Bring-your-parents-to-the-bar-day: Join us at City Lounge in Cudahy at 3:15!

4 Dec

The Packers will be taking on the Giants today at 3:15, and we will be watching from the City Lounge in Cudahy.  Today is bring-your-parents-to-the-bar-day, so our families will be joining us.

City Lounge serves free soup during games until it is gone, and they have good drink specials: $2-$4 beers, $4 Bloody Mary’s with chasers, and $5 mimosas.  They will also be serving $3 shots of Jaeger for Packer touchdowns.

3455 E. Layton Ave.

Cudahy, WI 53110

414-747-8408

http://www.cityloungesmokefree.com/

Thanksgiving: Packers beat the Lions, 27-15!!!

4 Dec

This post is very, very overdue!  I apologize!  Not only is it more than one week overdue, but I am also posting it the day of another game:/

We are 11-0!!!!!  It feels great!  I was nervous about Thanksgiving’s game because of how well the Lions have been playing, but it looks like we still managed to get the job done! On Thanksgiving, Kim and I decided not to go to any bars to watch.  Instead, we both watched with our families before our Thanksgiving meals.  We learned a ton about football, and our dads made us give our undivided attention to what was going on.  We always watch the games with Project Green and Yellow, but there is always so much else to focus on too- we have to people watch and study the bar so that we can give our best analysis of the experience.  We’ve also never had anyone explain every single play and call to us, so sometimes, I’m not going to lie, I only cheer when I hear everyone else cheer….But now that’s all going to change, because my dad explained everything to my sister and I, and I now feel like I understand 90% of what is going on!

Every Thanksgiving, we usually go to my aunt and uncle’s in Cedarburg for lunch, and then go to my Grandparents’ for dinner.  This year, we didn’t go to Cedarburg, so I made tortilla soup for lunch and brought it to my parents’ house.  This soup is the only thing I know how to cook.  Luckily, it was perfect for Thanksgiving lunch and to serve during a Packer game.  It’s relatively healthy, depending on how much stuff you add to it, it serves a lot of people, and it has a lot of flavor.  I didn’t have my camera with me, so the iPhone pictures are I took of the meal are all I’ve got…

Tastes better than it looks, I promise.

Tortilla Thanksgiving Packer 11-0 Soup…

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Red pepper flakes or red pepper to taste.  I like it spicy.

6 cups chicken stock

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 very ripe large tomatoes, or 1 28 ounce can of whole tomatoes, undrained

2 jalapenos, seeded and minced

1 pound cooked chicken, shredded (this is optional…I’ve never made it with chicken)

1/4 cup cilantro (I usually do even less than this because I really don’t like cilantro)

Juice of 1 fresh lime

Tortilla chips (I use the lemon tortilla chips from El Rey or Mannie’s)

1 cup Cotija cheese, shredded, or a block of Monterrey Jack cheese, cubed

1 avocado, cut into chunks

Directions:

Heat the oil in a large soup pan on medium heat.  Add the onion, jalapenos, garlic, cumin, and oregano.  Cook and stir frequently, until the onions are soft.

Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, shredded chicken, cilantro, and lime juice.  Bring to a boil, and then lower the heat to simmer.  Let the soup cook for 30 minutes.  This soup is even better the next day.

To Serve:

Place avocado chunks and cheese at the bottom of a soup bowl.  Pour soup on top.  Place broken tortilla chips on the top.  Enjoy!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving:)  I am thankful for my friends, family, the Packers, and Project Green and Yellow.

-Megan

Nuts for the Nut Hut, say it with me 10-0!!!!

21 Nov

Does it feel good to be on top or what?? Another amazing win for the Packers (35 to 26 final score against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) , and another great Packer party for Project Green and Yellow!

The Nut Hut has become a favorite amongst me and my friends as of recently. I fell in love with the place, one Friday night when the bartenders were feeling generous. We got free drinks and free love. Then Guerilla Grrl Bar Takeover  (a group of queer grrls & their allies take over a straight bar and claim it as their own for a night) seized the space for their November Takeover which was a giant success. ‘But I thought the Nut Hut was an LGBT bar?’ is what you’re probably thinking! Well it’s queer owned and operated and originally opened to serve the LGBT population but over the years has evolved into a neighborhood “LGBT friendly” bar.  Anyway the GGBT had a really successful night in helping the Nut Hut reclaim its space. So when we heard they had free food at halftime for the Packer game, we were sold. We knew we could rely on dirt cheap drinks and that we would be welcomed with open arms. So we hauled the troops out and were glad we did!

Free Food? YES!! Can you believe it!? Megan and I have been in search for food for 10 games now. PG&Y has had some really unfortunate luck finding Packer parties to provide the only thing we want: free frickin food. We would always hear from people about the (seemingly nonexistent) spreads at this bar, that bar… And on the day we chose to go, Op! they just happened to not be serving food that week. We were being to think it would never happen, until…. THE NUT HUT! Tasty  garlic bread, thin crust cheese, pepperoni, pepperoni and sausage and pepperoni, sausage and mushroom pizzas from Pepi’s Pizzas on Howell Ave.

Drink Specials? I think cocktails are around $3. We just got beer. $3 for a 32oz pitcher. That’s pretty darn special if you ask me.

Demographics: A wide range of South siders. From 7 y/o to probably about 75+ (yes they even have kids tending the bar, cool huh! No, jk but the owners family came with a child, playing pool, hanging out). White, Latino, Black. Straight, Queer. Good fun.

Packer Hype Scale: Probably 6 or 7. It’s a small joint and the fans got excited when they needed to. Not as excited as us, but there was a respectable amount of hype.

Pros:

+Cheap drinks

+ Free food! And not just chips and dip but real live, fill your belly grub. Really sweet of them to do.

+ Diversity, strong sense of south side community

+ Raffle for a Packer Jersey in January.

Cons

-Not very many seats. There’s room at the bar and maybe 3 or four small tables . It was a small crowd though so it didn’t seem to be too big of a problem.

-Not the greatest view of the 3 TVs, but they did they best they could.

Would we go back? Definitely! The party was a lot of fun and we really love supporting the establishment. We recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good dive bar.

Nut Hut on Sunday!

19 Nov

Join us at noon for this Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buckaneers at our favorite LGBT dive bar: The Nut Hut.

Friendly bartenders, free food, and astoundingly cheap drinks.

The Nut Hut

1500 W Scott St

Milwaukee, WI 53204

1-414-647-2673

Embarrassing defeat for the Vikings at Major Goolsby’s. 45-7 game gives GB a 9-0 record.

17 Nov

This is probably the point in our review where I mention that I’m a big ol’ chicken wing fan. This was really the only reason why we decided to come to Major Goolsby’s (sorry, no offense) as we’ve heard from some reliable sources that they offer some of the best wings in Milwaukee. After 4 hours and a total of probably 60 wings later, I can say that quantity does in fact kill quality. I should have stopped after the first 10 wings, but I regretfully over indulged in an assortment of (pretty delicious) medium dry rub cajun flavor and a hot tobacco inspired cajun wing.I appreciated the crispiness of the skin, but in earnest they could have been a liiiiiitle crispier. And we thought the meat was, well slimy. But this is not a wing review. (Yet.)

The biggest draw of MG, besides the flappers, was the interior decorations.  The walls are adorned with autographed sports memorabilia, photos of the sports celebrities who have been to Goolsby’s, and lots of HDTVs (we counted 28 in the room weoccupied). An interesting little sports bar

museum! On their website MG states they  “show all the games and subscribe to all the premium sports packages – fans of many different teams peacefully coexist here in our family friendly atmosphere”. I don’t know how true that, we did participate in some regretfully snotty booing against the Viking’s pitiful touchdown, but I like their disclaimer of fandom inclusiveness . That’s what PG&Y is all about!

Free Food? Nope.

Specials? Free melon and lemonade touchdown shots served on luxurious foil covered baking pans (ah, beggars can’t be choosers). $2.50 domestics, $7 domestic pitchers and $12 pitcher/wing basket deal. 

Demographics?  Late twenties- mid thirties. Lots of different types of folks, but typically a downtown crowd.

Packer Hype Scale? 7. Good game, good crowd!

Pros:

+Good energy

+ Free “shots” (of koolaid)

+Raffle for 2 tickets to the next Lambeau game! WE WON! (no, no we didn’t, but it was fun to fantasize)

+ Pretty good seating. There are TV’s everywhere (even outside for the smokers!) so you can get a good view from anywhere and even though the bar was filled there didn’t seem to be a shortage of seats.

Cons

-Annoying horn every time the Packers scored.

– I was craving a salad. I know that’s a stretch but there was nothing remotely close on the menu. I think there may have been deep fried green beans. I guess that should have satisfied my vegetable craving but surprisingly it just didn’t speak to me.

– Interesting texture of wings. And interesting is an adjective that should NEVER be used to describe wings. I digress.

Would we go back? Yeah sure!

-Kim

Major Goolsby’s

340 W. Kilbourn Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53203. (414) 271-3414

Monday Night Football at Major Goolsby’s!

13 Nov

Join us for drink and food specials, and free prize give aways and half time!

340 W. Kilbourn Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203. (414) 271-3414

TJs Packer Backer: Packers win against the Chargers, 45-38

11 Nov

For Sunday’s win against the Chargers, we headed to TJs Packer Backer on 35th and Mt. Vernon Ave.  The bar was recommended to us by our friends Maggie and Megan W., who had seen the bar for years while driving along 35th Street.  Those of us in attendance at TJs Packer Backer unanimously agreed that TJs is the coolest place to watch a Packer game!

The Packer decor wins among all of the bars we’ve visited this season- in one room, there is a giant painting of Lambeau Field’s field covering the entire ceiling.  Along the walls, are hand painted murals of crowds at a Packer game, and framed pictures of players throughout the years, including a young Brett Favre on what must be one of his first Sports Illustrated covers ever.  The barstools were also off the chain- they all looked like giant Packer helmets!  There was also a giant inflatable Packer player that is blown up for games!

In addition to having the best Packer decor by far, I think TJs Packer Backer has my  favorite staff of the season- next to Fanatics of course.  Everyone was very sweet and welcoming.  TJs is a family owned and operated establishment.  The majority of the people at the bar seemed to be regulars- everyone knew one another but were still very open to newcomers.  The crowd was older- everyone seemed to be in their late 20s and up, and became more and more diverse as the night went on. It was really beautiful, the space completely embodied everything we love about working class Milwaukee culture.

I loved the crowd at TJs as well because everyone was actually watching the game!  This was a nice change after our experience at Karma, where I don’t think 3/4 of the bar knew a game was going on.  The crowd was paying attention and got excited and animated for plays.  The game was very nerve-racking towards the end, and it was fun to watch it with a crowd that cared.

I loved TJs Packer Backer, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic, Milwaukee Packer bar.

Pros:

-Very friendly staff!

-By far the best Packer decor in the city.  I want to decorate my house with those Packer helmet bar stools, and I loved the hand-painted murals.

-Cheap beers: Bud Light is 1$!! Miller High life was $3.  Everyone at our table stuck to beer for this game, but the bar looked like it was well stocked.

-FREE TOUCHDOWN SHOTS:) Minty fresh shots but they were free!

-Animated, excited crowd, which made for a more fun atmosphere.

Cons:

-There was no food served at this game, but the bartender said sometimes they all order food in during halftime.  He had no problem with us bringing our own food in, which was nice.

I will definitely be back.

-Megan

TJs Packer Backer

237 N. 35th Street

Milwaukee, WI

414-344-4493

Packers beat the Vikings 33 to 27, could it be Karma?

25 Oct

Karma, it’s not just the law of moral causation!

It’s also a Bar and Grill downtown on Ogden and came recommended to PG&Y from onmilwaukee.com and some sports fans we know. We heard they had unbelievable bloody Mary’s (there are some serious connoisseurs in the crew) and it was one of the best places the watch the game.

Well, they did have some outrageous Bloodys that’s fa sho. Probably the most beautiful works of alcohol art I’ve ever seen, the $10 drink came with a pretzel roll skewered by feta stuffed black olives, blue cheese stuffed green olives, a mozzarella stick, beef stick, pickled onion, lemon and lime. Impressed? You should be. Full? Yep that too.


As for the atmosphere: the crowd was chill. Really chill. Tables kept to themselves, certainly no mixing or mingling was had. This is not the place if you’re trying to pick up a boo on a Sunday afternoon.  Most of the patrons appeared to be catching up with friends, at a place that happened to play the Packer game. A couple times PG&Y was engaged in conversation and quickly looked up to a TV screen to find that the Packers had scored….  Ummmm, WHAT?! No hoot? No holler? No cheers to show your enthusiasm?? What’s going on PEOPLE!

Free Food? None

Specials? A Free (debatably tasty) Absolute shot from some shots girls, $5 regular Bloodys (which were very good- complete with a pickle and olives), $10 Extreme Bloody (with the works) and some other expensive food items that they tried to pass as “specials”. I’m sorry but no way in hell am I going to buy that $13 for a double cheeseburger and fries is a deal, especially not for $13.

Demographics? White, late twenties- mid thirties, an Ogden “Condo Crowd”.

Packer Hype Scale? 2. It was an incredibly close game, a nail biter! But you wouldn’t have guessed it by judging the response of these “fans”. Maybe everyone was hung over from a wild night on Water street, or perhaps this spot just caters to the casual Packer Backer, but I was shocked at the low morale 😦  We even tried planking on a table to get the crowd riled up but NOTHING!

Pros:

+Chill atmosphere, if you’re looking to watch the game at a quieter sports bars without a bunch of young hooligans running around this is definitely your spot.

+Delicious Bloody Marys, some of the best.

+Free “Breakfast” shots from some cute Absolute promo girls. Butterscotch? Orange juice chaser? Hmmm.

Cons

-Not the best drink specials.

-No free food, not even any cheap food.

-No enthusiasm.

Would we go back? Probably not.

 

-Kim

 

Karma Bar & Grill
600 E. Ogden Ave, (414) 220-4118
http://www.karmamilwaukee.com

Congratulations to the Milwaukee Brewers for an amazing season!

20 Oct

While this is a Packer blog, we are huge supporters of all WIsconsin teams. On Sunday, my dad got tickets to the playoff game against the Cardinals. Sadly we lost, ending our season, but the game was a lot of fun. Thank you Brewers for an amazing season! We are already looking forward to next season.

-Megan

Fanatics: Packers win against the Rams (24-3)

20 Oct

We cheated…We went to Fanatics for a second week in a row. While we were there the first time, we had such a good time, and we learned about some great early bird specials. Therefore, we have decided to change the rules. We are now allowed to repeat bars if we would like to do additional research. This is good because I have been craving McBob’s tacos for weeks.

On Sunday’s at Fanatics, they serve FREE brunch from 10-11. There is no catch! You don’t even have to buy a certain number of drinks to get food. It’s FREE! We all came to the bar with different ideas of what would be served. Dicker pictured a long buffet with pancakes, shrimp, and lobster. Kim thought it was going to be a continental breakfast with cereal and frozen muffins. The breakfast was somewhere in the middle. Fanatics served scrambled eggs, hash browns, and thick bacon (not crispy enough for me, which is ok because I know not everyone likes their bacon burnt the way I do). 

Because 11 is too early for most people on a Sunday, the bar was pretty empty before the game. We were able to sit in one of the booths in front of the big screen. Fanatics serves $4 Bloody Mary’s and $2 beers on tap on Sundays. We ordered the 100 ounce beer tower for $15. We weren’t very excited about it in the beginning, but we managed to finish two of them throughout the game, split between nine people. During the second half, we all ordered food. Our friend Harrison got the hot wings, Dicker got the garlic ranch wings and a chili dog, another friend of ours got the bacon chicken ranch wrap, and Maggie and I split the buffalo chicken wrap. The food was all really, really good, and we had the sweetest waitress ever!

Throughout the game, there were prizes and of course the Fanettes. While it is a fun touch for the bar to have cheerleaders, they should really learn how to do the wobble because the DJ has played it for them both weeks now, and they still haven’t figured out how to do it.

Free prizes from the Fanettes and early morning sunglasses!

Pros:

FREE BRUNCH!

Great bar food (meaning the food on the menu. The free brunch is good, but the food on the menu is really, really good.)

Good drink specials on Sundays.

Great service.

Definitely a sports oriented bar, so the crowd is pretty hype.

Cons:

The Fanettes should learn the wobble.

The TV was a little loud. I don’t remember if they ended up adjusting the volume, or if we all just got used to it.

-Megan

Fanatics Sports Central

185 N. Jefferson

Milwaukee, WI 53202

http://theofficialfanatics.com/main_page.html