By definition, a biergarten is simply an open-air space where beer and food are served. But in reality, they are so much more than that. Popular in Bavaria and Germany, beer gardens are a festive place for people to get together and delight in good food, beer, and the outdoors. Many have popped up over the years around Milwaukee, and they are definitely family-friendly.
Top pick: Estabrook Beer Garden
Estabrook Park (4600 Estabrook Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53217)
One of Milwaukee's most well-know beer gardens. Along the river in Estabrook Park, and close to a large playground.
Hubbard Park Beer Garden
3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood, WI 53211
Nestled away from busy streets, and accessible by bike via the Oak Leaf Trail.
Humboldt Park Beer Garden
3000 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207
Now operated by Milwaukee County Parks & considered a sister beer garden to South Shore Park. Steps away from the Humboldt Park playground and lagoon.
Hoyt Park (1800 N. Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226)
Third Space Brewing Beer Garden
1505 W. St. Paul Ave., Milwaukee WI 53233
This urban beer garden is owned by two men with young kids of their own, so you can bet that your children's shenanigans won't scare them. Award-winning beer!
Sprecher Brewing Outdoor Oasis
Richard E. Maslowski Community Park
2200 W. Bender Rd., Glendale, WI 53209
One of the newest beer gardens in the Milwaukee area, the oasis is steps away from a brand new playground, amphitheater, and new air-conditioned restroom facilities.
Sprecher Traveling Beer Garden
This vintage truck travels from park to park throughout the city for 1-2 weeks at time. Check the schedule on the Milwaukee County Parks website!
Tosa Village Beer Garden
Behind Cafe Hollander & Cafe Bavaria in Wauwatosa
(Photo: Lowlands Group)
Now open! This beer garden will be located in the heart of the village on a newly-expanded patio overlooking the Menomonee River.