Onesto – A Historic Loft Venue in Milwaukee’s Third Ward

Onesto - Milwaukee Loft Wedding Venue

Onesto – Milwaukee’s NYC Loft style venue. All photos by Reminisce Studio / Styling by Evenement

Onesto, located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, was updated and re-opened by the Hospitality Democracy group in late 2014. This NYC Loft space stands apart from other venues for its combination of historic cream city brick, skylights, windows and their three working fireplaces.

Onesto, along with 3 other amazing venues, is part of our Top 4 New Venues article. Start off with an overview of Onesto in this video by Character D Films:

Capacity and Configuration

Onesto is perfect for weddings with 75 guests for sit down dinner. You can greatly expand its capacity with a cocktail reception, fitting up to 150 guests.

Its unique layout and expansive full bar offers cozy spaces and multiple layout options for brides and grooms. You also can’t beat the windows overlooking Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward on a busy Saturday night.

Third Ward Location

The Third Ward has definitely become one of the hottest neighborhoods in Milwaukee over the past 10 years and Onesto is located in the heart of it. Couples who want to showcase their love of Milwaukee will find this neighborhood sure to impress. A Kimpton Hotel will open across the street from Onesto in 2016.

Being located in the Third Ward also allows for a huge list of great photo locations all within walking distance. Definitely a plus.

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Located in the Third Ward, Onesto is steps away from great photo ops. Photos by Reminisce Studio / Dresses and Menswear – Stone Manor Bridal / Car Rental – High Class Limo

Cozy, Historic Milwaukee Space

The building that houses Onesto was built in 1895 by architect Carl Itzel. He lived in the upstairs space that now is host to various events. It’s also likely why the room has extensive natural light from the amazing skylights and tall windows.

We love the three fully-functional fireplaces that in a past life warmed the Itzel family. They work to create cozy, unique and defined spaces for you and your guests to gather.

Onesto - Loft Wedding Venue Milwaukee

Skylights, fireplaces and cream city brick make for a unique and cozy space. Photo by Reminisce Studio / Styling by Evenement / Floral by Jane Kelly / Calligraphy by Hadassah / Printing by Coqui Paperie

Onesto has a long, fully stocked bar directly in the middle of the space allowing for easy access to drinks throughout the night. Customizable chalkboards are pre-existing and can be utilized to list your signature cocktail or beer and wine offerings.

Onesto - Milwaukee Wedding Venue

Onesto has a fully stocked bar on site with customizable chalkboard. Photo by Reminisce Studio / Dress and Menswear by Stone Manor Bridal / Calligraphy by Hadassah / Acrylic Printing by Coqui Paperie

The Food

Onesto’s specialty is made from scratch, Italian food with a modern twist. Their antipasto platters are to die for and their homemade pastas are delicious. And what doesn’t say Wisconsin more than a cheese wheel tiered “wedding cake.”

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From scratch pasta, delicious Italian appetizers and a cheese wheel cake?! All this can be yours at Onesto. Photo by Reminisce Studio / Styling by Evenement / Calligraphy by Hadassah / Printing by Coqui Paperie

If pasta isn’t necessarily your thing, catering from any of the Hospitality Democracy brands can be incorporated. From pulled pork sliders from Smoke Shack, to small plate vegetarian dishes from Swig, to vegan doughnuts from Holey Moley, you’re sure to find something on the menu you like.

Wedding Vendors We Used

For this photo shoot at Onesto, we teamed up with some amazing vendors. Please check them out below and consider them for your wedding:

Special thanks to models Rebecca Beres and Vallen A Gillet and bridesmaid Haley Haverfield.

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Some awesome vendors came together to make our styled shoot of Onesto a reality. Photos by Reminisce Studio

View the Full Gallery for Onesto

Check out the full beauty of Onesto! Access our gallery of images shot by Reminisce Studio:

Interested in Onesto for your wedding? Then Contact Them Today to learn more!



  1. Jennifer Frozena says:

    We were absolutely delighted with our wedding at Onesto and would highly recommend this charming, intimate, beautiful space and Onesto’s warm, responsive and professional staff. We live in Oregon but planned a midwest wedding to accommodate family, so all planning happened via phone and email. We found Onesto while searching for restaurants with private event space – our goal was to have an “intimate dinner party” as well as a small ceremony. From my first communication with Christine, I felt confident that Onesto was the right space for us. Christine answered weekly email “lists” of questions and was patient and responsive. We met up the day before the ceremony and she introduced us to William who would be running the show the day of the wedding. Every one of our needs were met: table numbers and flowers were set up beautifully, cake toppers were added, guests received top notch service, William took charge of our recessional music, staff expertly “flipped” the room from the ceremony to the dinner with ease, and the food was absolutely amazing and plentiful. Staff went above and beyond, even humoring us with a birthday cake and lit candles for my husband’s dad’s birthday. The entire evening was exactly what we wanted, and I cannot recommend Onesto enough.