MKECW 2017: September 25th – October 1st


Welcome to Milwaukee Cocktail Week, a week-long celebration of Milwaukee’s burgeoning cocktail culture! We’re excited to once again present to you a week of cocktail and distilled spirit events, this year brought to you by the Milwaukee chapter of the USBG (United States Bartenders Guild), with the media support of OnMilwaukee.com and, as always, Alcoholmanac Magazine.

Scroll below to see the events we have in store for you during the week of September 25th thru October 1st! Some details are still being finalized, but we’ll have updates and more information for you soon. For now, save the dates, plan your week, and prepare your liver for the mayhem to come.

Monday, September 25th

MKECW 2017 Kickoff Party

Time: 7 pm – close
Location: The Tin Widow

Join us for a party at the Tin Widow to kick off Milwaukee Cocktail Week, 2017. Known for their gin selection and specialty cocktails, The Tin Widow has been a service industry favorite since they opened. Seems a fitting place to commence the shenanigans.

Sponsored by DAVOS Brands: Aviation Gin, Sombra Mezcal, and Astral Tequila. Brands are donating $1000+ to help start a Barman’s Fund — a relief fund for the employees in the service industry. Additional donations during the event accepted and appreciated.

Tuesday, September 26th

Great Northern Presents “Cocktail Lab”

Time: 5 – 8 pm
Location: Plum Lounge

This cocktail workshop features Great Northern Distilling, a grain-to-glass producer of handmade spirts from Plover, WI. This hands-on lab is open to bartenders and consumers alike. Participants will create 3-4 cocktails to be featured at the Great Northern Distilling mixology bar and at bars featuring Great Northern around the state!

Imagination Exploration

Time: 8 pm – 12 am
Location: Turner Hall Ballroom

This event is a celebration of the Art Community in Milwaukee! Live art, dancing, and more will be showcased in this gallery-style event. Some of Milwaukee’s best bartenders will be providing their own “potable art” in the form of cocktail samples.

$10 door charge, includes free cocktail samples and fun!

Wednesday, September 27th


Time: 4 – 6 pm
Location: Rumpus Room

Join us for happy hour at Rumpus Room for a rye whiskey education and tasting presented by Woodford Reserve Rye & Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye and hosted by local expert and former beloved bartender Daniel Dufek. Taste through the acclaimed ryes of Woodford and the BRAND NEW Jack Daniels Rye!

Dinner Night

A Milwaukee Cocktail Week staple, this year’s cocktail dinners are all grouped into a single night and spread all over town. Pick your favorite and book a date night, or snag a table for friends and/or family. These dinners are all specially-crafted for MKECW and will be an evening to remember! Dinners on the docket include:

Theme: Wisconsin Bourbon Dinner w/ J. Henry & Sons  (<—click for more details)
Time: Reception @ 6:30, Dinner @ 7:00
Cost: $100 per person, gratuity not included
Reservations: (414) 763-4706


Hotel Madrid
Theme: Bourbon, Pork, & Rye, Oh My! – Casual whiskey dinner w/ Heaven Hill
Time: open seating any time between 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: $35 in advance, $40 day-of (reservations with a credit card to hold)
Reservations: (414) 488-9146


Theme: Best of Beam (samples and snacks, casual event)
Time: 5 – 8 pm
Cost: $30 per person, call Bacchus or visit their website
Spirits samples: Suntory Toki, Maker’s 46, El Tesoro, Auchentoshan Bartenders Malt, Jim Beam Black
Cocktails made by: Bacchus, Buckleys, Beam Suntory, and more TBA
Reservations: (414) 765-1166


Lazy Susan
Theme: Gluten-Free Cocktail Dinner for Two w/ Great Northern Distilling
Time: Open seating any time during dinner service, reservations recommended
Cost: $70/couple for four courses w/ cocktail pairings
Reservations: (414) 988-7086

Cigar & Cocktail Pairing

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Location: Great Lakes Distillery

Enjoy special cocktail and Metro Cigars cigar pairings!

Brew City Cigar Fest is hosting a mini-cigar event for our cigar friends right here at GLD.
Tickets available in advance or at the door BUT there’s a special incentive to buy your tickets in advance. Everyone who buys a ticket in advance will receive a special “Carnivore Salad” from Roberts Specialty Meats – and don’t let ‘salad’ scare you – this one includes no spinach, kale or lettuce – it’s loaded with beef jerky, sausage, cheese curds and spices! Buy your ticket here!

Bruising the Spirit

Time: 9 pm – close
Location: Vanguard

Cocktail books are great resources for inspiration … sometimes. Check out some “bad” recipes done better. Sponsored by Maison Ferrand.


Thursday, September 28th


Football Party with the People
GB vs Chi

Time: 7 pm – end of game
Location: Belmont Tavern

Catch the game MKECW-style (with cocktails, duh) in this Sports-Bar-Meets-Cocktail-Lounge setting! Belmont Tavern will be airing the game and offering up cocktail specials & touchdown shots. Presented by Plymouth Gin, Jameson Caskmates, Lillet, Suze, Smooth Ambler, and Lot 40.


Milk Stand 3000

Time: 10 pm – close
Location: Phoenix Cocktail Club

Milk Stand 3000 is an extraterrestrial Soda Jerk Parlor Bar that has time traveled to Milwaukee in the year 2017 for one night only to serve you cocktails from another planet in the year 3000. Featuring bartenders from Phoenix and Jazz Estate.

Friday, September 29th

Brew City Imbibe Scavenger Hunt

Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
Location: TBA (follow us on social media for announcement of starting location)

In this unique MKECW event, teams of 2-4 people will participate in a scavenger hunt exploring Milwaukee’s historic culture and beverage industry. Teams will be given a list of tasks, some direct, some merely clues, and will post a photo to social media as proof of completion. Prizes will be awarded for top finishers.
This is a free event with cash bars along the route. The staring point will be Bittercube Apothecary in the Lincoln Warehouse on 1st & Becher. Stop there to grab your cards and go, go, go!

Japanese Garden Party

Time: 8 pm – 12:30 am
Location: Chef’s Table

Suntory Toki invites you to an evening of Japanese whisky, food, and entertainment at Chef’s Table in Walker’s Point. A private dinner venue, Chef’s Table will be open to the public for one night only during this unique event. Enjoy Suntory Toki whisky cocktails and light hor d’oeurves in this Japanese-themed event hosted by Beam-Suntory Master Mixologist Bobby Gleason.

This event is free and open to the public, with a cash bar.

Saturday, September 30th


Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Bittercube Apothecary (2nd floor of Lincoln Warehouse)

Morning Yoga & Coffee Cocktails Refresh your mind and body with a morning yoga session (9:30 – 10:30 am) followed by coffee “mocktails’ (n/a drinks) sponsored by Stone Creek Coffee in collaboration with Hotel Madrid.

Harvest Fest

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Location: Great Lakes Distillery

Join us at Great Lakes Distillery for their brand new fall event – Harvest Fest!

Come celebrating the release of their Seasonal Pumpkin Spirit, as well as the debut of a new product – Good Land Cranberry Liqueur!
Be the first to try this unique and delicious spirit!


  • Special Cocktails
  • Cranberry Eating Contest
  • Redneck Photo Booth
  • Fun Harvest Games
  • Free Admission

The Craft of the Cocktail

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: 1924 E Kenilworth Pl

For the first time, Milwaukee Cocktail Week and Milwaukee Film Fest are teaming up to present this pop-up-style speakeasy.

Must be 21+ to attend!
Tickets are CASH ONLY and can be purchased at the door.

According to legendary bar owner Charles Schumann “The best hour is the blue hour– the hour after work finishes is the best time to have a cocktail.” We’re not ones to disagree with a master and so in his honor, we invite you to join us for a Saturday happy hour. Following the screening of SCHUMANN’S BAR TALKS (https://mkefilm.org/schumannandrsquos-bar-talks/), come sip on carefully created concoctions from Bryant’s Cocktail LoungeGoodkindDock18 Cocktail LabBoone & Crockett, Badger Liquor, Story Hill BKC, Bryant’s/Jazz Estate, Vurmeteria 600, and Sprezzatura!

Your $10 admission includes drink sampling and appetizers.
A cash bar will also be available.
Presented with support from Badger Liquor.

Sunday, October 1st


Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Bittercube Apothecary (2nd floor of Lincoln Warehouse)

Morning Yoga & Coffee Cocktails Refresh your mind and body with a morning yoga session (9:30 – 10:30 am) followed by coffee “mocktails’ (n/a drinks) sponsored by Stone Creek Coffee in collaboration with Hotel Madrid.

Bartender Brunch

J. Henry & Sons Wisconsin Bourbon will be hosting a very limited (30 person), invite-only Bartender Brunch at Hawthorne Coffee. Food will be provided by FoxFire.