Neighborhoods value their pubs as a place to socialize, just as they value the ends of their rainbows as a place to find extra parking-meter change. Enjoy camaraderie at close proximity with today's Groupon: For $15, you get $30 worth of classic pub fare at John Hawks Pub.
John Hawks Pub has lead visitors on journeys filled with draught brews, bar eats, and scenic views of the Milwaukee River since 1971. Pit-stoppers can guzzle frothy pints of beer, including Bitburger from Germany and Guinness from Ireland. The food menu’s variety of classic bar fare includes bratwurst ($6.50), which somersault into suds before basking on the grill, and cod fillets that splash through ale sprinklers in their batter bathing-suits before becoming part of the fish and chips ($11.95/3 pieces). Rotisserie chickens ($8.50 lunch, $13.50 dinner) spin faster than a caffeinated windmill, landing on dinner plates with baked potatoes and broods of seasonal veggies. Mushroom-topped Angus burgers ($9.50/half lb.) and kraut-cloaked Reubens ($8.25) build friendships around their mutual interests: swiss cheese and dark rye.
John Hawks Pub adds legends to its 40-year history almost constantly. Guests can fist-bump the Bronze Fonz as they gallop up to the pub on the Riverwalk or salute Gertie the Duck as they paddle giant rubber duckies to the patio overlooking the river.
John Hawks Pub
In the 14th century, John Hawk was becoming an English maritime legend. Because he was one of the greatest soldiers of fortune, Rome, Pisa, Milan, and Florence all sought his services. In 1972, he became the slice of English history that set the tone for John Hawks Pub.
Appropriately, the venue overlooks the waterfront, with its dining patio jutting out several feet over the river. There, guests tuck into a newly revamped menu of English-style pub grub and stateside favorites. The menu includes Ward’s prime-rib sandwich, an import from new owner Brian Ward, whose prime rib won acclaim from the Travel Channel’s Big Beef Paradise. Dangling wrought-iron chandeliers surround a massive stone hearth, enclosed in walls paneled with wood stained so darkly it almost appears black. Above, a circular stained-glass ceiling displays English heraldry and scenes from John Hawk’s life, depicting him captaining a storm-tossed ship or beating Poseidon in the Sea-Doo race that won him the ability to drink ocean water.
100 E Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202Get Directions