Ask OMC: Where should I watch the Super Bowl?
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Send your question to AskOMC@staff.onmilwaukee.com. If you include your name and city, we'll consider it for our next installment. Our question this time comes from Shelby and is common this time of year:
Question: "Where is a good place to watch the Super Bowl. I want to go somewhere that isn't jam-packed."
Answer: The smart aleck in us wants to say "What's the matter with your living room?" But, we resist that urge and point out that Super Bowl Sunday is a huge day for house parties and bars alike. If you and your friends want to avoid the pre- and post-game cleanup, going to a bar is a good alternative.
Be aware, though, that it's probably going to be crowded. Tables may be scarce. Service may be slow. And, you may get stuck near some drunk, obnoxious fans who root for the team you don't like and talk loudly during the commercials. (Note: Most bars will leave the sound up during the commercial segments, but some will use the time to announce drawings and promote drink specials.)
Although the natural urge is to pick a bar, secure the best table possible and begin consuming beer and nachos, there is nothing wrong with watching the game at a few different spots. If you find a spot you like, stay with it. If someone is smoking a nasty cigar nearby, catch the next quarter at a new place.
We'll start the list below with some popular sports bars and places that have informed us about Super Bowl specials. Use the Talkback feature to let us know if there are other spots worth a visit.
Cans Bar and Canteen
1815 E. Kenilworth Pl.
This fun place expects to go through more than 1,000 wings and 40 lbs. of mac and cheese, along with numerous other tailgate-type foods. Get there in the first half for the $5 all-you-can-eat buffet.
Mo's Irish Pub
142 W. Wisconsin Ave.
10842 Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa
With 19 big-screen TVs, the game will be hard to miss. Look for $3 Bloody Marys, $2 Miller Lite taps and $1 house shots.
The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway
Look for a special chili menu and specials on Sprecher Amber and Black Bavarian and tall Jack 'n Cokes. Proceeds from chili and Sprecher sales will be donated to Camp Heartland.
340 W. Kilbourn Ave.
The Grandaddy of local sports bars can be ultra-quiet on "off" nights, but it always gears up for big games. This is one of the big ones.
1123 N. Water St.
2635 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa
The bar will be crowded and so will the pick-up window, as people take wings to their house parties.
5030 S. 74th St., Greenfield
1240 N. Moorland Rd., Brookfield
The best tables will fill up early, but you may find a great vantage point at a pub table near the bar.
The Fire Pit Sports Club (Potawatomi Bingo Casino)
1700 W. Canal St.
If the game doesn't live up to the hype, you can always go gamble.
Friday's Front Row Sports Grill
1 Brewers Way
Look out at the baseball field and ask your server when pitchers and catchers report.
Hooligan's Super Bar
2017 E. North Ave.
Big game, crummy game, no game. It's Hoolie's. It's always good.
7700 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield
If you like cold beer, hot wings and orange shorts, there is no other place.
Rookie's Sports Club
3915 S. Howell Ave.
Hardcore sports fans frequent this South Side staple.
770 N. Milwaukee St.
This will be the first Super Bowl party for the upscale sports bar on one of Milwaukee's elite streets.
Use the Talkback feature to let us know where you'll be watching the game.
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