After graduating from the Wisconsin College of Cosmetology, Sue Hudson spent 25 years molding tresses with haircuts, perms, and highlights. Today, she wields her shears inside a red-brick building emblazoned with its name—Ce'Bon Salon—in white cursive letters. When she isn't sculpting 'dos, Sue conditions careworn locks, shapes delicate eyebrows, and blazes trails through thick uncharted beards.
All year round, Nelson Field Laser Tag's battle zones join forces to send warriors into simulated combat. A field peppered with camo forts and towers at the Green Bay location scintillates during winter months as groups of up to 16 players use the scopes on heavy-duty, military-grade laser guns to pick off opponents and point out mustard stains on a teammate's pants. Meanwhile, unfolding across outdoor combat arenas, paintball and airsoft squads dip, dash, and dive behind natural and manmade barriers. Seven woodball fields camouflage matches amid troves of trees, and on an urban combat field, shooters utilize 19 buildings and one rogue hot-dog cart as shelter. Upon striking a truce, friends can reconvene at Nelson Field's onsite sports bars.
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More than 5,000 Green Bay Packers collectables adorn the walls of Champion’s Sports Bar & Grill, where skilled grillmasters churn out a lengthy menu of flame-smacked steaks and burgers, including the 6-pound Gravedigger featured on the Travel Channel’s Man V. Food. Mouths warm-up for main events with ineffectual deep-knee bends and bites of the crispy Champion's Tots, drowned in creamy nacho cheese and bacon bits ($6.95), and fingers tightly clasp around spicy or barbecue wings ($7.99). A lineup of phalange fillers wear the jerseys of past and present Green Bay legends, including the #64 cowboy burger, which chefs bury beneath a mound of melted Swiss, bacon, and barbecue sauce ($8.50). A perfectly seared rib-eye steak ($10.95) weighs in at 14-ounces, and french fries guard golden pieces of beer-battered perch ($10.50) as intensely as offensive guards protect their quarterback from learning the truth about Santa Claus.
At Richard Craniums, the scent of no-frills tavern food mingling with the casual atmosphere encourages camaraderie with plenty of distractions to accompany the tavern food. Patrons cluster on couches in the upstairs lounge, noshing on jalapeño poppers or chicken wings in 12 flavors while they watch the big game or community-theater reenactment of the big game on projection televisions. Downstairs, sportsmen lit by the flicker of big-screen televisions test their mettle at pub games including darts and pool. The staff encourages commemoration above all else; patrons can grab a marker and leave their stamp on virtually any flat surface, and the bar will fill and cap beer bottles personalized with a photo of the customer’s grinning face.
Vintage Liquid Emporium refuses to be pigeonholed by catering to a broad clientele of craft-beer lovers, oenophiles, and cocktail enthusiasts. Owners Billy Duranceau and Matt Layden crafted a welcoming art-deco ambiance abounding with beverage options and geometric shapes. Duranceau told Alex Morrell of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, "What I like to do is take a really old-school approach and talk to somebody, find out what they like and just make something up for them they’ve probably never had." For some, that is a unique, hand-muddled mixed drink. For others, it is a draft beer from local craft companies, such as Titletown or Central Waters. For wine connoisseurs, it could be a glass of Pennywise petite syrah from Napa.
Coach directs the spotlight toward the rich life of legendary Marquette basketball coach and CBS broadcaster Al McGuire in a one-man show starring Broadway vet Cotter Smith. Dressed in a green sweater and khakis, Smith submerses himself in the role of Emmy winner Dick Enberg, who was McGuire's broadcasting partner for more than a decade and penned Coach to honor his eccentric friend. McGuire's gravelly, streetwise personality weaves the captivating and amusing story of his life—from his NCAA championship win to a successful career as a sports commentator—which he lived to the fullest before his death from leukemia in 2001.
Housed in a complex of four different bars, Time Out scores points with game-day appetites with its hefty playbook of burgers, brews, wraps, wings, and more. Start meals off with a baked plate of potato skins filled with bacon and melted cheese ($5.25) or some pure Wisconsin white-cheddar cheese curds ($4.25). Hands free from inarticulate and accusatory foam fingers work their way through hills of chicken wings in portions of 12, 20, or 50 ($4.95–$14.95), coated in one of seven sauces ranging from money mustard to hot to psychically charged medium varieties. Burger-minded diners find pattyborne paradise in the Vince Lombardi melt, a pair of third-pound burgers stacked with slices of swiss and american cheese under a layer of fried onions on grilled rye ($7.95). Finish off the workweek with Time Out's Friday fish fry, in which platters of perch ($7.95) and shrimp ($7.95) provide a flaky, battered complement to a cold brew and springtime reruns of championship performances.