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Victors Night Club- Dinner and Dancing

Hours before Victor's begins filling up with adults looking to connect with friends and the opposite sex, a different group of customers is sitting in Milwaukee's most enduring nightspot. The lights are low, Sinatra is on the sound system and the patrons are scanning menus.

In the fickle world of clubs and nightlife, Victor's has been amazingly impervious to fads and trends. For two generations it has been a beacon for the single – and the wannabe single – adult hoping for a hook-up.

Many of those folks have little idea it is also a serious restaurant. Victor's leads a double life.

"We are relatively unknown for our food," the business' affable namesake, Victor Jones, says.

You can start dinner at Victor's with a jumbo shrimp cocktail ($12) or brie wrapped in phyllo dough with raspberry Chambord sauce ($9.50). Entrees include shrimp de jonghe with pasta or rice ($24.75), chicken parmesan with pasta ($19.75) and a veggie plate ($16.50).

Beef eaters have a choice of a 16-ounce New York strip ($27.50) or a 12-ounce filet (26.50). Two cuts of prime rib ($21.75) and ($25.75) are available on Friday and Saturday nights.

Crab legs and fried shrimp can be added for combo plates. The steaks and prime are accompanied by sauteed mushrooms, grilled vegetables and onion rings.

All entrees come with freshly baked bread, soup or salad, and a potato or veggies.

Desserts, including an airy cheesecake and chocolate mousse in a graham cracker crust, are home made.

Victor's traces its roots back to the end of prohibition, when Jones' father, Casey, opened a neighborhood tavern called the Green Parrot on East State Street. During Victor's freshman year at UW-Madison, his dad became too ill to run the bar, and the 18-year-old college student came home to operate it.

"My dad still had the license, and I told everybody I was 22," Victor, who is now a lively 82, recalls. Over time, the younger Jones changed the name to Victor's, remodeled the saloon into a more upscale establishment, and added food. His mother was the cook.

Downtown redevelopment that led to the construction of Juneau Village wiped the original Victor's off the map in the '60s. Jones bought several houses on Van Buren Street, razed them and built the present Victor's, which has been expanded a number of times.

His mother moved to the kitchen in the new location and began showing her granddaughters how to cook. "We all grew up in the kitchen. I started when I was 10," Victor's chef Mary Ann Jones says.

Another granddaughter, Susan Clark, makes the desserts and supervises the waitstaff.

Victor's epitomizes the concept of a family business. Victor has seven adult children, and all are involved in the restaurant and club. On a recent Tuesday night, four of them were working – two at the bar and two in the kitchen.

Some of their spouses also pitch in. "We all do whatever we have to," Mary Ann Jones says. "Wherever we are needed."

"If it were not for my kids, I would have been out of this years ago," Victor says. He continues to go into the business most days.

Victor's serves dinner from 5 to 9:30 Monday through Saturday. It can seat about 100 for indoor dining and another 40 persons on an outdoor patio.

The restaurant side of Victor's accounts for about 25 percent of overall income, according to Jones. The kitchen also services a sizable private party business.

Longevity is such a rare achievement in the nightclub trade, and Victor was asked the secret of his success.

"We make the place attractive to women," he said. "We respect women. We don't allow (male) goofs in here, anybody who is obnoxious or too forward."

And of course, wherever the women are, the men will follow.

For nearly 50 years Victor's On Van Buren has been the place to see and be seen in Milwaukee. The dance party starts at 9pm in our Las Vegas style nightclub.

Dance the night away to music from the 60's to today's hits. Take advantage of our daily drink specials as we play the music you want to dance to and mingle with the great people at Victor's.

The menu is located here


The RSVP deadline is Friday, March 26th to both reserve or change your reservations for this event.  I have to give Victors a final guest count by Friday March 26th  morning. So, please remember that any cancellations made after Friday March 26th will be considered a "No Show".


I am really excited about this dinner and look forward to seeing all of those that plan on coming!

Tina

 


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  • Tina

    Great food and great company!

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Such a fun little gem, great people watching. Enjoyed meeting everyone!

    April 28, 2013

  • Linda G.

    I'll have to go another time. I'm working on a big project.

    April 27, 2013

  • merryl m.

    Are people dressing casual, or what?

    April 27, 2013

    • Tina

      I think it is a matter of what you are comfortable in. I've seen people there in jeans and others in Sunday dress. Wear what you are comfortable in.

      April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Tina , I know is late but can I bring a friend?

    April 27, 2013

    • Tina

      Please do!

      April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I plan on attending but will be late as going to Pfister for dance completion.

    April 27, 2013

  • Tina

    I called Victors to verify that they are still open. Given the sounds in the background of happy revelers I can report they are open for business!

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would have loved this. Unfortunately I already made plans for Saturday. Next time...

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly, I will be out of town!

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    would go in a heartbeat, but have plans already!

    April 23, 2013

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  • Tina
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  • Lee
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