Ever been to Milwaukee? This Midwestern city is highly underrated. Even as Chicago natives, we’ve made quite a few trips up there over the course of our adult lives. They’ve got a great art scene, fun bars, a nice downtown and lakefront, sports, legendary festivals, and more.
So, when my dad asked me if I’d like to join him for a boys’ night up in Milwaukee, I was obviously in! He wanted to have a father-son day at the ballpark and hang out, just the guys. I’m always down for some good times with family.
I booked us a place to stay at the historic Pfister Hotel, which is centrally located downtown and is crazy nice. It’s been here since 1893, and they sure have kept it up. It’s also supposedly haunted, but that’s more Ang’s wheelhouse than mine.
They also have the fanciest power supply I’ve ever seen at a hotel. And we stay in a lot of hotels.
Quite nice. They also have a Starbucks, a bar, restaurant, and tons more amenities. As it’s rather luxurious and in the middle of downtown, it was also full of conventions and whatnot. In addition, this appears to be where away teams often stay, and this day was no exception. The Pittsburgh Pirates were staying here at the same time, so we often saw them roaming around.
Apparently, some professional athletes refuse to stay at this hotel because of its haunting. Ha.
Anyway, after checking in and getting settled, we caught an Uber up to Lakefront Brewery for some food, drinks, lounging, and a little tour. It’s a nice spot with some delicious beer, and we highly recommend it. Pro tip: Book your tour before you start drinking. It includes chips for drinks, something we didn’t know until later – after we’d already been imbibing for a while. =P
Dad and I before entering…
And, some food to go with that!
After plenty of beers and food, we headed to their outside patio to hang out and take a stroll on the riverwalk. Milwaukee has developed quite a bit in the last 10-15 years, and it’s really looking good these days.
We then headed back upstairs to take the Lakefront tour, which naturally, included some more beer and a great history lesson about the brewery.
Later that evening, we caught another Uber over to Miller Park to watch the Brewers take on the Pirates.
I’d been to the Brewers’ old stadium, but had never tackled this new one. It is amazing. Not only is it a great place to watch a ball game, but it has a huge variety of food and drink, and even a craft beer bar. The experience is top-notch and it’s a great example of what a modern ballpark should be.
Oh yeah, it was Game of Thrones night. Ha. Ha. Hahahaha.
Choice seats, friends.
Going to the park with my dad has been a tradition since I was a kid, and we hadn’t gone in quite a long time. It sure was nice to spend some time with him and see another game after so long.
Afterwards, we hit up the hotel bar to chill and have a drink and a snack before crashing. Cheers again!
The next day, we got up and had a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel before heading out.
Once we checked out, we drove over to Veterans Park along Lake Michigan to take a walk through this scenic area.
And that’s a wrap! Obviously, we didn’t come close to touching all the things there are to do in Milwaukee. Alas, I an assure you there are so, so many things to see and do, and it’s a great place to go for a day, a weekend, or even a week. Many thanks and hugs to my dad for inviting me!
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A very special and very big thanks to Dad, to all the brewery folks who welcomed us, the people at Miller Park, the lovely staff at the Pfister Hotel, and to all the fine folks of Milwaukee.
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