Port Washington Preps for Packer Playoff Game
Some local bars are offering up deals for the Packer playoff game on Sunday.
After a rough showing last Sunday against the Bears, Packer fans are hoping a different team will show up for the NFC showdown when the Packers face the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Area bars provide ways for fans to view and enjoy the game, sometimes offering extra perks when the team makes a good move, such as free shots with for touchdowns.
Home away from home
At The Grand Avenue Saloon, 550 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, owner Randy Buser said the customers really give games a home style feel.
"It's pretty neat. They bring in dishes to pass around to everyone here," Buser said.
"It makes it nice for them and easy for me," he laughed.
He does have some concerns about people staying home for their own parties.
"Last weeks' game was pretty busy, even after New Year," Buser explained. "So we hope we can offer an environment they'll want to come to instead of staying home."
The Grand Avenue Saloon has five flat screens to watch the game, and one outside if people want to smoke.
"It's going to be a blowout," Buser said. "Packers by 14 points."
Moving with the Packers
Jim Hafemann, manager at Harbor Hills Recreation Center, 101 N. Freeman Dr., Port Washington, said the business is not planning to do a whole lot for the game, but they're ready for anyone that wants to come in.
"You can watch the game over the lanes while you're bowling," Hafemann said. "We have more televisions in the lounge and two more over the bar. People can come in and do things while the game is on."
Hafemann says he's looking forward to a Packers win.
"You always have to pull for the home team," he said.
Celebrating the Lambeau Leap
Amy Wiessmueller, manager at Chuck's Engine Room, 201 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, said she's giving away free shots for each Packer touchdown.
"Not for field goals," she says with a smile. "We'll have pizza at half-time and we'll probably have some drink specials."
According to Wiessmueller, the number of patrons for games depends on the time of the game.
"It's a 3:30 kickoff, so we should do well with that," she said.
And celebrating it again
At Sundance, 551 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington, 'startender' (bartender) Marie Antoinette says they usually get a good crowd for Packer games, depending on the weather.
"We can fit about 200 people in here," she said. "We've got 2 flat screens so people can watch the game."
Antoinette says the bar will offer free shots for Packer touchdowns and some food will be put out during the game.
And, yes, she is a big Packer fan.
"They're going to need some luck," she said. "I like Rodgers, but I'm a Matthews fan."