How do I get a seat at Bryant’s?
On busy weekend nights, we have a host who will show you to a seat. On weeknights and slower parts of weekend nights, you can select your own table or seat at the bar. Just watch for the signage, our friendly staff will be sure to help out.
Is there a long wait for tables at Bryant’s?
This depends on the night and the time of year. Summer is our slowest time of the year and the holiday season is generally our busiest. The wait for small tables is almost always under 10 minutes, but if you want to avoid a wait, we suggest coming before 8PM or after 11PM. Weekdays are usually slower and there is very rarely a wait.
Do you take reservations?
We are currently accepting reservations and reservations are highly recommended for weekend visit. In order to make a reservation, visit our external reservation site:
At this time we are unable to make reservations in person or over the phone.
What if we have a large group on a weekend night?
Group seating is limited at Bryant’s. Our lounge was last remodeled in 1971 and this was only due to a fire; we really like keeping things classic around here. We were designed primarily for couples and small groups of 4-6 people. There are three tables that accommodate large groups, the largest accommodates up to 9 people. These booths usually fill up pretty fast on the weekends. Please note that we add 20% gratuity on to tables of 8 or more people.
We have a party bus and want to include you as a stop, is this okay?
We treat all groups equally, regardless of their occasion, but Bryant’s is rarely a good stop on a pub crawl as our group seating is limited. If your group is over 9 people, we will likely not be able to serve you on a busy night. We would rather you skip us than to have you leave unhappy.
If I am waiting for my group, can I get a drink at the bar while I wait?
If there is a seat at the bar, we can most likely accommodate you, but we cannot allow people to order drinks while standing. This policy is due to our limited capacity and for the comfort of those seated at the bar.
Do you rent out the Velvet Lounge?
We only rent out the Velvet Lounge on weekday nights and on weekend nights during the summer months. If you are interested in a weeknight private party, please email us.
Can I bring in my underage child or spouse?
Bryant’s is strictly 21 and over with valid ID.
Where do I park?
Plenty of street parking is available around Bryant's. We recommend that our guests park on Lapham Blvd. or 9th St. south of Lapham.
My Grandfather said you can’t swear at Bryant’s, is this true?
We have a long standing tradition of Cocktail Lounge Etiquette at Bryant’s. Behaviors that are allowed, or even encouraged, in corner bars are not tolerated here. Yelling, swearing, and drunken renditions of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” are not allowed. You can use whatever words you want in your conversations with family and friends, but if the people next to you can hear you, you will be asked to not swear. Please keep in mind this policy is enforced in order to maintain the classic cocktail lounge environment that has survived for many generations.
I'm hungry, do you serve food?
We do not serve food or allow any outside food or beverage, with the exception of private parties, so please make plans to eat before you come. We are lucky to be adjacent to two of the best restaurant areas in the city: Walker's Point and Bay View and there are many great restaurants to chose from.
Is Gratuity included in my bill?
We add 20% Gratuity to parties of 8 or more.
Do you have live music?
We do not have live music at Bryant's Cocktail Lounge, but we do play vintage music over our vintage McIntosh Stereo System. If you are looking for live jazz, we strongly recommend you visit our sister lounge, The Estate. Located on the Eastside of Milwaukee, the Estate features live jazz and creative cocktails.
What can you tell me about the fish tank?
-Tank is 55 gallons of fresh water
-Taken care of monthly by The Fish Guy.
-There are fish in there, but they have a healthy habitat with lots of hiding places
-Fish won't come to you if you call them by name
-The fish are real, the plants are fake
-Fish are fed twice a day
Do I have to wear a mask?
We follow all local regulations in regards to COVID safety. Currently, if you are fully vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask. For the safety and comfort of all, we ask that you kindly wear a mask if you are not vaccinated.
If you see a member of our staff not wearing a mask, we can assure you that they are fully vaccinated.