Finding a Packers Bar
Milwaukee is Green Bay Packers country and chances are, every bar you walk into on Game Day will be airing the Packers game. A typical season stretches from early September to early January—longer if the team earns a bid for the Super Bowl, which is always the last Sunday in January or first Sunday in February. Some bar owners and operators go above and beyond, rolling out the red carpet on Game Days by offering drink and food specials—some falling under a “green-and-gold” theme—and an environment filled with camaraderie.
To view the 2016 Green Bay Packers schedule, starting with the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Florida, on September 11, 2016, at noon C.S.T., visit this link.
Traveling during a game? Don’t fret because nearly every city boasts a Packers bar—yes, even in Paris, France. The W.O.S. Bar in the city’s Latin Quarter is a mainstay for expats who are Packers fans. And, for wine lovers, there is more to be had than craft beer, a refreshing change from most sports bars.
Check out a directory at any of these sites, where you can search by state:
Among the most devoted Packers bars around the country are Slackers Bar and Grill in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Kettle of Fish, which is in bustling Greenwich Village in New York City’s Manhattan borough.
Thankfully, here in Milwaukee you won’t have to drive far to find one.
Here’s a run-down of the best.
What: Mavericks Bar
Where: 2030 W. Howard Ave., Milwaukee (South Side), 414-282-6969
From the outside this looks like you’re regular bar but inside it’s a lively place to celebrate your love for the Green and Gold. Cheap drinks, bar food (like wings and loaded nachos), cool bartenders and a guarantee that the Packers game will always be on are pretty much all you need to know. There’s even a signature menu item: the “Award Winning Patented Packer Backer BladderBuster.” And the vibe is very much a “locals bar,” to the point where annual events on non-Packers days are held, such as an “Ugly Sweater” party in December just before the Christmas holiday and, most recently, the bar’s 23rd-birthday celebration. Check out news of events and drink specials via the bar’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mavericks.bar.3/).
What: Camp Bar
Where: 4044 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, 414-962-5182; 6600 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, 414-763-3793; and 525 E. Menomonee St., Milwaukee, 414-930-9282 (Third Ward)
Channeling a North Woods theme (think taxidermy, logs and plaid), Camp Bar opened its first location in Shorewood in 2012, followed by Wauwatosa in 2014. The Third War bar opened most recently, in the spring of 2016. To celebrate the 2016 season’s opener, Camp Bar Shorewood is hosting Camp Packers Outdoor Street Festival on September 11. While kickoff is at noon, the fest opens at 10 a.m. Drink specials, touchdown shots and food by BelAir Cantina are all part of the event. To stay up to date on Packers events and promotions during Packers games, visit the bar’s Facebook pages: Shorewood, Wauwatosa and Milwaukee.
Drink Wisconsinbly Pub
What: Drink Wisconsinbly
Where: 135 E. National Ave, Milwaukee (Walker's Point), 414-930-0929
Open since January of 2016, this pub is an offshoot of the "Drink Wisconsinbly" logo-ed apparel and lifestyle brand. Naturally, beer and cheese are served here, but so are other eats with Wisconsin roots like fried cheese curds, Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce and four specialty brats and--for dessert--a riff on the Wisconsin State Fair with brown-sugar battered Oreos in cookies and cream. This is just some of what's on the menu, designed by the same chef as at the Pabst Theater Group's venues. To kick off the Packers season on Sept. 11, the pub will host a tailgate street party that starts at 8 a.m. and includes a polka band, DJ, flat-screen TVs, "green and gold" brats and local beers.
What: Cafe Centraal
Where: 2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee (Bay View); 414-755-0378
From the Lowlands Group--also owns Cafe Benelux and Cafe Hollander--this equally Euro-inspired bar (to be more specific, the Netherlands) provides a nice all-day vibe, which is perfect for mid-day Packers games. Televisions hanging above the L-shaped bar are always airing local and regional sports games, and that includes the Packers. What Cafe Centraal is known for are the extensive offerings of German beer in a 15-page book. The menu is a mix of shareable snacks, like frites (with a choice of nine housemade dipping sauces) and duck-bacon flatbread, as well as eight signature burgers (like the bánh mì grass-fed burger). Keeping in fashion with most gastropubs, a beer pairing is listed under each menu item.
Milwaukee Brat House
What: Milwaukee Brat House
Where: 1013 N. Old World Third St., Milwaukee (Downtown), 414-273-8709
This bar is so into the Packers that they run shuttles up to Lambeau Field for all home games. Rather stay in town? This is the place to be with 10 signature brat sandwiches (what else would you eat during a Packers game?), cheese curds, buffalo wings and Bavarian pretzels. Lots of items are loaded with cheese, like the Lakefront IPA beer cheese soup and the "Southsider" brat.
Frank's Power Plant
What: Frank's Power Plant
Where: 2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee (Bay View), 414-481-9200
This neighborhood bar in Bay View rolls out the red carpet for every Packers game with free food served at halftime and a round of shots for every touchdown scored by the Packers. If you're lucky, and the game is on a Monday or Thursday night, you can tap into the happy-hour drink specials from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weeknights: $2 taps (PBR, Old Milwaukee and Schlitz), cans of Blatz and Sprecher Amber, and apple-pie shots; and $5 Smirnoff tall cocktails.