Art Bar, called a "Painter's Paradise" by Urban Milwaukee magazine, isn't your typical watering hole. In its enchanting interior, hundreds of soda bottle caps create an argyle pattern on pillars, wine corks stud an oval-shaped bar, and paint-by-number pieces—depicting everything from horses to the Virgin Mary—plaster a wall.
The kitschy aesthetic offers a glimpse into the creative mind of owner Don Krause. Krause left his former career as an interior designer for Ethan Allen to brave the trials of opening a bar in Riverwest. And he did it his way: His joint pours more than 40 microbrews by night and Alterra coffee by day in a space adorned with the rotating creations of local artists. The beer lineup includes seasonal brews from Bell’s, Founders, Lakefront, and New Glarus, as well as “mystery beers” served for three bucks cloaked in a crumpled brown bag—the way Wisconsin dignitaries drink. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel describes the venue as “a feast for all senses” and “one of the hottest spots in Riverwest,” thanks in part to its comedy, musical, or artistic events.
Bremen Café's cadre of sandwich sages heap hearty portions of veggies and deli meats onto hoagie rolls to round out an inventive menu. Silence maundering appetites with meal-prefacing portions of mini Pit-Zas ($4), which set zesty pizza fixings atop 10-foot wide pitas before a shrink ray zaps them down to a more manageable size. The Turkey Delight unites italian hoagie halves with a stack of smoked turkey, pesto mayonnaise, and muenster cheese ($6.50). Instead of staying dry—like cities during prohibition and squirt guns during groundings—the Bremen Beef sandwich anoints tender roast beef, peppers, and onions with piquant chili butter ($6.50). Achieve meatless munching by choosing vegetarian options such as the Burn Mama, Burn ($5.75), which ferries grilled cabbage and giardiniera peppers into mouths on a hoagie roll to launch surprise attacks on taste buds.
A dizzying array of indulgent chocolate sundaes and signature ice cream flavors housed inside waffle cones await visitors to Cold Stone Creamery. On a frozen granite slab, staff skillfully mix and prepare heaps of ice cream along with avalanches of toppings. Choose one from a wide array of flavors which include cake batter and coffee-flavored. Meanwhile, Signature creations include the sprinkle-topped Birthday Cake Remix, the refreshing Cookie Mintster, and the dessert overload of Cheesecake Fantasy.
Loacated in the heart of Historic Brady Street, the warm and homey "Brewed Cafe" invites you to relax with excellent quality coffee (roasted by our good friends at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company) and array of delicious foods ranging from homemade bakery to our signature vegetarian chili, sandwiches and spreads.
Refuge Smoothie Cafe started as a way to indulge without completely undoing healthy eating habits. The menu boasts colorful, tasty smoothies made with fruit and vegetables to satisfy sweet cravings while filling the body with healthy vitamins. House blends include smoothies packed with berries, vegetables such as kale and spinach, and herbs such as mint and basil. Guests can customize their own smoothie or slurp on coffee, tea, and fresh-squeezed juice.
Berry Me Frozen Yogurt & Cafe stocks its self-serve dessert stations with a rotating cast of chilly, creamy yogurts made with live active cultures. Guests can confuse coffee cups with swirls of luscious cappuccino yogurt, or finally prove that pastries can exist as both solid and liquid with frosty eddies of new york–cheesecake yogurt. More than 20 toppings ranging from crunchy cereals and fresh fruit to sprinkles and Ghirardelli chocolate sauce await their destinies as the crown jewels of any original tart, island-banana, or pomegranate-raspberry kingdom, and non-fat, low fat, and sugar-free yogurts help waist whittlers indulge with less-guilty foundations. After swirling and decorating their own customized servings of semisolid sustenance, guests tote them to the counter for definitive weigh-ins ($0.45/oz.) officiated by Don King.