Cheese curds and Pabst Blue Ribbon may be king in Wisconsin, but Bloody Marys are the state’s undisputed queen. Seriously, until you’ve tasted a handcrafted Wisco-style concoction dressed with everything from beef sticks to pickled portabellas to pepper jack–stuffed olives, you have no clue what a Bloody Mary can – and should – be. If you find yourself in Milwaukee over a weekend, jump on the “Bloody Third” Ward Bloody Mary Brunch Tour, a 2.5-hour walking tour of the hip, revitalized neighborhood’s best Sunday-morning pit stops.
Just $50 gets you a bloody and breakfast grub at each of four locations, which change up regularly to keep things fresh. A recent tour did not disappoint, serving up an old-school Irish pub’s Bloody Molly, which swaps in Jameson for vodka, and a surprisingly awesome fried-egg-and-ham pizza from an Italian joint overlooking the river. Hands down, the best Bloody of the day belonged to the Wicked Hop, which plunks peeled shrimp, “mozzarella whips,” and more into its signature spicy beverage. If the Hop isn’t part of your tour, be sure to stop by after you part ways with the group. Trust us, it’ll be worth it, no matter how full you feel.
Along with booze and brunch, the tour provides fascinating info about the history and many reincarnations of the Third Ward, from its days as a brawl-happy Irish hood to its current scene of art galleries, condos, and cuisine.
Got a few extra hours to kill before leaving town? Grab a cab or hoof it one mile to the Harley-Davidson Museum, which showcases more than 450 motorcycles, including the oldest known bike and a tricked-out replica of the Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in Easy Rider. Even non-motorheads will be wowed.
More info: Tours sell out, so best to reserve a spot. [$50; milwaukeefoodtours.com]