5 of the Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Milwaukee


Milwaukee is well-known for its music scene and there are plenty of local shows to check out on any given night. Below is a list of five venues to watch local music in Milwaukee. Details about upcoming shows at these locations can be found their websites or social media.

1. The Cactus Club
While the Cactus Club has hosted some larger national bands like the White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie and Bright Eyes, it is also a great place to check out local bands. Bands play in a back room, and there's usually a cover for live music. It's a smaller venue, but the drinks are decently priced and the sound quality is good. To see what shows are upcoming up soon, visit their website.

2. Club Garibaldi
Club Garibaldi is located in Bayview and is another great spot to catch a local show. The back room has a large stage, ample seating and a pool table. If you show up early enough, try their chicken wings, which are rumored to be some of the best in Milwaukee. For more information about upcoming shows, visit their website.

3. Linneman's
Linneman's is located in Riverwest and is another hot spot if you're looking to hear some local bands. Shows are held several times per week, and all shows are 21+. Most shows begin at 10 p.m., unless noted otherwise on their website. They have a large backroom and a separate bar area, and there's usually a live music cover. For more information about upcoming shows, visit their website.

4. Up and Under
The Up and Under is located on Brady Street in Milwaukee's lower east side neighborhood. It features music and events seven nights per week, and is also a popular open mic location. It offers a variety of daily specials, including drink specials on weekends. For more information about upcoming shows, visit their website

5. Street Festivals
Last, but not least, are Milwaukee's street festivals. Milwaukee has a lot of street festivals in the summer, and they all feature a variety of local bands. Some of Milwaukee's festivals include: Brady Street Days, Locust Street Days, Bayview Bash and the Summer Solstice Music Festival on North Avenue. If you're looking for a fun way to pass an afternoon or evening, this is a great option. Admission to these street festivals is free.

Alaine was born and raised in Wisconsin. She loves everything having to do with the Packers.