The Wharf Manitowoc

The Wharf Manitowoc


Some bands to look into....
The Wharf Manitowoc Is there a way i can contact someone over the phone because your not answering any emails or messages???
Not going to make it down today but thank you for such a fun venue and a great summer! Love what is happening in downtown Manitowoc!
My camera has been located. Thanks Brennan and your whole crew for there concern.
Very tasty drinks and lots of fun
Interested in purchasing tickets to upcoming Diva's says "no refunds." Does that really mean that if it rains customers are just outta' luck? 😔
The way in which The Warf was "closed" on Saturday night was disgraceful, tacky and repulsive. And because of it, we will not be back. Last call was less than 15 minutes before 10pm, people intentionally rudely sang into the microphone telling us to leave and many customers were pushed out before being able to finish their drinks. I have never observed something so repulsive.
The Wharf is a fantastic addition to the lakefront - great music, excellent cocktails, and a fun atmosphere! Thanks Brennan for creating an awesome space!
Meet Butch Patrick a.k.a. Eddie Munster at Dead by Dawn D & B in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 14th from 12 to approximately 3 PM. Continuing at The Wharf, 606 Quay Street in Manitowoc from approximately 3-5 PM with opportunities to ride in the Munster Koach with Butch Patrick. (Rides in the Munster Koach are subject to weather conditions.)
Great location on the water across from Maitime museum. Great bands, bartenders, drinks, views, and a great place to spend the day!

Seasonal outdoor bar and venue on the waterfront in downtown Manitowoc. Made from old shipping containers offering live music and a full bar. This is phase one of many exciting development projects on this space.

Don't miss Sunday Funday at The Wharf tomorrow (7/19) featuring live music by Blair and Hutch Acoustic Duo from 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM! 🌞🎉

Saturday morning comin’ in hot! Cool off with one of our famous blended drinks! Open until 10:00 PM! 🌞🏖 #saturyay #sunshine

[07/18/20]   We are currently at capacity for tonights concert featuring Star Six Nine. You are welcome to wait in line or head to the Sub Pub on the Water at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum for a birds eye view of the band.

Thank You,
The Wharf Manitowoc 

Who’s ready to party!? Star Six Nine live at 6:30 PM, great food available on site from Paradise Food LLC! 🌞🎉

Cheers to the weekend! Star Six Nine live tonight from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM tonight! Park your boat on our new boardwalk!

✨TONIGHT✨ Don’t miss one of Wisconsin’s best party bands Star Six Nine from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM! Our featured food truck will be Paradise Food LLC. Open at 3:00 PM ⚓️

Amy Jo & The Down Glow live on The Wharf stage until 9:30 PM tonight! ✨🎸

We are excited to premier our new 100ft boardwalk at The Wharf! Come experience a concert from the comfort of your boat! ⛵️

Live music at The Wharf Manitowoc this week!

Thursday, July 16th • 5:30 PM
Amy Jo & The Down Glow

Friday, July 17th • 6:30 PM
Star Six Nine

Sunday, July 19th • 2:30 PM
Blair and Hutch Acoustic Duo

To learn how The Wharf Manitowoc is taking action to keep you and our team members safe and healthy please visit

Wharf Gift Baskets heading out the door to some amazing fundraising events in Manitowoc County!

The Wharf will be closed today (7/15) due to weather. Join us tomrorow night (7/16) for fun in the sun with live music by Amy Jo & The Down Glow at 5:30 PM!

We are excited to premier our freshly painted ship bollard display in front of The Wharf! A special thank you to Yonder for the amazing design and painting work. The bollard is off of the historic Joseph H. Thompson vessel.

The Joseph H. Thompson proves to be one of the most historic vessels on the lakes. She has served in wartime and peacetime both on the ocean and the Great Lakes.

She was originally built by Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock in Chester PA, early 1944 as the 515 foot C4-S-B2 Cargo vessel Marine Robin, hull #342 for the U.S. Maritime Commission for the World War II effort. The Vessel was powered by a 9,900hp G.E. steam turbine. As the Marine Robin the Thompson made cross-Atlantic voyages for the war effort and was present at the Normandy invasion June 6, 1944.

After the war the Marine Robin and her C-4 cargo sisters were put into mothball fleets all along the east coast.

Shortly after the start of the Korean war in the early 1950's the demand for iron ore skyrocketed. The Great Lakes fleet owners struggled to keep up with demands. Shipyards on both the American and Canadian side were backed up with orders for new hulls. Several companies looked to former ocean vessel as there answer for instant tonnage.

Cleveland Cliffs started the trend by Purchasing the 455 foot Victory Ship Notre Dame Victory and converting her into the 620 foot lake bulk carrier Cliffs Victory (She would eventually be lengthened to 716' 3"). Slightly shorter and with a smaller beam than the C-4's, the Victory proved the ex-Sea going vessels provided a fast fix to the need for more hulls.

Following Cleveland Cliffs example several other U.S. and Canadian companies purchased excess ocean vessels. The Marine Robin along with her C-4 sisters Louis McHenry Howe, Scott E. Land, Marine Angel, and Mount Mansfield were all slated to be converted for lake service.

The Robin was purchased by the Wisconsin-Michigan Steamship Co. of Milwaukee in 1950. She was then sold to Hansand Steamship Co. (M.A. Hanna managed) of Cleveland. She was converted in 1952 by the Maryland Dry Dock Co. in Baltimore. The Robin was given a new 199' 3" mid-body built Ingalls Shipbuilding Co. of Pascagoula, MS, and had her deck houses converted from mid-ship style to the traditional fore and aft cabins. Her original G.E. turbine was retained. The now 714' 3" vessel was towed up the Mississippi river and the Chicago canal system in two sections so they could clear the locks on both waterways. The vessels long complicated journey to the lakes ended at the American Shipbuilding yard in Chicago IL. There the two sections were rejoined and as they were the new steamer Joseph H. Thompson (U.S. 245496) became the new Queen of the Lakes and the largest freight ship on Earth at 714' 3" in length, 71' 6" wide and 38' 6" deep.

The Thompson took to the water on November 1952 and continued to serve her owners until 1981 when the bottom fell out of the ore market sending her and several other fairly middle age vessels to the wall. The Hanna Mining fleet sat idle in Detroit for most of the early 80's due to the lack of cargo. Hanna mining made the tough decision to abandon their marine transportation services after nearly 100 seasons on the lakes. The fleets vessels were put up for sale, even the companies nearly new 1004-foor George A. Stinson was offered at a discount, but to little interest. One by one the classic Hanna vessels were towed off the lakes to the cutters torch. The 710' George M. Humphrey (first American laker with a 75 foot beam), and the 730 foot steamers Leon Falk Jr. and Paul H. Carnahan (Both converted WWII T-2 tankers) all had a date with the salvagers in the early 80's. Most of the vessel community believed the Thompson's number was up next.

In 1985 Escanaba Michigan's Upper Lakes Towing Co. purchased the steamer and announced their plans to convert her to a self-unloading barge. ULT had successfully converted the smaller self-unloader/crain ship Buckeye and planed a similar conversion for the Thompson. Shortly after ULT bought the Thompson, its conversion was started at Menominee, Bay Shipyards, and Escanaba. The aft and fore cabins were removed and the hull was shortened to create a notch for her push vessel. A stern mounted bucket style self-unloading system was also added. Her push tug, the 146' 06"/38'/35' Joseph H. Thompson, Jr., was constructed in 1990 from the left over steel from the larger ship's hull. The tug is powered by three G.M. diesel engines delivering 7,500 bhp.

In 1991 the conversion was completed. A year later her C-4 sister McKee Sons also entered service as a self-unloading barge for the same managers, making the Thompson and the McKee Sons the last two C-4's operating on the lakes. The Thompson was now 706' 06" long with the same beam and depth as before and with a capacity of 21,200 tons. Operating as a self-unloader she can engage in more trades to more ports than in her steamer days.

The cost efficiency of her reduced crew has kept her active every season since her conversion, and is a strong statement in favor of tug/barge units, but no matter what side you take, in the end a classic and historic vessel continues to ply the waters of the Great Lakes.

Our famous Wharf Bloody Mary made with Bacon Vodka is the perfect Sunday Funday drink! ⚓️🌞 Open from 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM today!

Congratulations to our 1st and 2nd place teams from today’s tournament at The Wharf. A special thank you to 920Cornhole and our 30+ teams!

Happy Saturday! 🌞 Don’t miss The Wharf Cornhole Tournament today presented by 920Cornhole. Registration open from 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM, bags fly at Noon! Walk ups welcome! 

Backstage tour of The Wharf!

[07/11/20]   We are currently at capacity for tonights concert featuring Road Trip Band. You are welcome to wait in line or head to the Sub Pub on the Water at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum for a birds eye view of the band.

Thank You,
The Wharf Manitowoc 

Don’t miss The Wharf Cornhole Tournament tomorrow (7/11) presented by 920Cornhole. Registration from 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM, bags fly at Noon!

Road Trip Band is ready to rock The Wharf! Concert starts at 7:00 PM 🎸

Don't miss Road Trip Band live at The Wharf Manitowoc tonight at 7:00 PM! 🎸✨

To learn how The Wharf Manitowoc taking action to keep you and our team members safe and healthy please visit

Upgrade your favorite frozen drink for an additional $5.00 & receive a signature Wharf Solo Cup! Save $1.00 on all blended drinks, all summer long when you show your cup! Open today from 3-10 PM ⚓️

Warm weather calls for frozen drinks! Come try one of our famous blended drinks, open until 10:00 PM 🌞

The Wharf Manitowoc will remain closed thru Sunday, July 5th. Please have a safe 4th of July Weekend!

Brennan Seehafer Addresses Social Media Image and Offers Support to Lakeshore’s United Visionaries

MANITOWOC, WI – July 1, 2020 – The Wharf Manitowoc values inclusivity, equality and diversity. The Wharf Manitowoc further acknowledges that racist content and remarks are hurtful, divisive and wrong. Microagressions are not productive, and awareness is the first step. A recently shared insensitive post on social media (not posted or shared by The Wharf, its owners or employees) portrayed an image and comment in shamefully poor taste in which the owner of The Wharf was represented.

“While I am represented in the photo, it does not represent at all what I stand for,” commented Brennan Seehafer, owner of The Wharf. “I did not post nor share this image and do not agree with the message it represents. It is repulsive. I regret that I am in any way associated with this disgusting image.”

Lakeshore’s United Visionaries (LUV) is an organization that wants to change the community by filling it up with love in order to bring the community together. In an effort to be part of the solution going forward, Seehafer has been in communication with the organizers of LUV exploring an opportunity for constructive and meaningful community dialogue. Seehafer is invited to participate in and will attend a roundtable discussion with LUV members hosted by Pastor Matt Sauer. In the short term, LUV plans to hold a protest in the vicinity of The Wharf to draw greater attention to their cause and the unacceptable nature of hate speech in any form. The Wharf supports LUV at this important time. The Wharf will be closed July 1 through July 3. Join us again on July 4 as we come together to celebrate our nation’s independence.

“I value diversity, and we want everyone to feel comfortable and welcome at The Wharf,” remarked Seehafer. “I am dedicated to doing whatever it takes to shift the conversation to one of positivity focused on change. This is an opportunity for growth. It is important to speak up on behalf of all of our community members, and I hope you’ll join me in this sentiment.”

It’s Sunday Funday at The Wharf with live music by Jeff and Shed Acoustic from 2-6 PM today! Open at 11:00 AM 🎸🌞🏖

Don’t miss Sunday Funday at The Wharf with live music by Jeff and Shed Acoustic from 2-6 PM tomorrow! 🌞🍻

Cheers to Saturday! Come try America’s first premium Spanish Sangria on Draft! Open from 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM 🌞⚓️

It’s a beautiful evening down at The Wharf! Come hear live music by Piano Bob Heckler until 10:30 PM!

Piano Bob Heckler Wrigleyville 2016

Get ready to singalong with Piano Bob Heckler live at The Wharf Manitowoc tonight at 7:00 PM! 🎼 Rain or Shine! 

BEER on Clark edit of typical Cubs postgame party, Halloween, and Saint Patrick's day.

Don't miss Piano Bob Heckler live at The Wharf tonight from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM! Rain or Shine!

Happy Friday! Open from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM!

Amy Jo & The Down Glow live until 9:30 PM! 🌞

Don't miss live music by Amy Jo & The Down Glow live at The Wharf Manitowoc tonight at 5:30 PM!

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606 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI

Opening Hours

Wednesday 15:00 - 22:00
Thursday 15:00 - 22:00
Friday 15:00 - 22:00
Saturday 10:30 - 22:00
Sunday 11:00 - 20:00
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