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I’m getting frustrated trying to find a local bar or restaurant to watch baseball, Monday Night Football and such where they have the game sound on,” a reader recently wrote. “I can listen to a jukebox any time. It seems the only time you get audio is Packer games, but I enjoy all football and I love baseball. And baseball playoffs will start soon.”
He asked me to mention his situation in my column, which I did in print and online earlier this week, and ask other readers what bars will turn up the game audio.
He lives in Menasha and his favorite bars included City Limits, Cinderella, Jitters and ICU Lounge.
Reader Benjamin Schneider could relate to the reader’s frustration. “Reminds me of when we went to The Checkered Flag (no longer called that) to watch a Nascar race and they were playing music during it,” he wrote.
Likewise, reader Lee Richter called in to say he believes this is one of the reasons why Coaches Corner didn’t succeed in Grand Chute. “There were bucket loads of guys like me who got tired of watching the game but not hearing it. They had good drinks and great food, but the employees and the manager would not allow us to listen to the game. They drove us away.”
I didn’t realize this was such a widespread problem.
A number of readers suggested that wherever you are, firstly ask the bartender to turn up the sound and turn off the music. If it’s a true sports-minded bar, and you’re watching a sport other than golf, they should accommodate requests.
Jill Senso said JJ Maloney’s and Lazy Dog in Kaukauna, for example, always have the sound up for Packers games, of course, and are willing to turn up the volume for other sports.
“It depends on what else is going on during baseball, but they are accommodating if you ask,” she tweeted.
Patrick O’Brien likewise suggested you make your wishes known to give the bar the opportunity to keep your business. He recommends going to Antlers in Winchester, where he likes the 55-inch LCD TVs, game-day specials and the general willingness to please the customer. “All you have to do is ask the bartender to put on your game,” he said.
Mike “not the coach” McCarthy is a DJ at The Bar on The Avenue and said some games are always on with sound.
“We run the sound for NFL on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. We also do the Badger game sound when they play. We run game sound for the Packer games, and run music during the commercials and half-time,” he said. “Audio runs for football all day and night, as we have the NFL Ticket. All games can be watched, but the sound of what game is on depends on the fans that are in that day.”
He said Brewers games depend on the crowd as well, but they usually have the sound on.
Matt Strauss recommended the Stone Toad in Menasha. “Great place to watch games,” he wrote. “Usually five or six different games on at once and as a Dolphin fan living in Wisconsin, I appreciate being able to see them play every week.”