With live music and polka-laced parties, these pubs host a great party.
Fitger’s Brewhouse You’ve gotta love a place that feels hipster-cool but has patrons of all ages taking in live music nightly. This Duluth landmark balances its storied history (brewing began in 1857) with small-batch wonders reflecting up-north culture. Orange peel and coriander flavor the Breakwater White; specialties include a wrap stuffed with Lake Superior trout and wild rice. (218) 279-2739; fitgersbrewhouse.com
Lakefront Brewery Ready for a beer-a-thon? At Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery, production facility tours start with a draught of beer, include samples along the way and end with an extended stop in a tasting room, where visitors can sample a hoppy IPA, smooth Wheat Monkey ale or even some sweet maple root beer. You won’t find a regular food menu here, but on Friday nights, the special-events space hosts Captain Rusty’s Fish Fry, complete with several dinner options, a live polka band and, of course, plenty of beer. See reviews and ratings. (414) 372-8800; lakefrontbrewery.com