Sports bar guide
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Sept. 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.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.
In a city like Milwaukee, which has a lot of professional sports teams for its size and more bars per capita than just about any city in the nation, drawing the line between bars and sports bars can be tricky. But we took a shot at it anyway and scooped up the Brew City's best sports bars. If we've missed your favorite, please add it to the list with the talkback feature.
The 4th Base
5117 W. National Ave., (414) 647-8509
Though the atmosphere inside screams baseball and burgers, the chef prepares some incredible meals on a menu that changes daily; you can even view the featured meats and seafood of the day in the deli case.
The atmosphere is great, especially for baseball, with signed baseballs on display, pennants, autographed pictures, newspaper clippings and plaques from many years back, signs and other memorabilia that crowds the walls.
Boomers Sports Bar & Grill
N29 W24483 Watertown Rd., Pewaukee, (262) 691-2558
At Boomers Sports Bar in Pewaukee, there are daily food and drink specials, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and all day on Sunday.
Brewski's Sports Club
204 N. 76th St., (414) 475-0500
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At Brewski's Sports Club, there are multiple TV screens to cheer on your favorite sports team as you toss back a few drinks and indulge with their daily food specials.
Buffalo Wild Wings
1123 N. Water St., (414) 277-0293
2635 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 302-1900
3636 S. 27th St., (414) 755-0088
16750 W. Blue Mound Rd., Brookfield (262) 641-8956
2950 S. 108th St., West Allis (414) 431-1100
590 W. Northshore Dr., Glendale (262) 369-1600
Each Buffalo Wild Wings (otherwise known as BW-3 or B-Dubs) location is different; the downtown location offers two big screen TVs and about nine smaller TVs, some with trivia games and SportsCenter constantly playing. There are also several sports-related video games, two dart boards and a head-to-head baseball game called Home Run Classic you can play from the bar.
The only drawback to watching a game at BW-3 is the acoustics. It's nearly impossible to hear a game being called, as the ambient noise of the bar is usually overbearing.
The Mayfair Road location of BW-3 has a different layout, with a bar area separate from the restaurant area and pool tables in addition to darts and a number of TVs.
Catch 22 Bar & Grill
770 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 223-1031
There are daily food and drink specials at Catch 22 Bar & Grill that you can enjoy during a game. Even if there isn't a game, they still promise a good time such as "Brainiac Thrown Down" trivia on Thursday nights at 7 p.m and "Burgers, Booze, and Blues" on Monday nights at 7 p.m. They also offer a free shuttle ride to and from Miller Park on home game days.
1240 N. Moorland Rd., Brookfield, (262) 797-6600
A national chain that strives to be more restaurant than bar, Champps still offers enough gigantic TVs, scoring updates and game-related specials to qualify it as one of the better places in town to eat a sit-down meal while taking in a game or two.
There is little sports memorabilia, but the focus on sporting events and good view of the games themselves on the screens keep you focused anyway. The meals there are also very good, with a wide variety of dishes and beverages available from the bar.
Finn's Bar & Grill
220 W. Summit Ave., Wales, (262) 968-9800
Located just east of the Highway 18 and Highway 83 intersection, Finn's Bar & Grill is a welcoming place to enjoy the latest game. They offer daily drink specials that you can enjoy with a selection of upscale bar food including homemade pizzas, soups, steak and chicken sandwiches, and much more.
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 Sports Grill
1 Brewers Way, (414) 902-4201
Friday's is the premier sports bar and grill inside Miller Park. There are table packages available for all home games or you can host a private party in the Brew Room. But the coolest thing about this place is regardless of where you sit or stand, you can see the entire baseball field because of the gigantic picture window that runs the length of Friday's and overlooks left field.
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.
The Highbury Pub
2322 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 294-4400
The Highbury Pub in Bay View isn't anything like your typical American sports bar. It's a place that emphasizes the sport of soccer, a sport in which comes fourth on the American popularity scale behind football, baseball and basketball. It's a place where passionate soccer fans can go and watch the latest game, sometimes very early in the morning.
Hooligan's Super Bar
2017 E. North Ave., (414) 273-5230
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-somethings and older and just as rowdy as anywhere you can find. Hooligan's is an excellent choice for all sporting events, especially Monday Night Football games.
17105 W. Blue Mound Rd., Brookfield (262) 784-1826
Hooters is known far and wide as a place to munch sauce-drenched wings, watch the game and fantasize about your server and her co-workers. Indeed, Hooters offers several big-screen TVs and numerous other monitors, along with trivia games, scoring updates, and game-break entertainment offered up the staff, occasionally involving hula-hoops.
The menu also offers up some good concoctions, like the Mahi sandwich and Buffalo shrimp, and it's one the few sports bar-type places where you can get Dom Perignon with wings. Hooters offers up the standard beer selection along with some mixers.
Karma Bar and Grille
600 E. Ogden Ave., (414) 220-4118
An upscale atmosphere, gourmet pub food, comfortable booths, Milwaukee's only Vegas style scoreboard and 17 HDTVs make this a great destination for any event. The two level bar also includes the lounge downstairs that you could reserve for one giant party . Try the tots or sweet potato fries.
5218 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 258-9837
Brewers fans have flocked to Kelly's for years, and its location near Miller Park will maintain its status as one of Milwaukee's most-loved baseball bars. Kelly's has two big rooms and some smaller rooms featuring three pool tables, five dart boards, video golf and multiple video games. One room features six big screen TVs and there are tons of other TVs throughout the bar.
The menu is mostly standard sandwiches and pizzas, but dinner specials include ribs, shrimp, spaghetti and Mexican food for Wednesday games. There is some memorabilia in each room and you can tell that baseball is a major influence here.
Leff's Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., (414) 258-9886
This Tosa sports bar has plenty of TVs to catch the game, especially after a recent expansion, as well as a large one on the patio for you to enjoy the end of summer or fall nights. Game day specials are plentiful at this sports bar meets friendly pub.
340 W. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 271-3414
One of Milwaukee's older sports bars, Major's keeps 'em coming with the traditional food and drink fare and some great stuff to look at: lots of old memorabilia adorn the walls, including from the Milwaukee Braves era, Marquette's NCAA championship runs and the Bucks' early years.
Mark's Sports Pub
4035 S. Clement Ave., (414) 481-4993
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Mark's Sports Pub on Clement Avenue has plenty of TVs so you can catch the latest game. It offers pizzas and other food specials to enjoy with an extensive import and micro craft beer menu. There are 100 choices on its martini menu. Inside of the pub, there's darts, pool, foosball, and video poker games. On a warm summer day, you can sit on the large patio or play a game of volleyball.
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.
McGillycuddy's Bar & Grill
1135 N. Water St., (414) 278-8888
McGillycuddy's has three levels, multiple TVs and game-related promotions. Sports memorabilia is concentrated on the third level, where there is a cool selection of stuff to look at, especially if you like Brewers memorabilia from their highly competitive years in the early '80s.
The bar food is always good (try the Tuna Steak sandwich), and there are specials tied into certain major events. They are very active with promotions, which can add to the fun. As the weather gets warmer, check out the outdoor patio if you didn't get to last summer.
Nomad World Pub
1401 E. Brady St., (414) 224-8111
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If you're a soccer fan, then I'm sure that you've already been to, or at least heard of, Nomad World Pub on E. Brady St. You have the option to join in on the fun by buying filling out a bracket for the Nomad World Copa. The pub features daily drink specials, including the world's shortest Happy Hour on Monday through Friday.
16755 W. Lisbon Ave., Brookfield, (262) 790-9701
Pistol Pete's serves up a good place to catch games if you like to hang out west. Half a sports bar and half a restaurant with an attached cigar and scotch bar, Pistol Pete's offers two projection TVs, eight other TVs, pool tables, darts, a good selection of video games and a good menu. There isn't a lot of memorabilia, but if you like NASCAR they have some interesting things around.
Primetime Sports Bar & Eatery
8777 N. Deerwood Dr., Brown Deer, (414) 354-1919
One of the smaller places on this list, Prime Time offers a friendly setting for taking in a game. Prime Time features a 61" big-screen TV and smaller TVs that are easily viewed from anywhere in the bar. All major sporting events are shown, with food and drink specials tying in to Packers games and certain other events.
The décor and memorabilia are very sporty with pennants, old buttons, decades-old autographed pictures and newspaper clippings. Food is pretty standard pub fare, but rates high on the taste scale.
Replay Sports Bar
2238 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 431-1080
Replay Sports Bar on Farwell Avenue features wall-to-wall flat screen TVs to watch the latest game while you enjoy drink specials and a menu that includes wings, burgers, pizza and sandwiches.
Romine's High Pockets
6125 S. 27th St., Franklin, (414) 281-2212
Romine's is a fun place to watch multiple sporting events while enjoying multiple activities. Football and wrestling fans will especially enjoy the wide selection of events broadcast on over 50 TVs, with a central bar, restaurant, video games and tons of pool tables.
The bar and restaurant have extensive food and drink selections and, although sports memorabilia is sparse, the selection of events to watch, drink specials to take advantage of and variety of activities make it a good place to catch a game, or multiple games, especially with a group of people.
School Yard Bar & Grill
1815 E. Kenilworth Pl., (414) 291-8990
Go watch the latest game and have a good time at School Yard Bar & Grill on Milwaukee's east side. They have daily food and drink specials. The menu includes a selection of appetizers, sandwiches, flatbreads, tacos, and burgers. Wash down the food with their beer, wine and cocktails selection.
Stadium Club Sports Bar & Grill
3902 W. National Ave., (414) 810-2582
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Stadium Club Sports Bar & Grill on National Avenue is a full-service sports bar with plenty of food and drink specials. It also offers free rides to Miller Park on home game days. On those special warm days, take the fun outside on the outdoor patio and smoke deck. Make sure to check-in on your phone when you stop in, the bartender will give you a free shot if you do so.
Steve's on Bluemound
5841 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 257-3210
Steve's is a place to play games as well as watch them. With two bars, 15 TVs including three big screens, you can watch games there. With air hockey, foosball, video games, four pool tables and darts (including leagues), lots of activities can occupy the down times.
The Tracks Tavern & Grille
1020 E. Locust St., (414) 562-2020
The Tracks Tavern & Grille offers daily food and drink specials in a relaxed atmosphere that allows you to have fun with company. You can watch the game on one of the large HDTVs or if you're feeling energetic and sporty yourself, you can join the sand volleyball league.
Trysting Place Pub
N71 W12980 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, (262) 255-4110
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Trysting Place Pub is not a sports bar, specifically, but the Menomonee Falls location serves up good food, a good drink selection, big screen TVs, video games, darts, pool and some memorabilia.
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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