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Cheap Seats, Dinner Theatre Suggested Additions to Port's Downtown

Conversation surrounding what should happen with the empty space that formerly housed Foxys Bar results in suggestions of other forms of nightlife and entertainment.

What to do on a Saturday night in Port Washington? Some residents wish they had more local options than what the city's current nightlife offers.

With the former Foxys Bar location still sitting empty, Patch asked readers what type of entertainment they'd like to see added downtown.

While some Patch readers offered ideas that would not involve a bar at all, many were quick to consider themes that would liven the city's nightlife.

"Basically, anything that makes you say 'Hey, lets go out in Port tonight,'" Greg Huegerich wrote on Facebook. "Live music is one, an establishment with unique theming, decor, higher end beer choices, etc. would be another. The local bars are OK, if you happen to be out in Port. But for those who don't go out often, they're not really a strong destination."

There's also the concern that the younger crowd isn't served in Port Washington.

"I would like to see some more stuff for the younger crowd," Terry wrote on the Patch article. "Port really doesn't have a lot for the twenties crowd. Those are who you need to draw to breath some life and energy into the downtown. A nightclub for example."

Other suggestions included a sports bar that would echo the appeal of Buffalo Wild Wings, or a more "classy" establishment or a place that would feel more like a martini bar.

Here's a look at some of the suggestions other than bars:

  • Robert B.:It wouldn't fit in that space of course, but a second run theater, ala the Rivoli in Cedarburg would be awesome. I'm too cheap for current movies and too lazy to drive to Cedarburg.
  • Susan Fry: Nice idea. Yes, probably wouldn't fit. But, a dinner theater?
  • James Meyer:How about a comedy club? I'm not aware of any in the immediate area. To the best of my knowledge the closest are in Milwaukee or Germantown.
Greg Huegerich February 28, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Being more specific, what I'd really like to see is something along the lines of Sugar Maple. http://www.mysugarmaple.com/ Lounge theme, but high end beer service. The type of place you go to First on your night out for good beer, rather than at the end of your night for cheap pitchers and shots. Mix in some live entertainment possibilities, and you've got a good "destination" that hopefully isn't too crazy between 12 and 2.
Eric Gutbrod February 28, 2013 at 06:31 PM
There is a bar with better beer choices. Sir James Pub had almost 500 beers in their always rotating selection. In fact the bartenders from Sugar Maple, World of Beer go there to drink, as well as several of the brewery owners in WI. There are beer tastings twice a week and a couple times a year there are bus trips to different beer festivals. One of the bartenders is affiliated with the Grafton Blues Association so there are plans for live music in the near future. They cater more towards the 30 and up crowd vs the 20 year old power drinkers. The bartenders know a ton about beer and are more than able to give suggestions based on what you are in the mood for.
Steve Kohl February 28, 2013 at 06:43 PM
I would be skeptical that a comedy/dinner theatre would thrive on a day-in, day-out basis. Memories north of Port has events that fit this theme, guessing we're covered.
Greg Huegerich February 28, 2013 at 07:22 PM
For Sir James Pub, is that tap beers or bottles? What I loved about Sugar Maple was the huge variety of stuff on Tap. I think I've been to each of the main downtown bars exactly one time each now (I don't get out like I did 15 years ago). Foxy's was the nicest "feel" of the main ones, but it also had more space and a stage. I was only there because of a Pat McCurdy performance. I remember Sir James being dark, having several gambling machines, and lots of coolers with bottles, but not a whole lot else about it. I guess what I'm suggesting is, I'd like to see a bar go in that doesn't "feel" like a townie bar.

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