The Explorium Brewpub Third Ward is conveniently located in the Pritzlaff Building in downtown Milwaukee in the Historic Third Ward. Explorium occupies a building in the Pritzlaff complex that was built in 1904. Much of the historic nature of the building has been preserved and is showcased in the buildout. The brewery restaurant has a total capacity of 400 in three main areas: Inside Bar and Dining Area, The “Tunnel” Bar and Dining Area, and Outside Patio.
The Inside Bar and Dining Area shows off this beautiful historic building’s cream city brick and timber post & beam construction. The original brick walls, wood columns, floors, and floor joists above are kept in their original, natural state giving the space a very warm and inviting feel. The main bar seats about 40 people and two community tables seat an additional 40 or so. The dining area seats about 84 and can be divided. The total inside occupancy is 180 people.
The “Tunnel” is an outdoor space that is under the cover of the building that can accommodate 100 guests in a 60 person seated area and 40 person bar. Historically this space literally was a train tunnel through the building that provided a covered area to unload box cars into the warehouse space. The tracks are long gone and have been replaced by stamped concrete cobblestone and a wood deck. The Tunnel has two distinct spaces: the dining area and bar area. The dining area floor is cobblestone and the walls are cream city brick. A charming level of lighting is provided by overhead cafe lighting giving the space the feel of the old streets of Milwaukee. The bar area is built on a wooden deck that can accommodate approximately 40 people in a mingling style event. Overhead radiant heat is provided in the cooler months.
The Outside Patio can accommodate about 80 guests and a band stage is available for entertainment. Two fire pits warm the space in the cooler months and overhead cafe lighting gives a warm glow to the space that is perfect for a nice el fresco dining experience. The band stage can accommodate bands up to five people.