It won't be a bigger problem to find one
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It won't be a bigger problem to find one
Few places loom larger in the imagination of the everyday American and, indeed, everywhere around the world than a bar or pub. For centuries, this has been the cornerstone of much of the interaction and community building in societies throughout Europe and America.
For as much as we like to see grand cathedrals and palaces as the epicenters of culture, it’s simple bars and pubs which so often find themselves at the center of the story. Just ask the Spear Danes in the world of Beowulf.
The most prominent work of Old English sees our titular hero swing into action after the monster Grendel attacks the pub-like hall of his Spear Dane comrades one too many times. Over a thousand years ago, Beowulf already knew what an attack on the center of civilization meant – a combination between the pub and palace.
Shakespeare made that same union come to life as well in Henry IV Part 1. The Boar’s Head Inn was reputed to be the Eastcheap haunt of Sir John Falstaff and Prince Hal – the future Henry V in Shakespeare’s History plays. Some of the greatest scenes in Shakespeare’s entire canon take place between the two.
It’s here that Hal learns the virtues and vices of everyday English life, and it’s here that Hal acts the part of his father and Falstaff that of Hal, acting out the many layers of Hal’s present psyche and future responsibilities. It’s a bit of a bad game – and yet another example of the upper class and common man meeting on the common communal ground a pub affords.
It continues to hold such a place of importance today, especially in a place such as Kenosha, Wisconsin. Whether you’re looking to join in the common cause of rooting for Wisconsin’s football teams (while being careful not to root for rival teams which must not be named from Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota), have a working lunch to discuss business, or simply hang out with friends, Kenosha is home to many of the state’s best bars.
Grabbing a burger and beer may not sound like much to an outsider, but to those who know just how powerful a great pub or bar can become Saturday or Sunday – and especially on gameday – the sense of community is beyond words and, indeed, beyond compare.
Here, then, is a look at some of the best in the area, and how they can make your next solo night out or community event come to life.
One of the great things about Midwestern bars is that they exemplify the no-frills lifestyle that characterizes so much of the region. No complications, no nonsense – just good food, good service, good people, and good times together. All of those factors taken together add up to a place such as Spanky’s Bar & Grill, the prototypical Midwestern bar. If you’re looking for a great place to just kick back, relax, grab a good grilled burger and beer, and watch the game, you’ve come to the right place.
Another great staple of Midwestern life in the American imagination is the level of intimate connection between different members of the community. We like to imagine these types of places as locales where “everybody knows everybody,” and while that’s probably impossible in today’s day and age
Where other places might be overly loud, corporate, or otherwise isolating, this place features the kind of individual touch that’s becoming all too rare – and yet remains so incredibly precious for that very reason. The intimate interior and patio space are a revelation, with everything from live music to the hot beef sandwiches which are sure to pluck the heartstrings of any Midwesterner.
Here we have yet another place that’s tapped into some of the most classic elements of a Midwestern bar, from the intimate tavern setting to the classic bar food. One thing that helps make this place stand out from the pack is the fact that it offers some fantastic craft brews on tap.
Craft brews can use all the exposure they can get, and so it’s nice when local establishments serve them and help spread the word. That alone helps make Uncle Mike’s Highway Pub a place to recommend. Add to that the constant sports bar vibe, and it isn’t hard to see why this is one of the favorite haunts for many a craft brew enthusiast and sports fan in the Kenosha area.
This one is the odd one out on this list as it doesn’t tend to fit in with what the nation so often sees as those aforementioned “Midwestern” ideals. That, in a nutshell, is why it’s here – every region is more complex than its stereotypes, and the Midwest and places such as Kenosha are no exception.
A little offbeat place with a live karaoke lounge and tiki vibe is the kind of thing you might stereotypically expect to see in New York or Los Angeles – but here Rendezvous Tiki Lounge is, bringing that same chic tiki style to the Kenosha area.
Now we start to get into the sports bar scene which dominates much of the bar and pub life in not just Kenosha but, as stated, much of sports-mad Wisconsin. There are countless sports bars scattered across the region, and so we have just a sampling of the best of the best here, starting with The Clubhouse Pub & Grille, which helps set itself apart not only offering specialty pizza items,
but also getting a little creative in terms of its drink menu. We all think of sports bars and immediately think beer, and while that’s certainly on tap, this place has also established a bit of a reputation for a good vodka selection – great for larger group events such as watch parties, or toasting your team after a hard-won victory.
One of the most important factors for sports bars across the Kenosha, WI area is what the interior and atmosphere are like. Sure, you can count on their being all manner of football and baseball paraphernalia on the walls, but what else is there?
A place such as Mason’s Pub & Eatery goes the extra mile in maintaining a lovely dark wooden interior, giving the place a sense of class while still retaining that sports bar vibe. That’s a tough tightrope to walk, but this place does so admirably, and has, thus, become a fixture in the neighborhood.
This is yet another place that specializes in catering to sports fans in general and football fans in particular. If you’re looking to make plans for Saturday or Sunday around your favorite team, you’ll want to try and make them here and take advantage of the great food, atmosphere, and of course the big-screen TVs.
Of course, if you are going to make those plans, you’d better make them early, as this is one place that’s always buzzing. That’s due in part to the fact that Coin’s Sports Bar maintains a great relationship with its Kenosha clientele, making it another gameday mainstay.
Another place with a great sports bar vibe, Z’s Sports Bar & Grill is the NFL haunt of choice for many in the Kenosha area. That’s likely due in part to the fact that it offers gameday specials on its food and drinks. Another thing that sets this sports bar apart is its cocktails. If you’re looking to watch the big game, drink something a little bit different, or maybe do both, this is one place you’ll want to try.
One of the most common things patrons of The Garage comment on is the burgers. If you’re looking for a big
What’s more, it features a great mainstay of the Midwest in general and Wisconsin in particular which we’ve not talked about, thus, far – cheese! Sure, all of those above places feature a cheeseburger as well, but The Garage’s menu really kicks it up a notch, doing The Dairy State proud with its Wisconsin cheddar.
Last, but not least, we have a sports bar that features a bit more creativity and variety on the menu side. Beyond the traditional burgers and pizza, this place also features a bit of an Italian flavor as well. In addition, the wings selection is fantastic. Whether enjoying the
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All of these places and the many more like them are part of what make the Kenosha region of Wisconsin one of the great places for fantastic community feeling and friendliness – gameday beer and burger and all.