The city of Milwaukee has so much to offer—for beer culture, music, art, food, and especially these days, for coffee. No matter where you go, you’re never far from a single origin pour-over, cold brew, or creamy cappuccinos. “Brew City" indeed.Less
Pilcrow’s front-of-house is bright and clean, all light woods and red accents. The space is small, with only a handful of tables and two window-facing ledges. Nationally renowned nitro cold brew flows freely year-round in Classic and Sweet n’ Creamy variations as well as seasonal iterations like Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate Creamy, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. If you prefer your coffee hot, the menu hosts traditional options featuring its award-winning espresso, pour-overs, and playful coffee shakes.
At Wonderstate, you can find rotating single-origin espresso and pour-over options alongside a brief yet comprehensive menu highlighting traditional coffee drinks with signature drinks, like its beloved espresso and tonic, available seasonally. Beyond the classics, the shop offers a balanced, spicy house-made chai, Rishi tea, and pastries, including a biscuit with honey butter that pairs deliciously with any cup of coffee.
A multi-roaster cafe, Canary sources beans from an array of coffee companies with the goal of curating a high-quality, diverse bean selection, though Madcap Coffee, another Midwest coffee staple, is their mainstay. The pour-over menu is expansive, housing around eight options at a time, constantly rotating to keep the city’s biggest caffeine fiends interested and to allow people a taste of coffee varieties beyond what they know they like.
A cozy breakfast and lunch concept nestled in Milwaukee’s historic Brewer’s Hill neighborhood, Uncle Wolfie’s specializes in excellent coffee plus contemporary twists on tried-and-true brunch dishes, featuring menu items like a pulled pork breakfast burrito and the BELCH—a bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, and cheese sandwich. Come here hungry and ready to be caffeinated.
Vennture’s coffee menu is short and sweet, with pour-over options, cold brew, and espresso being the main pulls. Drawing from the idea of a rotating tap list at a bar, the spot offers a small but diverse rotating coffee list comprised solely of single origins, and the staff is always eager to chat with customers and give tailored recommendations. After coffee, try out one of the house-brewed beer options or a Hatched bakery item to round out the experience.