your brew with an appetizer, sandwich or nightly entrée special. Stop by earlier on the weekends for brunch.
Address: 1101 N Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 272-1195