Frozen cocktail bar Fat Tuesday opening in the Deer District this summer

Fat Tuesday's frozen cocktail menu includes piña coladas, margaritas and electric lemonade. Photo credit: Milwaukee Bucks / Fat Tuesday

Last updated on May 5th, 2022 at 12:36 pm

A taste of Bourbon Street is coming soon to downtown Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee Bucks announced Wednesday that frozen cocktail bar Fat Tuesday will open its first Midwest location this summer in the Deer District.

Based just outside of New Orleans, the chain is known for its frozen, boozy beverages such as the 190 Octane Original and Cat 5 Hurricane, usually served in large souvenir cups patrons can take on the go.

Fat Tuesday will occupy a 536-square-foot space on the ground floor of the Bucks’ event venue GATHER at Deer District, adjacent to Good City Brewing. Customers will be able to mix and match flavors to create their own concoction or try one of the signature combos on the menu like the Miami Vice, Jet Fuel, and Spring Fling.

A rendering of Fat Tuesday’s new Deer District location. Credit: Milwaukee Bucks / Fat Tuesday.

“We’re so excited to welcome Fat Tuesday to Deer District,” said Michael Belot, senior vice president of Bucks Ventures and Development. “Deer District is continuously redefining downtown Milwaukee, and Fat Tuesday’s specialty frozen cocktails will be a great contributor to our vibrant future.”

Fat Tuesday began serving up frozen drinks to partiers on New Orleans’ famous Bourbon Street in 1984. Today, the company operates 40 locations, and growing, in 13 states as well as Mexico, Honduras and Aruba.

“Deer District is the prime spot for our Milwaukee debut,” said Alex Macedo, chief daiquiri officer at Fat Tuesday, in a statement. “We’re getting our game on and the party started in style, and hope the community is as excited with our arrival as we are.”

Drinks are served in large souvenir cups that customers can take home and bring back for discounts. Photo credit: Fat Tuesday

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Maredithe Meyer covers restaurants, retail, tourism, and sports and entertainment. She joined BizTimes in 2015, previously as an intern reporter. She earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University in 2017. When she's not on the job, Maredithe coaches field hockey and loves exploring her favorite city on earth, Milwaukee.

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