Packers bar guide
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One could argue that every bar in Wisconsin is a Packers bar, so we'll say it right at the start: this list is only semi-complete, at best.
Just about every establishment in and around our fair city boasts some of the elements that make a Packers bar – plasma TVs, drink specials, pennants and framed jerseys plastered on the walls – but that isn't really enough these days.
The popularity of fantasy football has created crowds at bars for out-of-market games, too, making for a lively atmosphere on game days. Here are some great places to catch the Green and Gold. Add your own recommendations at the bottom using the Talkback feature.
Bay View Bowl
2416 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 483-0950
BVB, as the regulars call it, is much more than a bowling alley, especially on Packers Sundays. Mike and Andrea crank up the volume on the big screen in the bars and entertain the small but loyal following with tons of free, home-cooked brats (often with green and gold peppers) as well as their famous Bloody Marys.
7424 N. 60th St., (414) 358-3400
How can you pass up a bar named Brett's that also happens to be painted entirely in green and gold? The bar itself looks strangely out of place in Milwaukee. In fact, you might expect to see this "townie" bar Up North. It serves the standard bar food (buffalo wings, fried cheese curds, etc.) and you'll find nothing too fancy on tap. The televisions are plentiful, but not particularly huge. What makes this a special place is the atmosphere. You'll find a bunch of unique Packers knick-knacks and lots of Green Bay enthusiasm. It's never terribly crowded, and the price is right. If the Downtown experience rubs you the wrong way, it's worth your while to catch a game or two at Brett's.
Buffalo Wild Wings1123 N. Water St., (414) 277-0293
15306 W. Beloit Rd., New Berlin, (262) 432-0100
2635 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 302-1900
2950 S. 108th St., West Allis, (414) 431-1100
16750 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, (262) 641-8956
1180 West Sunset Dr., Waukesha, (262) 832-2999
590 W. Northshore Dr. N-145, Glendale, (262) 369-1600
The Downtown location offers two big screens and about nine smaller televisions. Wings are the featured food here, so order some up for the game. The only drawback to watching a Packers game at BW3 is the acoustics. It's nearly impossible to hear the commentary because it's so rowdy. The Mayfair Road location's bar area is separate from the restaurant and pool tables, but when it's game time, those eating and drinking team up to cheer on the Pack.
4044 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 962-5182
6600 W. North Ave., (414) 763-3793
525 E. Menomonee St., (414) 930-9282
Camp has an upscale, Up North cabin theme in its three locations. Old Fashioneds, Bloody Marys, tap wine and a variety of local beers are available. You'll have no problem seeing the game with plenty of large TVs and touchdown shots to boot. Hungry? Camp Bar will have you covered with plenty of options delivered right to your bar stool.
1240 S. Moorland Road, Brookfield, (262) 797-6600
Champps offers gigantic televisions, scoring updates and game-related specials to qualify it as one of the better places in town to eat a sit-down meal while watching the green and gold. Every seat is a good seat with all the surrounding screens. And there's a wide variety of dishes and beverages available from the bar to keep you satisfied in case Aaron Rodgers and company aren't.
580 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington, (262) 767-0000
1200 Port Washington Rd., (262) 375-1700
Charcoal Grill, a staple of the summer festival circuit, provides solid food and a decent atmosphere for watching the game. The bar is the place to be here, but you can sneak over to a table for halftime. There are also locations in Grafton, Appleton and Burlington.
3578 S. 108th St., (414) 541-9270
A very large and very underrated stop on the southwest side. In addition to the usual trappings, Paragon offers a top-notch, pre-game Bloody Mary bar.
7342 W. State St., (414) 476-3070
Very good food in an atmosphere that is a little more laid back than some other spots. A good choice if you want to go out, but are moving slowly from the previous night.
The Fire Pit in Potawatomi Bingo Casino
1721 W. Canal St., (414) 847-7993
The Fire Pit glows with multiple big-screen TVs covering multiple sporting events at all times. The menu is standard bar fare with some additional flair, including a delicious chili in an edible bread bowl, shoestring potato fries and multiple spice and hot sauces on each table to suit your taste. The prices are reasonable, so you have money left over for the multitude of slot machines right outside the bar area.
Friday's Front Row Grill
1 Brewers Way, (414) 902-4201
It's not just for baseball. You can watch football and sample the large menu with the Crew's home field as your backdrop. It's open year-round.
G-Daddy's BBC Bar and Grill
2022 E. North Ave., (414) 272-7263
G-Daddy's BBC on North Avenue is a place for sports fans to watch the latest game, music buffs to listen to great live music and hungry / thirsty customers to enjoy a selection of bar food and drink specials.
Hooligan's Super Bar
2017 E. North Ave., (414) 273-5230
Hooligan's is not your typical Packers bar, either. Always a little different than the other North Avenue bars, the game experience at Hooligan's is perhaps a bit more sophisticated than you might be used to. Downstairs is usually packed, but upstairs is manageable. Get there plenty early to reserve a seat, and your best bet is one of the round tables facing the medium-sized big-screen television. Hooligan's is known for its exceptional bar food, which includes all sorts of grilled fare. The beer selection is also immense, with local microbreweries and all the Miller essentials on tap. The crowd is 20-something and older and just as rowdy as anywhere you can find.
Karma Bar & Grill
600 E. Ogden Ave., (414) 220-4118
Karma has quickly become a favorite for both Downtown residents and East Siders to watch the Green and Gold. Easily the most convenient sports bar to find parking around anywhere near Downtown, Karma has TVs galore, comfy booths and a friendly waitstaff.
5218 W. Bluemound Road, (414) 258-9837
Right up the hill from Miller Park, Kelly's is a cavernous place to hang out with people in Packers jerseys and get that "stadium" feel.
Leff's Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., (414) 258-9886
This Wauwatosa hot spot is always crowded, but Packers games bring a bit more focus to the usual high-five and flirting hijinks. Now with an expanded dining area, there's a lot more space for you and your friends.
340 W. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 271-3414
Rated one of the best sports bars in America by Sports Illustrated, Goolsby's still makes a strong cheeseburger and draws a crowd for Packers games. You'll see a lot of out-of-town business types walking over from the Hyatt.
Matty's Sports Bar & Grille
14460 College Ave., New Berlin (414) 427-3838
Matty's Sports Bar & Grille in New Berlin features a chef-inspired menu inside of its casual atmosphere. The location was voted and named "Best Sports Bar in Milwaukee" by WISN A-List. Even though it was voted as one of the best sports bars in the city, it's mostly known for the menu, specifically the burgers and pizza.
1135 N. Water St., (414) 278-8888
McGillycuddy's isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think about places to catch the Packers game. If it's not near the top of your list, though, it should be. Sundays are Packers central at the bar, featuring $5 bloodies and mini-pitchers, plus free shots for every Green Bay touchdown. Keeping an eye on the game is easy with the bar's many big screens, and McGillycuddy's adds to the fun with football pools and number games. For the full "frozen tundra" experience, though, you'll want to head out to the patio for $2 brats and chips and a chance to try the Gilly Leap, the bar's answer to the famous Green Bay version.
5901 W. Bluemound Road, (414) 475-7546
Good food and good conversation abound at this underrated spot. Miss the wings at your peril.
Miller Time Pub
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-2337
In the street level of the Milwaukee Hilton, you just might see hungover wedding parties sipping some hair of the dog while enjoying the game.
Milwaukee Brat House
1013 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-8709
Plenty of TVs, a quality menu and beer served in pairs make this an ideal spot to watch the game.
4928 W. Vliet St., (414) 453-6200
A popular spot for the softball / volleyball / kickball crowd, O'Brien's mixes elements of Leff's Lucky Town and Kelly's Bleachers. In fact, you may see some of the same people at all three spots.
O'Lydia's Irish Pub
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
This Walker's Point newcomer has already made a name for itself for its great pub food and selection of micro tappers. O'Lydia's ups the ante on game day, offering game day drink specials and a free buffet during halftime of every Packers game.
Rookies Sports Pub and Grill
3915 S. Howell Ave., (414) 482-9700
One for the South Side crowd, Rookies is a seasoned professional in the sports bar game.
6317 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 475-1982
Baseball may be the dominant theme at this bar, which is a hit with Brewers fans who take advantage of the free shuttle to Miller Park. But, the setup is great for football, too. Free wi-fi to track your fantasy teams and a great menu make this a great spot on the West Side.
Steve's on Bluemound
5841 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 257-3210
Another bar close to Miller Park, Steve's draws a solid crowd for all sports events. The regulars call it "SOB's," but the place is welcoming.
Trysting Place Pub
N71 W12980 Appleton Ave., (262) 255-4110
A popular spot with the fantasy crowd in Menomonee Falls, the Trysting Place offers free pizza at halftime.
1125 N. Old World Third St., (414) 763-3852
Ugly's multiple 55-inch LED TVs will ensure you can see the game from multiple vantage points. The menu menu features American Fusion Cuisine, which takes the American food you love while infusing today's changing culture to create out of the box entrees. Try something different than the Milwaukee "norm." Enjoy a lively atmosphere and specials while you chant, "Go Pack Go!"
Upper 90 Sports Pub
322 W. State St., (414) 988-9372
Upper 90 Sports Pub offers great food and a variety of craft brews, making it a perfect place to stop by before or after events at BMO Harris Bradley Center and the U.S. Cellular Arena. There will always be sports playing on the seven huge flatscreen TVs and a projection screen. The menu features Louisiana alligator bites and Milwaukee's largest pretzel.
Who's On Third
1007 N. Old World Third St., (414) 897-8373
Who's On Third serves up classic American pub / sports bar with full bar and menu featuring grass-fed burgers, chicken sandwiches, deep fried cheese curds, wings, salads and macaroni and cheese. Did we mention the wings? Try them while watching from any of number of TV's including the gigantic one in the back.
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