Experience Downtown Blog

2019 Taste & Toast Preview

February 18, 2019 /   Taste & Toast 2019

By: Megan Kujawa

Taste & Toast returns for year five February 25 through March 1, 2019. 24 downtown restaurants have crafted special “appeteasers” and drinks for you to taste, and maybe find your new favorite spot! Not sure where to start? Check out the full list of participants here:

New & Notable

These hot spots are all newer to downtown’s restaurant scene. Discover your new favorite from the list of up-and-comers, some of which feature fun twists on the bar experience (board games, anyone?).

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria – 249 N. Water Street*

East Town Kitchen & Bar – 323 E. Wisconsin Avenue*

Hilton Garden Inn – The Garden Grille & Bar – 661 N. Broadway*

Oak & Shield Gaming Pub – 600 E. Ogden Avenue*

SportClub – 750 N. Jefferson Street*

Tavern at Turner Hall – 1038 Vel R. Phillips Avenue

Roofline Lighting Old World Third Street
Dine with a View

Take in Milwaukee’s stunning cityscape while you sip your drink. These destinations will supply photo-worthy views at the lakefront, East Town and on Old World Third Street, where brand-new roofline lighting amplifies the ambience.

Blu – 424 E. Wisconsin Avenue*

Harbor House – 550 N. Harbor Drive

Who’s On Third – 1007 N. Old World 3rd Street

Cozy & Comforting

February in Milwaukee can be pretty cold, but one of the perks of winter weather is enjoying comfort food. These restaurants will warm you up with apps such as Bacon Wrapped Cheese Curds and Braised Short Rib Mac N Cheese.

The Brown Bottle – 221 W. Galena Street

Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue – 301 W. Juneau Avenue

DOC’s Commerce Smokehouse – 754 Vel R. Phillips Avenue

Flannery’s – 425 E. Wells Street*

The Loaded Slate – 1137 N. Old World 3rd Street

Taste & Toast 2019
Crafty Cocktails

Are you the adventurous type, always up for trying something new? These menus feature creative, specialty drinks and award-winning recipes. You’ll probably wonder how they came up with some of them, but will be glad that they did.

Cantina – 1110 N. Old World 3rd Street

Monarch Lounge – 509 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Oak Barrel Public House – 1033 N. Old World 3rd Street

Pier 106 – 106 W. Wells Street

The Rumpus Room – 1030 N. Water Street

SafeHouse – 332 N. Milwaukee Street

HOP to ‘em

Head straight to happy hour by taking The Hop! These restaurants are all right off the streetcar route so you can easily and quickly get to toasting.

Cubanitas – 728 N. Milwaukee Street

Onesto – 221 N. Broadway

Pastiche at the Metro – 411 E. Mason Street

Smoke Shack – 332 N. Milwaukee Street

*Plus, everything starred above is also closely accessible via the Hop.


About the Author: Megan Kujawa is the Marketing & Special Events intern at Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21. She is a senior at Marquette University studying public relations, marketing and advertising.

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