Authentic Mexican Food at Antojitos Mexicanos

IMG_3478.JPGHave you experienced the authentic Mexican food at Antojitos Mexicanos yet?  They have been in business for 8 ½ years and have recently relocated to Downtown Appleton.  They love the atmosphere of their new location and are really building their customer base.  Antojitos chose their new location, because of all the events downtown.  The interior of the restaurant is also very unique and brings in lots of new customers.  They decided to change the vibe of their restaurant by straying away from the typical colorful walls in favor of a more urban look.  Outside the door, are two eye catching, statues of mariachi band players.  They are very original and make great photo props! 


Antojitos Mexianos’ most popular dishes are chimichangas and burritos.  They also have several signature margaritas including cucumber mint, anchorite, and BMW.  The newest edition to the cocktail list is a “margarita flight”.  This is for those who can’t decide on just one flavor, allowing you to try several at once. 


Gift Certificates are available for purchase.  This is a great gift with the holidays just around the corner.  Walk-ins are also welcomed.  The staff is very friendly and ready to assist you during your experience.  Antojitos Mexicanos would also love to help you and your coworkers celebrate your annual holiday party.  They have plenty of space to accommodate you.  Call or stop in today to inquire.  While you’re there, try one of the menu’s dishes and wash it down with a cold margarita!

Located at: 204 W College Ave

Phone: (920) 380-0244

Hours: Mon-Thur 10:30AM-9PM
Fri 10AM-10PM
            Sat 10:30AM-9PM
Sun Closed

Get in the Holiday Spirit at Cleo’s Tavern

IMG_3513.JPGGet in the holiday spirit by making a trip to Cleo’s Brown Beam Tavern.  There is no place that makes it feel more like Christmas.  Cleo’s has been established for 45 years.  It has been at its current location since 1997.  Decorated in holiday décor 365 days a year, its primary holiday is Christmas.  The original owner, Cleo, loved Christmas.  Even her house was decorated in all Christmas décor year round.


It is a tavern known around the globe, and people travel from all over to experience the ambiance in Cleo’s.  Their motto is “Where it’s always a holiday”.  At any given day this is the vibe you will get as soon as you enter.  They want to keep the traditional cocktail lounge feel.  You will not find any games or loud music here.  You will find a great crowd of people, ranging in age, having great camaraderie. 

The staff is trained in making specialty cocktails, and they carry a winter and summer cocktail special menu.  Cleo’s is also rotating their drink specials daily.  The drink they are most known for is their Dirty Snowball.  If you have not tried this icy drink, it is a must.  They also take pride in their old fashioneds and have them on special during happy hour Monday-Saturday. 


The staff at Cleo’s loves Downtown Appleton, because it is so vibrant.  There is always a constant flow of people and traffic.  They love how all the businesses work together to make it “One Great Place”.  The Mile of Music Festival and the Christmas Parade are their favorite events. 

December is the busiest month of the year at Cleo’s with sales more than double any other month.  This is why they started an event of their own.  They are getting into the spirit with an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.  This will be held this Thursday, December 10th, with sign-up at 8PM.  Judging will be at 10 PM.  There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and drink specials all night.  So throw on your ugliest sweater and come join the fun!

Located: 203 W College Ave
Phone: (920) 739-2288

Hours: Mon & Tues- 2PM-1AM
Wed & Thur- 2PM-2AM
Fri & Sat- 2PM-2:30AM
Sun- Closed

Written by April Tylla, ADI Intern and Fox Valley Technical College Student

One Great Place for Holidays! Holiday Window Walk November 13th

Join us for fun in downtown at the Holiday Window Walk event on November 13th from 6 to 9 pm all over our great downtown!  Check the list below for special offers at our downtown businesses during the Window Walk!

AD1543 Holiday FBWindow Walk Special Offers*  Nov. 13, 6-9pm

Fresh Expressions, 1011 W. College Ave. –

  • Refreshments and drawing for handmade WI Christmas ornaments!

Globally Sound Fair Trade, 604 W. College Ave.

  • Enjoy Free Fair Trade Chocolate samples!

Muncheez Pizzeria, 600 W. College Ave.

  • Free hot chocolate or soda w/ $5 food purchase!

Jack’s Apple Pub, 535 W. College Ave.

  • Specially priced Peppermint Pattie!

Appleton Bike Shop, 121 S. State St.

  • Enjoy 25% off any winter gear!

Coventry Glassworks & Gallery, 514 W. College Ave.

  • Opening reception for new exhibit by local watercolor artis, Phil Sealy.  Refreshments!

Acoca Coffee, 500 W. College Ave.

  • Free samples!

Angels Forever-Windows of Light, 310 W. College Ave.

  • Enjoy 20% off gold jewelry, free calendars & cookies!

Copper Rock Coffee Co., 210 W. College Ave.

  • Enjoy 10% off all drinks!

Crazy Sweet, 201 W. College Ave.

  • Free hot apple cider!

Trout Museum of Art, 111 W. College Ave.

  • Enjoy live music 7:45-8:30pm while viewing the Festival of Trees at the Festival hub!  Free!

The Building For Kids Children’s Museum, 100 W. College Ave.

  • Not open tonight, but stop back to bid on our tree!

Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida St.

  • Not open tonight, but stop back to bid on our tree!

Rookies, 325 N. Appleton St.

  • Stop in to enjoy our Friday Night Fish Fry!

Joseph’s Shoes, 10 College Ave (inside City Center)

  • In-store specials and treats!

Items of Interest, 10 College Ave (inside City Center)

  • In-store specials!

Boardlandia, 10 College Ave (inside City Center)

  • Freshly baked cookies & a free raffle for prizes!

DePawsitory, 103 E. College Ave.

  • Enjoy hot cocoa & cookies for you & Fido!

Vagabond Imports, 113 E. College Ave.

  • Enjoy Cookies!

The Vintage Garden, 119 E. College Ave.

  • Join us for treats & in-store specials!

hey, daisy!, 121 E. College Ave.

  • Customer Appreciation sale runs Nov. 9-14

Eco Candle, 123 E. College Ave.

  • Special discounts on great gift ideas

Just Act Natural, 129 E. College Ave.

  • Free food sampling. Live music. In-store discounts!

Tina Marie’s Unique Boutique, 206 E. College Ave.

  • Enjoy Cookies & hot chocolate!

Sonnet’s Garden Blooms, 206 E. College Ave.

  • Enjoy Cookies & hot chocolate!

Beatnik Betty’s Resale Butik, 208 E. College Ave.

  • Save 15% off select items!

Studio 213, 213 E. College Ave. 

  • Refreshments, plus 15% off antiques, glassware, primitives & furniture!

Dance!, 225 E. College Ave.

  • Pointe shoe decorating (pre-reg. required)! Refreshments!

Blue Moon Emporium, 227 E. College Ave.

  • Enjoy treats and 10% off your purchase!

Pinot’s Palette, 226 E. College Ave.

  • Watch live painting in the Picasso Studio and save $10/seat on any session booked.

The Fire, 230 E. College Ave.

  • Purchase an ornament & receive one half off (equal or lesser value) Plus bonus gift certificates!

The Traveling Palette, 109 N. Durkee St.

  • Enjoy the “Candyland Express” Model train exhibit with trains & photos by Lars Anderson!

Heid Music, 308 E. College Ave.

  • Not open tonight, but stop back to bid on our tree!

*Some exclusions apply.  See individual businesses for details.


Beer is Passion at Appleton Beer Factory


Welcome to Appleton Beer Factory!

Here at Appleton Beer Factory, beer is our passion. We use only the finest and freshest ingredients to create brews that will fill your belly and warm your heart. Come and visit – your taste buds will thank you!

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At Appleton Beer Factory you can come in and leave with fresh beer in one of our growlers.

Bach and Beer at Appleton Beer Factory

Appleton Beer Factory is bringing you Bach and Beer!


On Oct. 11, cellist Steuart Pincombe will bring together Bach & Beer. While sipping on their favorite brews at the Appleton Beer Factory, audience members will discover the connections between the art of brewing and the art of playing the music of Bach.

Visit the Appleton Beer Factory website for event details or stop in at 603 W. College Ave. for more information.

Live Performances This Week in Downtown Appleton

Lunchtime Live Concert @ Houdini Plaza Aug. 21, 11:30-1:00pm:

Featuring: Blake Welhouse. Grab takeout, bring your own lunch or buy from onsite vendors. (Inclement weather location = Copper Rock Coffee)

Heid Music Summer Concerts @ Houdini Plaza Aug. 21, 5:30-8:30pm:

Featuring:  Rooftop Jumpers with The Lately opening.  Live music, on site food vendors and your favorite beverages!  (Inclement weather location = MillCreek

Deja Vu Martini Lounge Weekly Specials:

Open Mic Night Mondays at 8pm, Live Band Karaoke Tuesdays at 8pm, and Live Music at 9pm. No cover!  featuring: Travis Schinke on 8/21.

Music on the Spatio @ Spats:

Featuring: Randy Funk (Eclectic Singer Songwriter) 6-9pm on 8/21 and On 2 7-10pm on 8/23

Karaoke @ Rookie’s Sports Bar & Grill Aug 23, 9pm:

Join us for Karaoke with Melodies ‘n Mayhem 9pm-1am. 

Apple Jam Open Mic @ Jack’s Apple Pub every Sunday 9pm:

Appleton’s longest running open mic. There is no cover charge.

Students of Erin Krebs Perform @ Harmony Cafe Aug. 20, 4-5pm:

Students perform for their families and the public in a fun and informal setting. 

Drum Circle at Harmony Cafe Aug. 22, 4-6pm:

This drum circle is open to everyone, of any experience level. Drums are provided but if you have one please bring it.

Open Mind Night @ Harmony Cafe Aug 22, 6-9pm:

Poetry, music of all genres, dance, comedy, etc. All talents, all ages welcome! Sign-up starts at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday Music Lounge @ Harmony Cafe Aug. 23, 12-1pm:

Featuring: Jim Anger – a singer-songwriter, guitar picker, banjo-plunker, and harmonica blower who loves most of all to sing for and with kids!

Harmony Live @ Harmony Cafe Aug. 23, 6:30-8:30pm:

Featuring: Kari Arnett – an indie/folk artist and Ben Vanden Boogaard – singer/songwriter playing acoustic pop/folk.

Music @ the Library Aug. 25, 6:30-7:30pm:

Featuring Ben VandenBoogaard performing a blend of acoustic pop with folk influences. Families welcome. Free admission. 

Upcoming Shows at The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center:

Purchase tickets now plus groups of 10 or more save money on most performances!  Reserve your group tickets online or call the group sales dept. at (920) 730-3786.