Posted by Ryan on April 27, 2012 Jump To Comments
If you live within striking distance of Chicago, I cannot recommend highly enough making the trip to Will’s Northwoods Inn for their annual PackerPalooza. Guests in the past have included LeRoy Butler, Gilbert Brown, and Ahman Green and this year’s guests–Frank Winters, Mark Tauscher, and Chad Clifton–again do not disappoint.
Between when I got the assignment and when I made the list, I grappled with the decision as to make Will’s Northwoods Inn #1 or merely to put it on the list. I am obviously biased because I’m a huge Packers and Badgers fan living in Chicago so it makes sense that I would be a regular patron of the bar and didn’t want my personal preferences to compromise the integrity of the list.
The more I thought about it, though, the more secure I was in the decision. Out of everybody I know and perhaps everybody that they know, I am the most qualified to evaluate the quality of sports bars based on (in no particular order) screens, food, drinks, atmosphere, staff, and clientele. I spend a lot of time in sports bars and am consistently thinking about ways that they can improve and how they stack up against each other. Will’s is my favorite sports bar and there isn’t a particularly close second.
Further, even those of my friends who are not blessed to be Wisconsin sports fans love going to Will’s. It’s atmosphere for Packers games is unsurpassed and unlike any other sports bars that I have been too comes as close replicating the experience of being at the game.
If you read this blog and have never been to Will’s for a Packers game, I cannot recommend the experience highly enough. Even if you live in Wisconsin, it is worth adding to your list of destinations to check out.
Let’s be serious: there is NOTHING that you could be doing Sunday that will be 25% as fun as dusting off your favorite Packers jersey, drinking a few stadium cups of Leinie’s Original, indulging in brats and burgers, meeting some former Packers greats, and sharing the experience with hundreds of like-minded folks who you don’t know yet but would become fast friends with.