By Jennifer Posh
After a long day of exploring a city, sometimes the idea of hunting down a great spot for dinner or drinks seems daunting. Don’t surrender to pizza delivery! When you stay at a hotel with a great bar or restaurant, you never have to go far to find a first-class experience. Though downtown Milwaukee’s hotels are in easy walking distance of the city’s best nightlife, you just may find yourself opting for a night or two in instead!
Opened in 1893, the Pfister is a downtown icon and still one of the Midwest’s finest luxury hotels. This historic hotel is filled with Victorian charm and features the world’s largest hotel art collection throughout the corridors. The comfy Lobby Lounge offers some of the city’s best people watching, and Blu is a swanky martini lounge on the 23rd floor with breathtaking views of downtown and Lake Michigan, plush chairs and live jazz.
One of Milwaukee’s newest hotels, the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel has an effortlessly cool style, blending sleek new construction with the well-loved wear of the surrounding historic neighborhood. It’s no surprise that The Outsider, the Journeyman’s chic rooftop bar and restaurant, quickly became a hotspot offering everything from shuffleboard in the summer to firepits in the fall.
The cozy home of Irish hospitality in Milwaukee, County Clare is a home away from home perfect for a weekend getaway. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the hotel is also home to the acclaimed County Clare Pub, recognized by Guinness Brewmaster Fergal Murray as the best Guinness pint in Wisconsin! Enjoy the food, drink and music of Ireland, right here on the shores of Lake Michigan.
This industrial-chic boutique hotel is especially popular with those who like to live on the wild side and features a number of special amenities catering to motorcyclists. But whether they rode in on a bike or not, guests and locals love the on-site bar/restaurants. The lobby bar, Branded, serves classic craft cocktails and new concoctions all year; during the warmer months, pet-friendly patio The Yard is the place to be.
A modern hotel with sophisticated style, the InterContinental Milwaukee has the unique advantage of being attached to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Pabst Theater. It is also right across the street from the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, making it an ideal accommodation for anyone in town to see a show. Grab a drink before or after the performance in the stylish lobby bar, CLEAR. You can also play a few rounds on the indoor bocce ball court and enjoy live music most weekends.
Start planning your trip to Milwaukee today!