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Take me out to the ball game
Local establishments offer free Miller Park shuttles

By Kristine Hansen    Illustration by Timothy Raasch

April 1, 2013

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.

Steny’s Tavern 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 hunger pangs.

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.

Several hotels 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).

April Promise

By Mark Concannon   |   Photography by Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Photos

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.


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