Despite a renovation in 1998, Nicky's Lionhead Tavern in De Pere maintains its historical look. Locals, out-of-towners and Green Bay Packers players have hung out at the bar for more than three decades.
» The bar: Nicky's Lionhead Tavern, 331 Main Ave., De Pere
» The big picture: As nuanced and nice as many of downtown Green Bay's bar are, they're still rookies compared to De Pere's legendary Nicky's Lionhead Tavern. For more than three decades, it has been a mainstay on Main Avenue and helped pioneer its growing bar scene.
Perhaps what Nicky's is most known for is the Green Bay Packers' propensity to stop in after practices when players are housed at St. Norbert College. The bar opened in 1981, and co-owner Tom Nick said they had Packers coming in the next year. ...