17. The Libertine – Green Bay, Wisconsin
Tony Oczus had been legally drinking for only three years when he opened a bar with no domestic beer on tap and no TVs for watching football—in a town synonymous with both. He called it the Libertine, an homage to his freethinking ways. His idea was to keep it simple: Show Midwesterners what a real Manhattan tastes like and they’ll come back for more. It took a while to catch on, but, like Vince Lombardi said, it’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up. Fortunately, Oczus stuck with it, and thanks to him, the whole town can now appreciate real cocktails, and he just opened bar number two in nearby De Pere.
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