The East Side has always been an epicenter of the creative movement in Milwaukee. Today, with unique entertainment options, the presence of UWM's Peck School of the Arts, and the installation of Black Cat Alley, the East Side remains as creative as ever.

We are proud to be home to the Milwaukee Film Festival, the Summer Soulstice Music Festival, and the stunning street mural installation of Black Cat Alley. And every day, we're amazed by all the FUN on the East Side with options like the Oriental Theatre, The Jazz Estate, The Back Room at Colectivo (in partnership with the Pabst/Riverside), bowling and games at Landmark Lanes, and fun mini-golfing at Nine Below. The East Side is a one-stop-shop for entertainment in Milwaukee. 



Looking for live music? You'll find several live music scenes packed into just a few blocks of this urban neighborhood. Maybe you'd prefer to do something? We have the most unique entertainment options in the city!

Jazz Estate
Milwaukee's premiere music lounge, the Jazz Estate has been hosting some of the best local and national jazz musicians for more than 40 years featuring live jazz on Thursdays and Saturdays with additional acts on other nights. Check out the calendar for more information on live shows.
Colectivo Prospect is home to the Live from the Back Room at Colectivo series, showcasing local and internationally touring artists presented by Pabst Theater Group. Purchase tickets and see a list of all upcoming Pabst Back Room events on the events calendar.
Von Trier
The most German of german bars with a drink menu that makes you want to sing, also features a live music series. Yes, it includes killer polka bands. Check the event calendar for the next Von Trier gig.
This venue deliberately takes it down a notch or two, priding themselves on being like ‘Cheers’. When they book music it’s to get Norm up and dancing.
Thursday evenings a jazz trio plays and it goes well with the pasta & pizza.
Their Upper Level has a packed music schedule each weekend featuring a slice of every kind of music – all local and all fantastic.
Paddy's Pub
This is where everyone gets jiggy with it. One of Milwaukee's most authentic Irish pubs throws a righteous craic and draws a mix of generations with bands that you can jig to.
Live lunch time music!


You'll find art, film & theater in unexpected places on The East Side. For starters, the quiet building on the corner of Kenilworth and Prospect is an art factory part of The Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Black Cat Alley is the East Side's very own street art gallery in a two-block public walkway between Kenilworth Blvd and Ivanhoe Place in the alley between the Oriental Theater on Farwell and Colectivo on Prospect. We've also got a film scene that includes a national gem: The Oriental Theater is a year-round film destination and host to the annual Milwaukee Film Festival.