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JC's Sports Bar - A Northland Tradition

Written by  May 31, 2004

JC's Sports Bar is a unique biker friendly hangout, where they make you feel like part of the family as soon as you walk in the door. Along with their ever-popular Tuesday night bike night sponsored by Clay County Choppers, they also offer many specials throughout the week. On Mondays you can get a draw for only a buck, on Wednesdays you can get $4 pitchers of Bud, Bud Lite and Busch, and on Thursdays you can have a shot for only one George Washington. If you happen to be there for bike night on the last Tuesday of the month, you also have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Clay County Choppers.

Even with all these great specials, JC's Sports Bar's claim to fame is 'the coldest beer in town,' which Karen Foster, the lively lady who runs the show, proved to me during a recent bike night. I took a swig from the bottle of Bud Lite she handed me, and after the brain freeze wore off, I asked Karen how they keep their beer so damn cold. Karen said, 'We keep our beer iced down 24/7 inside a large walk-in cooler in the back of the bar. That's why we have the coldest beer in town!'

When you first walk into JC's Sports Bar, it looks like your typical neighborhood bar, but when you start looking around, you can tell this is definitely a biker friendly establishment. As you enter the bar, a large wooden motorcycle sits on a pedestal to the left. There is one pool table in the main part of the bar, and if you want a little privacy, there is another pool table in a small room in the back. The jukebox is loaded with great classic biker music, and almost everyone in the bar is decked out in various forms of biker wear.

While I was there, Karen drew tickets out of a fish bowl and gave away several nice prizes including hats, coffee cups and t-shirts sporting names such as, Clay County Choppers, Harley-Davidson, West Coast Choppers, and Orange County Choppers. About every 15-20 minutes, Karen would yell out another ticket number and toss a prize to the winner.

Along with the coldest beer in town, JC's Sports Bar is also known for their “upside down shots.” If you see Karen wandering through the bar with a large bottle and a bar towel, watch out! If she picks you out of the crowd, just tilt your head back, while Karen places the towel over the front of your shirt and carefully pours the drink straight down your throat until you give her the official hand waving sign that you've had enough. It could also be a sign that you are drowning, but only you will be able to answer that question. This goes on for several minutes to a cheering crowd until the bottle is completely empty. This is a wild little place that is definitely worth checking out!

Along with sponsoring a great bike night, the folks at JC's Sports Bar also go out of their way to support the local motorcycle community. On Saturday, May 15, they helped sponsor a benefit poker run to help fellow rider, Aaron Followell get back on his feet after a recent motorcycle accident. For details on Aaron's poker run, check out this month's business review on Clay County Choppers.

And speaking of benefit rides, on Saturday, June 19, Clay County Choppers is sponsoring the Tom Mattivi Memorial Run to help raise money so Tom's family can afford a headstone for his grave. For those of you who didn't know Tom, he was the owner of JC's Sports Bar and just recently passed away after a lengthy illness. He was a huge supporter of the local motorcycle community and a great man; so mark your calendar and come help Tom's family.

So the next Tuesday evening, if you're out cruising around, make sure to run by JC’s Sports Bar and see for yourself if it isn't the coldest beer you've ever had!

Story by Mike Schweder

Photos by Mike Schweder and Bart