Home of the Milwaukee Brewers
Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Stadium Capacity: 41,900
Brewers fans tailgate like no others in baseball, and the smell of grilled brats and sausages fills the parking lots surrounding Miller Park before, and often after, games. To take in a game on the cheap, fill up at the tailgate, then get the $1, obstructed view 'Uecker seats,' named for longtime Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker. And while Miller products are highlighted at the park, there's also a fine selection of local micro-brews on tap.
Tailgating may be more associated with football than baseball, but no one in Milwaukee seems to know that or care. Miller Park is by far the best spot in the Majors to do some pre-game partying in the parking lot. So, plan to get to the game early and fire up the grill, throw the brats on and crack a brew. You won’t be alone. … Couldn’t get the tailgate organized? No problem. Hit Klement’s Sausage Haus on the edge of the east parking lot where they have brats, sausages, beer and other items for an impromptu tailgate. … Encased meats are the stars inside the park, too, including brats, Italian, Polish and Chorizo sausages, as well as hot dogs. All should be smothered in the Secret Stadium Sauce. … While Miller products are obviously plentiful inside, beer drinkers will be happy to learn that there’s also a wide assortment of imports and excellent local microbrews, too. Try a Sprecher or New Glarus, both Milwaukee favorites. … Be in your seat in the middle of the 6th inning for the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages. Choose between the Bratwurst, Hot Dog, Polish, Italian and Chorizo, and bet your buddy on the outcome. Pick the right sausage and the next round’s free. … Check out Bernie Brewer hanging out in his ‘Dugout’ above the left-field bleachers. He still goes down a slide whenever a Brewer hits a home run, but gone is the stein of beer he used to end up in. Contemplate that as you choose from the wide variety of beer at Miller Park. … After the game, retire to the parking lot, fire up the grill again and crack open those beers you wisely left on ice. Many fans wait out the traffic with some post-game tailgating. … Another good option is to head to Bluemound Road north of the park just across I-94, where there are various restaurants and taverns to choose from. Many of these establishments run shuttles to and from the game, which is nice. Try Kelly’s Bleachers or Long Wong’s, which touts itself as “the world’s greatest Chinese-American sports bar.” … Milwaukee may have an impressive art museum downtown on the lakefront, but beer lovers seeking some culture will want to stick close by. The Miller Brewery is just north of the park, and tours are offered.
Klement’s Sausage Haus, Miller Park east parking lot, (414) 902-4700
Kelly’s Bleachers, 5218 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 258-9837
Long Wong’s, 5230 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 454-0400
Miller Brewery, 4251 W. State St., (414) 931-2337
Wise Guide Tips / Know what the locals know, go where the locals go
At Wise Guides, we believe “spectator” should be a verb. Not because you should suck down 12 beers, run on the field and try to take the first baseman’s job — you shouldn’t. It’s because there’s so much more to going to a game than simply sitting in your seat watching the action. There are stadiums and neighborhoods to explore, food and drink to try, history to learn and interesting people to meet. Try our Wise Guides tips, they are funny, helpful and, we hope, interesting.
Keepin Out the Cold
The most striking and significant feature of Miller Park is the retractable, fan-like roof that can be opened or closed in about 10 minutes. That unique shape, roughly mirroring the field, gives the par... Read more »