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    Home of the award-winning and famous Loaded Bloody Marys, Marci’s on Main tops their Bloodys with enough food to feed two or more! Changing their themes and toppings weekly, you can always stop into the bar for a fresh Bloody different from the one you’ve had before. Old Fashion fans must try out their award-winning Almond Old Fashioned crafted with their signature handmade mix and Wisconsin’s own Central Standard’s “North Brandy.”

    With a vast collection of fried food favorites (fried pickles, avocados, cheese curds, “Cowballs,” wings, and more), you’re sure to find something to strike your fancy. Moonshiners awe at their wide array of more than 76 flavors of moonshine, including Banana Cream Pudding to Sour Blue Raspberry. Take a look at the basket tab to see their gigantic assortment of custom-made gift baskets for any celebration!

    Established by brothers Chris and George Popoff, George’s Tavern was founded in 1946. Since its beginning, George’s has been a place of “Food, Fun & Friends” for Racine residents and visitors. The traditions created over time remain at the bar today.

    Located at N. Main & Hamilton Streets (just north of the Racine Downtown District, one block north of the Main Street Drawbridge), George’s provides “a secure, lighted parking lot along with ample non-metered street parking.” Only steps from Downtown, North Beach, the Marina District, and the Riverfront, George’s Tavern is a central part of Racine’s Lakefront Scene. Stop in and enjoy “Frequent Live Music Events” to get the whole George’s experience.

    Founded in 1891, The Ivanhoe Pub initially served Bohemian Brewing Company beer, hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Pabst purchased the building in 1898 and rented the building to a man who started a tavern and boarding house. Barney Richter relocated from California to Racine after his fighting career, where he bought the building in the late 1920s.

    Rumors spread “that many of the top prizefighters from the ’20s and ’30s would stop in to visit.” The vintage lamps that presently illuminate the bar were gifted to Mr. Richter during his third renovation Grand Opening. The lights date back to the early 1800s, with one set of lamps crafted from a horse-drawn hearse on the east end of the building. Today, The Ivanhoe Pub strives to “be the destination where outstanding people gather safely for camaraderie on an equal plane.”

    The Lanes is a local, family owned and operated business. The family’s bowling history goes back to 1958, when Norbert, the The Lanes owner’s father, helped open Bluemound Bowl in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Norbert’s family lived in Brookfield until the early 1970s, when he bought Marathon Lanes in Union Grove. At that time, Norbert was one of the best bowlers in Wisconsin.

    Norbert bowled with many of the best, such as Dennis Wright, Russ Gersonde, Harvey Kuenn, and others in the Wisconsin State Bowling Hall of Fame. Norbert averaged more than 200 at numerous alleys (when that wasn’t quite as easy) and has 300 rings (made of gold).

    After 20+ years owning and operating the Plaza Bowling Center in Racine, the family took the chance to own and operate Paradise West, which is now The Lanes on 20.

    The Lanes is “a unique family bowling center.” You’re likely to see “someone from the family at The Lanes at almost every hour we are open.” You may find Norbert, his four sons David, John, Gregg, and Tom, or their wives Karen, Patti, and Jackie there. You may see Norbert’s grandchildren, Jordon, Cory, Ryan, Kevin, and Daniel working, or even his great-grandchildren! Whoever you see, “you almost always will find family and people that truly care here at The Lanes.” Learn more about The Lanes bowling leagues, volleyball, and bag toss!

    Located in the historic 120-year-old building at 2835 Wisconsin Street, the owners of Junction Pub and Grill dedicated “many months of renovations” to open “a beautifully updated bar.” The town inspired the name; Sturtevant was the junction of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad (known as “the Milwaukee Road”). Patrons will find trains and railroads throughout the bar honoring Downtown Sturtevant’s railroad heritage.

    Junction Pub and Grill wants “to be where all of our friends and family meet.” Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and try their appetizers, wings, sandwiches, or a made-to-order pizza. As most of the menu is “build your own,” your meal will be prepared just the way you like it. An outstanding selection of liquor, specialty long islands, local craft beers, and a frozen alcoholic slushy machine, you’ll have no problem picking a drink to sip on.

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