Ah the rehearsal dinner – it’s the party before the party and can be a great time. The sheer number and variety of amazing rehearsal dinner venues in Milwaukee is good news for #MKECouples. From classic to modern to fun, we have it all.
All of the rehearsal dinner hot spots listed below are members of the Married In Milwaukee Family of wedding vendors. They support us and make Married In Milwaukee possible, so please check them out for your rehearsal dinner!
1. The Bridgewater Modern Grill
The Bridgewater Modern Grill is an ultra hip spot with floor-to-ceiling windows & a private space for up to 30 or semi-private spaces for 50+. Their food and service is phenomenal and their outdoor patio overlooking the Kinnickinnic River in Bay View is expansive. Photos from Lindsay Stayton Photography.
2. Milwaukee Public Market
Located in the heart of the ultra hip Third Ward neighborhood, The Milwaukee Public Market is such a unique spot for rehearsal dinners and welcome brunches. Sure to showcase the best of Milwaukee to your wedding guests. Photos by Happy Gnome Photography.
3. Everyone’s Table by Flour Girl & Flame
Flour Girl & Flame has been bringing their amazing wood fired pizza ovens offsite for weddings & rehearsals to the delight of hundreds of couples. Excitedly, they recently opened Everyone’s Table by Flour Girl & Flame that is perfect for intimate rehearsals & events. Located next to a pocket park, ask the about their outdoor options too! Photos from Flour Girl & Flame Instagram.
4. The Chef’s Table
Looking for a 100 percent private, chef-run space for your rehearsal dinner? Check out The Chef’s Table – seriously, this place is stunning and is a true foodie paradise. Room for 60 seated or 125 reception-style. Photos via Chef’s Table Facebook.
5. Blues Egg
Yep, everyone’s favorite breakfast/brunch spot, Blue’s Egg, does rehearsal dinners. The great thing is they are closed at night so you’ll have the place to yourself. Note they also do smaller weddings too! Photos via Blue’s Egg Facebook.
6. Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen
The new and oh so hip Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen is full of unique and tasty menu items. With a private intimate space — The Founders Room as pictured seats 20 — or their onsite venue The Mix with seating up to 120 — Central Standard can host dinners of varying sizes for your rehearsal dinner.
7. Cafe Benelux – The Map Room
If you’re looking for an amazing space in the Third Ward for your rehearsal dinner, look no further than Cafe Benelux and their Map Room. With seating for 30, you can choose from family style, passed apps and seated meals all in one of the Third Ward’s hottest restaurants. Photos via Cafe Benelux Facebook.
8. Story Hill Firehouse
Story Hill Firehouse is such a great venue for weddings and private rehearsal dinners! Have the entire space to yourself and bring in your own caterer for a unique experience for your guests at the party before the party. Check this article for some great tips about having your event at Story Hill Firehouse.
Walking into Maxie’s is like walking into a party. They can do fully private daytime, and semi-private evening rehearsal dinners paired with their famous Southern hospitality. Photos from Gabe Alonzo.
10. MOTOR Bar & Restaurant
Located on the Harley-Davidson Museum’s campus, MOTOR Bar & Restaurant serves bold American classics and can host groups up to 200. Their semi-private and outdoor spaces will set the perfect backdrop, and your guests will love hanging out on the H-D Museum campus! Photos via the Harley-Davidson Museum.
One of our favorite Third Ward spots, Onesto means “honest” in Italian. And honestly, you’ll get some amazing food and hospitality here. Their upstairs venue is amazing and can host weddings and rehearsal dinners. Photos by Reminisce Photography.
12. MobCraft Beer Brewery and Taproom
Kick off your wedding celebration among the fermenters at MobCraft Beer or enjoy the energy of a semi-private space in MobCraft’s taproom. They also do these really cool custom beer labels perfect for wedding favors & guest gifts! Photos via Mobcraft’s Facebook.
13. Camp Bar
A chill, Northwoods vibe is what you’ll find at each of Camp Bar’s four locations (Shorewood, Wauwatosa, Third Ward and Camp at the Fair). At your rehearsal dinner you can enjoy their Cranky Al’s pizzas and “Campetizers,” or you can bring in one of Milwaukee’s amazing caterers. Just don’t forget the Old Fashions. Photos via Camp Bar Facebook.
14. The Bucyrus Club
The Bucyrus Club is a great spot for rehearsal dinners. Located in South Milwaukee and in close proximity to the Airport, The Bucyrus Club & Event Center offers rehearsals and weddings within the various spaces of this new venue. A division of long-standing Skyline Catering, the food is sure to be tasty too. Top photo by Cassie Rosch Photography.
15. Edelweiss Cruises
We LOVE the idea of a rehearsal dinner aboard one of the Edelweiss Cruise ships gliding through downtown Milwaukee. Able to accommodate groups up to 140, along with indoor spaces aboard the vessel in case of inclement weather, having your wedding & events aboard the Edelweiss is sure to be a memorable wow factor for you and your guests. Photos from Edelweiss Facebook.
16. Buttermint Finer Dining & Cocktails
From the fine folks of Black Shoe Hospitality (Maxie’s / Blue’s Egg / BKC), Buttermint Finer Dining & Cocktails has a private space for up to 30 guests with options to buy out the entire restaurant. Their menu is a super delicious & modern spin on 1960’s fine dining as well as tasty brunch options for private events.
17. AMPED MKE
Looking for a super unique and amazingly fun Rehearsal Dinner idea? Look no further than AMPED MKE! Opened in 2023, AMPED not only has posh private karaoke suites with over half a million songs, but they have spaces for private dinners & parties, and onsite catering, perfect for rehearsal dinners. Photos from AMPED MKE’s Instagram.
18. Barrel Yard at American Family Field
A hidden gem and beautifully updated, the Barrel Yard at American Family Field is an amazingly unique spot for rehearsal dinners & private events. Open on game days & non-game days, wow your guests by enjoying dinner while overlooking left field. Photos via @barrelyardmke Instagram.
19. Broken Bat Brewing Co.
Located on the edge of the uber hip neighborhoods, Third Ward & Walker’s Point, Broken Bat Brewing Co. has a great private event space for up to 160 guests seated, as well as the ability to host within their expansive tap room. Definitely a great way to showcase Milwaukee’s craft beer scene! Photos via @brokenbatbrew Instagram.
20. Northern Lights Event Venue
Northern Lights Event Venue is Milwaukee’s ultramodern riverfront event venue and we love it! This two-story venue offers a spacious bar area, large outdoor patio and second floor lounge & balcony with dazzling riverfront views of the Milwaukee skyline. Perfect for intimate weddings and rehearsal dinners.
21. Red Circle Inn
The Red Circle Inn is Wisconsin’s oldest restaurant! Opened in 1848 and located in the heart of Lake Country in Waukesha County, Red Circle Inn has a warm and welcoming ambiance with a true homage to Wisconsin’s cherished supper club tradition. Fun fact, Red Circle Inn has a gorgeous, must see wedding venue with outdoor ceremony space adjacent to the restaurant!