Bloody Mary Brunch Tour

Milwaukee Food & City Tours

Zerve Seller: MKEFoodTours
Activity #2247
  • Join us to tour Milwaukee’s best - from rich cultural history to delicious treats, you’ll be amazed by our city’s hidden treasures!

  • Stroll the Third Ward to visit places like the Public Market, sample delicious foods, and learn about Milwaukee's unique culture.

  • Experience a new twist on the progressive dinner concept while discovering the city’s German roots & new restaurants on the RiverWalk!

  • Savor the delicious flavors of the Village of Wauwatosa on this new twist on the concept of a progressive dinner.

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Join us on a Sunday morning for our very popular and fun brunch tour complete with fabulous food, drinks, history, and newfound friends.

Why was the Historic Third Ward once known as the Bloody Third Ward? Who invented the Bloody Mary and why are their so many variations of the popular drink? These are just a few of the many questions to be answered on this unique Sunday brunch tour complete with a glimpse into Milwaukee's past. 

This tour includes traditional brunch items, plus four 6-ounce Bloody Mary samples.  For those that prefer to not have Bloody Mary samples on this tour, we can easily substitute mimosas, domestic beer or non-alcoholic options for you. 

Tour Length – Approximately one mile, with plenty of walking breaks and opportunities to sit down along the way. We spend approximately 20 minutes at each restaurant. 
Time Commitment – Between 2.5 - 3 hours, depending on the pace of the group

Tastings - All tastings are included in the price. Portions are often served family-style. Samples are substantial - for the vast majority of attendees, you will not need to plan for a meal after the tour!

Food Allergies -
  • This is a seafood/shellfish free tour. 
  • We do have a vegetarian option!  If you would like this options, you may note it when you purchase your tickets.  
  • We are not able to make menu adjustments for food allergies, dietary restrictions or preferences on this public tour.  We are able to make accommodations on private walking tours for 8+ guests, or private bus tours for 12+ guests.

What Is Not Included?

Brunch items as well as Bloody Marys and non-alcoholic beverages are included; if desired, domestic beers or mimosas may be substituted for Bloody Marys.
Please bring extra cash with you if you plan to shop at the various stores that we visit. Gratuities for your tour guide, although not required, are always appreciated.

Meeting Location

Historic Third Ward (Downtown Milwaukee, WI) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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Rating: 5
Great Bloodies, Interesting History
Sun, Jan 31  10:30 AM Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Really enjoyed the variety of bloodies available at the different locations and the little brunch bites. Brian really knows his stuff. One of our favorite tours. Two suggestions to improve: If it's raining, do the talk inside the restaurant, and Irish Pub should serve a brunch-type food rather than fries.
Rating: 5
Great day with the girls!
Sun, Jan 24  10:30 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Ryan was great!
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
So glad that you had a good time and enjoyed your tour guide! We hope to see you on another tour!
Rating: 4
Great Tour
Sun, Jan 17  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Local Group of Friends
Had a great time on this tour. The guide was awesome. The food could have been more brunch focus and the bloody marys could have been more wild.
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
Thank you for your review, and we hope that perhaps our Historic Bar Tour is next on your itinerary with us!
Rating: 5
Great tour!
Sun, Jan 17  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Local Group of Friends
Excellent tour, would do it again.
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
We look forward to seeing you on another tour! If you liked the Bloody Mary tour, you might also enjoy our Historic Bar tour, or our Historic Third Ward tour.
Rating: 5
Lots of fun
Sun, Jan 17  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Our tour guide was awesome, it was super cold so I'm glad we could still go. Would def recommend, but the only things I would suggest would be that the bloody mary's were a little more fun, with more toppings. And that the food was actually more brunch - ish, as opposed to lunch/snack - ish.
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
There is nothing like a good Bloody Mary on a cold, Milwaukee day! Glad to hear you enjoyed your tour. Thank you for your suggestion. You may really enjoy our Historic Third Ward tour because it really fills our guests up!
Rating: 5
Great job
Sun, Jan 17  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Tour guide was great, learned some great nuggets of information about Milwaukee and drank good drinks.
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
Milwaukee is full of interesting facts, and we are glad that you enjoyed learning more about Milwaukee on your tour. Our Historic Bar tour is another great excuse to learn more about gems in Milwaukee and enjoy great drinks!
Rating: 4
Cold! But fun!
Sun, Jan 17  10:30 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Unfortunately the day of the tour it was -20 with the windchill. That being said, we had a blast. The tour guide was full of information and we went to 4 resturaunts that we had never been to! The bloody Molly was our favorite! Overall we had fun. I think it's best to take the tour with someone or a group that you already know.
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
We are so glad that you had fun on your tour… even with the cold winter weather! We love showing our guests new places and encouraging them to try different food/drink. We would love to see you on another tour in the future - maybe our Brady Street tour is next on your itinerary!
Rating: 5
Sun, Jan 10  10:30 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Our tour guide was extremely fun and very knowledgable. He was extremely accommodating with the cold weather that we had. He made she we were happy and comfortable the whole time. I would recommend these tours to all of my friends. My mom and I are thinking about doing the tour with all the desserts soon!
Milwaukee Food Tours responded:
We are so glad to hear you loved your tour, despite the cold weather! We are lucky to have so many great tour guides that are knowledgeable and care about the experiences of their guests. We would love to see you our Custard Crawl tour this summer.
Rating: 5
Great time!
Sun, Jan 10  10:30 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
This was a perfect tour inclusive of delicious bloody mary's (or something other if you prefer), brunch items and an all around great time. Our tour guide was informative, funny and kind. Learning a little history about the third ward was a plus! Also, the tour promotes meeting other groups and people which was an awesome experience.
Milwaukee Food Tours responded:
Thanks for coming out for a Bloody Mary Tour - so great to hear you had an enjoyable time! Another fun historic tour of Milwaukee is our Historic Pre-Prohibition Bar! We would love to see you on another Milwaukee Food Tour.
Rating: 5
Sun, Jan 3  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Our Tour guide was great! He was very easy to talk to and had a lot of knowledge on the city!! Had a great time!
Milwaukee Food & City Tours responded:
We are lucky to have such knowledgeable and friendly tour guides to lead our tours. So happy that you had a great time! If you are interested in even more fun, you should check out our Old World 3rd Street tour during the summer!
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Is advance purchase required? Is cash accepted?
Tickets must be purchased in advance, as space is limited per tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Cash is not accepted.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The tours are held rain, shine or snow! As each of the establishments on all of our tour routes are within a short walk of each other, we encourage you to dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions. We will go inside all of the establishments on the tour while dining, unless the weather is ideal for outdoor patio dining in which case we may eat outdoors. In the extremely rare event that the tour has to be canceled, you will be able to reschedule to another time or receive a full refund.
If a food tour is sold out, is there a waiting list?
If a date/time is sold out or not listed as an available tour date, there is always a chance that if requested, we can add an additional tour on that date/time. Please click “Contact MKEFoodTours” to let us know what date you are interested in.
What is the maximum number of people per tour?
In order to provide an intimate, personalized experience, the public tour options are limited to 16 people per tour guide. For private tours, additional tour guides can be added to accommodate additional attendees.
How much food is served on the tour? What sort of food will I be sampling?
Each of our tours contain 5 - 7 stops for tastings, and the foods we sample always include tasty items desired by any foodie with Wisconsin-brewed beer and occasionally other spirits (particularly on our Bloody Third Ward Bloody Mary Brunch tour!), plus a sweet ending of chocolate. Keep in mind that food-tasting locations vary from tour to tour and may change without notice. Enough food is served that a meal afterwards is not necessary. We are proud that at the end of tours we often hear “I was expecting a tasting but this was a full meal!” You will not be disappointed - we consider our tours a progressive meal, with a side of history. Each attendee will also receive a complimentary packet of spices so that they can bring the tastes of Milwaukee into their own kitchen!
Are beverages provided?
Yes, our Bloody Third Ward Bloody Mary Brunch tour provides four, 6-ounce Bloody Mary’s for consumption. For underage participants or those uninterested in alcoholic drinks, root beer and/or lemonade is offered. In addition, all of the tasting locations are able to sell additional beverages to attendees, however, this is not encouraged as we will only spend approximately 20 minutes in each restaurant and do not want our guests to feel rushed in enjoying a beverage. If you do choose to purchase additional beverages, please be sure to bring cash with you to do so.
What about dietary restrictions?
We will do our best to accommodate any dietary restrictions provided we are aware of them in advance. Please notify us of any dietary restrictions you have upon purchasing your tickets. However, because our samples are supplied by restaurants and have been determined in advance, we may not be able to make substitutions for all of the selections. If you have further questions, please click “Contact “MKEFoodTours” to inquire.
Do we just walk around and sample food?
Absolutely not! Milwaukee has a wonderful, rich history and our attendees hear the history of the city and learn about the many ethnic influences that shaped our great city. Aside from sampling delicious food, you will be provided with cultural insight of the neighborhood. The tour is fully narrated by your guide who will discuss history, culture, architecture and entertainment offerings while leading you to both well-known and newer establishments for samplings.
What restaurants do we visit on the tour?
It's a surprise! We will visit a variety of excellent eateries, but do keep in mind that the tour routes and thereby the exact restaurants we visit may vary from tour to tour.
How much walking is included?
Tours last between 2 and 2.5 hours depending on the pace of our group. Each of our tour routes is approximately one mile with the exception of our Wauwatosa tour, which requires even less walking. We always walk at a moderate pace, and we sit to eat at most of the establishments. Private tours via pedicab, limo or bus can be arranged with advanced notice.
Can I bring children on the tour?
We offer an adolescent ticket, and children ages 7 and younger may come on the tour free of charge. Please do notify us if you will be bringing any children ages 7 or younger upon purchasing your tickets. Keep in mind that we will be discussing cultural and history, and much of the tour is walking, eating and socializing. Please consider whether your children will enjoy the tour and whether it is appropriate for them.
Can I shop on the tour?
We ask that you wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stay on schedule and continue with the tastings in a timely manner. We recommend that you allow time at the end of the tour to return to your favorite locations and/or stores, and provide a Tasting Guide which will include addresses of each establishment as well as discount coupons for your return visit. For private group tours, additional time for shopping can easily be incorporated into the tour per your advance request to do so.
Does the tour end at the same place we meet?
Most of our tours begin and end in the same location, however, our Brady Street tour does not and requires walking approximately a four-blocks to return to the starting point. Your guide will provide detailed return directions, which can be accomplished via foot, pedicab, taxi, or bus.
Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?
Yes, our tour routes and food tasting establishments are wheelchair accessible and baby stroller friendly.
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.
Is there parking near to the tour's meeting point?
Yes, there is parking located near each of our tour route meeting points. Specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions which you will receive after purchasing your tour tickets.
Does this tour have anything to offer a native Milwaukeean?
Definitely! Many of our attendees live right here in Milwaukee. Locals often attend to learn about the neighborhoods and the city in which they live. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you exciting secrets about the city and perhaps introduce you to new favorites! Tour attendees often say, “I’ve lived here my entire life and never explored Milwaukee like I did today.”
Are cameras allowed?
Yes, visitors are allowed and encouraged to take pictures at any of the establishments we visit.
Are pets allowed?
Due to the policies of the various food establishments we visit, pets are not allowed on this tour.
Are tours offered only in English?
Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time. Please click “Contact MKEFoodTours” if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour.
Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Give the gift of exploring the sights and flavors of Milwaukee's most historic and delicious neighborhoods with a gift certificate for a Milwaukee Food Tour experience! These make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or simply to say "Thank You" or "Welcome to Your New Home." The recipient selects their tour route of choice plus schedules the tour at a time convenient to their schedule. For complete details and to purchase a gift certificate, please email
Do you offer private tours?
Yes! Many of our private tours are identical to our public tours but can be customized to suit your group's needs and interests. For example, additional time for shopping can be added into the experience or walking can be eliminated from routes, etc. Besides our public walking tour options, we also offer several additional options that can be built onto the food tour experience for private groups including Cooking Tips & Techniques classes, Factory Tours, Green-Friendly “Farm & Table” Tours, our very fun Beer, Brats & Bowling Tour (we even ‘schlemiel, schlemazel’ with Fonzie on this tour) and our signature Progressive Lunches/Day in Milwaukee Ethnic Adventure. To book a private tour, simple email Theresa at to request your desired tour date and pricing options.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity takes place rain or shine.
The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).

Other Policies

All participants 21 and older must bring valid ID.
We require a valid ID proving you are 21 or older to participate in the alcohol sampling portions of the tour. Please make sure you have it with you as the vendors will need to verify this information before you can participate in the alcohol tastings!

Milwaukee Food & City Tours

My name is Theresa Nemetz, and I combined my love for Milwaukee and my husband's love for great food to create Milwaukee Food & City Tours. I was inspired to do so by my great-grandparents, Guiseppi and Rosa, who 100 years ago immigrated to Milwaukee from Santa Flavia, Sicily. Milwaukee has a rich Italian, German, Irish and Polish immigrant history, its an honor to be able to share the stories of the exceptional immigrants that brought our city to life. 

We are Milwaukee's original, premier and award winning food tour. I am a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA), an alumna of Future Milwaukee and have served as a culinary speaker at a number of tourism-related conferences. We even won the Governor's Rising Star in Tourism Award, and the Dear MKE Award through VISIT Milwaukee. Credentials aside, at Milwaukee Food & City Tours, our passion is firmly rooted in food and in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. 
We are proud of two pieces of commentary often provided by our attendees: “I’ve lived here my entire life and never explored Milwaukee like I did today” and “I was expecting a tasting but this was a full meal!” Whether you are a Milwaukee native, visiting the city on your own or traveling as part of group, you will not be disappointed.  We consider our tours a progressive meal with a side of history. 
Stories from Milwaukee's culinary scene are plentiful, and I invite you to immerse yourself into our culture in a fun and intimate way by experiencing Milwaukee Food & City Tours. Come hungry, and be inspired! 

Bon Appétit!
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