The name “Milwaukee” comes from a native Algonquin word “Millioke,” which means “good” and “beautiful.” That origin still holds true today, even in the bitter winters. This is why our perfect Plaza-venture is centered around the arts and beauty this place has to offer (indoors). If you have an appreciation for art or architecture, perhaps the most iconic structure in the city can be claimed by the Milwaukee Art Museum. And that is where we’ll begin our journey.
Post-Saturday brunch requires a good stroll, so take as much time as you would like to appreciate this winter’s featured exhibit, “A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection.” Featuring 50 works by titans of European modernism including Manet, van Gogh, Picasso, Monet and several more, the 5 pm closing time might sneak up on you faster you think.
Since it’s now the afternoon and in Milwaukee, that means a light nibble and drink, head back to the Café at the Plaza to recharge and take advantage of the unbeatable Double Bubble Happy Hour. Warm up with a seasonal cocktail (or two) since for only $5, select cocktails, bottles and cans are buy one get one free. Stay as long as you’d like before your hunger for crafted cuisine returns.
Follow the growls of your stomach down State Street to Bartolotta’s The Rumpus Room. Arguably the most famous restaurant group in this city’s impressive repertoire, Bartolotta establishments never fail to deliver on carefully prepared dishes and libations.
Now pleasantly fed and ready to venture on to the main event, venture a few blocks away in the entertainment district, A Christmas Carol is playing all holiday season through Christmas Eve at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. No better way to relax and cap off a day full of art in its culinary, visual, mixology and theatrical forms than right here in the Midwestern gem of Milwaukee.