12 PLACES TO EAT NEAR LOMBARDI STADIUMOctober 16, 2019 | Green Bay,
Green Bay is full of history and culture, but arguably none more popular than the legacy of their hometown football team. Lombardi Stadium, aka Lambeau Field, is the city’s most significant hotspot, providing tours, hosting home games and drawing in football fans from all over. Surrounding the stadium, you’ll find many popular game-day restaurants and bars, all ready to host the next tailgate and serve hungry fans.
Some of the nearby lunch, dinner and late-night spots are among the top Green Bay restaurants, even making lists of the best sports bars in the country. There’s certainly no shortage of places to eat when you’re in town. Here are 12 of the best bars in Green Bay to watch football and the top restaurants near Lombardi Stadium.
1. 1919 KITCHEN & TAP
If you’re looking for a fantastic restaurant close to Lambeau Field, it doesn’t get much closer than 1919 Kitchen & Tap. This contemporary sports bar, named for the year the Green Bay football team formed, is a central hub for die-hard fans and stadium visitors alike. With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and a menu to serve all tastes, you’re sure to enjoy your time.
1919 serves a blend of enhanced versions of classic pub dishes, healthier alternatives and seasonal courses. If you’re looking for a snack to enjoy before heading into the stadium, they have a variety of shareable and smaller plates, as well as more substantial meals for a full lunch or dinner. For fans of game-day classics, they serve baked soft pretzels, fish fry, several forms of beer cheese and chili. For the more adventurous, they have selections like edamame hummus, elk stroganoff and pad Thai flatbread.
Of course, great food is always better with a great drink. 1919 offers a broad selection of white and red wines, cocktails and local, domestic and international beers. With many options to choose from, you can find the perfect pairing for your meal.
2. GREEN BAY DISTILLERY
Green Bay Distillery, offering a genuine taste of Wisconsin, brings more to the table than the average sports bar. While it does center on the local football scene, the restaurant is also an excellent venue for live music and comedy. Even if it’s not a game day, you can be sure this local favorite will keep your energy up.
Their food adds to the atmosphere they provide, including the largest beer pretzel in Green Bay. Many of their dishes show pride for Wisconsin, including the state’s most popular ingredients —
cheese and locally brewed beer. Green Bay Distillery’s menu consists of traditional pub fare and tailgate-ready food, including some of the best burgers near Lombardi Stadium, build-your-own football-shaped pizza, beer-based soups, wings, chili and cheese curds.
3. SAMMY’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT
There’s no shortage of pubs surrounding Lambeau Field. But locals and visitors agree Sammy’s Pizza is the best place nearby to grab a slice or some authentic Italian fare. This restaurant has been proudly family-owned and -operated for 61 years, and there’s always at least one member of the Crispignas on site. Their recipes use the original homemade style and ingredients passed down for generations, so you can experience the most genuine flavor and top quality.
Locals have lauded their pizza and pasta as some of the best in Green Bay. Sammy’s offers a large selection of specialty pizzas, but you are also free to create your own. They serve multiple kinds of pasta with seven choices of sauce and four varieties of ravioli. The Crispignas’ pasta, sauces, pizza dough, sausage and meatballs are all homemade, and they proudly use Wisconsin mozzarella. Enjoy your Italian favorites just like Grandma used to make, and pair your choice with a glass of wine or craft brew.
4. TITLETOWN BREWING CO.
With its location in the former Dousman Street Depot, part of the Green Bay railway system, Titletown Brewing Co. celebrates rich local history. And it isn’t the only renovated building in their care — the adjacent Larsen Canning Buildings now house their Brewery, Tap Room and Roof Tap bar. However, if you want to enjoy a delicious meal, freshly brewed beer and vintage football memorabilia, you belong at one of the best Green Bay bars near Lombardi Stadium.
While they do have classic pub food, they also have many options you won’t see at the typical sports bars. At Titletown, you can create a flatbread with your favorite toppings, enjoy a salmon salad or take on a rack of smoked ribs. But their sandwich and burger department is where they shine. Their cranberry turkey melt is perfect for crushing those Thanksgiving food cravings any time of year. You can also branch out with an elk or bison burger, or enjoy an Impossible Burger with vegan brioche. There’s a sandwich for every taste.
Not only does Titletown Brewing Co. set itself apart with its unique menu, but they also serve fresh-brewed beers and house-baked bread. Their bakery allows you to try free samples and purchase full loaves to take home. The brewery has six of their classic beers always on tap, along with multiple seasonal options that come and go. Titletown’s restaurant also serves wines, brewtails, craft cocktails, ciders and seltzers for those not so beer-inclined.
5. HAGEMEISTER PARK
On the opposite side of the Fox River from Lambeau Field lies one of the largest sports bars in town. Hagemeister Park, named for the first home of Green Bay’s football team, is keeping the spirit alive. They occupy over 13,000 square feet of space, including rooms for large parties, over 20 televisions for sports and a waterfront deck, complete with live music and an ice skating rink in the winter. Add all those amenities to their packed menu, and you’ve got a perfect place to eat and enjoy the company of others.
Hagemeister Park serves all kinds of American-style food, along with a few Italian and German-inspired dishes. You can choose from pasta, pizzas, flatbreads, wings, steak, sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads, all offering a variety of flavors and options. Their namesake dish, the “Meister” burger, combines the best of German pub fare, including a grilled pretzel roll, two regional kinds of cheese, beer-braised mushrooms and red cabbage slaw.
While Hagermeister’s biggest draw is the location itself, their many offerings certainly help their popularity. If you want to grab a bite after an event, big game or post-game celebration, they have a late-night menu until midnight, consisting of quick appetizers and flatbread pizzas. They even offer a few German-themed Oktoberfest specialties. Hagermeister Park is one of the best spots to bring a few friends, have a beer and a hearty meal and enjoy the views of the Fox River.
6. TAVERNE IN THE SKY
While there’s no shortage of sports bars and pub fare in the area, there are also a few upscale gems for those looking for a quieter, higher-end experience. Just across the street from Lambeau Field on the fifth floor of Lodge Kohler is Taverne in the Sky, a restaurant with classy, all-day dining. It’ll provide you with a premier view of Lombardi Stadium and a menu that will make anyone’s mouth water.
For those with a desire to try some of the state’s best cheeses, Taverne in the Sky serves charcuterie and cheese boards with all the traditional elements. Their entrees include delicious options like chicken and wild rice soup, wood-fired salmon salad, roast prime rib and brie flatbread, walleye po’boy, vegetable cavatelli and other carefully crafted dishes. If you want something flavorful without indulging in a full meal, they have shareable plates like smoked sturgeon spread and pecorino fondue.
To pair with your lunch, dinner or snack, Taverne in the Sky offers a broad selection of wines by the glass and bottle, along with signature and classic cocktails and liquor served as you prefer. They also provide a variety of cigars, if you want to turn your lunch or dinner into a relaxing social experience. Enjoy the views while you indulge your palate.
7. D2 SPORTS PUB
D2 Sports Pub, appropriately located less than a block from Green Bay’s beloved stadium, is tailgate central. This popular bar and restaurant serves classic Wisconsin pub fare and has enough space to accommodate football enthusiasts who support all teams — even rivals. And the party doesn’t stop until well after midnight, so you can snag a table or drink after the game.
With views of Lombardi Stadium and a focus on catering to the fans, D2 is central to the tailgating culture, and their menu reflects it. You can grab a quick bite and a few beers, or sit down and enjoy something more substantial. They offer all the standard appetizers, such as nachos, wings, cheese curds and dips. When it comes to entrees, D2 serves up the classic burgers, sandwiches and wraps with their original twists. They also have Mexican options, full homemade pizzas, grilled fish, steak and buckets of broasted chicken.
8. HINTERLAND BREWERY
In an area densely populated with sports pubs, Hinterland Brewery is shaking up the game. They have a distinct focus on quality, serving up handcrafted beer and dishes made from locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. With a contemporary vibe and location within the prolific Titletown District, they’ve gathered a loyal following. If you can’t decide where to eat near Lombardi Stadium, Hinterland might make your decision a little easier.
Their menu proudly emphasizes their environmentalism with notes about farm-to-table practices. It includes flavorful dishes like wood-fire grilled swordfish, Twin Elms mixed greens, highland venison meatloaf, a hummus platter and many other mouthwatering entrees. They alter their menu for game days, adding a few classic appetizers and replacing the more upscale entrees with high-quality burgers and sandwiches.
Round out your visit to the Hinterland Brewery by trying one of their beers. The restaurant is always serving their year-round classics, but they also have multiple seasonal choices and limited releases to enjoy. Hinterland’s range goes from the traditional flavors you’ve had before to unique specialty brews bound to push your palate. What you venture to try is up to you.
9. ANDUZZI’S SPORTS CLUB
The original Anduzzi’s Sports Club, located less than a block from Lombardi Stadium, has two floors of seating, television screens at every angle, pool tables, live music and more. Their entire second floor is a rooftop bar with views of the surrounding city, so you can watch football fans celebrate wins from above. Combine that with cold beer and an extensive menu, and you get one of the best game-day restaurants around.
Anduzzi’s serves everything you’d expect from a sports bar, along with multiple items that might surprise you. They serve several varieties of street tacos, a rare seared ahi tuna steak burger and, as a Friday special, fresh lake perch. If you’re a fan of burgers, their craft selections will make it challenging to decide on just one. From the mountainous Steakhouse to the out-of-the-ordinary Sunrise Breakfast, you’re sure to find a burger that calls your name. Whether you’re with family or friends, Anduzzi’s is an excellent option for any casual occasion.
10. STADIUM VIEW BAR, GRILL & BANQUET
It’s high praise to be an award-winning sports bar in a football town. But it may be even more of a compliment to have numerous sports legends and celebrities visit. The family-owned and -operated Stadium View Bar, Grill & Banquet is a local and national icon. They’ve gained recognition from magazines such as Forbes and Esquire, naming Stadium View one of the top sports bars in America. And with a list of visitors including the likes of Brett Favre, Terry Bradshaw and Ron Jaworski, there’s no shortage of football spirit.
Their menu follows the classic sports pub formula, with a few dinner plates and salads for those less inclined toward burgers, pizzas, wings, and sandwiches. However, they still maintain a lot of variety, offering items like the Reuben sandwich, veggie burgers and fresh vegetable trays. You can also build a burger from scratch or replace any beef patty with chicken. With their daily drink and food specials, Stadium View is the perfect place to eat for any football fan.
But their food isn’t the only draw. Stadium View also hosts large events in their indoor space and outdoor beer garden. Every Friday and Saturday, Stadium View has a live DJ performing. Throughout the week, they have game nights including trivia and free pool. And — of course — they host some of the biggest tailgate parties around. If you’re stuck deciding on where to get food near Lombardi Stadium, Stadium View has everything you need for an exciting evening.
11. NED KELLY’S PUB
For the discriminating fan of beer who wants more than the same few options every bar has, Ned Kelly’s Pub is the place for you. At Ned Kelly’s, the staff will be sure to serve each beer you order in a freshly rinsed, proper glass at the right temperature. And there’s plenty to order — they keep 100 beers on tap at all times, changing out menu items weekly to provide the best selection possible. They also serve mixed drinks, shots and some food, but the real reason to go is the beer.
With a collection that outdoes most other Green Bay bars, Ned Kelly’s is the city’s hub for beer fans from far and wide. About half the list consists of local beers, and the other half is a mixed batch of specialty craft beers and popular selections from well out of state. If you want to enjoy a cold brew while watching sports, this beer bar also hosts viewing parties for every home and away game. Whether you decide to try a new style or stick to a favorite beer, Ned Kelly’s will show you a good time.
12. POKE THE BEAR BAR & RESTAURANT
Poke the Bear, located in the historic Hotel Northland, is a relatively new addition to Lambeau Field’s surrounding bar and restaurant scene. While it does center on the sports heritage of Green Bay and local football fans, it’s far from a sports bar. Poke the Bear welcomes every kind of guest, and with a distinctly modern atmosphere and a menu filled with flavorful dishes, you’re sure to have an excellent dining experience.
Poke the Bear focuses on supporting the community, offering dishes and drinks made from locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. Their menu is far from the pub scene, but still includes a few fan favorites for those who are looking for a classic game-day snack. Otherwise, you’ll find appetizers like pickled vegetables, marinated olives and smoked and spiced nuts. The entrees range from custom burgers to soba noodle salads and white bean hummus. There’s something for every palate.
And who doesn’t love a good drink with their meal? Poke the Bear has an excellent selection of cocktails, lovingly crafted with homemade syrups, hand-squeezed juices and local ingredients. Or, you can choose from a list of carefully selected wines and Wisconsin beers.
VISIT THE HOTEL NORTHLAND IN GREEN BAY
Based in the heart of Downtown Green Bay, only a few miles from Lambeau Field, Hotel Northland is proud to be one of Wisconsin’s most historic hotspots. Our beautifully revived building has been hosting guests since 1924, and generations of sports fans have passed through our doors. We are also home to one of the best sports restaurants in Green Bay, dedicated to the city’s football heritage and fanbase — Poke the Bear.
Celebrate the history of Green Bay and enjoy a delicious meal at Poke the Bear — book a reservation now or call for more information.