I love a good road trip. There's just something about experiencing a place for the first time. Often when people travel they get all wrapped up in taking pictures on their phone and posting the pics to social media. Not me. That's why places like Ideal Corners are so fun to go to, as many of the folks that stop by are the same way, enjoying the moment for what it is.

Ideal Corners is an unincorporated location near Pequot Lakes. Of course, this unincorporated community has a bar! Ideal Corners is home to the Old Milwaukee Club Saloon & Eatery. If you've never been, it's worth the trip as customers all rave that they are treated more like family than a customers. Plus they serve up your adult beverage in a cold mason jar...

Image Credit: Trypp Adams via Travel Advisor
Image Credit: Trypp Adams via Travel Advisor
Image Credit: Trypp Adams via Travel Advisor
Image Credit: Trypp Adams via Travel Advisor

Here's a review of the Old Milwaukee Club from Trip Advisor if you don't believe me about the mason jars.

I sauntered into the Old Milwaukee with a buddy as we waited for some friends to arrive. Beer was cheap and came in a cold mason jar. Our bartender was like an old friend, making sure we had what we needed. Fun stop, wish I would have been able to try some of the food. This place is plenty crowded in the winter as there are few other options near by.

Another online review seemed to echo that same sentiment. 

This establishment has only had a few owners over half a century. We have loved coming here on our journeys “up North”. Located in the middle of lakes with expensive lake homes; it’s a hole-in-the-wall that attracts everybody. They have pizza to go as well as a great selection of burgers and better-than-bar food. Saturday night is the best value with the all you can eat fried chicken buffet. You will find that when you walk into the place it doesn’t look like much. The owner, staff, and cook really hustle and it’s a great place for comfort food as well as drinks. This is the place you look for on vacation when you’ve had it with all the fast food joints, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. Find this place and enjoy your day at the lake or just a quick detour off highway 371. Take a break from the corporate franchises and throw a few bucks to a great local business.

Now of the 37 reviews that Trip Advisor has on the Old Milwaukee Club has a 4 star average. Like all small-town institutions, it can be hard to find people to work, and a recent review seemed to show that online.

AM 1240 WJON logo
Get our free mobile app

If you are looking for a fun spot to check out this year, hit the road and see what Ideal Corners and the Old Milwaukee Club can offer you. You can find the Old Milwaukee Club at 35002 County Road 39, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472-3607.

Come With Us and Visit Melrose, MN in Pictures


St. Wendel...in Pictures


See Minnesota's State Bird like you've never seen it before -- through the lens of Canadian photographer Chris Whitty


More From AM 1240 WJON