Danielle Johnson, Wisconsin Department of Tourism

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Lisa Marshall, Wisconsin Department of Tourism

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From flat screen TVs to extra-huge, extra-fancy Bloody Marys, catch the

 Packers playoff game at one of these sports bars


MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 15, 2015) – With the Green Bay Packers heading to Seattle this Sunday, fans throughout Wisconsin will be faced with that ever important question: where to watch the game? Luckily, Wisconsin boasts some of the largest and liveliest sports bars in the country. Whatever part of the state you find yourself in this Sunday, you can bet the Packers game will be on, the fans will be cheering, and the Bloody Marys will be flowing. Here are a few of our favorite spots to catch the game: 


Pooley’s Sports Bar – Madison

Madison’s largest and most interactive sports bar is the place to watch the big game. If you like sports memorabilia, this is your place. Pooley’s has an impressive collection of sports memorabilia that will blow away the biggest sports fan, including signed jerseys, pennants, photos and helmets of some of Wisconsin’s greatest sports stars.  

Stadium View – Green Bay

Forbes magazine named Stadium View the “No. 1 Sports Bar in the Nation.” Just steps away from Lambeau Field. This bar has 12 massive, 10-foot tall TVs to catch the game on… how can you go wrong? 

Champs Sports Bar & Grill – Lake Geneva

When the game is on, Champs is a rowdy yet relaxed retreat for fans. The collection of signed sports memorabilia will impress even the most ardent sports enthusiast and the beer list will satisfy domestic and craft beer lovers alike, but the 14 high-def TVs make it perfect for cheering on the Green and Gold.

Major Goolsby’s – Milwaukee

Sports Illustrated cited this hot spot as “America’s 4th Best Sports Bar.” While it’s most famous for being a convenient stop for a cheeseburger before Milwaukee Bucks games, it also boasts food and drink specials for Packers games and 54 TVs to catch the action on.

Brat Stop – Kenosha

Brats. Beer. Cheese. These football-friendly staples are what make the Brat Stop famous. When you’re not cheering on the Pack, play pool, darts and video games. The friendly atmosphere will make you feel like you’ve stepped into Cheers (if Cheers was filled with flat screens).

Rookie’s – Mazomanie

You could spend an hour or two scouting out the sports memorabilia that don all of the walls and even the ceilings of this bar – but we know you’ll be more focused on what’s going on in the game than what’s on the walls. The staff is notoriously friendly, so bargain for a seat at the bar.

Rusty’s Backwater Saloon – Stevens Point

If a Bloody Mary is what you’re after, try Rusty’s Backwater Saloon. Making what the bar calls “the best Bloody Mary you’ve ever had,” Rusty’s presents a hard-nosed drink for a hard-nosed drinker. Made in a glass mug with pickle and pepper garnishes, Rusty’s tasty beverage is a must-have for any central-Wisconsin Packers fan.

Sobelman’s Pub & Grill – Milwaukee

Known for their bloodies and their burgers, Sobelmans combines both of these favorites to create “The Bloody Masterpiece.” Featured in the UK’s Daily Mail, the Huffington Post and Good Morning America, Sobelmans gigantic jar of tomato and vodka goodness features sprouts, celery, onions, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, lemons, pickles, shrimp, sausage, cheese, olives, green onions, asparagus and of course a bacon cheeseburger slider. Plus with Packers game-day specials, this is not a place to be missed.

Whether your dream bar has beer, big screens, burgers, brats, bloodies or all of the above, you’ll find it in Wisconsin.

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