Whether you crave Irish-pub fare or BBQ, or even Italian
food from a storied restaurant family, many restaurants
offer free shuttle service to Milwaukee Brewers home
games at Miller Park. (Opening Day is April 1.) What’s
in it for you? Not just a free ride, and your being
freed from the angst of finding a parking spot or
springing for the stadium’s parking fees, not to mention
the snarl of game traffic, but also a fabulous pre- or
post-game meal among like-minded baseball fans.
An hour before
and an hour after each Brewers home game, Mo’s Irish Pub (142 W.
Wisconsin Ave.) revs up its no-cost shuttle. All you have to do is
buy one drink to secure your seat. Here’s a hint: Don’t just hop off
the bus on the return trip. Instead, hang on to your ticket stub and
redeem it for a “buy one, get one free” Miller product at the
Irish-themed pub where corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and
fish ’n chips are on the menu. Saz’s (5420 W. State St.) free
shuttle departs two hours before game time, but if you really want
to sweeten the deal arrive early and order a game-day special.
Options include a 1/3-pound grilled bratwurst on a pretzilla bun
with chive fries and slaw, and Saz’s signature “hog logs” (BBQ and
cheddar in a won-ton wrap with Saz’s Vidalia BBQ and white BBQ
sauce). Wash it all down with a 20-ounce domestic beer ($5 on game
days). Live bands perform here after every home game so there’s no
need to end the party after the ninth inning.
and Grill (800 S. 2nd St.) offers free shuttles with the purchase of
a single beer to all major festivals and sporting events, including
home games at Miller Park. Steny’s offers an amazing variety of
Wisconsin brews, from the bock-style New Glarus Back 40 to a light
and refreshing Hinterland Door County Cherry Wheat. Wash your beer
down with upscale bar grub, including a build-your-own pizza or a
burger (like Black-N-Bleu, topped with cajun seasoning, bacon and
blue cheese) matched with the tavern’s signature sides (Jamaican
potato salad and kettle chips are two options).
Known for its
cracker-thin crust pizzas (from the Balistreri’s Special topped with
mushrooms, olives, onions and sausage, to Anchovy Heaven) and
authentic hearty Italian dishes like pork Calabrese and bucatini
Bolognese, Balistreri’s Bluemound Inn (6501 W. Blue Mound Road) also
gets Brewers fans to home games via a dedicated shuttle. So after
you’ve filled up on a plate of pasta, simply stroll onto the bus and
Balistreri’s will take care of the rest. Lighter fare such as panini
sandwiches are on the menu too, which spans lunch, dinner and
late-night dining — until 1 a.m., perfect for curing post-game
If Greek food is
more to your liking, try Ouzo Café (776 N. Milwaukee St.), where
fine-dining Greek cuisine means grilled octopus, souvlakia and
flaming Kefalotiri cheese, for example. Ouzo’s offers a 40-passenger
shuttle bus to all Brewers home games.
provide rides to Miller Park, too. They include the Art Deco-adorned
Ambassador Hotel (2308 W. Wisconsin Ave.) and Brookfield Suites
Hotel & Convention Center (1200 S. Moorland Road, Brookfield).
Mark Concannon |
Photography by Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers P
Can young Brewers pitchers
Mike Fiers, Mark Rogers and Wily Peralta — all of whom
showed flashes of greatness during their rookie years in
2012 — now step up and fill an effective starting
rotation anchored by ace Yovani Gallardo? Unlike last
off-season when Norichika Aoki and Aramis Ramirez, were
major free agent signings, the Brewers brought in no
high-profile players over the winter, but newly acquired
veterans Tom Gorzelanny and Mike Gonzalez hope to shore up
the bullpen and give manager Ron Roenicke a heretofore
unavailable luxury of two lefties to call on for relief.