ABOUT THE ALE HOUSEThe Milwaukee Ale House in the Historic Third Ward occupies the first several floors of the Saddlery building which stands between Water Street and the Milwaukee River. At various times throughout its 100-year history, the six-story Saddlery building at 233 N. Water Street has been home to a saddle maker, a sailmaker and the inventor of the Hula Hoop. Now the Historic Third Ward landmark is home to The Milwaukee Ale House.
The Ale House Bar is one of Milwaukee’s best night spots. It’s a great spot to socialize and enjoy live music. Along with our house brewed selection of ales and lagers, we offer many national and international premium beers and wines. Live music is a big part of the experience and top performers are scheduled several nights a week.
The Hopside Down is our intimate Irish style downstairs pub. The Hopside Down also has a great riverside patio for dining and socializing. Enjoy the perfect ale on a warm summer day or a pleasant evening meal with friends on our covered deck that overlooks the Milwaukee River. A century ago, huge Great Lakes Schooners would pull in for repairs- now you can pull up to the dock and have lunch, dinner and drinks. We have 6 slips and can accommodate boats up to 60 feet. We will always make room for the weary sailor. The Ale House is also a stop on Milwaukee’s River Walk. On your walking tour of Milwaukee’s river front, take a seat on our lower patio and enjoy a pint of your favorite Ale House lager or ale.
HISTORYFounded by Local home brewers on October 17, 1997, the Milwaukee Ale House serves up fresh music, live beer and great food to the good people of Wisconsin and travelers from all over the world. Located in a brick and timber warehouse building downtown in the Historic Third Ward, we offer indoor and outdoor dining, six or more hand crafted beers, lunch and dinner everyday with late night food on the weekends.
Our seating on the Milwaukee River overlooks downtown and our 6 public boat slips create an atmosphere that offers our diners a unique connection to the roots of the city that made beer famous! Schooners used to dock in front of our building to get fitted with new sails before heading back out to Lake Michigan.
Join us for a taste of food and fun and sample our fantastic beers. We guarantee that once you’ve been to the Milwaukee Ale House, you’ll be returning again and again. See you under the Silo!
OnMilwaukee.com Best Bar in a Restaurant 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
OnMilwaukee.com Best Live Music Venue 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009 (Runner Up), 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003
OnMilwaukee.com Best Bar Downtown/3rd Ward 2013 (Runner Up), 2011 (Runner Up), 2012 (Runner Up) 2007 (Runner Up), 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003
OnMilwaukee.com Best Brewpub 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003
Shepherd Express Best Brewpub 2013 (Runner Up) 2012, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
WISN A List Awards Best Brew Pub 2013 Runner Up, 2012, 2011
Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Best Live Venue 2008, 2006, 2002
CNI Newspapers Best Beer Selection 2006
AOL Citysearch Reader’s Choice 2006.
Discover Wisconsin Choice Destination 2005
Milwaukee Magazine Readers Choice #1 Brewhouse 2004, 2003
Sailing Magazine Nation’s Top 10 Best Fun Regattas 2004
Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel Best Outdoor Dining 2004.