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Standing at least three Prince Fielder home runs west from the main cluster of Bluemound Road Brewers bars, the three-year-old Rounding Third (6317 W. Bluemound Rd.) is very similar to the others in that it’s sport themed, has a decent beer selection and has more TVs than Colder’s.  Just after 8 p.m. on a balmy […]

Standing at least three Prince Fielder home runs west from the main cluster of Bluemound Road Brewers bars, the three-year-old Rounding Third (6317 W. Bluemound Rd.) is very similar to the others in that it’s sport themed, has a decent beer selection and has more TVs than Colder’s. 

Just after 8 p.m. on a balmy but breezy Thursday, there was a variety of clientele occupying the sports pub. The rowdiest of the occupants – who seem to be hanging on since the 7 p.m. end of the 2-for-1 happy hour – were two business-types playing bar dice and going shot-for-shot of Goldschlager with the bartender. The father and son watching golf highlights at the corner of the island bar seemed unfazed by any conversation or activity within their proximity, while the victorious bar-league softball team at the other end made a valiant effort at emptying the tapper of High Life, not to mention a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey.

After deciding on which of the multitude of flat-screens to focus my attention, I ordered an appetizer to hold me over while I watched highlights and nursed my first beer. My lovely co-bar hopper pointed out the hand-wrapped wonton mozzarella sticks ($7 for 6): decision = made. The barkeep nodded with approval as I placed my order and he trotted off to get me another of their 12 draft beers; it was a Bell’s Oberon night. Other available draft options include Miller products, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Fat Tire and Guinness, among others. But, if citrus and heartburn are your thing, you can get Mike’s Hard Lemonade on draft. I thought this to be an odd tap option, but unique nonetheless.

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I left the main bar and set off wandering around the rest of the seating area. The TVs looked to be playing to an empty crowd (sound familiar, Marlins fans?), but as I turned a corner I came upon a group of 12 or so dudes, grazing quietly on pizza. A quick, “How’s the pizza?” returned thumbs ups and mouthfuls of “awesome.” Sounds like a return trip for a pizza party is in order. (NOTE: Franklin area pizza lovers, Rounding Third has a pizzeria on 76th and Rawson.) There wasn’t a lot of other activity in the back but there was an open pool table and some amusement games for the younger sports fans. There is ample room for any sized group to watch your favorite sporting event or a good session of rug cutting. 

Speaking of group things, Rounding Third also has two party rooms available for rent: The Hawg Room and The Suite. Both of which can handle small to large groups, but The Suite is more of a, well, suite. Think: bad-ass basement party room that you dream of, but will never have.

Back at my post, I enjoyed my app. The cheese sticks were, in fact, delicious. The wonton wrapper was very light and nicely crisp and the marinara had little chunks of fresh tomato, fresh herbs and spices – no microwaved Prego.

At this point, my stomach was warmed up and stretched for a long run at the Milwaukee Cheesesteak ($9). I opted for the unconventional version – pepper-jack and jalapeños instead of the house-made Wisconsin Cheddar “Whiz” – which actually made it completely un-Milwaukeean. Wrong decision? Maybe, but if there’s no spice in your life, what’s the point? My co-hopper ordered the Southwest Wrap with black bean and corn salsa, cilantro-lime aioli, lettuces, tomato and cheese in a smoked chili-pepper tortilla. Both meals were large (pssh, it is Wisconsin) when ordered with fries and left plenty to fill a doggy bag. Leftovers can always be hit-or-miss after a sleepover in the fridge, but both sandwiches became successful lunches the next day. 

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With all of the sports bar options available on Bluemound (American sports bars, Irish sports bars, Chinese sports bars), Rounding Third will continually compete for one of the top positions with its new kid on the block spirit. Whether you start or end your night there, Rounding Third is always place to go before you head home … just don’t run into a pickle on the way.

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