Bloody Mary Brunch Tour

Milwaukee Food 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.

Celebrating our 9th anniversary, we are Milwaukee's premier, original and award-winning tour company. Our tours provide the ideal combination of food, culture and history too! This is your chance to tour Milwaukee and savor it too!

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 - 2.5 hours, depending on the pace of the group
Fun Facts– 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.
Food Items Include - 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. 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!   

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
Sun, Nov 15  10:30 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Was informative, great food & drink. Highly recommend.
Milwaukee Food Tours responded:
Thank you - we appreciate your review! We have so much great food and drink on our 20+ food tours. We hope to see you on another tour soon!
Rating: 5
Sun, Nov 8  10:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Great guide, great tour, great time!
Milwaukee Food Tours responded:
So happy you enjoyed our Bloody Mary Brunch tour! We hope to see you on another great food tour soon!
Rating: 5
Great Third Ward Experience
Sun, Oct 25  10:30 AM Female 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
The Bloody Mary Tour is well done and offers a good amount of history of the Third Ward along with some of the featured bloody marys in the area. It was a great time!

My only recommendation is to stay at the SmokeShack with the group, even if it means being outside. It was not as nice having the Bloody Mary and the brunch plate at Holey Moley.
Milwaukee Food Tours responded:
Thanks for your feedback - always appreciated! If you enjoy pairing drinks and history, check out our Historic Bar tour, or if you're looking for a sweet, Christmas cookie filled delight, our Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus might be for you.
Rating: 4
Great Experience
Sun, Oct 25  10:30 AM Female 40-49 Combination Group of Friends
Great guide. I live in the area, but still learned a lot about Milwaukee and the Third Ward in particular. Nice restaurant choices. Great atmosphere and nice group of people. Highly recommended. Very happy there were other option than Bloody Mary's.
Milwaukee Food Tours responded:
Thank you for your review of our Bloody Mary Brunch tour! If you're looking for another food adventure this winter, you might consider taking our Milwaukee Pizza Bus or Milwaukee Fish Fry tour! You're sure to learn a thing or two.
Rating: 5
A great tour and everyone was super
Sun, Oct 18  10:30 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Our guide Kim did an excellent job. She was informative, well versed in her material and brought a bit of the stage in the presentation during the tour. If she isn't the top guide now please promote her - an absolutely perfect guide and a great person too!

We will consider coming up again for another tour in the near future. She mentioned a tour that she is currently assigned but I forget the details i.e. date and subject of the tour . No matter what the subject she will make a great experience. Can you tell us the dates when Kim will be leading a tour.

You have a great idea and very well executed - a real plus for the City of Milwaukee.

Again wonderful time and good food and drink and of course Kim was the star of the show.

Please Kim a high five from Steve and Joyce from Highland Park, IL!!!
Milwaukee Food Tours responded:
Thank you so much for your kind and detailed review! We're lucky to have a roster full of very talented tour guides. You can always reach out to us via email to inquire about particular tour guides for particular tour dates. If you're looking for another fun tour for the winter season, be sure to take a look at our popular Christmas tour offerings!
Rating: 5
Great Tour!
Sun, Oct 18  10:30 AM Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Kim was awesome!
Milwaukee Food Tours responded:
We are glad you enjoyed the tour and your guide. If you like tours with drink stops, I would suggest our Historic Bar tour next. We drive you around town in our big green bus and fill you with history and spirits. We hope to see you again!
Rating: 5
Excellent TIme!
Sun, Oct 18  10:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Kim was charming and very informative! We so enjoyed our stops, and we will highly recommend this tour to all of our friends and family. We cannot wait to take another tour with your company! Thanks again!
Milwaukee Food Tours responded:
Thanks for the feeback! We would love to have you come back and if you do check out our Old World Third street tour. It's a walking tour through Milwaukee's old German district and we sample beer, cheese and sausage along the way. It doesn't get much better than that!
Rating: 5
Had a nice time!
Sun, Oct 11  10:30 AM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
A few of us have been on this particular tour before. There are two different comments about this tour. Those of us who have been on the tour before were a bit disappointed the second time around. While we certainly appreciate that they change up the places to go we were looking forward to one place in particular that, of course, was not on this tour. Also, since we can compare apples to apples, the bloody Mary's were not nearly as good. The first time we went they were much fancier as far as what goes on them. They were just basic bloodys that you can get anywhere and had very little items on them like an olive and a pickle. This time around they were pretty dismal. Our tour guide was very sweet, friendly and outgoing. She did not give us as much history information as the guide we had before but she was extremely friendly and tried to answer any question we had. That being said, the other group of us that had not been on the tour really enjoyed it. They didn't necessarily like the bloody Mary's themselves but they did enjoy the history and the food that was served. They also really liked the tour guide. Again, they had nothing to compare her to as far and knowledge of the Third Ward so they were impressed with the tour.
Milwaukee Food Tours responded:
We appreciate your feedback about then new tour stops. Thank you for the detail! At MFT we are constantly updating routes to give the best experience to our guests. Occasionally we will try new stops and we need feedback like yours in order to reevaluate if needed. This will be discussed at our next employee meeting and see what we could change to improve the tour. We are glad your friends enjoyed the tour and hope you will come back for another!
Rating: 5
Totally fun
Sun, Oct 11  10:30 AM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
Great to go to places I normally wouldn't
Milwaukee Food Tours responded:
Glad to hear it and thanks for the review! We try to give a sample of what each neighborhood offers. If you enjoy a more "spirited" tour, you should try our Historic Bar tour. We take you to some of the oldest and most tucked away bars all over Milwaukee. Hope to see you again!
Rating: 5
Sun, Oct 11  10:30 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Kim was great!
Milwaukee Food Tours responded:
Thanks! We like her too! All of our guides have unique but fun ways of leading tours. You will enjoy them all. If you liked the Bloody Mary Brunch I would suggest our Historic Bar tour. It's a bus tour that drives you all over Milwaukee where you see all pre-prohibition bars. A drink in one hand and a snack in the other leaves everyone satisfied!
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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 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 Tours. 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 - and award winning - food tour. I am a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA), an alumna of Future Milwaukee 2009 and have served as a culinary speaker at a number of tourism-related conferences. We even recently won the 2010 Governor's Rising Star in Tourism Award! Credentials aside, at Milwaukee Food Tours, our passion is firmly rooted in food and in Milwaukee.
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 a Milwaukee Food Tour. Come hungry, and be inspired!

Bon Appétit! 

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