Since its founding in 1974, the nonprofit organization Historic Milwaukee has tirelessly advocated for an awareness of historic preservation and promotion of Milwaukee's built environment.The organization lifts the veil on Milwaukee's buildings and the people of its past through neighborhood walking tours and boat tours on the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers. Throughout the year, special tours take visitors on bike excursions and deeper explorations of more focused historical topics. To further engage history buffs, Historic Milwaukee also helms events ranging from a panel discussion series on city history to a citywide open house featuring more than 100 buildings.
Floor-to-ceiling wood panels frame School Yard Bar & Grill, an East Side hangout that doles out beer and burgers in equal measure. The menu features half-pound Wisconsin beef sandwiches named after prototypical high-school characters such as the Bully—cheddar, bacon, roasted-garlic mayo, and a fried egg—and the Principal, which is accompanied by swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, and a stern letter to your parents. Patrons can dig into these and other pub dishes, including wings, mozzarella sticks, and tacos, while drinking in views of overhead TVs and domestic drafts at the bar.
Downer Avenue Wine & Spirits' beverage buffs line their shelves with a legion of libations, helping customers cull the best selections for meals, gifts, and gatherings. Explore the vast selection of nearly 1,000 different wines ($4.99–$199.99)—with more than 200 bottles less than $10—in a trek more promising than an expedition for a mystical fount of gold merlot. The walk-in beer bunker boasts more than 200 frosty varieties of domestics, imports, and crafts, as well as a collection of microbrews from local hop houses, such as Sprecher and Lakefront ($4.99–$15.99/6). Sippers who enjoy their drinks on the rocks or in hollow stalactites can stock up on spirits from Downer Avenue's diverse batch of bottles, which includes Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Vodka and an assortment of single malt scotches ($22.99–$349.99).
At Nails By Tracy, standard polish almost seems ordinary. The studio's seasoned nail techs specialize in all sorts of eye-catching digit enhancements—Minx pedicures bestow toes with tattoo-like designs or prints, and Shellac mani-pedis employ durable Shellac polish and UV curing lights to keep nails vibrant and chip resistant for about two weeks. They also perform other digit-related services, including basic, French, and paraffin-based mani-pedis for men and women.
Milwaukee Bike & Skate Rental has been supplying lakefront adventurers with breezy modes of transportation for more than 20 years. Aboard your small surrey bike, you can feel free to wander along the waterfront, explore side paths, or rehearse future live-action Flintstones revivals. The small, pedal-powered surrey holds up to three adults and two small children and allows you and your entourage to cruise along the Milwaukee lakefront at your leisure, ringing the surrey’s attached bell to warn pedestrians of your approach as the fresh air flows through your hair. Though not covered in this deal, Milwaukee Bike & Skate Rental’s main station boasts a full snack bar with beverages, so you can stock up on sustenance or replenish your energy after a calorie-burning journey. This Groupon may be used for upgrades to different bicycles or more rental time—you are responsible for the difference in cost. Saddle up for a shaded swing by the water with Milwaukee Bike & Skate Rental.
The bottles that make up Thief Wine's diverse inventory are not stolen, but they may as well be. The shop's name—a reference to the long tube or "barrel thief" used to sample maturing wines waiting to be bottled—reflects the air of mischief shoppers experience in encounters with otherwise inaccessible wines that makes each of the shop's selections feel like the product of a thrilling cellar heist. The fruits of Thief's careful wine curation decorate the walls of Thief Wine's two locations with more than 500 selections, which mix familiar labels with artisanal up-and-comers from around the globe. At each location's wine bar, certified sommeliers pare down the hulking inventory to about 30 essential bottles, which slosh into thematic tasting flights or full glasses to flank small plates of cheese and charcuterie.