The sudden clatter of a billiards break. The quick shuffling of cards. A pinball machine's clanging bells. All can be heard at The Velvet Rail, where everything from regulation-size felt-topped tables to foosball and air hockey keep patrons of all ages entertained. As a digital jukebox pumps out tunes, snacks such as hot dogs, nachos, and hummus fuel games of snooker or pool, and free WiFi allows players to post online personal ads for "eight ball seeks corner pocket."
• For $16, you get two dinner-and-a-show packages for a Wednesday performance (a $32 value). • For $20, you get two dinner-and-a-show packages for a Thursday performance (a $40 value). • For $27, you get two dinner-and-a-show packages for a Friday or Saturday performance (a $54 value).
Homestyle food and a relaxed atmosphere help make guests at Tony's Kitchen feel like regulars. The culinary crew is all about the food, battering shrimp and fish by hand and making each day's soup from scratch and a mystical ladle. Pizzas emerge from the brick oven, crisp and hot, while chicken dishes and burgers all keep bellies full. Diners cleanse their palates with craft beers or signature cocktails, such as the Tony's Tito, made with Tito's Handmade Vodka, blue curacao, and fresh pineapple.
The gastro alchemists running Bumpers Bar and Grill cleverly mix their massive menu and full bar with live music and a nightclub atmosphere to create unforgettable evenings, even if the specifics are a bit fuzzy. The kitchen turns out a slew of pub-fare staples with Bumpers flair, such as burgers layered alternately with mushrooms and melted swiss ($6.75) or Five Alarm patties topped with pepper jack, jalapeños, hot sauce, and two heat-activated motion detectors ($6.50). Twelve-inch pizzas and calzones ($5.50 each) make an idea meal for sharing or smuggling pepperoni across state lines, respectively, and snackers looking for a light but filling bite can daintily devour mini tacos ($4.25), breaded mushrooms ($4.75), and loaded potato skins ($5.50) with a choice of dressing.
Though it’s called Michno's Cafe, coffee and pastries are not on the menu here. Instead, Michno’s exudes a bar ambiance with a menu boasting a half-pound burger handcrafted from fresh meat delivered three times a week and hearty deli sandwiches. One sandwich boasts new york strip steak, and beer-battered cod gives an audible crunch in another. At the bar, Michno’s buzzes as guests take advantage of daily drink specials. Crispy appetizers such as waffle fries and deep-fried mushrooms literally fuel patrons on karaoke Wednesdays and trivia nights in a way that the thrill of victory only aspires to.
Foam-topped pints of beer complement Timberwolf Tavern's menu of hearty pub food. Housemade bread and tortilla chips scoop up the kitchen's specialty cheese dip of the month—also the name of the award for Wisconsin's best swimmer—and vegetables join a blend of Mexican cheeses inside quesadillas. Timberwolf also makes crispy chicken strips that can be dipped in ranch and barbecue sauces. Buffalo wings, alternatively, can be dipped in six sauces, such as hickory, honey, and a five-alarm sauce.