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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.


Bringing the former Weber Brewing Company back to its brewing roots, North Pillar Brewing offers handcrafted beers in a stunning tap room that retains some of the features of this historic building. 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. If burgers and beer is more up your alley, Mainstream Bar & Grill has a wide selection of burgers and Midwest craft beers.
North Pillar Brewing
Magellan’s on Main Street
Mainstream bar & Grill

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. Looking to Rock Out?  Venture over to Maddy’s Bar and Music Lounge for live music every Friday and Saturday night.

House of Guinness
Maddy’s Bar and Music Lounge

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. Unleash your inner lumberjack at Lumber Axe Waukesha! Whether you are a seasoned axe thrower or a first-timer, we promise an unforgettable experience for all.

Raised Grain Brewing Co. Lumber Axe Waukesha


A bottle of Whiskey and two glasses

If you’re more looking to grab something for home, Discount Liquor has a wide selection of beer, wine and liquor.

Discount Liquor



If it’s new ink you’ve got on your mind, check out one of downtown Waukesha’s award-winning tattoo parlors.

Floaty Tattoo
Skully’s Jedi Tattoo
Waukesha Tattoo Company

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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Southern Soul- Chef Pam’s Kitchen

  • 280 W Main Street
  • $65

6/13 Southern Soul $65 ( Embark on a Culinary Journey to the Heart of the Deep South, where...

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DIY Wooden Coasters- Fisk Avenue

  • 840 N Grand Avenue
  • $45-70

DIY Wooden Coasters Tickets, Thu, Jun 13, 2024 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite For this workshop, we are...

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Friday Night Live

  • Downtown Waukesha

Friday Night Live (FNL) – Waukeshadba 9 stages of live music from 6:30pm – 9:00pm June 7th to...

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