With a menu brimming with healthy options and local ingredients, the Waterfront Pub & Eatery serves up toothsome comfort fare and frosty beers on tap. Unleash the salvos on hunger with a spinach-artichoke fondue bubbling with hot parmesan and goat cheese, wine, herbs, and lemon, and served with a toasted baguette fork ($8.79), or a Waterfront caprese featuring a savory mélange of sliced tomato, mozzarella, and basil pesto ($8.99). Waterfront's burgers ($6.99–$8.99) steal the show from lesser meat slabs, with a choice of cheese and side groupies such as tots, skin-on fries, slaw, or a crunchy entourage of house-fried chips. Heartier entrees fill capacious insides with baked wisconsin mac ‘n’ cheese ($10.99) and cedar plank Atlantic salmon ($17.99) or cover the entire banquet table of a Lilliputian family reunion.
The Wooden Nickel Sports Bar & Grill could easily throw out the tables and chairs, burn the menus, and close down the bar—even then, people would have plenty to do and see. While diners feast on burgers, they bask in the glow of televisions broadcasting sports from ESPN GamePlan, NFL Sunday Ticket, and Fox Sports Network. Trivia competitions bring friendly rivalries into the eatery on weeknights, where players can match minds to win free drinks and bragging rights at the next Mensa track meet. The kitchen's pub grub mixes well with draft and bottled beers, which wait in the wings to swoop in and extinguish thirst pangs or rinse burger residue from hands.
For 97 years, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra has entertained and enriched the community with masterful performances, captivating collaborations, and powerful world-premieres from its professional 60-member ensemble. The orchestra has been taking steps to determine their next music director, allowing music mavens to participate in the search through a series of candidate-conducted concerts. Baton-brandisher Stephen Squires will audition his ictus by leading pieces from Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, and Symphony No. 1 of Brahms, while pieces penned by the likes of Berlioz and Beethoven will be led by Donato Cabrera on April 9. Become acquainted with England’s Fab Four— John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Harrison Ford —on February 26, as Music of the Beatles will feature rock group Jeans 'n Classics performing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety with symphonic accompaniment.
All of Badgerland Bowling Centers' six locations have a lot in common. At each location, groups hurtle colorful balls down slick, glossy lanes, refueling at an onsite restaurant between matches. All of the alleys host birthday, work, and fundraising parties and tournaments such as the Badgerland Bowling 300 Club—which has doled out more than $35,000 in cash prizes since 2002—and the Badgerland Open, which welcomed 113 competitors in 2011, one of whom snagged a grand prize of $500 and 1,000 bragging rights.
But like sextuplets working undercover for the CIA, each center also maintains a unique identity. At Badger Bowl in Madison, live musicfloods the lanes on weekends, and dancers jump and jive on West Coast Swing nights on Wednesday. Nearby at Dream Lanes, laser and disco lights slice through fog amid thundering music during Ultra Bowling every Friday and Saturday evening.
Atomic Koi Cocktail Lounge's extensive drink menu includes a wide range of mixed drinks, each hand-crafted with precision by Atomic Koi's beverage-blessing bartenders. Fans of fruit can indulge in mango or pomegranate mojitos, swiftly concocted with fresh mint, lime, sugar, and rum ($5 each), and sweet teeth and their tongued companions can swirl through a chocolate martini ($6). For niche desires, the tenders turn out other inventive selections, such as the Dreamsicle ice-cream drink dancing in Three Olives Rangtang, Dr. Vanillacuddy's, amaretto, and orange juice ($7), or the Zen elixir, a champagne beverage bubbling with green-tea-liqueur brilliance ($5). In terms of straightforward yet satiating sippables, the bar provides a favorable selection of spirits, and the seasonal beers are said to change as often as the tangential conversations held around them.
Milwaukee Ale House echoes with notes of live music and the laughter of pub goers, but the building is also the site of serious work. Beyond a pair of glass doors, the pub's stainless steel fermentation tanks bubble with Milwaukee Brewing Company's creations. When they're ready, these beers make the short leap from brew room to bar tap, forming a beverage selection that Esquire described as, "plentiful and tasty, complementing the top-notch food."
The menu sports a convenient pairing chart that helps diners match prime rib, pulled-pork sandwiches, and spicy beef-and-chorizo burgers to house brews. Ideal with chicken, Louie's Demise exudes the smooth maltiness of a typical amber ale but with a balanced kick of Perle and Tettnanger hops, A meat-and-potatoes porter, the Admiral Stache ages for one month in bourbon barrels, lending a toasty vanilla flavor to subtle notes of milk chocolate and dried fruit.
Situated in the heart of the Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee Ale House's century-old building provides the main dining room and patio areas with waterside views of the Milwaukee River. The pub's decor exudes its own historic charm with exposed brick, a scattering of empty wooden barrels, and vintage beer signs. When live bands aren't performing, focus turns back to the bar area, where the taps form an ornate centerpiece built to resemble a copper-topped wooden vat. Around the vat hang white mugs belonging to members of the Mug Club and office workers who "got lost" during their coffee break.