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M IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:

By JOAN ELOVITZ KAZAN

February 2017

 

Illustration by STEPHANIE STEINHAUER

Search “coolest Milwaukee neighborhoods” on Google, and Walker’s Point is consistently a top contender. Home to restaurants, breweries, bars and thriving art and antique scenes, the neighborhood also hosts the annual Milwaukee Pride Parade in June. “We’re working on a signature Walker’s Point street festival celebrating the arts, culture, food, music, brewers and makers who make this neighborhood so special,” adds Cristian Vega, who co-owns sushi restaurant Screaming Tuna and chairs the Walker’s Point Association’s community relations committee.

See & Do
Var Gallery and Studios
Var Gallery serves as a creative hub for painters, designers, sculptors, photographers and performers, and frequently hosts events, including “Drink and Draw” parties, performance art pieces and gallery nights. Stop by for a drink at the — wait for it — Var Bar. 643 S. Second St., (414) 305-2444, vargallery.com

Walker’s Point Antique Center
Peruse trinkets and treasures at the oldest antique mall in the city, or dress up in vintage clothes and take a selfie among quirky collectibles. 1134 S. First St., (414) 383-3036

Clock Shadow Creamery
Housed in a “green” building, the creamery is the first urban cheese factory in the state. Visitors can learn the science of cheese-making firsthand, with 30-minute tours offered Wednesday, Friday or Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Come hungry— tours include fresh samples. 138 W. Bruce St., (414) 273-9711, clockshadowcreamery.com

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts
Doubling as a local hangout for student artists studying their craft and an exhibition gallery, the center is currently home to “We Draw and Paint,” a statewide juried exhibition on view through Feb. 18. 839 S. Fifth St., (414) 672-2787, wpca-milwaukee.org

 

Eat & Drink
Anodyne Coffee Roasters
“Anodyne” means “source of soothing comfort,” and this coffeehouse roasts a plethora of flavors in small batches to ensure quality. Live music and events take place here weekly. Love science? Consider attending CoffeeShop Astrophysics on Feb. 11, a free public lecture guided by members of the Leonard E. Parker Center for Gravitation, Cosmology and Astrophysics. 224 W. Bruce St., (414) 763-1143, anodynecoffee.com

Hotel Madrid/Bodegon
The newest jewel in Walker’s Point’s crown will open its suites in late spring for overnight getaways. Bodegon, a Spanish restaurant, is already serving rustic, home-style cuisine in a high-end, yet relaxed, setting. 600 S. Sixth St., (414) 488-9146, hotel madridmke.com

La Cage NiteClub
Billed as Wisconsin’s “largest gay (everyone welcome!) dance and entertainment complex,” the nightclub features multiple dance floors, live DJs and drag shows. But the party doesn’t stop at daybreak. Sunday Funday at La Cage means bottomless bloody marys and mimosas. 801 S. Second St., (414) 383-8330, lacagemke.com

Indulgence Chocolatiers
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Indulgence’s downtown shop and chocolate pairing bar, where truffles, cloves and caramels are paired with wines, whiskeys and cheeses. Plus, the chocolatier celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. 211 S. Second St., (414) 223-0123, indulgencechocolatiers.com
 

STATS
Population
6,900*
(63 percent white, 41 percent Hispanic/Latino, 6 percent African-American,
4 percent two or more ethnicities, 2 percent Asian, 1 percent American Indian/Alaska Native, 25 percent another ethnicity)

Median household income
$58,000

*Includes a portion of the adjacent Historic Third Ward. Statistics provided by the Department of City Development.

DID YOU KNOW?
The Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley Clock Tower is the largest four-sided clock in the Western Hemisphere. It was dubbed “The Polish Moon” when the neighborhood was predominantly Polish.





 

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