Packers bar guide
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:06 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
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.
As fans of Packers and of bars, we feel pretty good this guide is great for watching the Green and Gold.
Consider it more as some recommendations from the OnMilwaukee.com staff, and please feel free to 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.
1517 S. 2nd St., (414) 384-2662
Complete with Packers carpeting, three big screen TVs and plenty of cheap drink specials, the Bomb Shelter exudes Milwaukee pride with local products and a hometown feel.
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 Wings
1123 N. Water St., (414) 277-0293
15306 W. Beloit Road, New Berlin, (262) 432-0100
2635 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, (414) 302-1900
2950 S. 108th St., West Allis, (414) 431-1100
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's 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 area and pool tables, but when it's game time, those eating and drinking team up to cheer on the Pack.
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.
15375 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin, (262) 432-3000
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.
Coach House Grill
W233S7260 Vernon Lane, Big Bend, (262) 662-4444
This out of-of-the-way stop is friendly and popular with locals. Lots of people who go for college games on Saturday afternoon end up staying to watch live music and join the lively crowd at night. That often leads to a return trip on Sunday.
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.
Fanatics Sports Central
185 N. Jefferson St., (414) 220-8336
A popular spot in the bustling Third Ward, Fanatics opened earlier this year and bills itself as a "Las Vegas-style sports bar." The stadium seating, expansive menu, 150-inch main TV and other diversions make it a good place to watch that triple-header.
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 Brewers' home field as your backdrop. It's open year-round.
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
Opened in 2007, 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.
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.
Miller Time Pub
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-2337
Attached to the Milwaukee Hilton, you'll probably see hung-over wedding parties sipping some hair of the dog.
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. Don't let the British accents fool you, they really do show real football games here.
Nomad World Pub
1401 E. Brady St., (414) 224-8111
As soccer fans from around the area can attest, people like drinking at the Nomad before noon.
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 Bleacher's. 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.
7712 W. Burleigh St., (414) 871-1704
Pizza is a prime attraction at this West Side stop, but people watching can be fun, too.
Prime Time Sports Bar & Eatery
8777 N. Deerwood Drive, (414) 354-1919
A popular spot for the North Side crowd, Prime Time is a prime spot for those looking for a good downtown bar, minus the downtown.
2238 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 431-1080
Consider this the East Side answer to Fanatics: a big bar area, bigger dining area, televisions everywhere with food and drink specials during every game. Get two-for-one Bloody Marys every Sunday morning until noon – a great way to kill a hangover before kickoff – and $5 liter taps all day.
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 Road, (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.
Sharkey's Bar and Grill
2454 N. Grandview Blvd. Waukesha, (262) 650-1599
Fans in Waukesha don't need to travel downtown to get into the spirit.
Steve's on Bluemound
5841 W. Bluemound Road, (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 of the Packers games.
The Neighbors Bar & Grille Waukesha Arcadian Ave. Tv's exceed sq.ft of the bar. Absolutley amazing set up.
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