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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #150 on: November 07, 2019, 02:50:09 PM »

I'd ax-murder your choice of person for one of those big lighted "Oconto Beer" signs though.........

Can we take a vote on that?  I nominate Furley to run unopposed.

scratch my previous post  :mellow:
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #151 on: November 07, 2019, 03:04:33 PM »

I'd ax-murder your choice of person for one of those big lighted "Oconto Beer" signs though.........

Can we take a vote on that?  I nominate Furley to run unopposed.

scratch my previous post  :mellow:

No worries; I can't ax-murder somebody giving me a hot tip on an Oconto Beer sign.

You know my place is in Oconto County, right? How cool would that be to mount a lighted Oconto Beer sign on my house?

Turns out it's worse than I thought: I've been to eight of these taverns and saloons.

Great Dane
Bottom's Up
City Lounge
Grumpy Troll
Bosch
Buckhorn
Hooligan's
At Random

Maybe I am a bar-fly after all.

Poor unfortunate elderly isolated beer god.

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #152 on: November 07, 2019, 04:04:59 PM »
Wisconsin Watering Holes photo album :ale: :o: :bow:

If you like rural taverns, get ready to soil yourself. Stoney> hey

There are many dozens of places like this in and around Green Bay, but I am afraid to go in most of them.   :unsure:

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #153 on: November 07, 2019, 04:39:28 PM »
Wisconsin Watering Holes photo album :ale: :o: :bow:

If you like rural taverns, get ready to soil yourself. Stoney> hey

There are many dozens of places like this in and around Green Bay, but I am afraid to go in most of them.   :unsure:

Bourbon Street Bar on Broadway actually has really good food  :thumbup:
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #154 on: November 07, 2019, 04:53:52 PM »
Wisconsin Watering Holes photo album :ale: :o: :bow:

If you like rural taverns, get ready to soil yourself. Stoney> hey

There are many dozens of places like this in and around Green Bay, but I am afraid to go in most of them.   :unsure:

Bourbon Street Bar on Broadway actually has really good food  :thumbup:

That place looks like an upscale bistro compared to most of the dives in GB

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #155 on: November 07, 2019, 05:52:57 PM »
are you suggesting that Richard Cranium's might not be top quality?
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #156 on: November 07, 2019, 11:30:24 PM »

I'd ax-murder your choice of person for one of those big lighted "Oconto Beer" signs though.........

Can we take a vote on that?  I nominate Furley to run unopposed.

scratch my previous post  :mellow:

No worries; I can't ax-murder somebody giving me a hot tip on an Oconto Beer sign.

You know my place is in Oconto County, right? How cool would that be to mount a lighted Oconto Beer sign on my house?

Turns out it's worse than I thought: I've been to eight of these taverns and saloons.

Great Dane
Bottom's Up
City Lounge
Grumpy Troll
Bosch
Buckhorn
Hooligan's
At Random

Maybe I am a bar-fly after all.

Baumgartner’s
Spanky’s
John’s Main Event
Polish Falcons
Great Dane
Grumpy Troll
At Random

Drove by Clay’s in Kenosha approx. 87 times, never went in. Drove by Dot’s a few times, from New Glarus to Madison. Drove past Mosquito Inn in Racine too.
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #157 on: December 23, 2019, 10:00:59 AM »
Another recent drive by, not WI proper but damn near.


Wolff's Tavern, Lake Villa, IL

The tavern was a small house set back off the road, on the edge of a nearby lake. Looked kinda cool, but I feared a deliverance scenario and kept driving.
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #158 on: December 23, 2019, 10:35:31 AM »
Being owned by the front man of one of my favorite bands, I've always wanted to take a trip to the Loose Cobra in Tolono, IL.

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #159 on: December 23, 2019, 10:41:06 AM »
Being owned by the front man of one of my favorite bands, I've always wanted to take a trip to the Loose Cobra in Tolono, IL.

Surprisingly, I know a beer guy that lives there. Never heard of the bar, sounds pretty cool. :cheers:
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #160 on: March 09, 2020, 02:16:00 PM »
This definitely goes here... the Wisconsin meat raffle tradition.

http://roadstraveled.com/wisconsin-meat-raffles-fill-taverns-on-wintry-days/

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Re: Roxbury Tavern (1989-2018)
« Reply #161 on: March 09, 2020, 02:38:55 PM »


They used to throw piano burning parties up there too.
Video #2 on PBS

I found this excerpt about the Roxbury Tavern in an out-of-print book "Hungry for Wisconsin". The author wrote another WI travel book I own. It's sad this place was around for so long and loved by a lot of people, but there's not much about it online. This piece definitely captures a little bit of the spirit of the place. Really enjoyed going there for 10+ years, and will miss it.

 :bye: :tldr:


Apparently the new ownership is worse than I thought. :hot:
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Many of you may know Tom Gresser, former owner of the Roxbury Tavern. Just over a year ago he “sold” the  tavern on land contract. Less than a year into the contract, the buyers defaulted on the contract payment, failed to pay insurance premiums, taxes, or utility bills. (Tom paid 3000.00 to them at closing for 2018 taxes he owed. No taxes have been paid.)

The tavern on land contract. Less than a year into the contract, the buyers defaulted on the contract payment, failed to pay insurance premiums, taxes, or utility bills.

As a result Tom is in the process of foreclosing on this contract. In doing so he has incurred significant legal fees and costs.

Tom has incurred over $5205.00 in attorney fees, and thousands of dollars in expenses related to the tavern. For example, $500.00 insurance on the building,  and nonpayment of land contract to date of over $4200.00.

We are attempting to help him pay some of those bills. Please consider donating to Tom.

All proceeds go directly to Tom Gresser.

Can't they be taken to court for this? A seller has to foreclose on the property themselves? I'm ignorant of how this type of real estate works.
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #162 on: April 17, 2020, 07:07:01 PM »
Being owned by the front man of one of my favorite bands, I've always wanted to take a trip to the Loose Cobra in Tolono, IL.

Fuuuuck, road trip!
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #163 on: April 17, 2020, 07:22:16 PM »
Another recent drive by, not WI proper but damn near.


Wolff's Tavern, Lake Villa, IL

The tavern was a small house set back off the road, on the edge of a nearby lake. Looked kinda cool, but I feared a deliverance scenario and kept driving.

I'd be up for a visit.  Looks no worse than the dive Fred and I hit walking back from the Great Taste
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #164 on: April 17, 2020, 07:46:03 PM »
Another recent drive by, not WI proper but damn near.


Wolff's Tavern, Lake Villa, IL

The tavern was a small house set back off the road, on the edge of a nearby lake. Looked kinda cool, but I feared a deliverance scenario and kept driving.

I'd be up for a visit.  Looks no worse than the dive Fred and I hit walking back from the Great Taste
:D do you remember the name of this establishment?

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #165 on: April 17, 2020, 11:23:28 PM »
Being owned by the front man of one of my favorite bands, I've always wanted to take a trip to the Loose Cobra in Tolono, IL.

Fuuuuck, road trip!

Damn right.  It'll happen at some point.  Matt is currently trying to drum up money through his site.  Bars have been hit hard.

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #166 on: August 12, 2020, 10:33:53 AM »
A 1902 Oshkosh Saloon Crawl



Fans of old-timey saloons, rejoice. This series takes you through several turn-of-the-century saloons around Oshkosh, WI.
There's even a drinking game aspect if you're so inclined. :ale:

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« Reply #167 on: October 19, 2020, 12:25:27 PM »
From the pages of Strange Wisconsin: More Badger State Weirdness...





I like eccentric stuff like this (no surprise) and probably would've stopped for a picture when it was still around. Probably would've also tried to go in for a beer too :unsure:

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #168 on: March 25, 2021, 03:42:18 PM »
More island-related content by way of Door County...

Nelsen’s Hall & Bitters Club, Washington, Wisconsin

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nelsens-hall-bitters-club

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #169 on: March 25, 2021, 08:35:46 PM »
More island-related content by way of Door County...

Nelsen’s Hall & Bitters Club, Washington, Wisconsin

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nelsens-hall-bitters-club

a pint of bitters per day :(
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« Reply #170 on: March 25, 2021, 08:39:43 PM »
More island-related content by way of Door County...

Nelsen’s Hall & Bitters Club, Washington, Wisconsin

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nelsens-hall-bitters-club

a pint of bitters per day :(
That’s a lot of uh, digestive aid.

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #171 on: June 17, 2021, 11:37:59 AM »
Heading to a wedding in Racine this summer, wondering where I will wet the ol' whistle? :whistle:
Looks like there's a new brewery up that way, Littleport. If only Homerbag were here... :missing:

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #172 on: June 30, 2021, 10:59:48 PM »


Tom’s Burned Down Café, La Pointe, WI (Madeline Island)

Didn’t know y’all had a Burning Man up there. (besides Even Furthur) :mellow:

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #173 on: July 07, 2021, 02:35:08 PM »
Another recent drive by, not WI proper but damn near.


Wolff's Tavern, Lake Villa, IL

The tavern was a small house set back off the road, on the edge of a nearby lake. Looked kinda cool, but I feared a deliverance scenario and kept driving.

I'd be up for a visit.  Looks no worse than the dive Fred and I hit walking back from the Great Taste
:D do you remember the name of this establishment?

I'm not certain, but I believe it was Antler's Tavern.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Antler's+Tavern/@43.0472611,-89.3489285,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipOzw-EC4dnNAoT-T1-r6PRLelEvNq22oAHWlYMc!2e10!3e12!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipOzw-EC4dnNAoT-T1-r6PRLelEvNq22oAHWlYMc%3Dw114-h86-k-no!7i4032!8i3024!4m8!1m2!2m1!1solin-turville+park!3m4!1s0x8806524f9a7ebaf1:0x8edfa60d8de0b240!8m2!3d43.047487!4d-89.349646
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #174 on: July 07, 2021, 02:46:24 PM »
Meanwhile at Antler's Tavern

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #175 on: July 08, 2021, 12:59:02 PM »
Another recent drive by, not WI proper but damn near.


Wolff's Tavern, Lake Villa, IL

The tavern was a small house set back off the road, on the edge of a nearby lake. Looked kinda cool, but I feared a deliverance scenario and kept driving.

I'd be up for a visit.  Looks no worse than the dive Fred and I hit walking back from the Great Taste
:D do you remember the name of this establishment?

I'm not certain, but I believe it was Antler's Tavern.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Antler's+Tavern/@43.0472611,-89.3489285,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipOzw-EC4dnNAoT-T1-r6PRLelEvNq22oAHWlYMc!2e10!3e12!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipOzw-EC4dnNAoT-T1-r6PRLelEvNq22oAHWlYMc%3Dw114-h86-k-no!7i4032!8i3024!4m8!1m2!2m1!1solin-turville+park!3m4!1s0x8806524f9a7ebaf1:0x8edfa60d8de0b240!8m2!3d43.047487!4d-89.349646

Yep, that was the place!!
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #176 on: July 21, 2021, 01:02:05 PM »
This time of year, I crave bellying up to the bar and plopping down in an old antique tavern. It's been awhile, but I think we'll try to hit the latest incarnation of Roxbury Tavern, "On The Rox" on our way to the Dells. Good reports on the food so far.

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #177 on: July 27, 2021, 12:14:57 PM »


Edgewater Supper Club, Jefferson, WI

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #178 on: August 04, 2021, 12:22:39 AM »
Sprecher’s Bar, Leland, WI







This was the best bar by a country mile. Screen door on the front, old bar wood smell, taxidermy, an elderly clientele. The last owner Junior passed away a couple years ago, and was still tending bar at age 88. Now his daughter runs the place, i’m guessing she’s around 70. There were guns everywhere, even a snowman behind the bar was holding a toy rifle. The character and stories about this place seemed legendary. We got a tour of the former general store and former dancehall next door, where the owners father was born and kept warm on a stove for 3 hours before a doctor arrived. Frosty mugs of Sprecher root beer really hit the spot. They also had an Amber on tap and the locals were drinking Busch Latte of course.

We also made it to On The Rox in Roxbury, a passable new incarnation of the Roxbury Tavern. Very good pizza and live goats out back. We were told that Tom the former owner is doing well and stops in on weekends.

Jackson Clinic outside of Mauston was kinda creepy, seemed like a rowdy biker bar by night, and kind of haggard by the light of day. It’s a former schoolhouse and barn slapped together, and somewhat dilapidated. Ride it till the wheels fall off I guess. They are having a free pig roast on Aug. 28th with free beer too.

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #179 on: August 12, 2021, 06:43:39 PM »
Any good lunch spots off I-90 between Rockford and Madison?
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« Reply #180 on: August 12, 2021, 07:41:28 PM »
Any good lunch spots off I-90 between Rockford and Madison?

G5 Brewing in Beloit does a damn good burger.

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #181 on: October 13, 2021, 04:23:00 PM »




Stark’s Sport Shop, Prairie Du Chien, WI

Not to be out outdone by Sprecher’s Bar in Leland, Stark’s is a liquor store meets “sporting goods” shop. There were 40-50 people waiting in line, so I immediately noped right out of there.

Guns & liquor… ammo & amber ales! Rods, Reels, & Rauchbiers!

Maybe they could’ve called it “Blams & Drams”. :mellow: :deadbanana:




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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #182 on: October 13, 2021, 04:51:10 PM »
guns and booze in the same store is pretty common in rural Wisconsin

is it not that way everywhere??
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« Reply #183 on: October 13, 2021, 07:47:33 PM »
guns and booze in the same store is pretty common in rural Wisconsin

is it not that way everywhere??

Second time ever seeing it for me, i’ve been around rural WI a bit, but maybe not seeking out these places. I remember guns & ammo in Walmart as a kid but that’s about it.

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #184 on: October 13, 2021, 10:30:30 PM »
guns and booze in the same store is pretty common in rural Wisconsin

is it not that way everywhere??

Second time ever seeing it for me, i’ve been around rural WI a bit, but maybe not seeking out these places. I remember guns & ammo in Walmart as a kid but that’s about it.

interesting. guess i haven't been in a ton of country stores around the US so maybe it's a thing elsewhere, too.
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« Reply #185 on: October 13, 2021, 10:55:04 PM »
guns and booze in the same store is pretty common in rural Wisconsin

is it not that way everywhere??

Second time ever seeing it for me, i’ve been around rural WI a bit, but maybe not seeking out these places. I remember guns & ammo in Walmart as a kid but that’s about it.

interesting. guess i haven't been in a ton of country stores around the US so maybe it's a thing elsewhere, too.

Surprisingly isn't a thing in Montana, as much as we love both.


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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #186 on: October 13, 2021, 11:36:03 PM »
My parents had a cabin in rural Michigan on a lake.  Plenty of bait and beer places.

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #187 on: October 14, 2021, 09:23:52 AM »
guns and booze in the same store is pretty common in rural Wisconsin

is it not that way everywhere??

Second time ever seeing it for me, i’ve been around rural WI a bit, but maybe not seeking out these places. I remember guns & ammo in Walmart as a kid but that’s about it.

interesting. guess i haven't been in a ton of country stores around the US so maybe it's a thing elsewhere, too.

Surprisingly isn't a thing in Montana, as much as we love both.

i'd have absolutely expected it to be a thing in states like Idaho, Wyoming, Montana.
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #188 on: October 14, 2021, 12:41:18 PM »
Sprecher’s Bar, Leland, WI

This was the best bar by a country mile. Screen door on the front, old bar wood smell, taxidermy, an elderly clientele. The last owner Junior passed away a couple years ago, and was still tending bar at age 88. Now his daughter runs the place, i’m guessing she’s around 70. There were guns everywhere, even a snowman behind the bar was holding a toy rifle. The character and stories about this place seemed legendary. We got a tour of the former general store and former dancehall next door, where the owners father was born and kept warm on a stove for 3 hours before a doctor arrived. Frosty mugs of Sprecher root beer really hit the spot. They also had an Amber on tap and the locals were drinking Busch Latte of course.

Here’s a pic of the guns at Sprecher’s Bar, (behind the bar) not my pic, since people were actively aiming handguns at that end of the bar. :mellow: It’s a little different when people are putting down their beer to aim a 45 at the wall. There was a certain cavalier nature about it that was kind of weird to me. Probably amplified by living in the city so long, but I also grew up with more reverence/respect for guns when learning to hunt as a kid.

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #189 on: October 14, 2021, 12:51:54 PM »
yikes.

that's gonna be a tap out for me, dawg
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #190 on: October 14, 2021, 01:02:19 PM »
I bet they don't have any seltzers.
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #191 on: October 14, 2021, 01:25:00 PM »
yikes.

that's gonna be a tap out for me, dawg


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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #192 on: October 14, 2021, 01:26:07 PM »
 :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #193 on: October 14, 2021, 02:18:58 PM »
lol wtf
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #194 on: October 15, 2021, 06:54:14 PM »
lol wtf
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #195 on: October 15, 2021, 09:15:11 PM »
lol wtf
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ah, should have recognized the look & feel of it
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #196 on: October 15, 2021, 11:59:42 PM »
lol wtf
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ah, should have recognized the look & feel of it

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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #197 on: January 26, 2022, 05:14:37 PM »
This time of year, I crave bellying up to the bar and plopping down in an old antique tavern. It's been awhile, but I think we'll try to hit the latest incarnation of Roxbury Tavern, "On The Rox" on our way to the Dells. Good reports on the food so far.


veteran themed wall


(outside the bar in 1944)


good pizza

Hopefully these links will work, but here are a few photos from that visit. They said that Tom came in every Saturday, and he liked what they did with the place. Redemption at long last. :thumbup:
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Re: Wisconsin Tavern Culture
« Reply #198 on: March 15, 2022, 03:08:49 PM »






Anchor Bar & Grill, Superior, WI

What looks like a nautical-themed Applebee's is actually well known for it's burgers and was once featured on DDD. Burgers will only set you back $5-6, quite a steal. A review from years ago: http://chibbqking.blogspot.com/2011/05/anchor-bar-and-grill.html

Bonus: recent post about WI bar food
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