The Tankard

You’ll Watch the Olympics Here. Just Will.

A Sizable Haven for Sports, Beer and Tater Tots in Wicker Park

By Sam Eichner ·
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There are more than a few great bars at which to watch the Olympics this month.

Some have great drinks.

Others have delicious wings.

All of them have way too many flat-screens.

But let us ask you this: can any offer you five different kinds of tater tots?

Thought not.

For that, you’ll require the Tankard—a casual Wicker Park sports bar with a not-so-casual amount of tater tots and other savory things to sate your appetite, soft-open now on Milwaukee. The slideshow beckons.

You’ll probably happen upon this place on a lazy weekend afternoon, in search of sustenance, the game (or a nice little handball match) and a few beers. Taking a table near the floor-to-ceiling windows facing the street wouldn’t be a bad choice. Though you could always choose the bar, where there are hanging lights encased in mason jars. This is still Wicker Park, after all.

In any event, you’ll have a good view of whatever’s on TV. You’ll have your choice of tater tots—from bacon-wrapped to truffle to “totchos”—to go along with your green curry mussels. You’ll also have a draft beer or a Hemingway daiquiri.

Indeed, some might say you’ll have it all.

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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