Niece's wedding in mid-Sept. - will be about 30 people or less & on a Thursday night. Cost is definitely an issue - I think something under $25pp with a drink or two would work. Basically, everyone is coming in from out of town - California, Colorado, East Coast, and as elderly grandma is in Milwaukee, and we're bringing the wedding to her! They just want something fun downtown, 3rd Ward, lakeside or ?? & it would be nice to have a view or fun theme, as many have never been to MKE before. Obviously need somewhere we can reserve the space, so local advice much appreciated. Some ideas my Southern California brain has come up with (so don't laugh if I'm really far off!):
Patio at the Harp for brats, beer, etc. Would they let us have the patio or part of it? I'm not a big fan of their brats, but the view is great, it's fun, it's very Milwaukee & the price would certainly be right.
Private room at Mima's - this was my first idea & I guess they could keep the cost down if menu/wines were pre-set. Also thought of Mader's, but worried about cost & fun factor. Neither obviously have a view, but both areas (Brady & 3rd Street) are fun, so in the running.
I know Roots has a terrace & a view, but I've never been there. Is it the sort of thing we could do apps & drinks for a reasonable cost?
Patio at Trocodero (although the view leaves a bit to be desired...) perhaps. Or, is that wine bar still on Brady/name please?
Open to any & all suggestions - as you can see we're all over the place with ideas, so don't hold back - if you think it would be fun, very Milwaukee & reasonable, please advise! I'm hoping Thursday night will be in our favor & if restaurants/bars there now are like anything in SoCal, even the most upscale are really reducing prices to get the bodies in, so perhaps there's something you locals will know about...