Milwaukee’s New Hangout has Life-Sized Operation and More Giant Games!

They want you to “hang up and hangout” with your friends!

August 20, 2019
Hangout MKE

Hangout MKE Cafe & Lounge (1819 N. Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202) is located on the East Side of Milwaukee; I’ve anticipated their opening for a few months now since I live a few blocks away and it went in right next to my gym!

Hangout MKE is on a mission, which you can see with signage throughout their space, they want customers to “hang up and hangout” while they visit with their friends. In order to get people off their phones, you have to offer a really great experience and after checking it out myself, I think they’ve done it.

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The first thing you’ll notice is that they have some giant games like Life-Sized Surgery (remember playing Operation as a kid??) and Soccer Pool (it’s billiards, but with soccer balls and on the floor). Both games can be enjoyed with a Game Pass ($6/hour/person) for their premium games which also includes Giant Dice, Giant Wall Scrabble, Rebound Shuffleboard, Pop-a-Shot and more!

Don’t worry, there are free offerings for you and your friends… because some of us just want to spend our money on drinks. The following activities may be of interest to you, like XL Foosball (8 players), Giant Jenga, Giant Cards, board games (including ‘mature’ games like Cards Against Humanity), Nintendo, and more!

Now that you’re on board with the gaming and fun selection, what are we drinking? They have both a drink and snack menu; as a café, you will have plenty of coffee (and tea) options and as a lounge, they also serve up alcoholic options that can transform your order into an Irish Coffee (if you catch my drift) along with beers and wine.

Something truly unique about their snack menu is that they have a large section dedicated to… s’mores, with so many options that you could say they have a s’more-gasbord (okay, I can’t take credit for that one, Hangout MKE already came up with that one on their own)! You can even build your own masterpiece from your choice of graham crackers to chocolates and marshmallows to the specific toppings!

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Aside from the games and menu items, they offer an atmosphere that is comfortable and fun to …well… hangout. During my visit, they played music videos on their TVs covering a range of genres, with today's hits and some throwbacks. Also, every table had a deck of cards on them, inviting you to sit and play something, anything. Finally, they have the map of Milwaukee painted onto the floor – it’s hard to forget where you are when you’re here!

My first visit was solo because I just had to check out this new spot, but I can’t wait to return with a group of friends… we have surgery to conduct, I will not lose my patient! Do you know of any other fun spots in Milwaukee? Hit me up any time on social media at @JMattMke (same handle on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and TikTok)!