The cozy interior of George Street Cafe, once known to locals as the Chatterhouse, makes it an ideal place to hang out for a drink or dinner, or munch on items from the lounge menu during the in-between times. Regular events include a rousing karaoke night, vinyl night, and ladies' night, as well as 35-cent wings every Tuesday. Customers can pair their snacks with a glass of wine, or a beer drawn from one of the lineup of taps along the bar. George Street Cafe welcomes family gatherings, private parties, and business meetings.
Hosted by WBAY's chief meteorologist George Graphos and Frank Hermans of Let Me Be Frank Productions, Starstruck showcases talented local performers in “A Starry, Starry Night." Comprising horns, keyboards, and percussion, Bay City Swing accompanies performers, recalling that golden era of music before the Electric Slide squashed the jitterbug. Audiences can aim ears at St. Norbert College’s Knights on Broadway, an apple-cheeked band of student crooners that don fetching formalwear when oscillating between Broadway showstoppers and holiday ditties. The program features vocals from local talents such as Dino Biloti and Jennifer Stevens, a dulcet remedy for ears still ringing from that morning’s space-shuttle launch, as well as jazz clarinet from Kevin Van Ess of The Talk of the Town.
Keggers creates a lively atmosphere for casual parties and get-togethers. Its outdoor beer garden hosts live music events where patrons can sit at a wooden bar or lounge on the patio and sip a variety of beers including Miller Light, Spotted Cow, and Leinenkugel. For more intimate gatherings, the Lyric Room is available for rental as an event space with a 100-person capacity and entertainment capabilities for bands, DJs, or your fledgling mime act.
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
The scene at Deja Vu Martini Lounge is wild and fierce, blurring the lines between speakeasy, jazz club, and upscale lounge. More than 125 varieties of martinis—including specialties such as the seasonal pumpkin-spice martini—enhance the experience at this nighttime hot spot, alongside other inebriants such as wine and beer. Live music permeates the airwaves, and recorded hits from crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye blend with classic decor to pay homage to yesteryear.
Comedy Quarter serves heaping helpings of jokes alongside a hardy range of traditional American fare, a hint of Mexican eats, and a vast selection of drinks. Nabbing nationally recognized headliners alongside local up-and-coming talent on an average of five nights a week, this one-stop laugh shop could host an entire night out for friends or pet orangutans disguised as friends. The wide-ranging menu includes a variety of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and all-you-can-eat cod, which won a spot on the menu upon the colossal failure of all-you-can-eat individually wrapped rice. Be sure to loosen up atrophied giggle muscles at the full bar with beer and wine lists, which feature more than 30 specialty drinks and 12 martini flavors. Before deciding on a show to attend, check out the upcoming schedule and additional show information.