Though its staffed by a crew of student volunteers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Sailing Club at UWM has spent decades helping both the student body and community enjoy all aspects of sailing. Every year, from the end of April through late October, the group navigates Lake Michigan's waters aboard a fleet of sailboats that all either meet or surpass Coast Guard safety regulations. There are cruise boats designed for mild meandering, as well as sturdy Ynglings and Solings equipped with heavy fixed keels reinforced to maintain stability in turbulent weather or emotional break-ups. In addition to simple trips on the lake, members of the club can learn hands-on techniques from experienced sailors and participate in activities such as races, bonfires, and weekend cookouts.
The brilliant bronzers at Ultimate Sun assist customers in achieving their color goals with a variety of tanning techniques. Choose two UV-free Mystic Tans, which cast a healthy, even glow without the added weight of burdensome halos. Indoor sun-kissers can also multiply melatonin levels with a duo of the salon's highest intensity S-Class tanning sessions, which provide a month's worth of color in two to three visits, or ramp up vitamin D production with one month of level two tan-a-thons in a Catalina bed. Tête-à-têtes with the bed last 12 minutes at most and include three high-pressure facial bulbs to ensure that mugs match their lower body counterparts. Ultimate Sun greets its patrons with a refreshingly upscale ambiance bedecked with exposed brick walls and 21 private tanning rooms, each equipped with state-of-the-art color-casting chambers. Like a Roman sculptor who gets paid per statue, Ultimate Sun bronzes bodies seven days a week.
Like mobile Knights of the Round Table, bikers sit in a circle on Science and Fun’s seven-person conference bikes. One rider steers while all passengers pedal, powering bikes as they cruise through the city or serve as low-key parade floats. Groups with sufficient manpower for two bikes can turn open, paved spaces or Bucketworks’ indoor arena into bicycle basketball courts. Each bike constitutes a team, and both teams launch a barrage of foam balls at their opponent’s bike-mounted hoop during four-minute rounds in a game adaptable to all ages and pending NBA contracts. While advance bike reservations ensure a circular steed, Science and Fun happily reschedules or cancels reservations that coincide with inclement weather.
Featured on OnMilwaukee.com during its early-aughts inception, Sala Da Pranzo's dinner and lunch menus offer both contemporary and traditional Italian fare to fill the boot-shaped hole in Milwaukee's collective heart. Dinner diners get the chance to taste the ricotta-enhanced grandeur of the house specialty appetizer, the eggplant con pane ($11). Pastas like the saporito ($18.50), which tosses shrimp, tomato, basil, and garlic into the capable hands of fettuccini pasta, are available all day, and scene-stealing entrees such as the grilled salmon ($26) with chive cream sauce or the tenderloin porto vino ($34) shine like a strobe light covered in smaller strobe lights. For afternoon eaters, the veggie balsamic sub ($7.25) staves off narcolepsy with the time-tested jolt of mozzarella, tomato, onion, cucumber, lettuce, and balsamic vinaigrette.
In the warm spirit of Italian-style cooking, VIA Downer comfort diners with a hearty selection of homemade pastas and pizzas, which were described as "beautifully crisp" by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. A parade of palate-popular dishes emerges from the restaurant’s open kitchen flaunting bowls of al dente fettuccine milano draped in a flavorful blanket of tangy goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and fresh basil. VIA Downer's menu also accommodates special diets with plentiful gluten-free options, from smoked salmon crostini to gluten-free garlic pizzas topped with cheese and grilled portobello. Diners break bread within the restaurant’s cool, laid-back setting with brightly painted modern art and exposed brick walls strong enough to withstand huffs and puffs from a hungry pack of wolves.
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).