Who else likes weekend getaways to Milwaukee, especially during the summer? I have become well acquainted with a particular neighborhood, the Lower East Side, given its swell of breweries and artsy character. I traveled there recently to check out the East Side Art Market, as it’s been on my to-do list for a while.
Art market details
The market is open during the second and fourth weekends at 1915 E. North Avenue from 12 pm to 4 pm. It’s presented by The East Side BID and Milwaukee Makers Market with beer provided by Brew City Distribution. Stroll the many vendors selling their fabulous wares while listening to local musicians. The painted picnic tables are fun conversation pieces. You can see all the tables and the artists who painted them here.
Thom J. Ertl Designs
I typically look for funky greeting cards or postcards while traveling, which is the reason I was drawn to a vendor. Thom J. Ertl Designs had several carousels filled with unique cards. I bought a bunch because there were so many good ones. I plan to share and keep some for myself to frame as functional art.
I planned a brewery right after the market, so I played it smart and only had one beer. They offer a nice variety of canned options, including an IPA, a Porter, a Hefeweizen, a Kolsch, and two Hard Seltzers. It was a bit chilly, so I turned on the heat with a Donner Party Porter by FiftyFifty Brewing. This is a tasty porter with notes of dark chocolate, mocha, molasses, and espresso.
Return visit in my future
The East Side Art Market is a great place to collect some unique treasures, meet people, relax, and enjoy the surroundings. I will definitely be back!
What I ate and drank
My server helped me choose beers for a flight including The Invisible Landscape, Everything Eventually, DDH Everything Eventually Phantasm, and Closer Everywhere. All the beers were winners and enjoyed on their colorful patio.
There were several things I wanted from the food menu; however, the only menu available on the weekend is brunch. My server told me I could substitute soy for most of the items, so I chose the Eastside Hash. It was the perfect accompaniment to all that beer.
Black Cat Alley
Next up was Black Cat Alley. I have been here several times; however, there is a new mural I was anxious to see. I also wanted to explore with eyes wide open (seeing the more obscure art).
This beauty by Adjua Nsoroma was well worth waiting for. I hope this talented young woman continues to paint outdoor murals!
All three venues are within five minutes of one another. There are also lots of restaurants and bars nearby, so relish hanging out in this eclectic neighborhood.