Don't want to deal with Deer District crowds? Here's other NBA Finals watch parties in the Greater Milwaukee Area

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58)-- If you don't want to deal with the mass crowds down at the Deer District Tuesday night, July 20, there's still plenty of other watch parties happening throughout the Greater Milwaukee area.

"They've been waiting 50 years for this," Leff's Lucky Town General Manager Mike Szohr said.

"The people have been coming out every game, (there's) big screen TVs, they're screaming and clapping and high fives," Szohr said. "It's going to be a high energy night."

Emma Estrada was just one of the fans packing Leff's Lucky Town in Wauwatosa Tuesday.


"It's a good crowd here, it's a beautiful night, they've put up an awesome screen, so it's a good vibe," she said. 

Estrada started following the Bucks 20 years ago when she moved from Chicago.

"I just remember going and getting free tickets to the Bucks way back when, and watching Giannis go out there and -- who is this kid? This kid is rocking it out for us."

Several fans say they're nervous, and they're enjoying a crowd that doesn't measure in the tens of thousands.

"Maybe 10 years ago when I was in my 20s I would have gone to the Deer District," said Bucks fan Christopher Sobieszczyk. "But standing in line to go to the bathroom and waiting in lien for a beer doesn't seem as exciting as it used to."

Down in South Milwaukee, they're transforming their European Beer Garden into the Deer Garden.

"You'll have beer, games, food, music and hopefully a Bucks win," Mayor Erik Brooks said.

The most important feature of a watch party, a 12-foot screen that hundreds of fans can gather around.

"It's an opportunity for South Milwaukee to get behind the Bucks, and this is a historic opportunity, not just for the city of Milwaukee but for the entire state," Brooks said.

Over in Bayshore, they've got a similar setup, but also with the chance to win a Bucks jersey at the end of the game.

"Obviously, the big screen behind us. It's an amazing environment to watch," Tap Yard Owner Nick Marking said. "It's busy, but it's not crazy, crazy busy like the Deer District."

All of these organizers recommend arriving early to a watch party in order to secure a spot.

"We're super excited to potentially bring a championship home to Milwaukee," Marking said.

No matter where you choose to watch Game 6, it's a game most won't want to miss.

"We can taste that victory. It's right there within reach," Szohr said

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