Our Story

Our Story

Are you in the mood for hearty food, heartwarming company and a wholesome atmosphere centered around Green Bay’s historic heritage? When you’re looking for an authentic taste of local food and local company, what could be better than a Green Bay bar and restaurant founded on fan history and built around a shared love for our city?

If you’re on the hunt for a restaurant and bar near Lambeau Field, Poke the Bear is just the place for you. Located in the historic Hotel Northland in the heart of downtown Green Bay, we offer a warm, welcoming, energetic environment and a full spread of the freshest, most delicious food and drinks for sports fans, food lovers, residents and tourists alike. Step through our doors to enter a friendly, flavorful world of city history, fan heritage and the authentic tastes of Green Bay.

Become part of our story when you experience it for yourself. Book your reservation now.


Here at Poke the Bear, our history means everything — and so does our city. We’re located in the revitalized Hotel Northland, a historic establishment founded in 1924 and deeply embedded in the story of the city. During its heyday, our hotel housed figures like away sports teams playing against Green Bay, important political figures attending to business in the city, and expeditionists and tourists exploring the Heritage Trail — serving as a facilitator of tourism, city support and Green Bay pride. After serving another purpose for a number of years, the Hotel Northland is revitalized and reopening with the bold addition of Poke the Bear.

Our Green Bay bar and restaurant aims to express our love for the city, its history and its teams in our atmosphere, our attitude and the amazing food we serve. Dinner at Poke the Bear offers a cutting-edge but casual and comfortable environment where generations of Green Bay fans can convene, talk about historic sports moments and share a drink or a meal in good company. We’re passionate about our city and our history, but we welcome guests of all ages and all interests — our restaurant is a warm, lively environment for fun, food and friends, whether you love sports or just love a good meal.


Our love of Green Bay extends beyond our atmosphere — we also work to support the area with our business! To contribute to the local economy, support our local growers and food businesses and ensure you always get the freshest, most nutritious flavors in your meals and drinks at Poke the Bear, we use only fresh, sustainable ingredients from local sources right here in Green Bay. When you dig into one of our American or Green Bay local dishes or sip one of our handcrafted cocktails, fine wines or hearty brews, you’re always experiencing the authentic flavor of Green Bay itself.

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Whether you’re looking for some sports-loving company, going out with the family or find yourself on the hunt for the best meal in town, Poke the Bear is the perfect place for good food and good fun. With open arms and a warm heart, we welcome you into our dynamic, delicious environment. Join us today for a hearty meal, a round of drinks and a celebration of sports and our city.

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