For a pub crawl that mixes water with watering holes, Pewaukee, Wis., is the place.
“Pub crawls are very popular in Wisconsin because we are a drinking state,” said Tiffany Zamora, marketing manager for the Waukesha and Pewaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The small town’s historic district fronts Pewaukee Lake and several lakefront storefronts, all painted in bright, happy hues, house popular eateries. Most have generous seating out front that gives diners views of the lake, the largest of 77 located in Waukesha County.
The CVB has developed pub crawls for both Pewaukee and Waukesha. It also helps planners arrange for transportation for the after-hours events.
The easiest way to do a pub crawl in Pewaukee is to prowl West Wisconsin Avenue, the street that fronts the lake, where groups can walk from restaurant to restaurant in a few short blocks. Among them is Piano Blu, known for its live music, including an open mic on Wednesdays, and an cool appetizers like artisan cheese plates, stuffed mejool dates and smoked trout. A piano bar, a large private dining room or a wine tasting room can be booked for more formal goupr events.
Another favorite is Seester’s Mexican Cantina.
“People love to go there and sit on the patio and drink their margaritas and buckets of beer,” said Zamora.
A pub crawl is a great way to enjoy the ambience of the restored 18th– and 19th- century streetscape, the beach and the lake beyond.
A final stop at the Chocolate Factory can end an evening on a decadent note. The ice cream shop is part of a popular Wisconsin chain and customers clamor for its Blue Moon and Brownies and Cream ice creams, among others. The Chocolate Factory has outdoor, lakefront seating as well.
Another option in Pewaukee is a driving tour of restaurants and pubs in other areas of the lake. A must-stop is Doc’s Dry Dock, where the pizza, Sprecher Amber beer and lake views are applauded.