The Packers are back in the playoffs — and this time they’re hoping to breach the NFC championship wall and return to the Super Bowl. They’ve got all the advantages this year: the team is generally healthy, they’ve had a week off thanks to the NFC seed, and they’re getting home-court advantage at Lambeau Field throughout the bracket. .
More importantly, though, like every year, they have the Packers fandom urging them around the world. And if you’re hoping to reunite with your Green Bay brethren for their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night, here are a dozen places hosting Packers parties that will be a winning time — literally. (That’s just the tip of the iceberg for Packer-ific spots to take in Saturday’s big playoff rematch as well; check out our Packers bar guide and sports bar guide for even more. options.)
2311 N. Murray Ave., (414) 249-4489
Izzy Hops on the East Side will hop on Saturday with a Packers-Niners watch party gearing up around kickoff at 7:15 p.m. And we mean “getting ready” literally because Izzy Hops will be auctioning off a Packers jersey during the game. Entrants stand a chance to win with every purchase of a Miller product throughout the night – so hopefully Miller Time turns into winning time, for the Packers and for you.
143 W. St. Paul Ave. and inside Southridge Shopping Center
Whichever Explorium location you choose – whether it’s the original Southridge Mall location or its swanky new venue in the Third Ward – you’ll find the Packers and have a great time as both breweries host Saturday night watching, with game day specials, shots for every Green Bay touchdown and, of course, the big game on all of their copious TV screens.
W175N5645 Technology Dr, Menomonee Falls, (262) 293-6100
Need a place that accommodates both two-legged and four-legged Packers? Sniff out the Packers watch party at The Hounds & Tap, as the combination bar and dog park will feature divisional round spat on all its TVs along with delicious food from Rose Gold’s Bistro until 8 p.m. It should be a good time to howl all the Packer fans and puppies in attendance — especially if the Packers get a spot in the NFC Championship.
1134 Vel R. Phillips Avenue, (414) 908-0401
MECCA will be your holy place to watch the Packers on Saturday night. Along with the game exploding on the number of TVs in their stocked electronics store – including their monstrous 42ft center screen – this Deer District hotspot will be offering hourly raffles plus Absolut and Jameson cocktails. at $6 and beer buckets at $25. Need something to absorb it all? Take a bite of the special Pack-Attack burger, with Sprecher braised pork, two strips of bacon, fried jalapenos, stone-ground beer mustard and cheese sauce plus cheese curds. It’s the only thing that rivals the delight of a Packers victory.
320 Highland Ave West, (414) 409-1740
What better place to partake in this most Wisconsin tradition – the packers and the drink – than at the Sconnie-themed Drink Wisconsinbly Pub? Befitting its Wisconsin ways, the Deer District bar will be offering plenty of Packers specials for Saturday night’s big spat – including raffles, giveaways, $4 Drink Wisconsinbly lagers and Miller Lites, $5 draft beers, $7 Brandy slushes and Crosby shots, which I guess are shots for every field goal. So here’s a 33-0 Packers win, with all 33 points earned on the long way.
735 E. Center Street, (414) 930-0909
This hoppy Riverwest hangout will get the party started on their Packers watch party, with DJ Fuzzy Logic spinning some impressive jams as Green Bay hopefully dominates on the court. Here’s hoping DJ Fuzzy Logic also plays during the broadcast – would definitely be better than having to listen to Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call.
14460 College Ave West, (414) 427-3838
Looking for a fun outdoor patio to watch the Packers? Head to Matty’s Bar & Grille, which has a great furnished patio, no matter the day or season. But they’re going all out this post-season with the game on its new 18-foot “Matty-tron” LED screen in the back, big bonfires to keep the chill at bay, and several autographed jerseys and memorabilia up for auction, as well as Matty’s tasty menu of beers and bar food. It’s an outdoor gathering with all the Lambeau vibe but without the frostbite or fans refusing to sit in front of you.
701 E. Center Street, (414) 763-0729
The High Dive will be a great place to watch the Packers-Niners game on Saturday night. One of the main reasons why? Cheese! Mac and cheese, which the Riverwest favorite will serve to enthusiastic cheeseheads at halftime. Of course, there will also be drinks – including touchdown shots – and the game on all TV screens, so dive into The High Dive on Saturday night.
722 E. Burleigh St., (414) 372-7880
Art is normally the star presentation at this Riverwest staple – and it always will be as they’re hosting a Packers watch party on Saturday night. I mean, do you have the beauty of an Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass or the brutal majesty of an AJ Dillon 11-yard run attempt? In case that animated imagery wasn’t enough, Art Bar will also be serving up $3 gyros with all the fixins to satiate any superfan’s hunger for dinner while the Packers hopefully quench their thirst for victory.
502 W. Garfield Ave., (414) 374-4502
This hidden gem will be a playoff paradise for Green Bay on Saturday night as they host a “One Love Packers Party” (hopefully the Packers will be that love). The bar will whip up delicious football games with drink specials, shots for every Green Bay touchdown, halftime music and more. Garfield’s 502 should be a warm setting for a freezing night of football in the frozen tundra.
422 E. Lincoln Ave, (414) 239-8254
When we think of drinking in a big football game, we don’t usually think of wine. But this Bay View vino venue – the unofficial wine bar of green and gold – just might change your mind hosting a Packers watch party in its chilled and fun atmosphere with snacks, raffles spell, touchdowns and more. A football party with class, Voyager will be the perfect place to watch the Packers burst the Niners’ Super Bowl bubble, then pop the cork to celebrate another NFC championship birth.
275 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 100, (414) 249-5062
One of the area’s newest gathering spots will partake in one of the area’s most timeless gathering traditions on Saturday night, as 3rd Street Market Hall streams the game in its shiny new space – complete with specials like $3 Miller Lite faucets and $18 buckets from Blue Moon and Vizzy. Plus, there’s all the delicious food from new vendors in the venue and the chance to walk away with a signed Green Bay Packers helmet! It’s an experience tested by Lori Fredrich and approved by Randall Cobb!