By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published May 07, 2019 at 5:01 PM

As the Bucks continue their impressive playoff stint, the folks at Hotel Madrid, 600 S. 6th St., have been stepping up their game, as well.

In fact, they’ve transformed the restaurant bar into Pau’s Pit, an homage to Spanish legend Pau Gasol, complete with a new 90-inch television and three bar TVs to ensure perfect game viewing from anywhere in the room.

Gasol might be injured. And he might be doing more coaching than playing. But they’re embracing it with a game-appropriate Bucks-themed drink menu that’s as much fun as watching the Bucks win against the Celtics.

Take for instance The Pau, red sangria served complete with extra ice for your ankle ($10).

Or how about The Giannis, a margarita served alongside a choco-taco (seat guaranteed for game winners, $10)?

There’s also The Big Dog Boilermaker featuring 3 Sheeps Pils and Old Forrester (in honor of Glenn Robinson’s collegiate years, $8); the Money Middleton (bourbon and fire, $4); and Kareem’s Disco Punch, strawberry lemonade with disco flair, $6.

As an added bonus, they’ll host an open bar during any minutes Pau might play during the play-offs.

The Pau's Pit Menu begins Wednesday, May 8 to (hopefully) close out the series with the Celtics and it will run all day on Bucks’ game days. All games will be shown and played with sound in the bar and on the patio (weather permitting).

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.