One of Benjamin Franklin’s last theories was that taking in a good view while eating aids both in digestion and in the ability to squeeze milk out of coal. Prove him half-right with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of bites and beverages at Pier Bar & Cafe, located inside The Edgewater hotel.
From mid-April through September, Pier Bar & Cafe comes alive with imbibable delicacies, live music, and scenic views of Lake Mendota experienced from outdoor, umbrella-shaded tables. Guests can nibble on menu items while safely tucked away from Madison's urban bustle and pinstriped snake-fighters. Battered and deep-fried Wisconsin cheese curds served with barbecue sauce or ranch dressing ($6.95) adequately prepare bellies for bready embraces, including the B.L.T. ($6.50), mushroom swiss burger ($8.50), and veggie burger with spicy aioli ($7.50).
Thursday reggae nights can be spiced up with strawberry, raspberry, or cranberry margaritas and daiquiris ($7.95). Or opt for one of Pier's signature drinks, such as peachy keen—orange juice laced with white rum, peach schnapps, grenadine, and a can-do attitude ($8). Metallic steeds can be harnessed in the free indoor parking lot, and boats can be tied up at the dock for up to two hours as patrons grab a bite to eat or use the cafe's free WiFi to email photos of daredevil puddle-jumps.