Barcrawls.com and joonbug.com team up to throw themed parties at locations from New York to Los Angeles. Events are typically held at hip nightlife spots such as clubs, lounges, and restaurants. Each year's get-togethers typically include parties for holidays—including Thanksgiving Eve—and viewing parties for baseball's beloved home-run derby as well as the sport's lesser-known "Is It a Balk?" contest.
In the 14th century, John Hawk was becoming an English maritime legend. Because he was one of the greatest soldiers of fortune, Rome, Pisa, Milan, and Florence all sought his services. In 1972, he became the slice of English history that set the tone for John Hawks Pub.
Appropriately, the venue overlooks the waterfront, with its dining patio jutting out several feet over the river. There, guests tuck into a newly revamped menu of English-style pub grub and stateside favorites. The menu includes Ward’s prime-rib sandwich, an import from new owner Brian Ward, whose prime rib won acclaim from the Travel Channel’s Big Beef Paradise. Dangling wrought-iron chandeliers surround a massive stone hearth, enclosed in walls paneled with wood stained so darkly it almost appears black. Above, a circular stained-glass ceiling displays English heraldry and scenes from John Hawk’s life, depicting him captaining a storm-tossed ship or beating Poseidon in the Sea-Doo race that won him the ability to drink ocean water.
Amid the tangy aroma of buffalo wings and the clink of beer glasses, patrons at Karma Bar & Grill gather around 20 HDTVs with MLB, NHL, NFL, and UFC packages, eyes locked on the match. Servers keep the atmosphere inviting as they deliver pitchers of beer, hefty 1/2-pound Angus steak burgers, plates of six-cheese mac or house-smoked brisket and pork, Friday fish fries, and other from-scratch specialties. During baseball season, Karma offers patrons a Brewer shuttle during every home game, and stand-up comedians appear on select Wednesdays and Fridays. The private Karma Lounge is also available for rental for groups of 10?80, and sports a giant projection screen along with a private bar.
McGillycuddy’s traces its heritage back to Murphy "Gilly" McGillycuddy, a mythic figure who, on his deathbed, touted "relations, whiskey, bacon, cold beer … and this stone" as the keys to life. The stone in question was not Ireland's fabled Blarney Stone, but the Gilly Stone, which, like Bon Jovi's hair, promises good fortune to anyone who brushes up against it. The stone now rests in the beer garden of the Water Street pub, an Irish watering hole whose success only amplifies the stone's considerable legend. Irish-American cuisine, including Guinness-soaked bratwurst and beer-battered fish, tackles taste buds on a covered patio or in the wood-accented interior, where pride for the Green Bay Packers colors every corner. Ample enough to comfortably cradle up to 200 revelers, McGillycuddy’s party room comes with its own catering menu and happily hosts large- or small-scale gatherings and luncheons.
Originally built as a Schlitz bar more than a century ago, Upper 90 Sports Pub maintains the links to its storied history by pouring drinks in front of the original stained glass that still adorns the old saloon's back bar. Now showcasing Milwaukee's transformation to a modern city inspired by local teams, Upper 90 Sports Pub takes a twist on the classic German eats with a full menu of gastropub fare artfully presented to its sports-centric clients every day of the week.
Upper 90 incorporates local favorites, such as Usinger?s sausages or Nueske's bacon, into flavorful spins on traditional cuisine, creating dishes such as battered and fried corn dogs served with Guinness mustard and raspberry balsamic ketchup or bacon-stuffed Angus burgers flavored with cheddar cheese and rosemary aioli. The restaurant opens its doors early on select game days or if threatened by early-rising big bad wolves, feeding just-woken bellies with its Saturday breakfast, followed by appetizer fare featuring the unique flavors of fried alligator and Milwaukee's biggest pretzel. While sitting under vintage sports equipment and memorabilia, guests can sip on the pours of a range of craft brews, including drafts from local breweries such as Lakefront, New Glarus, and Sprecher.
About 200 feet from the storied Milwaukee River, The Irish Pub's founding family emulates the Emerald Isle with an oak-topped bar and Irish paraphernalia. Brews served in 20-oz English pints such as Stella Artois and Guinness join cocktail fixings and wines behind the wood-inlay bar, where a chalkboard menu announces nightly specials and which waiters get detention. During the winter season, customers may also enjoy spiked hot caramel apple cider. The pub's kitchen whips up wings, half-pound burgers, salads, soups, plates of fish 'n' chips, and other quintessential comfort food, as well as corned beef sandwiches and curried-chicken-salad wraps. Flat-screen TVs dot the dining room's exposed brick walls, where they broadcast sports games and other major events.