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Address: Big Bay, MI
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12:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 02:00
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The scene of a 1951 murder, resulting in a book and movie about the event.

The scene of a 1951 murder, resulting in a book and movie about the event.

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Great place to stop.

We absolutely recommend a stop for a bite to eat, drink and hear stories. Sit at the bar and meet Joyce. She's lived in BB all her life and has a wicked sense of humor! Don't... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 August 2016
macspoon
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Holland, Michigan
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Holton, Michigan
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped for lunch while snowmobiling on trail 5 to Big Bay. The fish basket was pretty good, but the atmosphere was really cool with the old chainsaws hanging around, and all the history involved with "anatomy of a murder" movie.

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Thank flickjo1
Bloomington, Indiana
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The food is below average, it will do, but no more than that. Very friendly local place, very local. Maybe on a weekend when they are serving more people the food is better. OK selection of beer with at least two local beers.

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Thank Robert B
Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We came here on a Thursday night while we were in town staying at the lighthouse nearby and we had SO MUCH FUN. We were a little afraid to go in, having heard stories about the rowdy local crowd and not being big bar people, but it turned out to just be Jack the bartender (and owner), and other people... More 

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Thank bluebirdamie
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This is the tavern made famous by the movie Anatomy of a Murder. Nothing fancy but beer is cold and locals are friendly. Go ahead and stop and enjoy the history

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Thank Fishrwmn
Appleton, Wisconsin
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242 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Tried to like this place. First visit was a Tues night and it was very busy. Was dump night for the locals and while people were friendly it was hard to get a drink or any kind of service so we knew a sandwich was going to be difficult. No problem we decided to go back the next night. went... More 

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Thank Skibby1
Detroit
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

They painted on the floor the outline of the body of the murder that made this area famous. The waitress invited us to lay down and assume the position right on the floor! Good beers! We had Red Jacket Pale Ale and the Widowmaker--both excellent. White fish sandwiches were good too,

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Thank SuzieM13Detroit
Holland, Michigan
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We absolutely recommend a stop for a bite to eat, drink and hear stories. Sit at the bar and meet Joyce. She's lived in BB all her life and has a wicked sense of humor! Don't rush your stay as travelers and locals are great to talk to if you want information on hiking, beaches and history.

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Thank macspoon
Nashotah, Wisconsin, United States
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108 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch after checking out the nearby lighthouse. The bar was empty except for one guy finishing his lunch. There is a story to this place...there was a murder there in 1952 where an army lt. shot the bar owner because he believed he had raped his wife. A book and movie were written and made for the incident.... More 

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Thank Wendy T
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

This is where the locals go to drink. It's worth the stop if you want to rub elbows with the local folks. Tip...aadon't order a fancy drink if you don't want to be called a tourist.

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Thank Nathan D
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

We were simply taking a drive to see what was in Big Bay and to check out the lighthouse in the area when we stumbled upon the Lumberjack Tavern. What a great find! It is a VERY local tavern with a very unique history. An old Jimmy Stewart movie based on the murder of its bartender was filmed here -... More 

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