Comfort Suites Milwaukee Airport
6362 S. 13th Street
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Phone: (414) 570-1111
Fax: (414) 570-3333
This little improv theater/bar sits in the trendy, quickly becoming gentrified South Milwaukee district of Bayview. Inside, patrons can sidle up to the bar and order a drink then turn the corner and see a show. The theater itself is quite small, the stage is tiny and there are only 70 seats. The spectacles performed here vary from classics to more contemporary avant-garde pieces and every night promises to be unique. Additionally, this place succeeds where other Alchemists couldn't by finally mixing different elements and turning them into stage gold.
For more than fifteen years, the Cactus Club has played host to a veritable who's who list of modern rock. Famous acts like The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Spoon, Interpol, Bright Eyes, and a plethora of others have played on their stage. The club is located in South Milwaukee and the place is definitely small, but this is to your advantage because the shows are very intimate.
Milwaukee is a city filled with cool retro nightlife, from Tiki bars to polka halls, this bar with four mini bowling lanes only adds to the list. The interior of Koz's looks like it is part hunting club, part dive bar, in fact they have a massive lion's head along with its hide perched over a bar cabinet. Despite the kitschy and eclectic decorations, most people come here to bowl. In the back, guests can enjoy their PBR while they roll some mini balls down some tiny lanes and if the place is too crowded, the bar has a pool table and great drinks until the next round becomes available.
Kochanski's Beer Hall has revived the long, lost polka pub tradition in the city with its comfy ambiance, Polish beer, and of course, the accordion. It is a little bit out of the way in the neighborhood of West Milwaukee, however the amount of Polish beer and open polka jam sessions throughout the week make the trip worth it. Check website for events and details.
Comedy Sportz is an "interactive improv experience." There are nightly shows including kids' comedy camps and improv tournaments. The club's restaurant, Howie's, serves a full menu of American classics such as burgers, deli sandwiches and bar food. Be sure to check the website for the calendar of events. The club usually goes of hiatus during Milwaukee's popular Summerfest.
The BMO Harris Pavilion is a modern entertainment venue in Milwaukee. The pavilion hosts all kinds of major events, from large concerts to major sporting tournaments and everything between.
The Irish Rovers, Brian McKnight, and Naked Beggars are some of the acts you can expect to catch at the Northern Lights Theatre, a part of the Potawatomi Casino. Although slot machines are being worked around the clock at the casino, this theater provides you additional entertainment in the form of power-packed live performances. It is split into two separate levels, and the magnificent decor adds to its charm. Box office hours may change without prior intimation.
This cultural center located in the hip Third Ward is one of the city's best entertainment venues. It houses two very special theaters, the Cabot and the Studio, and it is owned by the Skylight Music Theater (also in the same complex). The Cabot has an intimate 358 seats and the Studio is even closer to the action with 99 seats. The entire center hosts more than 100 different shows a year, from Gilbert & Sullivan to more contemporary productions such as 'I Hear America Singing' and 'In the Heights'. Check website for calendar and more information on events.
Touted as the world's largest Irish cultural festival, this annual event is held at the Henry Maier Festival Park. Every August, visitors gather for days of fireworks, music, Céilí dancing, games, sports, shopping and food. Past entertainers include dancers from Trinity Academy of Irish Dance and Young Dubliners. A newsletter is also available for those who would like to be updated with the festival.
Miller Park is what a traditional baseball diamond should be. This park was designed with baseball as the primary sport in mind and it is superbly built with its retractable roof to protect from inclement weather. The roof opens and shuts in a quick ten minutes and it seats about 45,000 people at various levels in the arena. It has a split-bowl concept where the seats hang over others slightly—this gives fans a clearer view of the game. They also have excellent amenities such as a brewpub, open-air patios, a Hall of Fame and a children's area.
Set outdoors with the scenic Lake Michigan in full view, the Marcus Amphitheater plays host to some of the biggest bands in Milwaukee. It is a medium sized amphitheater with a seating capacity for about a few thousand people. If that area is occupied, then move over to the grass seats. Big names such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and R. Kelly have graced the stage here. From rock to pop, to funk to fusion, it is a concert venue for all kinds of music. Large projection screens make it easier for the viewers to see their favorites on stage. The Summerfest is a gig to watch out for here, as it is extremely popular with music fans.
Located on the campus of Marquette University, the Helfaer theater is a 226-seat theater presenting four productions each year as well as a children's show. Open since 1975, this theater is home to the Marquette University Players, the theater company of the Department of Performing Arts.