Alcohol without a mixer doesn't usually taste like candy, but liquor produced by The North Woods Distillery is a special case. A slow, two-distillation process yields gluten-free rums whose flavors resemble candies such as toffee or chocolate mint. At North Woods' 10-seat bar, bartenders push those flavors even further with specialty cocktails that all resemble sweets. Heath rum takes on a Werther's creamy texture when mixed with root beer, while pink lemonade and chocolate-mint rum ring in the holidays with a candy-cane flavor. The bar even stocks new spirits still in the testing stages, which, like all of the distillery's libations, are made without hangover-causing toxins.
Manhattan Lanes hosts classic entertainment throughout the week with open hours and league bowling opportunities on 16 well-maintained lanes. Each Friday and Saturday, the alley transforms into a cosmic bowling headquarters, with colorful lights moving to the beat of popular songs and adding realism to moon-landing re-creations. The on-site pro shop stocks a complete selection of balls, bags, shoes, and accessories, and also provides screen-printing and embroidery services for custom bowling team uniforms. Bowling lessons are available from the shop's team members, who provide expert tips on how to hunt pins in their natural environment.
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.
Despite its veteran status as Wisconsin's oldest comedy club, Comedy City maintains the sharp wit and punchline-rattling agility of a toddler at its new Sports Corner location. The 90-minute shows are made up of short and long bursts of improvisational comedy, with the troupe of comedians channeling their inner Thalia or Super Dave Osborne on the fly, without the aid of a script or Internet commenters. Audience members will shout out key words or phrases to prompt a theme as the cast crafts an entire skit around the suggestions, similar to the process for creating legislation. With up to five performances each weekend, no show is ever quite the same. Pub grub, such as pizza, wings, cheese curds, potato skins and chicken tenders (all under $8), and a full bar are part of the fun of an impromptu night out with friends. Stretch your cheek muscles and bend your funny bone into a pretzel at Comedy City at the Sports Center. Go online to check out the schedule or reserve your tickets.
Mr. Golf's natural grass pastures unfurl invitingly into the Wisconsin plains, beckoning dimpled golf balls onto the verdant landscape of its driving range, putting green, and chipping area. With two extra-large buckets of range golf balls at hand, golfers can fine-tune their follow-through while facing nine different targets, requiring guests to moderate the power of their swing with the accuracy of an Aztec calendar. Stop by the pro shop to look over some freshly sharpened cleats or use the computer to recommend clubs by analyzing your swing (not included with today's Groupon).