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Do Green Bay: A Small City With a Big Personality

When you think of Green Bay, Wisconsin, what comes to mind?


Oct. 18 2023, Published 2:39 p.m. ET


A few days before traveling to Green Bay, I saw an alert saying “Green Bay: Best Place To Live In The U.S”. I thought to myself, how? And according to who? Admittedly, it wasn’t a city that was on top of my list to visit, but one that I’ve always been intrigued by. Is it just cows, cheese and cold weather? Spoiler alert; The answer is a resounding no. I spent three days exploring all that Green Bay has to offer and trust me, there’s quite a lot.

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Where To Eat

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1919 Kitchen & Tap

Placed in Lambeau Field, this is one of the best places to grab appetizing bar food and catch football games during the season. From local staples like cheese curds, to seasonal favorites like pot pies and baby back ribs; there’s a plethora of food to keep you full while you root for your favorite team. As the name suggests, there’s plenty of beer (over 80+ to be exact) on tap and crafted cocktails to enjoy as well.

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Hinterland Brewery

Located in Titletown District, just across from Lambeau Field is a beer hall and restaurant that is a must for both, beer enthusiasts and foodies alike. Featuring an ever-changing menu of American favorites (think pastrami sandwiches, quality seafood, and steak entrees) that are mostly farm to table. There’s also an impressive amount of beers (some private label) and crafted cocktails. The decor has an urban but woodsy vibe—inspired by a German brauhaus.

Republic Chophouse

Nestled right in the heart of downtown, is a fine dining place you’ll want to experience. Low-lighting and ambience at the ready, the decor of this restaurant matches the food which is divine. From prime cuts of steak to decadent sides built for two, this establishment is perfect for family style dinners or a date night. PS: All of the desserts are a must-have.

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Where To Drink


Aardvark Wine Bar

Looking for a chill place to taste some amazing wine? This is the spot for you. There are several wines on tap for you to sample and pay by the pour. You can taste as much, or as little as you like. Perfect for finding a new favorite or catching up with friends.

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Black Saddle Tavern & Oasis

One of the newer establishments in downtown Green Bay—this is a must visit if you are looking for a unique musical experience. From live music to karaoke (sung by the bartenders and patrons), you won’t even realize the time has passed. Not to mention, it has some of the most affordable drinks I’ve had in years.

Player 2 Arcade Bar

Release your inner child with a selection of arcade games, from matching game-themed food like Teenage Mutant Pizza Burger, adults-only beverages like Beer and a fully stocked bar. A great experience for the whole family, as if you are visiting with some folks that aren’t adults, they are allowed inside with a guardian until 7pm.

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Where To Stay


Hotel Northland

Celebrating its 100th year anniversary next year, the Hotel Northland was once the largest hotel in Wisconsin. Located in the heart of downtown, it’s no wonder this lodging location served as the official headquarters for the Packers for many years. Recently undergoing an impressive renovation, this boutique hotel boasts 160 guest rooms, 2 on-site restaurants (Walnut Room and Poke The Bear), a fitness center, and meeting rooms for special events such as weddings and birthday parties.

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Where To Explore

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The Automobile Gallery

Even if you are not a car enthusiast, this automotive gallery is a must-visit. Formerly a prestigious Green Bay dealership between 1958 and 1997, it sat empty for almost two decades until William Red Lewis—an innovative entrepreneur, decided to breathe new life into the space. Today, it boasts a revolving collection of beautiful cars ranging from American classics to rare European sports cars.

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Bountiful Boards

Who doesn’t love a charcuterie board? How about learning how to make your own with specially sourced cheese, breads and more? Then you’ve got to check out this place. Opened in 2020 by Ashley Grant, a stay-at-home mom who turned her love of charcuterie into a successful shop and pop-up space. So whether you are looking to order one for yourself, or want to experience a board making class, it’s all here.

Foxy Paddler

Looking for a cool activity that involves booze, sightseeing, and a little bit of exercise? Check out the Foxy Paddler — a 22 passenger party boat that allows (not requires), you to paddle to move the boat at your pace. You are allowed to bring your own liquor on board (cans only—not bottles), and can make several stops along the Bay for pictures.

Lambeau Field

Home to the Green Bay Packers—the only fan-owned football team—this stadium is a storied experience everyone should have. Season tickets to the game are hard to come by (the waitlist is several years long!). But you can always tour the facility (except for the locker room as that’s NFL policy), especially if the cold weather is your concern.

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