The weather is finally warming up (does anyone else feel like winter lasted forever?) but we’re not quite in the clear to be gathering indoors just yet, so what's a better way to socialize then with a few friends, your dog, a cold beer and fresh air?
Back in 2019, we shared a list of dog friendly indoor bars (yeah, remember those days?), last year we shared a list of dog friendly places to hike camp and hang, and this year we're here to share a list of Milwaukee's dog-friendly beer gardens! Not a fan of beer? No problem! Many of the beer gardens also offer wine, hard cider, soda and more. Check out the list, share with your friends and let us know if we're missing any!
Please note: Every beer garden operates a little differently. Before you visit for the first time, check out a quick guide on the basics of beer gardening, and you'll become a master beer gardener in no time! Opening dates vary.
The Traveling Beer Gardens are two restored fire trucks, converted into a mobile beer truck serving up craft brews from Milwaukee’s Sprecher Brewery. Two trucks travel around Milwaukee County Parks on two simultaneously running tours between May and September.
Last call: 9pm
Roll Out the Barrel Tour Schedule
Pass Me a Pint Tour
The Traveling Beer Garden is run by Milwaukee County Parks concessions staff. All revenue collected goes back into improving the parks.
2900 South Shore Dr, Milwaukee
South Shore Terrace celebrates the best of the local Milwaukee community. Their 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.
Lake Michigan views, farm-to-table food and local brews from Miller are offered at this unique beer garden, housed in a 1930's bathhouse in the Bay View neighborhood.
Sat: Farmer’s Market Days* *10am-10pm
8831 North Root River Parkway, Greendale
Enjoy a craft beer from over a dozen of Wisconsin's top breweries at this scenic beer garden nestled among the trees in Whitnall Park. As well as a changing selection of craft beer from local and regional breweries, they serve hard sodas, cider, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. Hungry? Head to their grill partner for a variety of food and snacks, including a Friday Night Fish Fry. You are also welcome to bring in your own food and non-alcoholic beverages (no carry-in of alcohol is allowed).
Humboldt Park, 3000 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee
The Vine Humboldt is a new wine and beer garden in Humboldt Park, in the heart of Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood. Enjoy wine, craft beer, cider, non-alcoholic beverages and Peruvian empanadas* (bring-your-own food also welcome) inside their historic farmhouse location, or outside in their spacious open-air areas. Just like the park’s namesake, Alexander Von Humboldt, they celebrate a love of nature and adventure.
Bring your own glassware to get refill rates. Beverages purchased at The Vine can be carried throughout all of Humboldt Park.
*Triciclo Peru: Authentic Peruvian empanadas made from scratch are served up in the kitchen.
Last call 9pm
4600 Estabrook Drive Milwaukee
Estabrook Beer Garden offers beers imported from the Munich Hofbräuhaus. All beer is served in the appropriate 1/2-liter or full-liter heavy glass mug. Inspirations for this beer garden came from Milwaukee’s brewing legacy and the operation is modeled after beer gardens found in modern day Munich, Germany. Food is limited to beer garden basics of bratwurst, hot dogs and their famous giant fresh baked pretzel. Because the beer garden is truly a public place, visitors are welcome to bring picnic baskets with their favorite fare and soft drinks.
Estabrook Park lies on the banks of the Milwaukee River and the beer garden is set on a bluff just above a waterfall. Aside from the beer garden, park amenities also include trails, playgrounds, disc golf course, dog park, soccer fields & riverwalk.
1800 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa
Located in Wauwatosa, next to the TOSA Pool, The Landing serves a rotating selection of craft and import beer and regularly features live music and entertainment nights. Walking/biking paths are just steps away from the beer garden, directly across a photo worthy bridge. The Landing is operated by Friends of Hoyt Park.
Beginning Wednesday, June 2, 7-9pm: Quizmaster Trivia
3565 North Morris Boulevard, Shorewood
Enjoy Milwaukee's year round beer garden featuring dinners, beers, Sunday brunches, activities and special events. Hubbard Park Beer Garden is tucked away in nature, directly off the Oak Leaf Trail, overlooking the Milwaukee River. In winter, Hubbard Park Beer Garden offers private Winter Camp domes.
HOURS Wed-Thurs: 4-10pm
700 W Lexington Blvd, Glendale
Old Heidelberg Park has been completely renovated with over 300 picnic tables spread out in various locations. The Bavarian Bierhaus Biergarten features live music most days and offers half-off liters every Saturday and Sunday 11am-2pm.
1133 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee
The Beer Garden in the Deer District offers watch parties for Bucks games on their oversized outdoor screen and features 20 tap beer lines consisting of domestic and craft beer selections; a selection of packaged beers, seltzers and sodas, popcorn and snacks. If you're feeling extra hungry, you can order from The MECCA or Cream City Cluckery.
4501 W River Ln, Brown Deer
Located conveniently on the Oak Leaf Trail in Brown Deer, The Brick Yard Oasis has something for everyone. Thirsty bikers, beer garden goers, live music fans and food truck connoisseurs can find a beautiful oasis in the middle of suburban Milwaukee. From May through October (weather dependent) you can join for live music and rotating food trucks along with a full service bar Thursday through Saturday. Trying to beat the heat? In addition to food and alcoholic beverages, they also sell water, Gatorade and ice cream.
5901 West National Avenue, Milwaukee
Located in the heart of Milwaukee's West Allis neighborhood, Kegel's Inn serves up the most authentic German cuisine, where everything is made from time honored traditional family recipes. We have 10 tables, two real wood fire pits and on chilly days, Yurts are available for groups larger than six.
Please keep in mind that many of the beer gardens are opening the 2021 season under the same City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County restrictions and operating plans as 2020. They are obligated to operate under this approved plan until further notice.
City of Milwaukee Beer Garden/County Park Policies:
All dogs must be leashed
No carry-in alcohol permitted in county parks
Maintain social distancing
No more than six persons per table
No personal tables/chairs in beer garden
Personal tables/chairs/blankets may be used on grass while maintaining social distancing
Masks encouraged when not drinking or eating
Wash hands and use sanitizer frequently
If you have had any Covid symptoms in the past two weeks, please stay home
By Brit Matyas, owner
About Good Hound Company
Good Hound Company was founded in 2017 by Brit Matyas while she was living in her quaint, one-bedroom apartment above a pub in Shorewood, Wisconsin. With pets, their owners and sustainability in mind, many of Good Hound Company’s goods are made from recycled or vintage materials, including our packaging which is made from 100% recycled material. Good Hound Company contributes directly to supporting local dog rescue + protection organizations through advocacy efforts and by providing them with vital funding for the ongoing care of animals in need. We're driven by community and often team up with small businesses we love and other like-minded makers. It is our goal to invest back into the community that has given us so much support.