Caroline Blair

Complete Summerfest Shuttle Guide

Why worry about driving and parking? The list of easy shuttle services is long.

By - Jun 27th, 2017 01:04 pm
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Michael and The Bystanders. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Michael and The Bystanders. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

With over 800,000 guests packing the grounds of the 11-day Summerfest celebration each summer, driving and trying to find parking is sometimes the most difficult part. But do not fret, because there many Milwaukee restaurants and bars provide convenient shuttle services to the grounds. Summerfest also runs its own shuttle and bus services. Here is a complete guide to all these services, that should make is easy and convenient to get to the Big Gig.

BAR & RESTAURANT SHUTTLES

The list is long. And each restaurant offers shuttles at different times and dates, so we recommend calling first to find specific times.

Bay View

The Backyard
2155 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
414-751-4087
thebackyardmke.com

The Bottle
1753 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
414-389-5337
facebook.com/TheBottleMKE/
Shuttle runs daily 3:00 p.m. to close

Boone and Crockett
2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
414-763-4935
boonemilwaukee.com

District 14
2273 S. Howell Ave.
414-744-0399
https://www.facebook.com/d14beer/

Dale Z.’s On Tour
3585 S. Howell Ave.
414-483-2030
m.mainstreethub.com/dalezsontour
Shuttle runs daily after 2:00 p.m.

Franky’s Newport
939 E. Conway St.
414-486-1768
facebook.com/TheNewportBayView/
(Part of the Bay View Shuttle)

Frank’s Power Plant
2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
414-481-9200
frankspowerplant.com
(Part of the Bay View Shuttle)

The Highbury
2322 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
414-294-4400
thehighbury.com
(Part of the Bay View Shuttle)

Redbar
2245 E. St. Francis Ave., St. Francis
414-212-8470
Facebook event
Located just outside Bay View, but part of Bay View shuttle, which runs on weekdays at 4:00 p.m. and weekends (Saturday and Sunday) at 12:00 p.m. The shuttle has five spots: Frank’s Power Plant, Franky’s Newport, Tonic/Highbury, and Urban Bay View.

Straight Shots
1503 E. Oklahoma Ave.
414-747-0644
straightshotsbayview.com
Shuttle starts at 2:00 p.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends (Friday thru Sunday)

The Stone
2422 S. Howell Ave.
414-483-3888
thestonemke.com

The Tonic Tavern
2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
414-455-3205
facebook.com/tonictavernmke/
The Bay View shuttle runs weekdays starting at 4:00 p.m. and weekends starting at noon. (Part of the Bay View Shuttle)

Urban Bay View
2301 S. Logan Ave.
414-509-8732
facebook.com/urbanbayview/
(Part of the Bay View Shuttle)

Downtown

Camp Bar
525 E. Menomonee St. in Milwaukee
414-930-9282 (Milwaukee)
campbarmke.com
Daily shuttle starting at 4:00 p.m. and back until an hour after Summerfest closes.

Flannery’s Bar & Restaurant
425 E. Wells St.
414-278-8586
flannerysmilwaukee.com
Daily shuttle starting at 4:00 pm and runs about every 10 minutes. 

Harp Irish Pub
113 E. Juneau Ave.
414-289-0700
www.facebook.com/The-Harp-Irish-Pub-1102001463168544/
Shuttle starts between 5:00 p.m and 7:00 pm and runs continuously throughout the night depending on traffic.

Karma Bar and Grill
600 E. Ogden Ave.
414-220-4118
karmamilwaukee.com
Shuttle leaves twice an hour, weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. and weekends from noon to 1:00 a.m. Runs 45 minutes after Summerfest closes.

McGillycuddy’s Bar and Grill
1135 N. Water St.
414-278-8888
www.mcgillycuddysmilwaukee.com
Shuttle starts at 5:00 p.m. and runs through out the night making stops at different bars.

Miller Time Pub and Grill
509 W. Wisconsin Ave.
414-271-2337
milwaukee.millertimepub.com/index.asp
Shuttle runs noon – 1:00 a.m.

Milwaukee Brat House
1013 N. Old World 3rd St.
414-273-8709
milwaukeebrathouse.com
Three buses running every 10-15 minutes, starting daily at 1:00 p.m.

Mo’s Irish Pub
142 W. Wisconsin Ave.
414-272-0721
mosirishpub.com/milwaukee
Shuttle runs 1 hour before and after the Festival. Free rides with a required purchase of at least one drink.

Red Rock Saloon
1227 N. Water St.
414-431-0467
redrockmilwaukee.com
Shuttle runs Monday thru Friday starting at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday starting at 3:00 p.m.

Trinity Three Irish Pubs
125 E. Juneau Ave.
414-278-7033
trinitythreeirishpubs.com
Trolley to and from Summerfest every day starting at 5:00 p.m.

Ugly’s
1125 N. Old World 3rd St.
414-763-3852
uglysmke.com

Who’s on Third
1007 N. Old World 3rd St.
414-897-8373
whosonthirdmke.com
Shuttle runs every day starting at 4:00 p.m.

East Side

Buddha Lounge
1504 E. North Ave.
414-283-8400
buddhaloungemke.com
Daily from 5:00 p.m.

Eastsider
1732 E. North Ave.
414-416-0194
eastsiderbar.com

Hi Hat Lounge
1701 N. Arlington Pl.
414-225-9330
hihatlounge.com
Weekdays 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Hooligan’s
2017 E. North Ave.
414-273-5230
hooligansmke.com

Jack’s American Pub
1323 E. Brady St.
414-763-2830
jacksamericanpub.com
Shuttle runs every day starting at 3:00 p.m.

Malone’s on Brady
1329 E. Brady St.
414-763-3209
www.facebook.com/MalonesonBrady/

Nomad World Pub
1401 E. Brady St.
414-224-8111
nomadworldpub.com

Stubby’s Gastrogrub and Beer Bar
2060 N. Humboldt Ave.
414-763-6324
stubbyspubandgrub.com
Shuttle runs every day on the hour, weekdays 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and weekends (Friday thru Sunday) 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Vitucci’s
1832 E. North Ave.
414-273-6477
vituccis.com
Daily shuttle runs weekdays 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and weekends 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Minimum of one drink purchased required and riders must be 21+.

South Side

Amelia’s
724 E. Layton Ave.
414-483-0345
www.facebook.com/pages/Amelias/117957478217570

Brass Monkey Milwaukee Pub and Grill
700 E. Layton Ave.
414-486-0484
brassmonkeymke.com
Shuttle starts at 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and 1:00 p.m. on weekends

Gingerz Sports Pub and Grill
3915 S. Howell Ave.
414-482-9700
gingerzsportzpub.com
Shuttle runs weekdays 4:00 p.m. to close and weekends (Friday thru Sunday) 2:00 p.m. to close.

Jerseys Sports Pub and Grill
4024 S. Howell Ave.
414-483-9500
facebook.com/Jerseys-Sports-Pub-Grill-95079126634/

The K Ranch
4840 S. Whitnall Ave.
414-481-1775
kranch.com
Shuttle leaves weekdays at 3:00 p.m. and weekends (Saturday and Sunday) at noon.

On the Clock Bar and Grill
4301 S. Howell Ave.
414-744-2383
ontheclockbar.com

Spirits
922 Milwaukee Ave., South Milwaukee
414-762-2005
www.facebook.com/spiritssouthmilwaukee/

North Side

McBob’s Pub & Grill
4919 W. North Ave.
414-871-5050
www.mcbobs.com
Shuttle starts at 4 p.m. daily with the last pickup at 11 p.m.

Walker’s Point

Fat Daddy’s
120 W. National Ave.
414-347-0524
fatdaddyball.com/home.php

O’Lydia’s Bar and Grill
338 S. 1st St.
414-271-7546
olydias.com

Steny’s Tavern and Grill
800 S. 2nd St.
414-672-7139
stenystavern.com/home.php

West Side and Wauwatosa

Caffrey’s Pub / Murphy’s Irish Pub
717 N. 16th St.
414-933-9047
caffreyspub.com
murphysirishpub.net
Direct Shuttle to Summerfest from the Marquette University Campus starting daily at 6:00 p.m.

Camp Bar
6600 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa
414-763-3793
campbarmke.com

Spitfire’s on State
5018 W. State St.
414-777-5060
spitfireswi.com

West Allis

O’Connors Perfect Pint
8423 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis
414-395-7468
facebook.com/OConnors-Perfect-Pint-108878139589/
Shuttle runs three times daily: 5:00 p.m, 7:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. with a two drink minimum.

Paulie’s Pub and Eatery
8031 W Greenfield Ave., West Allis
414-257-2854
www.facebook.com/Paulies-Pub-and-Eatery-333337506864/

Brass Monkey
11904 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis
414-476-6099
www.brassmonkeymke.com

Greenfield

The Brass Tap
7808 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield
414-301-4054
www.brasstapbeerbar.com/greenfield

MCTS Downtown Shuttle

The Downton Shuttle goes directly from different spots on Wisconsin Ave. to Summerfest’s North Gate and runs every 15 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Just look for a bus stop marked with the Summerfest smiley face. Prices range from $1.25 to $3. For a more detailed map, see the Milwaukee County Transit System shuttle map.

To get a MCTS M-Card for frequent uses, get it here.

Visit the Milwaukee County Transit System website for more information on the shuttle system.

Visit the Milwaukee County Transit System website for more information on the shuttle system.

Wisconsin and Jefferson

  • In between Milwaukee Club Bank Mutual and the United States District Court

Wisconsin and Milwaukee

  • In front of Amilinda and P’Dia

Water and Wisconsin

  • Near a Bublr Bikes service and Real Dogs in front of the Riverwalk

Plankinton and Wisconsin

  • Between Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Mo’s Irish Pub

3rd and Wisconsin

  • In front of Grand Avenue Mall

4th and Wisconsin

  • In front of the Wisconsin Center

5th and Wisconsin

  • In front of Miller Time Pub and Grill

6th and Wisconsin

  • In front of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milwaukee

James Lovell and Wisconsin

  • Between Westown Market Liquor Store and Army and Navy Surplus

8th and Wells

  • Between the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library

Freeway Flyers

The Milwaukee County Transit System Summerfest Freeway Flyer bus system takes passengers from nine Park-Ride lots to the Summerfest Main Gates. The Freeway Flyers operates on weekdays every 30 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. and every 15 minutes from 5:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, it operates every 15-20 minutes. The Freeway Flyer costs between $3 to $7 but Pre-Fare tickets can be purchased here.

For a more specific map of the Park-Ride lots, look here.

Park-Ride Lots

  • Saukville Walmart
  • Grafton Target/Home Depot
  • Brown Deer
  • Holt Ave.
  • College North
  • College South
  • Whitnall/Hales Corners
  • Loomis
  • State Fair Park
  • Watertown Plank

In addition, there are parking lots on the Summerfest grounds with first-come, first-serve parking. There are also specific drop-off and pick-up spots for Uber, Summerfest’s official transportation network service provider.

More information on all travel to Summerfest can be found on the official site.

One thought on “Complete Summerfest Shuttle Guide”

  1. Excellent list! Very well organized. Don’t forget about our Milwaukee Limousine Services at Klassic Limousine, Inc. We’ll take you to Summerfest in style. We may even be transporting a few bands 😉

    Thanks again for the great post!

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