Glassnote Candle Bar

Glassnote Candle Bar

Tucked on the second floor of an 1892 brick building in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood is the “lit” locale of Glassnote Candle Bar.

This unique space oozes chill and relaxed vibes with its rustic original maple flooring, Cream City brick, beautiful rugs, a gorgeous 16-ft. bar and low-key music. Small tables are set about the space giving a sense of community and collaboration, leaving you feeling like you truly discovered something special. This speakeasy/candle-making format is perfect for date nights or flexing creativity with friends.

Settle into the adventure with a crafty libation like the build-your-own Old Fashioned. Guests can select a muddled fruit, syrup/bitter, spirit and mixer to truly create their own flavor. Cocktail master mixers can also infuse your drink with smoke. The menu also includes low-ABV cocktails, wines, beers, sodas and coffee. Glassnote Candle Bar also has a nice selection of local company Rishi Tea’s loose-leaf teas.

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The first step in the candle-making process is to choose from more than 100 fragrances and placing them into three tiers that represent how the candle will burn and which scents you want to come through more than others. Candle handlers, or “chandlers,” explain the process with very clear and well-organized instructions. Choosing can be hard, but the staff is ready to jump in and help guide the process if you get stuck. Once the scents are chosen, it’s time to put your chemistry to test and use a dropper to combine the oils and create your unique scent. The next step is to combine the warm wax and oil and set up the wick. You also can name your one-of-a-kind creation.

Once the candle is assembled in your take-home Old Fashioned glass, it’s placed in a cooler for about 20 to 25 minutes to set. During this time, settle in with conversation, cocktails and board games. There’s also great local artwork adorning the walls to view and pre-made candles to purchase.

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The overall class and process is about two hours total at Glassnote Candle Bar. Reservations are required and can be made online. Glassnote also offers private custom candle-making experiences and the space can be rented out for other special occasions like birthdays or showers.

Glassnote Candle Bar is open Tuesday to Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, from noon to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit

524 S. 2nd Street – Fl. 2
Milwaukee, WI 53204

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