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Bay view
Eclectic Bay View is one of Milwaukee’s most entertaining neighborhoods, with its fresh takes on treasured traditions. Generations of artists, musicians and working-class heroes rub elbows in Bay View’s cooler-by-the-lake breeze.

By NAN BIALEK
Photos by Dan Bishop

July 2013

Sparrow Collective

Shop

Originality is the watchword at Sparrow Collective. Shop for handcrafted jewelry, upcycled accessories, bold graphic Ts and cheeky art, all with affordable price tags. 2224 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 747-9229, sparrowcollective.com.

Pick up a ’50s sundress, vintage bowling shirt or authentic tiki barware at Tip Top Atomic Shop. Just browsing in this rockabilly heaven is a guaranteed good time. 2343 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.,(414) 486-1951, tip-top-atomic.com.
 

Sip

Park your bike on Alterra Bay View Café & Bakery’s vertical rack, find a place on the patio and grab an iced chai. At one of Bay View’s busiest corners, there’s plenty of people-watching to do. 2301 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 744-6117, alterracoffee.com.

Pastiche Bistro & Wine Bar


Eat

Order a shareable plate or two at Odd Duck. Local, in-season ingredients inspire new interpretations of French, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 763-5881, oddduckrestaurant.com.

Traditional mole sauces — peanut, almond, pumpkin seed, sesame and chocolate — at Riviera Maya have Mexican food fans raving. The colorful décor is as delicious the tortilla soup. 2258 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.,(414) 294-4848, riviera-maya-milwaukee.com.

Alterra Bay View Cafe & Bakery

Patio dining at Café Centraal is one of Bay View’s summer pleasures. The selection of 100 beers may be overwhelming, until you note that the menu suggests pairings for each app, entrée and dessert. 2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0378, cafecentraal.com.

With just 10 tables, you’ll need a dinner reservation at the classically French Pastiche Bistro & Wine Bar. A meticulously edited wine list complements a menu that would have made Julia Child swoon. 3001 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 482-1446, pastichebistro.com.

Riviera Maya

Chill

Join the hundreds of music fans who gather at Chill on the Hill, the free Tuesday night concert series at Humboldt Park. Best bets are Paul Cebar on July 30 and McTavish on Aug. 13. 3000 W. Oklahoma Ave., bayviewneighborhood.org/chill_on_the_hill.

Host your after-party at Sugar Maple, and try one of the bar’s 60 American craft beers on draught as you sink into a comfy sofa. 441 E. Lincoln Ave., just east of Kinnickinnic Avenue, (414) 481-2393, mysugarmaple.com.

On the Horizon: The new solar-powered blue sculpture soaring 32 feet high near the intersection of Kinnickinnic, Howell and Lincoln avenues isn’t just contemporary art. It’s a bus shelter, too. Roman Montoto, a Milwaukee native, is the architect. There will be a plaque at the shelter in memory of David John Dombrowski, a city employee who left his entire estate to the city, says Alderman Tony Zielinski.





 

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