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 Milwaukee beer gardens remained closed last season, it appears many will be opening for 2021!

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Milwaukee Area Beer Gardens Open for the 2021 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. OLD HEIDELBERG PARK HAS BEEN COMPLETELY RENOVATED & IS OPEN FOR REGULAR BUSINESS. THERE ARE OVER 300 PICNIC TABLES SPREAD OUT IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS INCLUDING UNDERCOVER. NO RESERVATION(S) NEEDED.*

The park will be OPEN every week thru Labor Day. Live Music will be featured most days and 1/2 off liters of Bier every Saturday & Sunday 11 am-2 pm.

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

Grab a beer and sip it alongside 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.

Though various limited concessions are open at the Zoo, there is not yet specific news on the Bear Garden for 2021. Check back for updates. 

BEER GARDEN @ THE CORNERS OF BROOKFIELD

Live Music Thursdays in the Market Square at The Corners of Brookfield! Enjoy a cold brew from Cafe Hollander + live, local music every Thursday at The Corners. Food will be available for purchase day-of, or pre-order ahead of time!

Thursdays from 5:30 – 10:00 pm. 

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.

The Tap Room is now open on weekends! Friday 3 PM-8PM. Saturday 11 AM-8PM. Sunday 11 AM-6 PM

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. Open at Milwaukee (Hamilton) and Muskego locations.

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.

Open daily at noon. Note: Estabrook Beer Garden is located in the CITY OF MILWAUKEE on MILWAUKEE COUNTY PARK PROPERTY.  As a County Contract Vendor and City Licensed Establishment, we are operating under County and City orders and restrictions. Please check Facebook for our most up-to-date hours.

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.

Click to view Croatian Park’s COVID-19 Readiness and Operational Plan and our recently posted Franklin COVID-19 Temporary Music suspension press release. We have also partnered with Milwaukee Sanitizing Service to professionally disinfect Croatian Park between events.

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 Thursday Night Band Lineup will be shared on their facebook page soon! Opening night is May 27th. 

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.  Want to go before it gets hot?? Enjoy Milwaukee’s ONLY year-round beer garden while gathering with family and friends in our private Domes. Private Cabanas, Beer garden offerings, and unique packages to share while enjoying the beauty of the park with good company!

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.

Opening May 21! 

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. 2021 Season Opens Wednesday, May 12. Limited seating available.

MILLER TIME PUB BEER GARDEN
509 West Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee

Open every Friday & Saturday night from 5 -9 PM, where you’ll find live music and a raucous crowd of people who come together to drink great beer, share a bite, and make new friends. Free parking with purchase when you park in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center Parking Structure. In the event of inclement weather, head inside to belly up to the bar at Miller Time Pub.

SOUTH SHORE TERRACE
2900 S. Shore Drive, Milwaukee 53207

South Shore Terrace celebrates the best of the local Milwaukee community. Our open-air Miller beer garden serves up stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee skyline. Fresh, local ingredients combine in the classic hometown menu, and the historic 1930s bathhouse building provides a one-of-a-kind location to share good times with friends and family.

*Follow the Wisconsin mask ordinance and wear a mask when interacting with our staff, and when in line ordering food/drink 🍻😷 2021 Season Opening April 24! 

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 on May 20. 

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.

Covid safety protocols are listed on their website. Basically, if you are not seated at your table, you are expected to wear a mask. 

THE TAP YARD @ BAYSHORE (*NEW for 2021, opening May 12th)
5800 N Bayshore Dr, Glendale, WI

A lively beer garden experience featuring 36 craft beers from local and regional brewers, as well as a variety of wines and hard seltzers. The Tap at Bayshore is set to open May 12, 2021 and will be located adjacent to The Yard, the large, open-air community and entertainment space located in the heart of Bayshore.

THE TAP YARD @ WAUKESHA (*NEW for 2021, opening May 5th)
1150 W Sunset Dr, Waukesha

THE TAP YARD MKE
1301 N Edison St Milwaukee, WI

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.

Check their website for their covid safety protocols. Curbside pickup is also available. 

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.

Not all heroes wear capes, but for now, they all wear masks. Thank you for saving the day and helping to keep our hard-working teams and your fellow patrons safe. Want to learn more about our social distancing guidelines and the Milwaukee Beer Garden and Madison Mask Mandates? READ ABOUT IT HERE!

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 April 21, weather depending. on Monday to Fridays and 11 AM to 10 PM on weekends. The last call will be at 9 PM. Sorry, no live music this year.

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.

Roll Out the Barrel Tour Schedule

Pass Me a Pint Tour

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: a reduced capacity, waiting area for to-go beer and food orders, and our new tableside e-ordering.

2021 Dates:

5/21-22 Muskego Park

5/28-30 Minooka Park

6/3-6/5 Fox River Park

6/10-6/12 Menomonee Park

6/17- 6/19 Fox Brook Park

6/24-6/26 Mukwonago Park

7/1-7/3 Minooka Park

7/8-7/10 Fox Brook Park

7/15-7/17 Fox River Park

7/22-7/24 Menomonee Park

7/29-7/31 Mukwonago Park

8/5-8/7 Muskego Park

8/12-8/14 Minooka Park

8/19-8/21 Fox River Park

8/26-8/28 Fox Brook Park

9/3-9/4 Mukwonago Park

9/10-9/11 Fox Brook Park

9/17-9/18 Menomonee Park

Raised Grain Brewing Traveling Beer Garden

SUSSEX PINTS IN THE PARK BEER GARDEN

09/16/2021 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM  Location: Village Park
W244N6260 Weaver Drive
Sussex, Wisconsin 53089

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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