Who wants to deal with downtown-Milwaukee parking—which might mean plunking down a lot of money for a spot or circling the streets as game time inches closer and closer? Several Milwaukee bars and restaurants offer free shuttles (for the price of a drink) to Milwaukee Bucks home games at BMO Harris Bradley Center, which make the entire experience a breeze. Here’s your guide for hopping on a free shuttle—and what you can expect to eat (or drink) pre-game.
Available from Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub’s two locations—Wauwatosa and Milwaukee (within the Brewhouse Inn & Suites just north of downtown)—the shuttle gets you to the game with ease.
What’s On the Menu: Cheese curds, chicken wings and oysters for starters; health-minded salads like the Walnut Fruit Salad and Jackson’s Baja Salad; half-a-dozen flatbreads and seven pizzas; sandwiches (from pork carnitas to prime rib) and build-your-own burgers
This Irish-meets-bar-food eatery is in Walker’s Point and offers a complimentary shuttle for all guests.
What’s On the Menu: Typical bar food such as onion rings, sliders and sandwiches like an Irish-beef sandwich (each sandwich comes with a side of fries, chips, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, salad, baked potato or soup), as well as nine different salads that include Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad.
Open since 1995, Steny’s—in Walker’s Point—has become known for its Bloody Mary (you can even get it in a growler to-go). And the Shuttle Bus Special gets you a free domestic beer (with each purchase).
What’s On the Menu: Comfort foods like Mac N Cheese, Baked Stuffed Jalapenos and wings (choice of 13 flavor sauces)—or the shareable Sampler Platter (six sides, including Reuben Rolls and Spinach Artichoke Dip).
Baby Back Ribs slathered in BBQ sauce are what draw people to Saz’s—but a free shuttle ride to a Bucks game makes the experience even better.
What’s On the Menu: Unique apps like cranberry wontons and a flatbread topped with Wisconsin cheddar and BBQ chicken or pulled-pork, plus hearty entrees such as a Sicilian Pork Chop or blackened catfish. Tack on the Baby Back Rib Combo (1/3 of a rack) to any entrée.
Open since 2013 on bustling Brady Street, on the city’s East Side, the vibe is an upscale sports bar, with brunch, lunch and dinner fare. Salad and soups for health-minded folks are on the menu, as are indulgent picks like a Philly roll with a side of jalapeño cheese, or steak-tenderloin sliders.
What’s On the Menu: While the menu is rife with yummy options, it’s worth consulting the nightly specials. For example, Tex-Mex Tuesdays means $2 tacos and on Thursday, a pitcher purchase gets you a free pizza. There’s even a Friday fish fry to fuel you up before heading to the game.
Brewski’s Sports Club Bar and Grill
Running a shuttle to all Bucks home games on Fridays and Saturdays from its location near the Wauwatosa/Milwaukee border (76th St. and Blue Mound Road), it’s worth watching the bar’s daily specials on food and drink.
For example, on Fridays, it’s two-for-one tap and rail drinks, plus a fish fry.
What’s On the Menu: Fruity, fun drinks—like Electric Smurf and Bermuda Triangle—in addition to tap beers and cocktails are joined by 12-inch pizzas, eight signature burgers, sandwiches and apps.
Spitfires on State
Just a stone’s throw from Miller Brewery, this wings-and-beer spot thrives on sports fans and lovers of grilled grub.
What’s On the Menu: Choose from 22 flavors for your wings, from a light sesame ginger to a heavy-on-flavor Caribbean jerk. Burgers and sandwiches are also on the menu while “fire fries,” battered onion wings and cheese curds are all easily sharable.