The WISCONSIN Supper Club Culture

If you have to ask, WELL....then you have never been to one.

Wisconsin Supper Clubs are a unique dining experience that have become a cultural institution in the state of Wisconsin. Each club is typically small, independently family owned dining establishment that has been in business for many years, is open only in the late afternoon/evening and functions as a social club with a bar or a hall.  Popular in the Midwest, supper clubs have a special dynamic and offer some unique food traditions with generous portions.  They are typically located in rural areas but don't rule out finding a supper club in a big city.  All are basically HIDDEN GEMS!

Some of the defining characteristics of Wisconsin Supper Clubs include:

They often have a dark, cozy atmosphere with a retro feel, with vintage decor, such as taxidermy, and dark-wood paneling.

They often have a bar or lounge area where patrons can enjoy a cocktail before dinner.

They often serve a relish tray (a platter of pickled vegetables) as a complimentary appetizer.

They often serve "Friday Fish Fry" as a staple dish.

They often serve a "Scoop" (a scoop of ice cream or sherbet) along with the check at the end of the meal.

They often have live music on the weekends.

Many of these supper clubs are passed down through generations of families and are considered community landmarks. They are often popular among locals and tourists alike, and can be found throughout the state, particularly in rural areas.

We have hand picked these unique HIDDEN GEMS for you to visit.  MANGIA and Enjoy your Dinner!

Brandy Old Fashioned Cocktails

are a staple in the Supper Club world along with Manhattan's and Martini's.  Sitting at the bar is the start of your supper club experience.   While many try to imitate the traditional "must have Old Fashion" only the true Supper Club has it down.  Muddling, cherries and bitters.  Sweet, sour or press.

Note:  the "ed" at the end of fashion. That's WISCONSIN!