I’ve been to Landmark Lanes a handful of times — never actually bowled, but I have played Skee-Ball and air hockey until my arms grew tired. When you walk into the entertainment center, you go down a couple flights of stairs, above which says “An Underground City,” or something to that effect, and into a windowless abyss void of cell phone service. No distractions allowed in the city.
There really is a whole other world in that smoky basement with three separate bars and games to keep you busy for at least an evening’s entirety. There is a separate arcade and bowling area. The front bar has ample seating and a couple of pool tables, the back bar features even more pool tables (home to tournament night Sundays), and the side bar includes a small bumper pool table and Thursday night Karaoke.
We were lucky enough to check out bumper pool on a Thursday night and good grief, I never saw karaoke so entertaining. The same four people that probably attend Landmark karaoke on a weekly basis took turns performing everything from “Sweet Caroline” to “Black Betty.” I wouldn’t say they nailed each performance, but I admired their courage, seeing as I chickened out by turning down a shining opportunity to sing “In the Ghetto” by Elvis Presley.
Instead, we played a few games of bumper pool and enjoyed some of the newer local tap beers from Point and Capital Breweries. Thursday nights are $2 domestic taps and $2.50 Micro/Import taps. Every night, they have specials that keep drinks cheap at about $2-$4.
As for the bumper pool, the rules are posted on a nearby post (ha), and you can learn as you go. It took our first five-minute round to realize that defense is key to a longer, more challenging game.
I also realized last Thursday night that I don’t get to Landmark enough for the prices and constant entertainment. Yes this is a dirty dive bar, but who doesn’t enjoy a little cheap thrill from time to time? Exactly.
Benno’s Genuine Bar & Grill
7413 W. Greenfield Ave.
$1 off all taps, and three sliders for $3.
125 E. National Ave.
Half price bottles of wine!
223 N. Water St.
From 9 p.m.-close, take advantage of $1 slice night.
3007 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Free tacos from Hector’s, 4-8 p.m., or until supplies last. Also, $4 margaritas and $2 Pacifico and Corona.
2265 S. Howell Ave.
Every Wednesday starting at 5 p.m., enjoy $10 off bottles of wine.
Polish Falcon’s Nest 725
801 E. Clarke St.
Open Bowl on the oldest lanes in town. And it only costs $3.25 a game plus $1 for shoes.
1905 North Ave.
Hey ladies! Free drinks until midnight. Everyone else pays $3 for Stoli drinks. Not bad. No cover.
Hi-Hat Lounge & Garage
1701 N. Arlington Pl.
Ladies Night: DJs Kid Cut Up and Steve Marxx. Two complimentary drinks for the ladies.
Kenadee’s Ultra Pub
718 N. Milwaukee St.
Bitch Pleeze Fridays: Ladies drink free mixers every Friday from 10 p.m.-midnight. Kenny Perez provides the music. No cover. No dress code.
720 N. Milwaukee St.
Enjoy the spins of special guest DJs from LA, Las Vegas, New York City and Chicago. The special of the evening: $100 bottles of Belvedere vodka, of course.
Brocach Irish Pub and Restaurant
1850 N. Water St.
From 3:30 to 6 p.m., try happy hour: half off all top-shelf Irish and scotch whiskies. 20 oz. pint of Guinness and shot of Powers for $6.25. $5 wines by the glass.
Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge
1579 S. Ninth St.
Old-Fashioned Cocktail Hour
Bryant’s happy hour is from 5-9 p.m. and includes half price Old-Fashioneds and Depression-era cocktails.