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Area bar owners can toast the local football teams.
Area bar owners can toast the local football teams.

Happy New Year, tavern owners

The headline says it all: Happy New Year, tavern owners.

If they were stung at all by the smoking ban last summer, area bar owners must be loving life right now. New Year's Eve is always a big night at taverns. This year, it was followed by New Year's Day -- a Saturday -- with the Badgers playing TCU in the Rose Bowl.

For a lot of folks, that was "destination drinking."

And, it was just a warm-up for this Saturday.

With the Packers slated to face Atlanta in a playoff game Saturday night at the Georgia Dome, bar owners can expect brisk sales on beer and chicken wings. It's almost as if the NFL schedule-maker was trying to help boost sales of Miller Lite.

Playoff football is always good for the bar business. If the Packers prevail on Saturday and the ride continues, things will only get better.

While some sectors of the economy continue to sag, sales of suds in local establishments have got to brisk, don't you think?

Talkbacks

milROCKeeguy | Jan. 11, 2011 at 8:41 p.m. (report)

34540 I agree with the other comments. Drew, aren't you supposed to be working your other job? Didn't you move on from OMC? Can you take Begel with you?

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steffek | Jan. 11, 2011 at 12:28 p.m. (report)

As a bar OWNER I can tell you that while New Years night may have been off from other years, the weekend as a whole sales were WAY up. Now we have this weekend with the game on Sat night when it really isn't needed for bars to do well.

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rnzh102 | Jan. 11, 2011 at 10:43 a.m. (report)

Actually, bar sales have sucked lately. I'm friends with at least 10 different bar owners and about 40 bartenders throughout the city. This was one of the worst New Years Eve's ever. No one I talked to made any money(I'm not saying $0 but much less than expected) I can't speak for last Sunday's game since I didn't go out but this Saturday, there are Packer Parties popping up everywhere. I am helping to host one at The Up and Under on Brady Street so come on out!!

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steffek | Jan. 10, 2011 at 11:21 a.m. (report)

I hate to say it but this isn't really true. Most bars are busy on a Sat night anyways and do not need the Packer game to help get people in. All this is doing is going to hurt sales on Sunday.

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