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Get Some Ink, Stay for a Drink

One of the most pleasantly unexpected things about Downtown Waukesha is just how pleasantly unexpected it is.

Our trendy district is home to an eclectic mix of attractions, from shops to art galleries, cafes, restaurants, and other unique boutiques. It shouldn’t surprise anyone, then, to learn that it’s also a destination where you can get the best brews and tattoos in the metro area.


Magellan’s on Main Street has one of the largest tap lists in Waukesha County, with forty-eight craft beers on tap and creative, hand-tossed pizzas. The Craft Lounge is true to its name, serving up delicious craft food and craft cocktails. They also rock the house with live music and fun events! The Mad Stientist has twenty-four beers on tap and six specialty concoctions poured in fun beakers for anyone willing to experiment.

Magellan’s on Main Street The craft Lounge Mad Stientist

For beer aficionados wanting an imported craft beer or cider, the House of Guinness has that and more, including about twenty different Irish whiskeys and live Celtic rock on weekends. Guitar For Life Café will rock your world with its menu of hot dogs, sammies, and quick bites—including Milwaukee-famous Purple Door ice cream. And if you’re in the mood for a brew, they’ve got Steeltank and Raised Grain beers on tap.

House of Guinness Guitar For Life Café

For locals and visitors wanting to taste an award-winning brew, Raised Grain Brewing Co. can oblige. Located just two miles east of Downtown Waukesha and with nineteen craft creations, they offer ten American-inspired beers, six Belgian, and three German––all of which push the envelope with a bold flavor profile.

Raised Grain Brewing Co.



If it’s new ink you’ve got on your mind, check out one of downtown Waukesha’s award-winning tattoo parlors. Waukesha Tattoo Company offers an upscale steampunk atmosphere and top-quality artwork, as well as body piercing and laser tattoo removal. For some vintage vibes, pop culture, and serious ink, Skully’s Jedi Tattoo is the place for you.

Waukesha Tattoo Company Skully’s Jedi Tattoo

Downtown Waukesha is proud to support the arts of brewing and tattooing. What better way to spend a day than getting inked and stopping in for a drink?

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Waukesha Janboree

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MLK Day Story Time

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