Karaoke tends to be a special event at many bars, but not at The Bluff Pub and Grille. Here karaoke is welcome any time a patron feels like crooning aloud a favorite song or a business rival?s credit card number on the restaurant?s TouchTunes machine. Professional musicians, meanwhile, often stop by in the summer to rock out on The Bluff?s deck, nestled beside stunning views of the bay. The culinary team takes full advantage of its water view location with plenty of tasty seafood options, including omelets filled with shrimp, crab, and house-made garlic-chive cream sauce. For dinner, chefs whip up everything from broasted chicken with house-made stuffing to handmade pizzas crowned with fixings such as jalape?os and sauerkraut.
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.
The seasoned chefs at Broadway Lounge and Grill dish up a palate-pleasing menu of savory sandwiches, juicy burgers, and fresh fish to complement the establishment's fully stocked bar. Lubricate stomach longing for libations with domestic pitchers ($6), pints ($2), and bottles ($2) before diving face first into the Broadway combo, a hearty platter of chicken strips, mushrooms, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, and freshly crisped fries ($8.95). The brat burger celebrates the marriage of meats with a quarter-pound brat patty and a quarter-pound hamburger nestled beside a mound of homemade, hand-cut fries and a pickle spear ($6.95). Lightly floured and fried until crispy crooners serenade a soft, tender inside, the pan-fried walleye filet comes with a side salad or cup of soup and a choice of potato, including baked, mashed, garlic mashed, fries, sweet potato fries, or wild rice ($13.95). Broadway Lounge and Grill boasts a Friday fish fry, live entertainment, free WiFi for writing electronic lovelorn sonnets, and ample parking for pickup trucks, segways, and sedans.
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.
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 jalape?o 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.
The black lights are always on within The Gutter. Pins and neon decor glow bright across the bowling alley's 48 lanes, which are always available for open bowl. Comfy couches let players recharge their stamina bars between turns, and high-definition projector screens show sports over the lanes. The Gutter also boasts a full restaurant, where more HD screens surround visitors as they munch on meat-lovers' pizza, burgers, pasta, and other entrees.