Guide to Milwaukee Area Beer Gardens

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Summer is officially upon us, and we’re all craving any resemblance of normal. For any Milwaukee-native, that means enjoying an ice-cold draft and a brat at a local beer garden. While many of our favorite beer gardens remained closed for the season, there are a few currently open and practicing safe social distancing with patrons.

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Milwaukee Area Beer Gardens Open for the 2020 Season

BAVARIAN BIERHAUS
700 W. Lexington Blvd, Glendale

One of the largest beer gardens in the state, offering multiple food items, as well as snack items. Over 300 picnic tables spread out in various locations, including undercover. Open beginning June 5th from 5 PM to 9 PM on weekdays and noon to 9 PM on weekends.

South Shore Park Beer Garden

BEAR GARDEN @ MILWAUKEE CO ZOO
10001 Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, 53226

Grab a beer and sip it along-side the grizzlies in the “Bear Garden” beer garden at the Milwaukee County Zoo. An ode to Wisconsin’s outdoor lifestyle and our Milwaukee German heritage, this beer garden is a family favorite, complete with family-style seating and a deck overlooking the lake. You can choose from 12 different rotating taps, and they also offer floats for adults or kids.

No news for 2020. Check back for updates. 

BEER GARDEN @ THE DEER DISTRICT
1133 N. Old World Third Street, Milwaukee, 53203

Known as Milwaukee’s “official” living room, this new beer garden is located in the new Deer District at the Fiserv Forum. The Beer Garden offers a variety of taps that are constantly changing out and include local favorites and domestic drafts. While you sip on your favorite local craft, you can catch any Brewers or Bucks game on the big screens – which is found in a covered family-style seating area. They also offer a shuttle to Miller Park for home games.

No news for 2020. Check back for updates. 

Deer District Beer Garden

EAGLE PARK BREWING
823 E Hamilton St, Milwaukee, 53203

If you’re looking for a stellar local brewery with its own beer garden, Eagle Brewing is what you’re looking for. Drive Through currently available at Milwaukee (Hamilton) and Muskego locations. Check back for updates. 

ESTABROOK PARK BEER GARDEN
4600 Estabrook Drive, Milwaukee, 53217

Only in Milwaukee would one of our beloved parks carry the honor of having the first public beer garden in the U.S. since Prohibition. This beer garden is situated on a bluff just above a waterfall that flows into the Menomonee River, allowing guests to arrive via foot, auto, bicycle, or even canoe or kayak. They feature beers imported from the Munich Hofbrauhaus, along with brats, hot dogs, and freshly baked soft pretzels.

This venue is currently closed. Check the website for updates. 

Estabrook Park Beer Garden

FRANKLIN BEER GARDEN AT CROATIAN PARK
9100 S. 76thStreet, Franklin, 53132

The Franklin Beer Garden at Croatian Park is perfect for any Thursday night in summer. This Croatian beer garden is unlike any other in the Milwaukee area. They feature their very own craft beers called Croatian Park Ale and Karlovacko Pivo (imported Croatian beer), along with a rotating selection of Wisconsin and Croatian craft beers. Make sure you also check out this beer garden hungry because they have a huge selection of food items, including handmade beef and pork sausages, Ćevapčići. The garden is open beginning June 4th. They operate on Thursdays from 5 PM to 10 PM from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Croatian Beer Garden

HARTLAND BEER GARDEN
Nixon Park, 175 E. Park Ave, Hartland, 53029

The best part about the Hartland Beer Garden…it’s located right next to the splash pad! So, grab the kiddos and check this one out.

The Beer Garden will not be opening until further notice. As rules are set and become more clear, it will open as soon as they can. Stay in touch on Facebook for announcements.

HUBBARD PARK BEER GARDEN
3565 N. Morris Boulevard, Shorewood, 53211

Located in Shorewood along the Oak Leaf Trail, Hubbard Park is a traditional Old World Beer Garden and features local beers, a bloody mary, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and summer food fare like brats, hot dogs, sausages and giant pretzels. Now open Monday through Friday from 3 PM to 10 PM and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 PM. Limited seating is available, and social distancing is required.

Hubbard Park Beer Garden

HUMBOLDT PARK WINE & BEER GARDEN (THE VINE HUMBOLDT)
3000 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee, 53207

One of the newest beer gardens in Milwaukee County is located in the heart of the Bay View neighborhood and is commonly known as The Vine Humboldt. They will have beer and wine on tap Tuesday through Friday from 5 PM to 10 PM and Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays 11 AM to 10 PM (last call at 9 PM). Their tap selection will include two red wines, three white wines and craft brews from Lakefront Brewery, Sprecher Brewery, Terrapin Brewery, and rotating guest breweries. They will also have hard sodas, cider wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Triciclo Peru will offer authentic Peruvian empanadas made from scratch.

This venue is currently closed. Check the website for updates. 

THE LANDING AT HOYT PARK
1800 N. Swan Boulevard, Wauwatosa, 53226

Adjacent to Hoyt Pool, The Landing offers both indoor and outdoor seating and features a rotating menu of craft and import beers, wines, non-alcoholic drinks. Their food selection includes Cranky Al’s pizza, giant pretzels, brats, hot dogs, and popcorn. Now open Wednesday through Friday from 3 PM to 9 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM to 9 PM. Limited seating available.

SOUTH SHORE TERRACE
2900 S. Shore Drive, Milwaukee 53207

South Shore Terrace is a unique Milwaukee beer garden destination, complete with Lake Michigan views, farm to table food and exclusive Miller beers. The beer garden features gas fire pits, a cedar pergola, two stamped concrete stages, and a huge 30-foot concrete and cedar bar with 20 tap handles. Limited concessions are also sold. There’s live music every Wednesday from 5 PM to 8 PM. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 4 PM to 10 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 10 PM with the last call at 9 PM.

This venue is currently closed. Check the website for updates. 

SCHWABENHOF BIERGARTEN
N56W14750 Silver Spring Dr, Menomonee Falls, 53051

Each Thursday from May through September, The Schwabenhof Pavilion serves an array of German Beers on tap. You can also enjoy an authentic Hungarian bratwurst, Bavarian pretzel, or delicious leberkäse sandwich. All accompanied by live music!

The Biergarten will open as soon as public gathering restrictions allow us. Thank you for your patience. We look forward to seeing you again as soon as possible!

STOCKHOUSE BREWERY BEER GARDEN
7208 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa, 53213

Stockhouse Brewery’s new beer garden is always serving up a new beer on tap. Their promise to customers is never to have the same beer on tap twice, so you’re always going to find something different. Their new beer garden is dog-friendly and also includes games like bags or giant Jenga.

Reopening protocols are listed on their website, and curbside beer pickup is still available.

THIRD SPACE BREWING BEER GARDEN
1505 W St. Paul Ave, Milwaukee, 53233

Third Space Brewing was founded with a passion for great beer coupled with a desire to create a space people would love to spend time in, and they accomplished it! Not only is the taproom welcoming with a relaxed industrial vibe, but the beer garden space also has tons of seating and is a frequent stop for food trucks. Plus, they enjoy watching big games projected against the wall.

The taproom is closed until further notice. Check the website for most recent info, including their coronavirus response plan and curbside bingo promotion. 

Third Space Brewing Beer Garden

TOSA VILLAGE BEER GARDEN
7700 W Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa, 53213

Brought to you by The Lowlands Group, the newest beer garden in town is the Tosa Village Beer Garden. Located in the heart of Tosa, the beer garden will be centered between Café Hollander and Buckatabon Tavern in the Tosa Village, overlooking the Menomonee River. The beer garden will serve a variety of drinks, including international and domestic craft beers, as well as wine and cocktails. Their food options will include all of the traditional Milwaukee foods – sausages, hot dogs, pretzels, cheese curds, and more! The Tosa Village Beer Garden is now open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 10 PM.

WHITNALL PARK BEER GARDEN
8831 N Root River Parkway, Greendale, 53132

The Whitnall Park beer garden will feature 24 craft beer tap handles, food, non-alcoholic beverages. Local brewery features include MKE Brewing Company, Explorium, Eagle Park Brewing, GoodCity Brewing, MillerCoors, and Sprecher.  In addition to the beer, a variety of food options are offered at the Gift of Wings grill.

Whitnall Park Beer Garden will open from beginning June 4th, 4 PM to 10 PM on Monday to Fridays and 11 AM to 10 PM on weekends. The last call will be at 9 PM.

For all beer gardens in Milwaukee County Parks, changes include the use of single-use plastic cups, rather than your own pints or stein glasses (this also means no refills); tables will be spread further apart and we’ll use green bricks to show tables that have been sanitized and are ready for use, red bricks to show tables that still need to be cleaned. Masks are encouraged when you’re not eating or drinking, and credit card payments are preferred. This season there will be no live music or keg tappings either.

TRAVELING BEER GARDENS

MILWAUKEE COUNTY PARKS TRAVELING BEER GARDEN
The Milwaukee County Parks Traveling Beer Garden™ tour has two, simultaneously running tours traveling throughout the Milwaukee County Park System thanks to the partnership with Sprecher Brewing Co., Inc.  Each of the stops on the 16-week tour features craft beer and gourmet sodas. Hours are Monday through Friday from 5 PM to 10 PM, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays from 11 AM to 10 PM with last call at 9 PM. Single-use cups only.

Pass Me a Pint Tour:

Roll Out the Barrel Tour:

EAGLE PARK BREWING COMPANY POP-UP BEER GARDEN

No news for 2020. Drive Through available at Milwaukee (Hamilton) and Muskego locations.

RAISED GRAIN BREWERY POP-UP BEER GARDEN
For our Waukesha-area mamas, Raised Grain Brewery is continuing their to-go beer and food orders to accommodate our customers that are not ready to venture out. But they hope to see everyone soon. Key things you’ll notice: reduced capacity, waiting area for to-go beer and food orders, and our new tableside e-ordering.

Raised Grain Brewing Traveling Beer Garden

SUSSEX PINTS IN THE PARK BEER GARDEN

Information is still coming. Events have been postponed or canceled. Check the website for details.

Be sure to share your other favorite Milwaukee beer gardens with us in the comments so we can make sure they get added to our list!

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