food & drink

Belly Up

By Jared Curtis


Highland Park Country Club

Stop by a Northside mainstay

When a patron heads to the Highland Park Country Club — a landmark for almost 30 years — he or she might wonder where exactly the golf course is. Well, there are no tee times at this country club, as it serves cheap drinks and good food rather than birdies and pars.

“I’m not sure how my relatives picked the name,” said Gary Stone, who co-owns the bar with his wife Lynda. “It’s pretty catchy though, and we get calls all the time asking about where the course is and tee times.”

Before the bar became a staple in the Highland Park neighborhood, the building was a coffee shop. As you step through the door, the set-up has a look reminiscent of a classic diner, with a small bar and plenty of tables to relax at. The bar has a pool table, a few ticket games and a temporarily-out-of-order pinball machine based on the 1994 film, “The Shadow.”

“It’s hard to find pinball machines anymore, but when it’s up and running it’s pretty popular,” Stone said.

Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Patrons can enjoy 50-cents off all drinks. Stop in every day for frosty cold mugs ($1.50, $2) of the five different beers on tap. During the week, the bar offers breakfast in the mornings (all day Saturday and Sunday) and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. they offer a rotating lunch special. Friday is Steak Day, when patrons can enjoy a steak, baked potato, salad and Texas toast for less than $8. The kitchen closes around 10 p.m., but the fryer is open until close. Patrons can also get weekend food specials like $3 Guinea Grinders on Saturday and $1 beef burgers on Sunday.

“We have great food and offer a wide variety of specials throughout the week,” Stone said.

During football season, Green Bay Packers fans’ are welcomed with open arms. Stone says they are the oldest Green Bay Packers bar in town, backed by the walls being covered in a plethora of Packers memorabilia including a tailgate sticking out of one wall.

“I don’t have the NFL Sunday Ticket, but if the Packers are playing on TV, we’ll be watching it,” he says.

Although the bar is always filled with Northside regulars, new customers stop in all the time.

“We have a loyal following and get a lot of walk-in traffic from this side of town,” he says. “But we get new people stopping in from all over town.”

With so much history in the Highland Park area, the Country Club continues to thrive, and Stone welcomes anyone to stop in for a drink or food.

“We are a Highland Park mainstay, so stop by and try us out,” Stone said. “Our customers must have a good time, because they keep coming back.” CV


Caption; Connie McFarland serves a tenderloin (a customer favorite) at Highland Park Country Club, 518 E. Euclid Ave. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 to 2 a.m., Saturday, 8 to 2 a.m. and Sunday, 9 to 2 a.m. 245-9229

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