BizLunch: The MECCA Sports Bar and Grill

The MECCA can be rented for private events for up to 750 people. It has “arena-style” seating on the second floor, while some seating is secluded from the restaurant’s main viewing areas for diners seeking for a quieter experience.

The Milwaukee Bucks have touted their new concept, The MECCA Sports Bar and Grill, as the city’s premier destination for watching all things sports. But with newly expanded hours, now starting daily at 11 a.m., The MECCA has positioned itself as a lively and unique lunch spot for downtown business professionals.

The Mecca is one of four bar/restaurant concepts that opened earlier this year along the Entertainment Block near Fiserv Forum.

The two-story, 11,500-square-foot restaurant has become known for its centerpiece, a nearly-floor-to-ceiling 38-foot HD screen that broadcasts all varieties of sporting events, from Bucks playoff games to the Women’s World Cup. It also has two full-sized bar areas, first- and second-floor outdoor seating and a private event space.

Its elevated bar fare menu includes Wisconsin staples like cheese curds and nachos, as well as tacos, wings and handhelds. The MECCA Burger is a top seller.

Address: 1134 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave., Milwaukee
Cuisine: Elevated sports bar fare
Chef: Matt Kerley
Mood: Like you’re at the game
Pricing: Lunch and dinner entrees, $13-21; Appetizers, $6-14

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Maredithe Meyer
Maredithe Meyer started as an intern reporter at BizTimes in summer 2015. She currently covers entertainment, sports, tourism and restaurants. In May 2017, she graduated with a journalism degree from Marquette University where she worked as an in-depth projects reporter for the Marquette Wire and Marquette Tribune.