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Boat Bar where friends come to meet

From left, bartender Jen and general manager Nanci some of the friendly staff at The Boat Bar.
March 28, 2007 - It's been an area landmark dating back to the mid-1860s when the stagecoach stopped at a building near the east shore of Bald Eagle Lake. Hotel rooms were rented upstairs horses were boarded in the lower sections while guests could view the sunset on the back deck.

Today, new owners John and Kim Hagar, have implemented new high definition televisions, air conditioning and modern restrooms have replaced the old facilities—but the old atmosphere of The Boat Bar, 2000 S. M-15 Ortonville remains.

"It's known as the Boat Bar—but the sign out front reads Brandon's Landing," said Nanci Robinson, Boat Bar manager. "We've made significant improvements to the Boat Bar, but don't worry it's the same friendly place where you can kick back and relax just like being up in northern Michigan—without the long drive. The deck always has a nice breeze in the summer—it's a great place to watch the sunset after a long day at work."

If you need a little more activity and tired of driving miles for bowling competition, give video bowling a try—it's fun and a great way to meet new people, said Robinson.

Bowling leagues are available during the week along with dart teams. "They're always looking for new players."

From new video games, to weekly three-ball pool tournaments on Wednesday and Fridays to the famous "Butter Burger," The Boat Bar offers a rich tradition locally.

For those that need a little practice the pool is just .25 cents each Sunday and Monday, with drink specials each night.

"If pool is not your game, Karaoke with Dan is offered every Saturday night," said Robinson. "Friday night D.J's in addition to outstanding ensembles is also a lot of fun."

While a great mix of new and old has made the Boat Bar the area hot spot, the friendly bartenders continue to set the stage for a good time.

"Bring your sense of humor when you stop by and meet, Angie, Cory, Heather, Jen, John, Nanci, Patty, and Steve," said Robinson. "It's all in fun—a tradition that's just not going to change—even though we've made some improvements. It's a great place to stop and eat and meet friends."

The Boat Bar, 2000 S. M-15 on the shores of Bald Eagle Lake is open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday noon to 2 a.m. (248 627-2219

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