If you’re looking for a unique, upscale, yet affordable new Milwaukee retreat, look no further than Hangout MKE! Opened in the summer of 2019, Hangout MKE has created a fun space for all to unwind – and one that is not centered around alcohol.
Catering to all ages, Hangout MKE’s casual vibe is welcoming to families, students who need study space, those who work remotely, or those who are aiming for fun with friends. Their large below-ground space offers room for a number of unique, highly-interactive games to be enjoyed. Hangout MKE is stocked with great activities such as: soccer pool, giant surgery (A Chamber favorite!), 8-person foosball, and an incredible supply of board games.
Offering an array of tasty caffeinated beverages in the morning, and a limited, but classic selection of beer in the evening, this new hangout has something for everyone.
Co-Owner Becca Riddle opens the door to her exciting new space:
Why did your organization decide to join the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber?
With this being our first huge business venture, my partner, Meghan, and I were looking for resources to help not only guide us, but give opportunities for networking as well. That’s when we stumbled upon a coffee connection. Identifying as lesbians,
we want to ensure that our guests and employees have a safe and welcoming place to be no matter how they identify and that’s why we decided to join the chamber.
Tell us a bit about what you do.
Hangout MKE is a place for family and friends to gather and enjoy face-to-face connection through game play or over a cup of delicious, specialty coffee.
Catering to all ages, our vibe is warm and welcoming to families, students who need study space, those who work remotely, or those who are aiming for fun with friends. The activities are plentiful with unique games such as giant surgery, soccer pool, and 8-person foosball.
Depending on the day, guests can hear live performances on our stage from local talent, join in on a art activity hosted by one of our staff members, or participate in a game tournament. Artists can utilize our space for creativity or to display their work on
our art wall. Hangout MKE has something for everyone to enjoy, and our goal is to be Milwaukee’s favorite place to hangout.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Aside from making delicious drinks, I enjoy seeing that the environment we created is genuinely being enjoyed by those who visit and partake in our offerings. It’s most incredible to witness groups and families laughing together and enjoying each other without being attached to a smart phone.
How would you like people to remember your company?
I would like people to remember me and our company as greeting them with a warm, inviting smile and providing them with exceptional customer service. I’d like people to remember that they were treated with importance.
What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur?
We spent lots of time and did tons of research when calculating our projections before opening our business. After being open for over 6 months, we’ve had some surprises, good and bad. Knowing what we know now, we could have made a few adjustments, but at the same time, that would take the fun out of the adventure of starting a business.
How do you relax?
This is a good one because it’s definitely hard to relax! When I get a chance, I usually snuggle with our two dogs while diving into a show, paint a landscape, or play my guitar. But most importantly, I wear pajamas as often as I can.
Finally, what do you enjoy most about being a member of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber?
We not only enjoy the fact that being a part of the chamber gives us support and opportunities, but it allows us to be a part of a diverse group of talented people who we can learn so much from.
Hangout MKE is located 1819 N Farwell Ave, in Milwaukee, WI. Or, see their space for yourself at our March Milwaukee Chamber on Tap event!