Private Suite Karaoke and Team Building Bar to Open in Milwaukee’s Brewery District
Bars & Recreation, Inc. Announces New Entertainment Destination ‘Amped’

MILWAUKEE (September 27, 2021) — A new private suite karaoke and team building bar called ‘Amped’ is coming to Milwaukee’s Brewery District neighborhood. Amped is the latest addition to the lineup of immersive activity bars from Bars & Recreation, parent company of local entertainment favorites AXE MKE, NorthSouth Club, Splash Studio, Nine Below and Head Space Trivia.

Set to open in Summer 2022, Amped will serve as a professional meeting and team building venue during the day, and transition seamlessly into a “private suite karaoke bar” each night. The 12,000 square foot space will feature a variety of different sized suites outfitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment, colorful furniture and décor, and karaoke machines. Customers will be able to reserve the suites in blocks of 2-3 hours for their group event or karaoke party.

“No matter why you come – to host a pop-up corporate meeting, to sing your heart out campfire style with your friends, or to rock out before your favorite artist’s concert at the Fiserv – we’ll get your group amped up,” said Bars & Rec President and owner Marla Poytinger.

Created and popularized overseas, private suite karaoke is a staple in nightlife culture abroad. Amped is the first to bring the unique music and social experience to Milwaukee. The new facility will also house a full bar, a catering kitchen, and multiple larger event spaces in which Bars & Rec will offer custom team building facilitation such as trivia, canvas/wood painting, and hosted group ‘game shows’, via a new umbrella organization called Team MKE.

“We’re experts in curating fun, high-quality bars, as well as facilitating Milwaukee’s most immersive entertainment activities – and team building has always been at our core. Combining karaoke and team events at Amped allows us to further deliver on all of the qualities that our customers love about Bars & Rec,” explained Poytinger.

Bars & Rec plans to purchase the first-floor retail space of The Brewery Parking Structure from Interstate Development Partners as a commercial condominium. Amped will occupy the entire space, which is located at 902 W Juneau Ave in the main corridor of The Brewery District. The area is popular for visitors to the Deer District, the Wisconsin Center, MKE Brewing, and the Miller High Life Theater.

“Bars & Recreation is a well-respected operator with a track record of success in the Milwaukee area, and their new Amped concept will add an elite entertainment option to the already vibrant Brewery District neighborhood,” said Tony Janowiec, Interstate’s founder and CEO.

For updates on Amped’s grand opening, visit or @ampedmke on Facebook and Instagram. Information about facilitated team building activities can be found at Details on Bars & Recreation’s other experiences are available at

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