Nightlife

Location
Milwaukee, WI
Undergrads
1,412
Tuition
$22,126
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Junior

Nightlife: I don't go to bars or clubs so I do not know about nightlife.

Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I don't live on campus so I don't know how the nightlife is.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't stay on campus so I really don't know what goes on there after hours however from the neighborhood and I can say not much goes on at night. The school is far from bars and clubs but they is a lot of restaurants and fast food not too far.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Mug events are fun but could get better.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you're looking for a night life Alverno is probably not the school for you. There isn't a bar/club scene near, unless you want to drive downtown. But, if you are going to school and don't want distractions from school work then this is the school to go to.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 36th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 881st
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1337th
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Katy Kujala-Korpela
Hometown
Wisconsin
Major
History/Political Science
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The Milwaukee area has a large amount of bars and clubs, so some place is almost always hopping. The city has everything from a gothic scene at Club Anything to a little bit of Ireland at Mo's Irish Pub, which also serves food with its spirits. There isn't a huge rave scene in Milwaukee, but there are places to go dancing and have a good time.

Milwaukee is also home to several comedy clubs. Comedy Sportz is similar to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and offers a wide variety of shows during the day and night. It is cheap entertainment, with most shows costing around $5, which is great for students on budgets. Also, they have midnight shows every Saturday night dubbed the "Adult Show," where the comedy becomes more risqué. Like many other aspects of Milwaukee, if you want a specific type of nightlife, the city probably has it.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • Walker's Point
  • Water Street
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Hi Hat Lounge
  • The Highbury Pub
  • The Hotel Foster
  • Sugar Maple
  • Thurman's 15
Local Specialties
  • Beer from local microbreweries:
  • Miller beer:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Screw Your Neighbor
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Express Milwaukee
  • www.milwaukeenights.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.–2:30 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Club Anything
Organization Parties
The PAGE Board on campus hosts a couple of events which are non-alcoholic, including a St. Patty's Day celebration where students can drink root beer for $1 and the annual Mocktail Party, where students spend little to nothing to get fruity drinks all night! Alverno is a publicly dry campus, so all events run by students are alcohol-free.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Hot Water & Wherehouse Night Club

Come here if you're in the mood to dance. There's a 1,500-square-foot dance floor, and Hot Water caters to every kind of dance style: swing, tango, salsa, and even ballroom. Come check out the free salsa lessons every Saturday.

818 S. Water St.

Milwaukee

(414) 383-7593

www.hotwatermilwaukee.com

LaCage Nightclub

Billed as Wisconsin's largest gay bar, LaCage has weekly drag shows and nightly DJs.

802 S. Second St.

Milwaukee

(414) 383-8330

www.lacagemke.com

Club Anything

This is a student favorite, mostly because this club caters to students.

807 S. 5th St.

Milwaukee

(414) 383-5680

www.clubanything.us

618 Live on Water

618 has good DJs, and the dance floor is usually bumping.

618 N. Water St.

Milwaukee

(414) 224-7770

www.618liveonwater.com

Buckhead Saloon

Thursday is ladies night, where you and four friends can get free covers all night. There are other weekly specials, including happy hours.

1044 N. Old World Third St.

Milwaukee

(414) 390-0233

www.buckheadmilwaukee.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Rookies Sports Club

If you're looking for some cheap food to go with your drinks, look no further than Rookies.

3915 S. Howell Ave.

Milwaukee

(414) 482-9700

www.rookiessportsclub.com

Mo's Irish Pub

Drinks are affordable here, especially during the happy hour during the week. There is also live music several nights a week.

142 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Milwaukee

(414) 272-0721

www.mosirishpub.com

Water Street Brewery

This brewpub has some delicious microbrews, including a raspberry wheat beer. They have a regular selection on tap, in addition to many seasonal brews.

1101 N. Water St.

Milwaukee

(414) 272-1195

www.waterstreetbrewery.com

Rosie's on Water

Come here on your birthday, when you'll get free drinks all night in a special birthday mug that you get to keep.

1111 N. Water St.

Milwaukee

(414) 274-7213

rosiesonwater.com

McGillicuddy's

McGillicuddy's is an Irish pub, complete with Guinness, Harp, and Bass beer on tap. There's also a patio and outside bar, which is a fun place to be when it's warm outside.

1135 N. Water St.

Milwaukee

(414) 278-8888

www.mcgillycuddysmilwaukee.com

Fitzgibbons' Irish Pub

Fitzgibbons' is a laid-back place to come enjoy a beer with some friends. Fun fact: This bar is more than 100 years old!

1127 N. Water St.

Milwaukee

(414) 278-8847

www.fitzgibbonspub.com

Elsa's On the Park

Elsa's is a trendy little bar with a martini menu and some great wings.

833 N. Jefferson St.

Milwaukee

(414) 765-0615

www.elsas.com

Major Goolsby's

Goolsby's has been ranked the No. 1 sports bar in Milwaukee for 30 years. There are tons of TVs showing lots of different games.

La Perla Mexican Restaurant

This is also a restaurant, but the bar side is a fun place to come for strong margaritas or to ride the giant red pepper!

734 S. 5th St.

Milwaukee

(414) 645-9888

www.laperlahot.com

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Milwaukee's Comedy Café

Another fun comedy club to check out if you're not old enough to get into bars or just want a fun night out.

615 E. Brady St.

Milwaukee

(414) 271-5653

milwaukeescomedycafe.com

The Rave

This is a concert venue that hosts local and regional bands, in addition to national acts, like All-Time Low, The White Tie Affair, and Weezer.

2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Milwaukee

(414) 342-7283

www.therave.com

La Perla Mexican Restaurant

Since this is also a restaurant, students under 21 can still get it and grab some food or watch people ride the giant red pepper.

734 S. Fifth St.

Milwaukee

(414) 645-9888

www.laperlahot.com

Comedy Sportz Milwaukee

Check out a comedy act here, especially when tickets are $5!

420 S. First St.

Milwaukee

(414) 272-8888

www.comedysportzmilwaukee.com

Hifi Café

This cool little café has a great atmosphere to go along with its great food and coffee. There's free Wi-Fi and an old-fashioned jukebox.

2640 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Milwaukee

(414) 486-0504

www.hificafe.com

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 25 responses

  • 8% There are no good options.
  • 60% Use a designated driver.
  • 4% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 20% Public transportation.
  • 4% Taxis.
  • 4% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 84% Parties? What parties?
  • 12% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 0% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 4% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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