|Chance of Hooking Up||6.5|
|Male to Female Ratio||.93|
|Average Date Price||$95.00|
|Most Popular Dating App||Tinder|
|Identify as Religious||46%|
Nestled up against the west coast of Lake Michigan is where you’ll find Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s the largest city in the state and the fifth-largest in the Midwest. Milwaukee is known as an incredibly diverse city with thick German roots that are responsible for its booming beer industry. Milwaukee has been rapidly growing since the 1960s and is poised to become a major city in the United States.
This up-and-coming city is a great place to meet laid-back and down-to-earth singles. But be prepared for cold and dark winters. Not only will the weather get cold, but the dating scene and nightlife comes to a near screeching halt during the winter months. The term ‘cuffing season’ may have very well been coined in Milwaukee.
Thanks to the long winter months, it’s not terribly difficult to land a partner once it warms up. Singles are dying to get out and socialize after long winters. Summer months are booming with beer gardens, lake life, and music festivals like Summerfest. Singles are antsy to get their hands on one another. Once summer starts winding down, it’s time to cuff up. It’s a cycle that many Milwaukeeans are familiar with. Winter flings are just as common as summer flings in this great city.
Milwaukee and its singles had long enjoyed their breweries. After all, there were already over twenty breweries in Milwaukee by 1856. It was home to the four largest beer breweries in the world, including Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst, and Miller. It was the leading beer producer in the world at one point. Miller-Coors retains that title in Milwaukee as a key employer of the city.
Microbreweries exploded in Milwaukee and the locals became snobs for craft beers. Leinenkugel’s exploded as a local craft while the Milwaukee Brewing Company, Lakefront Brewery, and Sprecher Brewery are local microbrewery favorites. It’s almost guaranteed that one of your first dates in Milwaukee will be a brewery tour.
Today, Milwaukee is home to five fortune 500 companies which include Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, Manpower, Rockwell Automation, and Harley-Davidson. Other companies within Milwaukee include Briggs & Stratton, Brady Corporation, Marcus Corporation, and more. Health care makes up over 27% of the jobs in Milwaukee.
Demographically, there is plenty of every culture to go around – but the city is highly segregated. In fact, Milwaukee is considered one of the most segregated cities in the United States. The population is 37% white, 40% black, 17.3% Latino, and 3.5% Asian. Females outnumber men by 1.9%, so the odds are uniquely in the men’s favor here.
Milwaukee has a progressive LBGTQ+ community. Its three-day PrideFest along Milwaukee’s famous lakefront is the United States’ only pride festival held on permanent festival grounds. Walker’s Point is a premier gay neighborhood in Milwaukee. There is also a dedicated LGBTQ+ community center as well as its own LGBTQ+ film festival.
Singles tend to migrate to just a few neighborhoods in Milwaukee. Take a look at our recommendations below:
Brady Street is an eclectic, colorful, and diverse road in Milwaukee that is popular for its hipster scene and dive bars. There are fourteen bars within just a few blocks on Brady Street that are bustling during the day as well as the night. Drinking casually is part of the culture here in Milwaukee and you’ll have to get used to that. The Brady Street vibe is filled with college graduates and other young adults that are trying to escape the chaos of the east sider drunken chaos. It’s a bit more laid back as Brady Street is a lively neighborhood where people go out to drink casually rather than party, unlike Water Street (see below).
Keep an eye out for the Brady Street Festival in July. The entire street shuts down and it turns into a multi-day event with live music, fantastic food, and even better beer. The Garage is a popular watering hole to get loose on the weekends. Jack’s American Pub is where you’ll want to be for the Packers game on Sunday.
Water Street is the heart of downtown Milwaukee and the heart of the city’s nightlife. Not many people live on Water Street, so anyone who shows up to one of the many bars here on the weekends is there to party. The police actively patrol Water Street at bar close and quite literally have to kick pedestrians out of the bars past bar close. On Water Street, it’s common to just stay in a bar until the cops show up to clear it out, even if the bartenders can’t legally serve any more drinks.
If you’re looking for a one-night stand or to dance the night away, Water Street is definitely where it’s at. One of the coolest parts of Water Street is that it’s tucked up against the Milwaukee River. Most of the bars on the west side of the street have great patios that overlook the river. Check out Trinity Three Irish Pubs and McGillycuddy’s for a good time guaranteed to have singles dancing the night away.
Sitting just to the south of the Harley-Davidson Museum is where you’ll find Walker’s Point. It’s on the outskirts of the city and well away from the young and immature college/young adult crowd that you’ll find on Water Street and Brady Street. You’re much more likely to find another single to take home to your parents in Walker’s point. It’s an up-and-coming neighborhood with cheap rent, great Latin food, and a laidback LBGTQ+ community. Check out Steny’s Tavern and Grill for nightlife, some of the best chicken wings you’ll ever eat in your life, and equally delicious Bloody Mary’s that consistently rank in the top-three best Bloody Mary’s in Milwaukee.
Looking for a one-night stand in Milwaukee? Look no further than the suggestions below:
Dating in Milwaukee is as diverse as its culture. Take a look at some of our recommendations below for first date ideas:
Henry Maier Festival Park
Milwaukee is known for its extravagant summer festivals, including Summerfest Music Festival which is promoted as the world’s largest musical festival. Over 800,000 people attend each year over 11 days. The festival grounds are over 75 acres with 12 stages and over 1000 live performances within that timeframe. Here’s the best part – aside from the cheap entry ticket, most all of the stages are FREE. It’s hosted artists such as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, and more. There’s something for everyone at Summerfest.
The Henry Maier Festival Park holds festivals throughout the entire summer and is the perfect place to take your new friend on a first date. Just keep an eye out for the lineup for something that you like. The grounds are home to Festa Italiana, Irish Fest, PrideFest, German Fest, Labor Fest, Polish Fest, and much more.
Lakefront Brewery Tour
Lakefront Brewery is Milwaukee’s latest prized brewery. They host a 45-minute technical tour filled with facts, lore, jokes, and plenty of beer. The admission ticket is only $12, and you get a souvenir pint glass with refills throughout the tour. Pop quizzes are given during the tour. Correct answers and participation are rewarded with more beer refills. After the tour is over, sit down and relax in its German-styled beer hall and enjoy live music and squeaky cheese curds. The tour groups are small and fill up fast so make sure to book a reservation before arriving. This is a perfect winter activity to stay warm.
Bradford Beach is easily one of the hottest spots to socialize at in the summer. It’s indistinguishable from an ocean beach during the summer months aside from the fact that the water is ice cold. Take your date on a picnic, play volleyball at one of their free courts, or sit down at the tiki bar for a relaxing and tropical day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is a great free activity for first dates to show off their bodies and soak up the little bit of sunshine that Milwaukee gets during the summer.