Nō Studios to open sake-focused rooftop bar and lounge on May 8

Last updated on April 29th, 2021 at 11:45 am

Nō Studios, the creative arts hub at the former Pabst Brewery building in downtown Milwaukee, will open its Skyline Bar + Lounge to the public May 8.

The space, located on the top floor of No Studios’ offices, features a glass-enclosed bar and lounge with views of the city, along with two outdoor rooftop patios.

“There’s really nothing like this in Milwaukee,” said John Ridley, Nō Studios founder and CEO. “The panoramic views offer a different, must-see perspective of the city which can be enjoyed from inside or the outdoor patio areas.”

Skyline’s focus will be on sake, a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice. It will also have a full bar beverage selection.

Skyline will host a series of upcoming tastings, discussions and events related to sake to introduce the city to the beverage. Its first in-venue tasting on May 8 has sold out, but additional tastings are scheduled for June 12 and July 10.

Milwaukee DJ Tarik Moody will serve as Nō Studios’ resident sake scholar and enthusiast.

“I have always been fascinated by sake since I first tasted it during college at Howard University,” said Moody, who is also director of digital strategy at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and the host of Rhythm Lab Radio and 88Nine After 9. “Last year I decided I wanted to learn more about the culture of sake, so I took a sake professional course, and now I’m a certified sake professional. This is the beginning of a three-year journey to learn all I can and hopefully one day brew my own sake. I’m excited to partner with Nō Studios to share my passion with others.”

Skyline is open to the public Thursday through Saturday from 5-11 p.m. Nō Studios members have additional access Monday through Wednesday and Sunday from 8-10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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