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YOUR guide to bars and nightlife in the Chippewa Valley

Where to go & What to do

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CONTACT Phone: (715) 552-0457 Inter-web: www.volumeone.org Email: mail@volumeone.org PUBLISHER / EDITOR / ETC Nick Meyer MANAGING EDITORS Thom Fountain + Tom Giffey ONLINE EDITOR Mike Paulus RESOURCE & LISTINGS EDITOR Tyler Griggs WEB DEVELOPMENT MASTER Don Ross BAR LISTING TASKFORCE Dustin Hahn + Allison Puestow + Emily Albrent + Tyler Jennings Henderson + Katie Bast PHOTOGRAPHERS Andrea Paulseth + Timothy Mather + Zachary Oliphant + Greg Bauwens + Luong Huynh ADVERTISING MANAGER EMERITUS Shawn Brunner ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVES Chase Kunkel + Neil Hodorowski ADVERTISING DESIGNER Kaitlyn Bryan + Erik Johnson BASIC INFO Night Out is published by Volume One – a locally owned, locally operated, and locally focused magazine. Night Out is distributed to more than 300 locations in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls. BAR, TAVERN, & CLUB INFO We did our best to include all bars in our area. If we missed yours or if you have a new bar that you’d like listed in the next issue of Eat Scene/Night Out, call: (715) 552-0457 or email: mail@volumeone.org. ONLINE NIGHTLIFE GUIDE This guide is available in a highly searchable format on our website at VolumeOne.org/bars. Every tavern and club in the Valley is listed and up-to-date, plus there are photos, maps/directions, and reviews. ADVERTISING INFO Night Out, the best and most complete guide to bars in the Chippewa Valley, is read by nearly 50,000 locals and tourists each year. If you’d like to advertise in the next issue, call: (715) 552-0457 or email: advertising@volumeone.org. COVER PHOTO A crowd gathers to hear live music at the Mousetrap, 311 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire. Photo by Greg Bauwens. © 2014 Volume One The writing, artwork, and photography in Night Out remain the property of the authors, artists, & photographers. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the publication or its advertisers.

SETTIN’ THEM UP O’Leary’s Pub, Eau Claire


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Mixing It Up Thirsty for more than a typical cocktail? These places offer something special.

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Milwaukee Burger Company, 2620 E. Clairemont Ave., has carved out a niche for itself for burgers (naturally) as well as for Bloody Marys: They make ’em big here, and they come with an astonishing number of garnishes. If you think Bloody Mary simply means a glass of Clamato and vodka with a stick of celery in it, think again. The Bacon Bloody, which came in at No. 2 in our poll, is made with baconinfused vodka (seriously) and dressed with three different strips of bacon (brown sugar, jalapeno, and applewood-smoked), pepperjack cheese, a dill pickle, an olive, a pickled green bean, and celery. Garnishes aside, however, the drink itself is superb: Salty and a bit spicy – but not too spicy – and nice and tomato-y too.

PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITA

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Do you need a vacation from the overly sweet strawberry margaritas found at every Mexican restaurant between the Chippewa and the Rio Grande? Mosey over to the Livery, 316 Wisconsin St., for the famous Prickly Pear Cactus Margarita. Yes, it’s sweet and fruity, but it manages to be richer, mellower, and saltier than a standard margarita. The key ingredient is prickly pear cactus juice, which gives the drink its rich red glow and unique flavor. Fun fact: Prickly pear juice is frequently used in Mexican folk medicine, but the only claim we’ll make here is that it makes a darn good cocktail. V1’s Night Out 2014

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THE DELUSION

It’s been compared to a liquid Gummy Bear, but to me the Delusion is syrupy, alcohol-infused glass of blue pineapple juice. “It’s kind of sweet, kind of fruity, but it packs a punch,” explains Stephen Geitz, owner of the Grand Illusion, 418 Water St. Geitz has owned the bar for 26 years, and in the summer of 1988 his then-manager and a pair of patrons concocted the beverage, which was meant as an answer to the Stable Stomper, the specialty drink at the establishment under a previous owner, when it was the Stable Saloon. Considering the drink’s iconic status, Geitz and his bartenders are understandably tight-lipped about its true contents. Based on personal observation, however, I can verify it contains a couple of red liquids, some kind of juice, and a splash of something blue. (A mixologist I’m not.) Geitz acknowledges the drink’s sweet fruitiness is a stark contrast to the bar’s dimly lit rock ’n’ roll lounge vibe. (The place takes its name from the title of a Styx album.) “Maybe that’s why it was so unique,” he says. “Maybe you’d expect something that was harsher.” If you order a Delusion, just remember to save the blue ticket you get from the bartender. Collect 10, and you’re entitled to a free T-shirt. The prize is a testament to the drink’s popularity: Geitz long ago lost track of how many he’s given away. VolumeOne.org/Bars

LUONG HUYNH

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You can enjoy a cold one at a lot of places. Yet sometimes you want something other than beer to wet your whistle – a mixed drink, perhaps, but one more complicated than a hastily- swizzled Captain and Coke. You’d like something special, something that can’t be mixed by any bartender anywhere. That’s where this list comes in. These are the three best specialty drinks in the Chippewa Valley as judged by Volume One readers in our most recent poll. In the interests of journalistic accuracy, I’ve sampled them all. (Don’t worry, it wasn’t all at once.) Here’s the story behind the most beloved drinks in the Valley.

THE BACON BLOODY

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Timeless Taverns exploring the stories of some of the Valley’s historic watering holes

Wigwam Tavern

314 E. Madison St., Eau Claire The building housing the Wigwam Tavern was built in 1883 as Nehers Drug Store, and was renamed Quality Drug Store in 1910. In 1913, it was The Home Bakery, before it was purchased by L.E. Phillips and turned into a tobacco distributor. Its first listing as a tavern was in a 1935 directory, where it was called Ray’s Tavern. (No word on whether or not they served roast beef sandwiches on napkins.) In 1939, the building was purchased by Jake Geisert, who renamed it the Wigwam. When Jake died, the business was taken over by his son, George, who ran it for 40 years, before it was purchased by its current owners, Dave and Erica Ottosen. According to stories, George’s grandparents may have been bootleggers during Prohibition, and there are stories of bare-knuckle boxing and gambling in the basement during the era. Since early city directories list the residence of the first owners on the same street as the tavern itself, it can be speculated that the house and tavern were attached. It is likely, then, that it functioned as a speakeasy during Prohibition.

Girolamo’s Court’n House

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In a place with so much history, it’s no surprise that many of our drinking establishments – and the buildings they call home – have long and fascinating stories. The places where we now gather with friends for a few beverages have been candy stores and (possibly) speakeasies, banks and (maybe) bare-knuckle boxing venues. So pull up a stool and learn about days gone by. Don’t worry, this history lesson isn’t a dry one (except during Prohibition, maybe).

Alphonse Couture stands behind the bar at Between the Acts Saloon in the early 1900s. The saloon, one of several owned by members of the Couture family (including what’s now The Grand Illusion) likely was at 410 S. Barstow St. (now part of Valleybrook Church).

113 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire

Stones Throw

The Court’n House started off as Oberg & Schlieve Hardware Store from 190820, and in the decade that followed it went through several business changes. The building housed John Goulette Beverages, Delicious Foods, Drake-Rea Company Autos, and Food Products Company throughout the years. It was also Bill Mooney’s Bar and Grill from 1950-74 before it became the Court’n House of today.

This longtime Eau Claire nightspot occupies part of the historic Barnes Block, a massive stone-and-brick Victorian building erected in 1893-94 at the corner of South Barstow and Eau Claire streets. The structure, also called the CameronDrummond-Slagsvold Building (say that five times fast!) was once home to the Chippewa Valley Bank and Samuelson’s Department Store. In 1979, stained-glass

304 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire

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artist Frank Stone founded the Stones Throw as an upscale restaurant with a large main room, upper level balcony, and a kitchen and dining room on the lower level. In 1981, Stone turned to blues musician James Solberg to run music. By 1984, however, Stone was forced to turn the building over to the bank, and Fred Kappus was hired to manage the property. A few years later, Kappus and a partner bought it. In 1986, Solberg took over the Stones Throw’s lease and began what some have called its heyday, when


TIMELESS TAVERNS PHOTOS BY CHIPPEWA VALLEY MUSEUM

Above: Presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy visited Bud’s Bar & Grill (now Clancy’s, 414 S. Barstow St.) in 1960. Left: The Barnes Block, shown in 1904, is now home to the Stones Throw, 304 Eau Claire St. it hosted lots of big-name music acts. In 1993, Solberg sold the place to another musician, Leigh Carey, and after that it changed hands frequently: In 1995, Wayne Marek bought it and turned it into The Trading Company, a gay dance club. In 1997, Chuck Wilke took over, called it the

Cornerstone, and tried live music again. He later changed it back to a gay bar, called CJ’s Great Escape, before selling it to Kappus, the landlord, in 2001. Soon, Kappus sold his shares to Joseph LaPoint and Steve and Lorrie Anderson. During this time the Stones Throw experienced another musical upsurge. It was sold to Ryan O’Connor and his mother, Sue, in 2005, and a little over a year after that, Jon Marlier and Andrew Pernsteiner took over for about three years. Today, the establishment is operated by landlord John Mogensen and features live music and comedy.

The Pioneer 401 Water St., Eau Claire

The Pioneer Tavern

Girolamo’s Court’n House, 113 W. Grand Ave., hasn’t always on Water Street was been owned by the Girolamo family, but it’s been called the established in 1984, Court’n House since the 1970s. yet the building in V1’s Night Out 2014

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which it resides has been around since the late 1800s. The original building burned in April 1882 in a fire that destroyed most of the westside business district. It was replaced with the building that now holds the Pioneer, although in the interim it was a furniture store, drugstore, and Hansen Beverages.

The Grand Illusion

418 Water St., Eau Claire This 19th-century building has housed a tavern (except for during Prohibition when it was listed as a “restaurant”) for nearly a century. The building was a candy shop from the late 1880s to the early decades of the 1900s. For 30 years after 1920, it was owned by Alfred Couture and his family. The establishment went through several ownership changes in the 1950s and then was Dale’s Blue Front Tavern for more than 15 years. After than, it became the Stable Saloon and (briefly) Lord Jeffries Pub. Since 1988, however, it’s been The Grand Illusion, complete with stiff drinks, loud music, secluded booths, and rock ’n’ roll artwork.

Compiled by Tom Giffey, Kristin Frosch, Carrie Weiss, and Frank Smoot


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Local Beer & Bar Trivia NOVICE

INTERMEDIATE

1. Who’s this guy?

6. Valkyrie Brewing in the western Wisconsin village of Dallas originally was called:

A. Johannes Walter B. Frederick Miller C. Frederick Pabst D. Jacob Leinenkugel

2. Name the historic Eau Claire brewery that marketed its brew with the slogan “The Beer That Is Beer.” A. Dells Brewery B. Walter’s C. Leinenkugel’s D. Hamm’s

3. This brew pub on Eau Claire’s south side makes a host of its own beers, including Floppin’ Crappie and Lil’ Bandit Brown: A. Northstar B. Northwoods C. Northland D. Northwest

4. Lazy Monk Brewing and Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery are housed in an Eau Claire facility that was once a __________ factory. A. Sawmill part B. Pressure cooker C. Tire D. Circuit board

5. This Water Street watering hole is decorated with pictures of musicians who performed there.

A. Valhalla B. Viking C. Vulcan D. Venus

7. Which color can does original Old Milwaukee come in? A. Blue B. Red C. Silver D. Gold

ADVANCED 11. In 2013, this became the first variety of Leinenkugel’s beer to be distributed in all 50 states: A. Berry Weiss B. Creamy Dark C. Summer Shandy D. Leinie’s Original

8. Wisconsin is the No. 1 state for sales of this spirit, a critical ingredient in an Old Fashioned:

12. Menomonie’s Lucette Brewing introduced a wheat beer in 2013 that shared its name with a Shakira song:

A. Vodka B. Rum C. Whisky D. Brandy

9. This Eau Claire bar/music venue still has nautical decorations from its days as the Oar House: A. The House of Rock B. The Mousetrap C. The Stones Throw D. Sea Horse Inn

10. All of these establishments are in Chippewa Falls except: A. Fill Inn Station B. Happy Hollow C. The Snout Saloon D. Burly’s

A. Underneath Your Clothes B. Hips Don’t Lie C. Oral Fixation D. Beautiful Liar

13. Contrary to popular belief, Wisconsin isn’t the No. 1 beerproducing state. According to the Beer Institute, in 2012 its rank in total production was: A. 2nd B. 12th C. 42nd D. 5th

14. Only four states drink more beer per-capita than Wisconsin, according to the Beer Institute. Which state is NOT among them?

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A. Texas B. North Dakota C. Montana D. New Hampshire

15. All of these establishments are in Menomonie except: A. The Abbey Pub & Grub B. Shoe’s Pub C. The Pourhouse D. Stout Ale House

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Bar Listings bowling alleys, dance clubs, music venues, gaming spots, holes-in-the-wall – it’s all here ... Look at all these bars! Because you get dolled up and hit the town with either a specific area or “activity” in mind, we’ve got categories for both. Icons within the listings show places that serve food, have free snacks, happy hour specials, and outdoor patios (icon key found throughout). “Quick Lists” break down places with things like weekly karaoke, league games, and late-night grub. Winners of Volume One’s annual Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll are noted in the descriptions with a red star. If you dig this, feel free to also check out the online counterpart to Night Out at VolumeOne.org/Bars. We did our best to list every drinking hole in the Chippewa Valley, but if we missed one, please let us know. Enjoy!

ALTOONA

400 Club 1411 Spooner Ave., Altoona • (715) 8346226 • As your friendly neighborhood bar, 400 Club keeps it simple with seven taps, and pizza being the sole item on their menu. Besides the bar, three tables are available for seating. In the back, pool and darts await you – and they’re seldom overtaken (dart leagues and in house pool leagues available). Happy hour specials from 3 to 6pm weekdays. Karaoke on Tuesdays. Live music occasionally. H F Draganetti’s Ristorante 3120 Hillcrest Pkwy.,

Altoona • (715) 834-9234 • draganettis.com • While the restaurant is known for fine Italian dining, the bar at Drag’s is known for a comfortable, old-school lounge feel marked by low lighting and stools plus expertly mixed cocktails like the famous oldfashioned. Happy hour is 4-6pm Monday-Thursday. Outdoor patio, three taps, three specialty beers, party room that holds 40. H F O S Q

Golden Spike Bar & Grill 228 Division St., Altoona

DOWNTOWN CHIPPEWA

Casa Mexicana 324 N. Bridge St, Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-2315 • The bar is separate from the familyoriented restaurant, and, not surprisingly, their margaritas are a popular beverage, especially during their Monday night special where margs are only 99 cents. F Q

Duncan Creek Wine Bar 213 N. Bridge St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-7000 • www.duncancreekwinebar. com • With a wine list composed of roughly 80 bottles (from France, Spain, Portugal Australia, and more) there’s no question as to how Duncan Creek Wine Bar & Grille got its name. The bar in this bistro-style eatery overlooks Bridge Street and has ten specialty beers on top of the wines, champagnes, sake, and dessert wines. Food served late on weekends, outdoor patio, party room available for 40. Happy hour is coming soon! H F O Q

Every Buddy’s Bar 19 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-3838 • everybuddysbar.net • During the day Every Buddy’s is a bar and grill, but they’re

Falls Bowl 9 W Columbia St, Chippewa Falls • (715)

723-3347 • Happy-go-lucky people frequent this bar-within-a-bowling alley for deep fried food and five tap beers (plus tap root beer). Also available are various Leinenkugel brews. F

Fill Inn Station 104 W. Columbia St., Chippewa Falls

• (715) 723-6551 • fillinnstation.com • Fill Inn Station is famous for homemade pizzas and curds as well as Bloody Marys served with fresh shrimp, but the bar just added a 20-line draft system so they’ve got all your favorite beer right at your disposal. Happy hour (weekdays 4 to 6pm) serves complimentary hors d’oeuvres. There’s always free popcorn and an outdoor patio. A banquet facility holds 275. H F O S

LeRoy’s on Spring Street 24 W Spring St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-0976 • Come on down to LeRoy’s and visit the “best jukebox in town!” It is said LeRoy’s on Spring Street has the cheapest beer in town. Choose from a Leinenkugel’s specialty brew or four tap beers. Happy hours are from 3-6pm Monday through Friday. Indoor games include pool and darts, with leagues for both. If you’re hungry late at night, LeRoy’s serves pizza and pretzels after 10pm. Outdoor patio. H F O The Lodge 1200 W River St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-7708 • The Lodge is known for a full blown tiki bar, outdoor games, two volleyball courts, and a DJ, karaoke, or live music every Saturday. Serves breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. H F The Ritz 114 W. River St, Chippewa Falls • (715)

726-8710 • This small bar situated right in downtown Chippewa Falls caters to a low-key, older crowd. Their fenced-in patio is just the place to enjoy a beer (eight on tap and one specialty) with summery yellow umbrellas and white wrought-iron furniture. Toss some beanbags and ask for the free snacks – they’ll bring ’em. Happy hour runs twice a day during the week: 10am to 12pm and 3pm to 6pm. H F O S

The Snout Saloon 13 W. Central St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-4848 • Snout Saloon is a place for specials. Choose to participate in their punch cards (buy nine drinks, get the 10th free), or enjoy happy hours from 4 to 11pm Monday through Friday. There are many specialty beers, four taps, and free popcorn. Saturday nights feature live music from blues, rock, ZACH OLIPHANT

• (715) 552-5526 • This down-home, kickback bar is like Cheers. Their happy hours runs weekdays (10am to 6pm), Saturdays 3 to 6pm, and go during Packer games and NASCAR races. Food served after 10pm, karaoke every Wed. and Sat. nights, as well as pool, darts, and video games. Ten tap beers, many specialty beers, outdoor patio. H F O

shots. They also have darts, pool, and is the kind of place where you throw your peanut shells on the floor. F O S

just as well known for being a nightlife spot. They have a variety of live music on Thursdays (open mic available), Friday and Saturday. They serve food late and have a small smoking patio, a dance floor, a Wii, touch-screen games, and leagues for pool and darts. 28 specialty beers and 16 taps. F O S

Happy Hollow Tavern 1628 N Hillcrest Pkwy, Altoona • (715) 832-2826 • happyhollowtavern. com • This spacious tavern has a log cabin vibe and boasts the area’s longest bar rail at 96 feet. Paticipate in Buzztime Trivia on Monday nights at 7pm, sing karaoke on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 9pm to close or try out team karaoke – a whole new beast – on Wednesdays. Happy hour weekdays 4-7pm. Smoking patio, dance floor, darts, video games, pizzas after 10pm. they have 11 beers on tap as well as specialty beers. Most known for their seven pool tables and the leagues that go along with them. Named Best Bar for Indoor Games in 2013 by V1 readers. H F O Q Rolly’s Coach Club 2239 Spooner Ave., Altoona • (715) 832-4120 • They take pride in cheap beer, their namesake bartender, stiff drinks, and even stiffer

ICON KEY H = Has recurring happy hour specials. F = Serves food other than frozen pizzas. O = Has an outdoor patio area. = Has free snacks (popcorn, nuts, chips, etc.).

Q = Winner: 2013 V1 Best of the Valley Reader Poll.

Looking for an Irish bar with parrot decor? Look to Clancy’s (414 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire).

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and country bands. For games, pool and darts are an option with leagues available. H F S

The Village Tavern 32 W Spring St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-3009 • A nautical theme gives this bar an extra bit of charm. Try the Village Bomb: a shot of cherry Dr. McGillicuddy’s mixed with orange pop. They have DJ-hosted karaoke Thursday nights, pool, darts, Wii games, and different nightly specials starting at 4pm every day of the week. Free food during Packer halftimes. Three to four specialty beers rotate seasonally and six beers flow from the tap. H F O S Tomahawk Room 306 N. Bridge St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 861-5052 • Situated within a brick building is this classic Chippewa bar with a friendly staff. Stay for a game of pool, a round of darts, or try your hand at the old school foosball table. Happy hour runs 4pm to 6pm weekdays. Pool and dart leagues available. Ten tap beers and an awesome selection of craft beers. H F S

Town Pump 616 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls •

(715) 723-8989 • Big enough to hold parties for 130 people, the Town Pump is a mixed crowd bar with Leinie’s memorabilia and daily specials. Play pool

or lob some darts and nab some free popcorn. Catch one of the weekend live music gigs. Party room. H F S

Burly’s 19 E Canal St, Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-

9148 • This recently-remodeled sports bar has a smoking deck, pool table(s), darts (with leagues for both), and happy hour specials Mon. through Thurs. from 3 to 6 PM. Fifteen different specialty beers are available, though none are on tap. H O

Cancun Mexican Grill 475 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-7007 • cancunmexicangrillwi.com • This family owned, sit-down Mexican restaurant and bar is known for its loud, happy atmosphere. Order a margarita in strawberry, raspberry, mango, peach, banana, tamarindo, or regular: Happy hour runs all day Monday and Tuesday. If you’re a beer drinker, they have two specialty choices and six on tap. Party room available. H F Q Dewey’s Roadhouse 1 E. Canal St., Chippewa Falls

• (715) 720-6023 • deweysroadhouse.com • Dewey’s is all about variety, whether it’s music and clientele or things to do and what to drink. They have a massive patio with tables and a fire pit, all overlooking the

The bar is known for a comfortable, old-school lounge feel marked by low lighting and stools plus expertly mixed cocktails like the famous Old Fashioned. Draganetti’s Ristorante, Altoona or darts (leagues available), and select from a large variety of specialty beers and four on tap. They have happy hour every night of the week from 4-6pm. Outdoor patio with beanbags and washer toss when weather permits. H F O O

EAST HILL CHIPPEWA Tip Top 310 Allen St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-

8211 • Fun and laid back, Tip Top mostly plays host to a crowd of regulars at their U-shaped bar. They carry four to five specialty beers and four beers on tap. Pool and darts are available, as well as leagues for both. Happy hour is from 11am-6pm weekdays. They also have pizza available and free snacks during Packer games. H F O

NORTHSIDE CHIPPEWA

Glen Loch Bar and Grill 1300 Jefferson Ave., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-1297 • Come see what’s shakin’ on the dance floor, or play some pool, darts, or foosball. Leagues are open for pool and darts. They offer specialty beers, six beers on tap, and free peanuts. Happy hour. H F S

Ojibwa Golf & Bowl 8140 136th St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-8823 • Obviously best known for nine holes of golf and eight lanes of bowling (both of which have leagues), Ojibwa also does basic bar food, a 4-6pm happy hour every day, and claims to make the best Bloody Mary around. Their arcade includes air hockey, darts, and video archery. H F S

SOUTHSIDE CHIPPEWA

1st and Goal Saloon 29 E Park Ave., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-7822 • A place for all types of people to gather, 1st and Goal has a modest-sized dance floor, happy hour specials, occasional free snacks, and five tap beers. Their dart and pool leagues tend to attract a younger crowd. Four big screen TVs show all the relevant football games. H O S

Bridgewater Restaurant & Pub 1009 W.

Park Ave., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-6941 • avalonhotelchippewafalls.com • Enclosed within the big square-shaped bar at Bridgewater are an impressive 19 beers on tap (and one root beer). The happy hour taps deal runs 3 to 6pm and is practically famous. Plug in the jukebox and use the dance floor,

river. “It has a real old French canal street feel to it,” says Dewey. They have dance parties and DJs most weekends, live music occasionally, and 26 specialty beers. Late-night happy hours 9-11pm (except Saturdays). For games, they have pool, darts, arcade, and touch-screens indoors, with bags and volleyball outdoors, both of which have leagues. H O

Lake Hallie Golf Course 2196 110th St, Chippewa

Falls • (715) 861-5442 • lakehalliegolf.com • A horseshoe bar is within a window-lined room so you can gaze at the greens. Or watch the game on four flatscreen TVs while munching on free snacks. With an open, casual atmosphere, Lake Hallie Golf Course serves food and has pool, darts, and golf (of course), plus leagues in all three activities. Outdoor pavilion and indoor party room available. Fifteen specialty beers, seven on tap. Wednesday nights are for karaoke. F O S

Lake Hallie Sportsman’s Club 2910 109th

St, Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-1050 • Stop by Sportsman’s and check out their outdoor pavillion, Monday-Thursday happy hour 4:30-6:30pm, and pool table. Eight beers on tap and a few specialty beers available. Karaoke twice a month and free snacks. H O S

VENUES WITH LIVE MUSIC WEEKLY Broadway Bowl Stout Ale House • (715) 235-2355

Bull Pen Sports Bar 1522 Bellinger St,

Eau Claire • (715) 839-9954

Every Buddy’s Bar 19 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-3838

House of Rock 422 Water St., Eau Claire

• (715) 838-0158

Infinity Beverages 930 Galloway St. Suite 4 (Banbury Place, Bldg 13), Eau Claire • 402-DRINK iB (374-6542) Irvine Ghost Pub 130 Fleet St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-1313

Missy’s Bar and Grill 1705 Cty. Hwy.

OO, Lake Hallie • 715-831-3922

Moose Lodge 3606 Curvue Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 835-6522

My Place 408 Galloway St., Eau Claire • (715) 835-5483 O’Leary’s Pub 809 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • (715) 834-6611 Pioneer Grill & Saloon E5699 Cty. Trk. D, Menomonie • (715) 235-9927 Redzone Sports Bar 2071 S Prairie View Rd, Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-3030 Sammy’s Pizza Restaurant & Pub 2812 London Rd, Eau Claire • (715) 831-1300

Shanghai Bistro 2930 Craig Rd., Eau

Claire • (715) 835-3348

Stones Throw 304 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • (715) 832-8888

Stout Ale House 1501 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • (715) 233-3333

Tailgates Sports Bar & Grill 1505 N.

Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 5521733

The Fire House 202 Gibson St., Eau Claire • (715) 514-0406

Sunbeam Tavern 1310 E Park Ave, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-4137 • Sunbeam Tavern is known for its games, with indoor options like pool and darts, and outdoor options like bean bags, volleyball, and horseshoes – many of which have leagues. Happy hours are Monday to Thursday, 6-11am and 3-5:30pm. Yes, they are open at 6am. They serve food past 10pm, have eight specialties and three taps, and reserve Fridays and Saturdays for karaoke. H F O S

The Great Escape 2909 Bongey Dr.,

Falls • (715) 723-9905 • Every Saturday from September to April enjoy karaoke at this sit-down bar and grill. (The crowd tends to skew a bit younger when these activities commence). Expect to find free peanuts, pool (league available), and darts. Happy hour runs Monday through Thursday 7am-9:30am and 3pm-6pm. The full menu is served until 10pm. Try 16 specialty beers as well as seven on tap. H F O S

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire • (715) 832-8844

Sweeney’s Bar & Grill 201 E. Canal St., Chippewa

Weekend at Bernie’s 353 E Canal St, Chippewa

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Menomonie • (715) 235-3472

The Livery 316 Wisconsin St, Eau Claire • (715) 833-7666

The Lodge 1200 W River St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-7708

The Mousetrap 311 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • (715) 832-8418

The Snout Saloon 13 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-4848

The West Hill Bar and Grill 250 W. Elm

St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-9281

VFW Post 305 1300 Starr Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 552-8438 Waterfront Bar & Grill 512 Crescent St., Menomonie • (715) 235-6541


cabcall local taxi companies A-1 Eau Claire Taxi Inc. (715) 831-8294 • Eau Claire

Chippewa Falls Shared Ride

(715) 723-3000 • Chippewa Falls

CMT Taxi (715) 514-4900 • Eau Claire Door 2 Door Taxi (715) 514-4550 • Eau Claire

Eau Claire Bike Cab (Pedicab)

(715) 894-7005 • downtown and Water Street

Kilimanjaro Taxi (715) 338-9840 • Menomonie

Leroy’s Cab Service

(715) 720-6106 • Chippewa Falls

Limo Cab (715) 835-1413 • Eau Claire Mr. Cab (715) 271-1000 • Eau Claire Pope’s Cab Service (715) 835-6220 • Eau

Claire

Right Way Shuttle Inc. (715) 210-6791 • Eau

Claire & Altoona

Town & Country Taxi

(715) 563-7272 • Eau Claire // (715) 309-9619 • Menomonie

and coins! Plug the jukebox or check out pool, darts (leagues for both), and pinball. Happy hour runs from 3pm to 7pm Monday through Friday along with Sunday from 9pm to midnight. You can also enjoy karaoke every other Friday. A variety of Leinenkugel specialty beers and four on tap. Pizza can be ordered after 10pm. H

The Rumor Mill Pub & Eatery 465 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-5600 • rumormill-

through Friday from 4-6pm, and their “world famous” hot beefs are served until midnight, as are their burgers and apps. Most Thursday nights you can find live music as well as occasionally on weekends. H F O S

Tip Top 310 Allen St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 7238211 • Fun and laid back, Tip Top mostly plays host to a crowd of regulars at its U-shaped bar. They carry four to five specialty beers and four beers on tap. Pool

Their sign says “the coldest beer in Chippewa County.” Whether it’s true or not is up to you to decide. Wander Inn, Chippewa Falls pubandeatery.com • This new addition to Chippewa Falls’ bar and grill scene serves up a variety of drinks including the “Happy Meal” Bloody Marys. Happy hour runs from 4-6pm and from 9-10pm Monday through Thursday. They are open until 11pm. They have a variety of specialty beers, 18 taps, and several local wines. H F O

WEST HILL CHIPPEWA

Irvine Ghost Pub 130 Fleet St., Chippewa Falls •

(715) 720-1313 • A local hangout complete with jukebox, a few TVs, and beer signage. Enjoy the outdoor patio in the summer and happy hour weekdays 4 to 6pm. There’s always free popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels, plus pool and darts. They serve frozen pizzas and have six taps. H F O S

River Inn Bar 10418 County Highway X, Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-9481 • River Inn offers four beers on tap plus some specialties including most of the Leinenkugel collection. Enjoy the occasional DJ dance party or karaoke nights. They also have darts and video games and a dining room. main menu served 11am-9pm with pizza after 10pm. F

The West Hill Bar and Grill 250 W. Elm St.,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-9281 • This is a cozy, clean neighborhood bar, decked out with mirrors on the wall. You’ll be pleased to find a dart board, video poker, indoor smoking room, four specialty beers, and six on tap. Their happy hour runs Monday

and darts are available, as well as leagues for both. Happy hour is from 11am-6pm weekdays. They also have pizza available and free snacks during Packer games. H F O

Wander Inn 6020 County Highway X, Chippewa

Falls • (715) 874-5590 • Their sign says “the coldest beer in Chippewa County.” Whether it’s true or not is up to you to decide. Choose from four beers on tap plus tap root beer. Happy hour is Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6pm. Pool and dart leagues are offered as well as the newly added outdoor game of bean bags. H F O

OUTSKIRTS CHIPPEWA

Brown Hut 2525 N 110th Ave, Chippewa Falls •

(715) 835-5880 • A no-hassle bar without the fanfare. Come for the horseshoe pits and the volleyball alongside an outdoor patio. Or, if weather doesn’t permit, hang out inside and play pool. Check out the happy hour. Serves food after 10pm. H F O S

Loopy’s Saloon & Grill 10691 Business 29,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-5667 • 723loop.com • Loopy’s isn’t a bar; it’s a complex. With volleyball leagues and bean bag tourneys overlooking the river (along with a tiki bar and fire pit), Loopy’s also created a dome for indoor leagues. They have tube, kayak, and canoe rentals plus pool and dart leagues. People hit the dance floor on weekends and karaoke mics on Saturdays. Happy hour is weekdays 3 to 6pm

trivia answers From Page 8 Novice: 1 point for each correct answer 1. D (He founded the Leinenkugel Brewing Co. in Chippewa Falls.) 2. B (Though the brewery closed in the 1980s, Northwoods Brewpub has since revived the Walter’s label.) 3. B (The brewpub opened in 1997.) 4. C (Both are in Banbury Place, the former Uniroyal Goodrich tire factory.) 5. A (The Joynt hosted monthly shows from 1974 to 1990.)

Intermediate: 2 points for each correct answer 6. B (Rights to use the Viking name were sold to an Icelandic brewery.) 7. B (The blue can is Old Mil Light.) 8. D (California-based Korbel sells V1’s Night Out 2014

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nearly half its brandy in Wisconsin.) 9. A (The House of Rock also was once called the Light House.) 10. B (Happy Hollow is in Altoona.)

Advanced: 3 points for each correct answer 11. C (Last year, Summer Shandy made up half of Leinenkugel’s business.) 12. B (It’s flavored with rose hips.) 13. B (The top-producing state is California.) 14. A (The other top-five state is South Dakota.) 15. C (The Pourhouse is in Elk Mound.)

YOUR SCORE 0-9: Designated driver 10-19: Barfly 20-29: Bartender 30: Brewmaster


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Ray’s Place (838 Water St., Eau Claire) has a foundation of regulars, but they make newcomers feel as welcome as Norm at Cheers. with 14 taps and nine specialties. Some free food on game days, party room for up to 400. Named Best Bar for Outdoor Sports in 2013 by V1 readers. H F O S Q

The Edge Pub & Eatery 9504 Cty Hwy S., Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 723-2400 • theedgeonwissota. com • The Edge and summer go hand-in-hand. What with their ridiculously enormous patio right on Lake Wissota, which has live music on Sunday afternoons and is a known stop for boaters. Their happy hours, from 4-6pm Monday through Thursday, include free snacks and drink deals. They have a handful of specialty beers, five taps, and a party room to accommodate about 100. Pool, foosball, and darts available, with the latter having a league. H F O

DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE

Amber Inn Bar & Grill 840 E. Madison St., Eau

Claire • (715) 832-0568 • One of Eau Claire’s original bars, Amber Inn was established in 1881 and has the antique decor to prove it. Enjoy happy hour specials 4 to 7pm weekdays, food after 10pm, darts, 11 specialty beers, 10 taps, free peanuts, and a video game room. H F S

Bull Pen Sports Bar 1522 Bellinger St, Eau Claire • (715) 839-9954 • bullpensportsbar.com • If you’re into karaoke, pool and dart leagues, or fantasy football and Nascar leagues this is your drinkin’ headquarters. Karaoke is Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Pool and dart leagues are co-ed. Choose from five tap beers, munch on peanuts/popcorn, and enjoy pub fare past 10pm. A younger crowd appears at night. Happy hour 3-6pm with 50-cent off drinks, outdoor patio. H F O S

Clancy’s 414 S Barstow St, Eau Claire • (715) 8325481 • On the surface Clancy’s is an Irish bar with parrot decor, but that hardly explains the appeal. Clancy’s is a chill bar with a clientele from 20s to 40s, mixed drinks served in jars, and one of the best jukeboxes around. Happy hour specials run 4-7pm every day, plus nightly specials later on. They have pool, a dart board, a few retro video games, and a touch-screen game. There’s free popcorn, 15-20 specialty beers, and eight taps. H O S The Depot 222 E Madison St, Eau Claire • (715)

834-9061 • wigwamtavern.com • Owned and operated through the Wigwam Tavern just down the street, The

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Depot is a summertime favorite open only during volleyball games (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). While the leagues roll on, free bean bags are available at this outdoor patio venue with simple bar food items and a stacked bar. Sit inside the small bar, at the outdoor tiki-type version, or at one of the tables. H F O S

Elbow Room 679 Wisconsin St, Eau Claire • (715) 835-1008 • Come listen to music on the new TouchTunes and cozy up to a beer on tap. Elbow Room has five taps, serves pizza, and is outfitted with a pool table (leagues available Tuesdays and Thursdays) and dart boards. Bean bag leagues in summer. Packer paraphernalia abounds, as does elbow room. Free snacks are offered on game days. Pizza and other snacks available after 10pm.

Galloway Grille 409 Galloway St., Eau Claire • (715) 514-0751 • gallowaygrille.com • Whether you pull up a seat at a high table, a booth, the patio, or right up at the bar, you’ll know Galloway Grille for its historic downtown decor and pub fare menu. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have 15 taps and specialty beers on hand. Happy hour runs 2-5 PM, Monday to Friday. Party room can hold about 25 people. H F O

Girolamo’s Court ‘n House 113 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 832-5478 • This place has as much range in clientele as it does in identity. Most nights this long-time bar hotspot is a casual place for talking. But on Thursday it’s overtaken by burger and karaoke madness, and on Sunday it’s all about the Packers. Locals and students alike flock for the late-night food, happy hour (Monday through Thursday 4-7pm), free popcorn/nuts, 10 taps, 20 specialties, pool, darts, arcade/touch-screens games, and an array of board games. H F S Hilltop Tavern 924 E Madison St., Eau Claire •

(715) 835-9223 • A popular spot on game days and known for its dart leagues, this sports bar has drink deals and free snacks for happy hour (weekdays 4 to 7pm). They serve food late, have an outdoor patio, and hold karaoke once a month. They have touchscreen and Wii games, plus bean bags in summer (for which they also have leagues). They have four taps and a couple of specialty beers. H F O

Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub 415 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • (715) 835-6621 • houligans.net • Other than the intimate dining atmosphere, Houligan’s is


best known for its specialty beer selection: There are 22 choices, and 17 total taps. Houligan’s is also know for having an impressive selection of wine. Happy hour is 4-7pm every Tuesday through Thursday, and patrons can experience live music roughly once a month with The Shillelagh Lads. Free pub pretzels, outdoor patio, party room holds 100 for cocktails and 70 for dining. H F O S Q

Infinity Beverages 930 Galloway St. Suite 4 (Banbury Place, Bldg 13), Eau Claire • 402-DRINK iB (374-6542) • infinitybeverages.com • A winery/ distillery specializing in unique, small batch wines and spirits. Infinity features a variety of wines with more on the way, plus an exclusive series riesling, a vodka, and a brandy. Check out their iB Tasting Lounge (open Tuesday through Saturday year round) for samples, wines by the glass, and speciality cocktails right on site. You can even buy a bottle or two to bring home. They have weekly specials and live music on Friday evenings. Q Lazy Monk Brewing (tap room) 320 Putnam St.,

Eau Claire • lazymonkbrewing.com • Lazy Monk Brewing LLC was created out of a desire to serve local people good quality beers. They specialize in brewing Bohemian Beers and will also have British and American seasonal beers as well as special limited addition holiday beers. Two of their most popular beers are the Bohemian Pilsner and the Bohemian Dark Lager. S Q

My Place 408 Galloway St., Eau Claire • (715) 835-

5483 • My Place is about one thing: cheap drinks, pure and simple. The place has been a tavern for more than a century and the bartenders are more than accommodating. Dealing exclusively with cans and bottles of beer (including 10 specialties and shorties), My Place also has live rock and blues bands two to five times a month. The intimate room is filled with hunting decor, with an adjacent pool hall (where you can play free pool from 6am-2pm). Pizzas, snacks on gamedays, arcade games, and leagues for pool

and darts. Make your own Bloody Marys anytime, anyday. F

Playmakers Bar & Grill 101 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 830-8292 • playmakerseauclaire.com • With three levels of seating, each with several largescreen TVs, plus loads of gameday specials, this is the place to go for UFC, NASCAR, and football games. They have nightly deals and a happy hour 4 to 6pm every day. Food available until midnight every day but Sunday, and either DJs or live music on weekends. Pool and dart leagues available. Ten taps and 14 specialty beers. H F O S

The Red Room 302 E Madison St, Eau Claire • (715) 855-0000 • Besides the monochromatic decor, The Red Room is known for being a thin and deep tavern with a long bar, large TVs, a great game room with pool, darts, foosball, and retro arcade games, and a top-notch outdoor patio with a beer pong table. They have six taps and about 30 specialty beers, free popcorn, a happy hour from 3-5pm every day, and

an enlarged menu of appetizers and sandwiches. H F O S

Scooter’s 411 Galloway St., Eau Claire • (715) 8359959 • scooters-bar.com • Scooter’s is our premier spot for LGBTQ nightlife, and among the best dance clubs, too. They have live DJs every Friday and Saturday, karaoke every Thursday and Sunday, plus regular drag shows. There are drink specials every day, as well as pool, darts, touch-screen games, free popcorn, 15 specialty beers, and eight taps. It’s a good spot for Packer games, with eight TVs, free food, and specials. Named Best Place for Dancing by V1 readers seven years in a row! O S Q Stella Blues 306 Madison St., Eau Claire • (715)

855-7777 • stellablues.biz • Stella Blues’ lineup of imbibables is impressive, to say the least. There are 21 taps that are rotating constantly, a monstrous specialty drink list with about 50 martinis and margaritas to choose from, plus decent wine options and the amazing Cajun menu. Happy hour is 4-6pm

from the Nightlife Guide at:

Chester’s

3228 London Road, Eau Claire • 832-9560

review by AndySteinke

Summer volleyball season attracts a fun and varied crowd! Their rail drinks are unbeatable in their value – do not underestimate them! It’s definitely got a hole in the wall townie feel, but in general it has positive attitude and atmosphere and makes for an enjoyable drinking experience.

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WEEKLY KARAOKE HOT SPOTS PLACES WITH KARAOKE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK 1st and Goal Saloon 29 E Park Ave., Chippewa

Lake Hallie Sportsman’s Club 2910 109th St,

Shots Bar 2112 Esmond Rd., Eau Claire • (715)

400 Club 1411 Spooner Ave., Altoona • (715) 834-

Log Jam 709 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • (715)

Slim’s Lake Hallie Tavern 1979 Cty. Hwy. OO

Loopy’s Saloon & Grill 10691 Business 29,

Sunbeam Tavern 1310 E Park Ave, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-4137

Falls • (715) 723-7822

Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-1050

6226

235-0703

Ave., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-6941

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-5667

Bridgewater Restaurant & Pub 1009 W. Park Bull Pen Sports Bar 1522 Bellinger St, Eau Claire

Missy’s Bar and Grill 1705 Cty. Hwy. OO, Lake

• (715) 839-9954

Hallie • 715-831-3922

(715) 834-1748

(715) 834-6611

(715) 835-6489

Eau Claire • (715) 832-9321

Five O’Clock Club 2240 Fenwick Ave, Eau Claire • Fox Run Tavern 1515 S. 65th Ave., Eau Claire • Girolamo’s Court ‘n House 113 W. Grand Ave.,

Eau Claire • (715) 832-5478

Golden Spike Bar & Grill 228 Division St., Altoona

O’Leary’s Pub 809 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • Ole’s Southside Tavern 2435 S. Hastings Way, Pioneer Grill & Saloon E5699 Cty. Trk. D, Menomonie • (715) 235-9927

Playmakers Bar & Grill 101 Graham Ave., Eau

552-2169

(4881 Joles Ave.), Chippewa Falls • (715) 832-9303

Sweeney’s Bar & Grill 201 E. Canal St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-9905

Tailgates Sports Bar & Grill 1505 N. Clairemont

Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 552-1733

The Lounge 2823 London Road, Suite 5, Eau Claire • (715) 952-3456 The Pine Meadow Club 4324 Fairfax Park Dr., Eau Claire • (715) 831-9224 The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire • (715)

• (715) 552-5526

Claire • (715) 830-8292

715-861-3870

(715) 917-1020

Falls • (715) 723-3009

Altoona • (715) 832-2826

835-9959

(715) 726-1810

Hallie Bar & Grill 1713 Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls • Happy Hollow Tavern 1628 N Hillcrest Pkwy,

The Pourhouse W301 Menomonie St., Elk Mound • Scooters 411 Galloway St., Eau Claire • (715)

832-8844

The Village Tavern 32 W Spring St., Chippewa Two Waters Bar 2940 109th St, Chippewa Falls •

Idlewild Bar 999 Malden Ave., Eau Claire • (715)

Sea Horse Inn 2106 N Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire

Irvine Ghost Pub 130 Fleet St., Chippewa Falls •

She-Nannigans & Lucky’s 415 Water St, Eau

Whispering Pines Bar, Grill, and Campground

Lake Hallie Golf Course 2196 110th St, Chippewa

Sherwood Inn 400 S. 130th Ave, Fall Creek • (715)

Wigwam Tavern 314 E. Madison St., Eau Claire •

834-2255

(715) 720-1313

Falls • (715) 861-5442

• (715) 834-4356

Claire • (715) 836-8333

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VFW Post 305 1300 Starr Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 552-8438

12788 S. Prairie Rd., Osseo (715) 834-9061


every day. They have an outdoor patio and a great party room with full bar that holds about 190. Named Best Beverage Selection in 2010 by V1 Readers. H F O Q

Stones Throw 304 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire •

(715) 832-8888 • Open Thursday though Saturday, this long-time downtown tavern has darts, pool, shuffleboard, and a large dance/stage area. There’s live music or comedy occassionally, plus 14 taps, a variety of specialty beers, and frozen pizza. H F

The Fire House 202 Gibson St., Eau Claire • (715)

514-0406 • eauclairefirehouse.com • Named for its firefighting theme, the high-ceilinged Fire House is famous for its formidable beer selection and chill atmosphere. They have 40 taps and 50ish specialty beers, mostly microbrews and craft beers from Wisconsin. Happy hour is everyday from 4 to 7pm.

readers as one of the best bars for talking, drinking, indoor games, and beverage selection. Happy Hour runs 3-6pm daily and all day Tuesday. H F O S Q

The Mousetrap 311 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • (715) 832-8418 • Known for its free live music almost every weekend, pool and dart leagues, and constant happy hour and game specials, The Mousetrap is a favorite downtown hangout. The classic tavern has a mixed atmosphere with people in back playing pool, darts, Wii, or foosball, others at the bar watching the game, some more in the live music nook enjoying the tunes, and a few outside on the back patio. They have nine taps, and roughly 20 specialty beers. H O S

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • (715) 832-8844 • www.pizzapluseauclaire.com • The Plus (formerly known as Pizza Plus) is the place to be for nighttime entertainment. With a happy hour running

The Livery has a vintage country-meets-modern urban aesthetic. Aside from its unique atmosphere, the bar offers regular happy hour specials and a wide range of beers. The Livery, Eau Claire They have darts, foosball, arcade and touch-screen games, and free popcorn to munch on. Live music on Thursdays. H F S Q

The Livery 316 Wisconsin St, Eau Claire • (715) 8337666 • Known for its mojitos and nightly bonfires, The Livery has a vintage country-meets-modern urban aesthetic. Aside from its unique atmosphere, the bar offers regular happy hour specials and a wide range of beers, including 12 taps, some of which are specialty. There’s a large outdoor patio where a bonfire is started every night at dusk, and an in-house arcade with pool, darts, arcade and touchscreen games. Leagues run for pool. Ten gallon hats not required, but strongly encouraged. Voted by V1

daily (except Saturday) from 3-6pm and 10pmmidnight and music (often live) throughout the week, you’re bound to have a great time. Come enjoy one of the 18 beers on tap, or play games in the arcade room. H F O

The Sports Page Bar 131 N Barstow St, Eau Claire • (715) 832-7798 • As if the name wasn’t enough of an indicator, The Sports Page is all about sports. From the decor and fantasy leagues to the gameday specials and game options. There’s darts, Silver Strike bowling, and video games. There’s four taps, one is always a specialty and a handful of other specialty beers, plus homemade hot beefs, frozen pizzas and snacks. Happy hour runs from 10-noon and 3-6

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Monday through Friday. H F O S

Wigwam Tavern 314 E. Madison St., Eau Claire • (715) 834-9061 • wigwamtavern.com • This bar and grill is known for its food and regular entertainment/ recreation events. The have a popular karaoke night on Friday and original trivia on Thursday, plus summer volleyball leagues (at The Depot), dart boards (leagues available), gambling machines, and a pool table. Their small outdoor patio has two picnic tables. They have a half dozen tap beer options and about as many specialties. Happy hour is daily from 4 to 7pm with $2 domestic bottles and $1.50 domestic taps and is in the process of expanding to include free snacks such as Chex-Mix, popcorn, and peanuts. H F O S

EASTSIDE EAU CLAIRE

Cancun Mexican Grill 2120 Highland Ave., Eau

Claire • (715) 552-8011 • cancunmexicangrillwi.com • This family owned, sit-down Mexican restaurant and bar is known for its loud, happy atmosphere. Order a margarita in strawberry, raspberry, mango, peach, banana, tamarindo, or regular: Happy hour runs all day Monday and Tuesday. If you’re a beer drinker, they have two specialty choices and six on tap. Party room available. H F Q

Five O’Clock Club 2240 Fenwick Ave, Eau Claire

• (715) 834-1748 • When the clock strikes Five O’Clock and you’ve got a drink, your next drink will be free. Such is the reason for the moniker of

ICON KEY H = Has recurring happy hour specials. F = Serves food other than frozen pizzas. O = Has an outdoor patio area. = Has free snacks (popcorn, nuts, chips, etc.).

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this small tavern off Hastings Way. They’re best known for top-shelf karaoke every night and Packer games with free food and drink (if they score). They have eight taps, darts, touch-screen games, and a big outdoor patio. Named Best Karaoke Spot in 2013 by V1 readers. F O

Milwaukee Burger Co. 2620 E Clairemont Ave.,

Eau Claire • (715) 834-6503 • Milwaukee Burger is a beef hand-patting, fresh fry-cutting, sauce-creating kind of place (with really big, really good cheese curds). They have happy hour specials every day, and have expanded their taps to a staggering 32 options. Popcorn is free to munch on, plus darts are available. Friday and Saturday they serve food after 10pm. H F S Q

Shots Bar 2112 Esmond Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 552-2169 • Best known for its popular happy hour specials (weekdays 4 to 6) and game day promotions, this sports bar also has karaoke on Thursday, a DJ on Friday and Saturday, and late-night bar fare. Pizza, burgers and hot dogs are available until 9pm with their deep frier open until midnight. They have darts, arcade games, and pool, plus bean bags and volleyball in the summer. There’s free popcorn, 11 taps, a small selection of specialty beers, and a large beer garden. H F O S Wagner’s Lanes 2159 Brackett Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 833-6700 • bowlcec.com/Wagners/ • There’s no question Wagner’s is known as a bowling alley, but with a fully stocked arcade, outdoor deck, leagues a-plenty, and everyday specials, locals know there’s much more to offer. In the summer the patio hosts volleyball and bean bag leagues (as well as open play opportunities), while indoors there are dart and bowling leagues on top of the pool, foosball, pinball, touch-screen, and arcade games. There’s occasional live music and karaoke, happy hour specials from 3-6pm on weekdays, nightly food and drink specials, free popcorn, plus 10 taps and eight specialty beers. Also, check out the late night happy hour from 9:30-close, Sunday-Tuesday. H F O S F O S

NORTH EAU CLAIRE

Brickhouse Pub & Grub 2233 Birch St, Eau Claire •

(715) 832-6227 • Formerly known as Bonnie’s Labor Temple, this is a classic after work kind of bar. The bartenders remember your name, the beer is cheap and domestic (eight taps), and the food is simple, but good. They’ve got pool (with a league), darts, touchscreens, and video games, but shuffleboard is king. A hall is available for large events; a balcony for small parties. H F

Cancun Mexican Grill 2713 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau

Claire • (715) 830-0211 • cancunmexicangrillwi.com • This family owned, sit-down Mexican restaurant and bar is known for its loud, happy atmosphere. Order a margarita in strawberry, raspberry, mango, peach, banana, tamarindo, or regular: Happy hour runs all day Monday and Tuesday. If you’re a beer drinker, they have two specialty choices and six on tap. Party room available. H F Q

Hobbsy’s 3620 Locust Ln, Eau Claire • (715) 832-

2219 • Hobbsy’s is a neighborhood tavern known for burgers (served late!), and it always has at least two specialty beers on tap. Hobbsy’s offers pool, darts, and touchscreen games to keep bar-goers occupied. For die-hard pool players, there are leagues available. Five beers on tap. H F O

Idlewild Bar 999 Malden Ave., Eau Claire • (715)

834-2255 • In this remodeled restaurant/bar combo, there’s homemade pizza galore. There are plenty of games for drinkers to play such as a gambling machine and pinball among others. Also open for business are pool tables and dart boards (women’s league for pool on Thursday nights). If you happen to stop in on a Friday, sign up to belt out your favorite tune at karaoke. Happy hour runs from 11am to 6pm weekdays. Four beers on tap and a wide selection of specialty beers. H F S

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Daughter, a blonde beer from Menomonie’s Lucette Brewing Co.

LATE-NIGHT MUNCHIES

The Lodge at 29 Pines 5872 33rd Ave., Eau Claire

• (715) 874-2929 • With an open, casual bar area, 29 Pines is a prime place to meet, sit, and talk. Though Bloody Marys are ever-popular, the Lodge also offers specialty beers and brews on tap. Enjoy their happy hour, occasional live music, pool, darts, food to order, and free pretzels and chips. Party room available. H F S

VFW Post 305 1300 Starr Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 552-8438 • vfwclub305.com • With an amazing view overlooking Dells Pond, boat landings, and three outdoor volleyball courts with a full-service bar, this place is a popular summertime spot. They have gameday specials for NASCAR and Packers, plus happy hours weekdays 8-10am and 3-6pm. There’s live music most Saturdays, and karaoke every Friday. They have 12 taps, about 14 specialty beers, and free popcorn. Their rentable dance hall (with stage) can hold 150 people. They now offer Friday fish frys and breakfast on weekends from8-11am. H F S Yankee Jack’s at Princeton Valley 2300 W. Princ-

eton Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 834-4050 • yankeejacks. com • With occasional deck parties featuring live music in the summertime, plus free mini putting, ladder golf, and bean bags, this “neighborhood pub and grill” is hoppin’. Happy hour is from 4 to 5 pm daily. 30 specialty beers, four on tap, free pretzels. Be sure to try the Yankee Lager, the bar’s house brew made by Point Brew. View the game on flatscreens or simply gaze out the big windows at the beautiful greens. Check out the golf leagues. H F O S

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Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 4745 Golf

Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 831-1255 • applebees.com • When the clock strikes 10 at Applebee’s, the lights go way down and the music intensifies, making for an upbeat atmosphere. Take advantage of their late night drink prices between 10pm and 2am. The manager recommends their Long Island Iced Teas. Six tap beers, 14 specialty beers, food after 10pm. H F S Q

Asia Palace 4069 Commonwealth Ave., Eau Claire

• (715) 552-5883 • This well-lit, spacious and quiet place has pagoda-shaped doorways and glowing mint-green lights. A Chinese buffet like this is hard to rival, especially when they serve up all the Tsingtao, Heineken, and Corona you can drink. F

Azul Tequila 2503 London Rd, Eau Claire • (715)

833-0200 • eauclairemexicanrestaurant.com • With a warm-colored glow, this Mexican-themed bar is your destination for import beers (around 25 are available) and traditional margaritas, all can be served with crisp, delicate chips and zingy salsa – for free. Azul Tequila has happy hour all day, every day, serves food, and has four tap beers. H F S Q

Buffalo Wild Wings 4612 Keystone Crossing, Eau

Claire • (715) 858-9453 • buffalowildwings.com • Known for their mammoth TV screens and sports paraphernalia, BWW also has a pretty extensive tap line, offering 24 beers, of which 18 are microbrews or imports. Touch-screen games and trivia are popular, along with the wings, which are served past 10pm. Outdoor patio. Named Best Sports Bar in 2013 by V1 readers. H F O Q

Chester’s 3228 London Road, Eau Claire • (715) 832-9560 • At Chester’s, the crowd varies depending on the time of day. Midday tends to skew a bit older, but the clientele changes as the night wears on. Admire the one carpeted wall as you munch on peanuts while playing pool and darts (also leagues for both), and take advantage of game day specials and six taps. Volleyball leagues coupled with a relaxing outdoor patio define Chester’s in summer. Frozen pizzas available after 10pm. F O S Double Day’s Sports Bar and Grill 3020 London

Rd, Eau Claire • (715) 833-2255 • This spacious bar on London Road is a great place to kick back and watch the game, with plenty of TVs stationed at every angle. With 10 beers on tap and over 10 specialty beers on

PLACES THAT SERVE FOOD PAST 10PM 400 Club 1411 Spooner Ave., Altoona • (715)

834-6226

(On weekends at the very least.)

836-9666

Northwoods Brewpub 3560 Oakwood Mall

Amber Inn Bar & Grill 840 E. Madison St.,

Dr, Eau Claire • (715) 552-0510

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 2303

Olive Garden 4920 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • (715) 838-0707

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 4745

Pioneer Grill & Saloon E5699 Cty. Trk. D, Menomonie • (715) 235-9927

Big Jim’s Sports Bar 102 East Lincoln Ave,

Playmakers Bar & Grill 101 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 830-8292

Eau Claire • (715) 832-0568

Hwy 25 N, Menomonie • (715) 233-3036 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 831-1255 Fall Creek • 877-1331

Brackett Bar 9150 Beaver Creek Rd., Brackett

• (715) 878-4142

Brickhouse Pub & Grub 2233 Birch St, Eau Claire • (715) 832-6227

Broadway Bowl Stout Ale House • (715) 2352355

Brown Hut 2525 N 110th Ave, Chippewa Falls • (715) 835-5880

The Pourhouse W301 Menomonie St., Elk Mound • (715) 917-1020

Ray’s Place 838 Water St., Eau Claire • (715)

832-3991

Red Robin 3005 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 834-4438

Redzone Sports Bar 2071 S Prairie View Rd,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-3030

Buffalo Wild Wings 4612 Keystone Crossing,

Sammy’s Pizza Restaurant & Pub 2812 London Rd, Eau Claire • (715) 831-1300

Bull Pen Sports Bar 1522 Bellinger St, Eau

(715) 877-9922

Eau Claire • (715) 858-9453

Claire • (715) 839-9954

Chester’s 3228 London Road, Eau Claire • (715) 832-9560

Sherwood Inn 400 S. 130th Ave, Fall Creek • Shots Bar 2112 Esmond Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 552-2169

Slim’s Lake Hallie Tavern 1979 Cty. Hwy.

Chippewa Valley Eagles Club 2588 Hallie Road, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-0172

OO (4881 Joles Ave.), Chippewa Falls • (715) 832-9303

C, Menomonie • (715) 664-8390

Steve and Kathy’s Bar 110 E. Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek • (715) 877-3218

Cubby’s Country Zone Bar E4499 Cty Road Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill 2002 Midway Rd., Menomonie • (715) 235-9940

Stout Ale House 1501 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • (715) 233-3333

Denny’s 1827 N. Broadway St., Menomonie Do Dodge Inn 1339 Menomonie St, Eau Claire

Sunbeam Tavern 1310 E Park Ave, Chippewa

Dooley’s Pub 442 Water St, Eau Claire • (715)

• (715) 830-1424

• (715) 832-9480 834-2388

Duncan Creek Wine Bar 213 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-7000

El Patio 228 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 855-

8590

Every Buddy’s Bar 19 W. Central St.,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-3838

Falls • (715) 723-4137

T.G.I. Friday’s Bar 4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire

Tailgates Sports Bar & Grill 1505 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 552-1733 Texas Roadhouse 5019 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • (715) 838-0035 The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire • (715) 832-8844

The Sports Page Bar 131 N Barstow St, Eau

Girolamo’s Court ‘n House 113 W. Grand

Claire • (715) 832-7798

Golden Spike Bar & Grill 228 Division St.,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-9281

Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 832-5478

Altoona • (715) 552-5526

Green Mill/Holiday Inn 2703 Craig Rd., Eau

Claire • (715) 839-8687

Happy Hollow Tavern 1628 N Hillcrest Pkwy, Altoona • (715) 832-2826

LeRoy’s on Spring Street 24 W Spring St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-0976

Milwaukee Burger Co. 2620 E Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 834-6503

Missy’s Bar and Grill 1705 Cty. Hwy. OO, Lake Hallie • 715-831-3922

Mogie’s Pub 436 Water St., Eau Claire • (715)

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The West Hill Bar and Grill 250 W. Elm St., Tom & Jo’s 1401 Tainter St., Menomonie • (715) 235-0520 Tomahawk Room 306 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-5052

Two Waters Bar 2940 109th St, Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-1810

Wagner’s Lanes 2159 Brackett Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 833-6700

Whispering Pines 12788 S. Prairie Rd.,

Osseo

Wigwam Tavern 314 E. Madison St., Eau Claire • (715) 834-9061


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The Pioneer Tavern (401 Water St., Eau Claire) is serious like a dart attack on most nights, if you know what we mean. It’s a classic college bar with a splash of local history. rotation to boot, plus happy hour on weekdays, there’s much to love. They also boast a dance floor where a DJ plays every Friday and Saturday, and a separate pool room. They also have darts and leagues. H F

Eau Claire Ale House 120 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau

Claire • 715-833-8939 • The new Eau Claire Ale House is a unique experience for the beer drinker: A wall of taps are self service, allowing you to dabble between a number of different taps (and they have plenty of taps). Stick around as long as you’d like and grab a meal from their extensive American menu. H F

Famous Dave’s 2911 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • (715) 835-2227 • famousdaves.com • Known for its ribs, this lively BBQ place gets the salivary glands going. Try the Devil Spit Bloody Mary, made with one of the spicier BBQ sauces. The bar (which seats 14) boasts 18 specialty beers along with six on tap. Happy hour is 2 to 6pm and 8:45pm to close every day. Food after 10pm on weekends, free chips, party room seats 40. H F From The Vine Wine Room 2526 Golf Rd., Eau

Claire • (715) 833-8989 • www.fromthevineftv.com • From The Vine is one of Eau Claire’s premier wine bars, offering a rotating cast of wines from around the world, all available for sampling in small sizes. The cozy space is adorned with couches and is perfect for conversation. Beer and cider are also available.

Fuji Sushi & Steak House 4864 Keystone Crossing,

Eau Claire • (715) 832-3388 • fujieauclaire.com • “Sake” it to me! Fuji’s full sake menu will not disappoint. Three beers are served on tap, and several imported beers are also available. Happy hour is 46pm Monday through Thursday, where tap beers are 99 cents. Check out their martini/sushi special on Tuesday nights, when customers can create their own martini and sushi dinner combo for a discount. Like no other bar in the Chippewa Valley, Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse is truly a unique experience. H F

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Green Mill/Clarion Hotel 2703 Craig Rd., Eau

Claire • (715) 839-8687 • greenmilleauclaire.com • If you’re looking for late-night pizza, Green Mill is the place, as they serve their full menu until midnight. The bar can mix up an impressive 82 martinis and cosmopolitans. Happy hour at Green Mill is every day 4-7pm and from 9pm to close. Six specialty beers and 13 tap beers are available. H F O Q

Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill & Steaks 4890 Golf

Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 832-6481 • grizzlysgrill.com • This “northwoodsy” bar and grill chain is known for its food and nightly specials (including the famous Titanic Teas on Tuesdays and margaritas on Thursdays). Grizzly’s also has happy hour weekdays 2-6pm, provides free popcorn/chips, 16 taps, and a handful of specialty beers. H F S Q

Manny’s Cocina 4207 Oakwood Hills Pkwy, Eau Claire • (715) 514-0818 • mannysmexican.com • Choose from 25-plus specialty beers (and six on tap) at this handsome dark-wood bar within an upscale Mexican restaurant. The setting is spacious with a high ceiling and exposed beams, surrounded by inviting orange and green walls. Enjoy a margarita on their outdoor patio in summertime and happy hour 3-6pm Monday-Friday and all day Sunday! H F O Northwoods Brewpub 3560 Oakwood Mall Dr, Eau Claire • (715) 552-0510 • northwoodsbrewpub.

ICON KEY H = Has recurring happy hour specials. F = Serves food other than frozen pizzas. O = Has an outdoor patio area. = Has free snacks (popcorn, nuts, chips, etc.).

Q = Winner: 2013 V1 Best of the Valley Reader Poll.


com • Northwoods is a restaurant and microbrewery in Eau Claire, carrying 17 specialty beers, four to five seasonal brews and 13 on tap, including the popular Floppin Crappie – a caramel colored ale – and Walter’s Light. The eclectic menu features lefse and bison dishes, and food is served late. They have a party room and two outdoor patios and happy hour specials every day (with all-day happy hour Tuesday). A game of pool is free with any purchase, and darts are available, too. Other games include Tuesday night BINGO and Wednesday night trivia. H F O S

sweet & sour, orange juice, and Bacardi 151). Their happy hour runs Monday through Friday 3-6pm, 8-close. Eight specialty beers, and eight taps. Food is served until midnight Friday and Saturday and 11pm Sunday-Thursday. H F

Sammy’s Pizza Restaurant & Pub 2812 London Rd, Eau Claire • (715) 831-1300 • This massive establishment is one-half eatery and one-half bar, known best for its rotating taps (of which it has 10, and five specialties) and pizza (which is served late on weekends). You’ll find live music (often classic rock) most Fridays on their corner stage and dance floor. They also have team trivia on Tuesdays, an everyday happy hour (4:30 to 6:30pm), darts (with leagues), and a party room that can hold about 50. H F Q

O’Leary’s Pub 809 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire

• (715) 834-6611 • Known for its nightly specials coupled with live music Friday and Saturday or karaoke on Thursdays, this large tavern within America’s Best Value Inn also has the convenience of an eatery (Mancino’s) and two party rooms (with capacities of 100 and 300) just down the hall. Happy hour is 3-7pm every day but Saturday. They have an outdoor patio, dartboard, arcade games, free snacks, six taps, and six specialties. H O S

Shanghai Bistro 2930 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 835-3348 • shanghaibistro.org • Part of the reason Shanghai continues to be among the most popular Asian restaurants is due to its understated bar. It has an unparalleled list of top-shelf sake, plus at least a dozen unique beers, six taps, popular specialty drinks (like the saketinis), and a solid wine list. They have live jazz on the weekend, and Peter Phippen’s flute stylings on Wednesdays. H F O S Q

Ole’s Southside Tavern 2435 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • (715) 832-9321 • The crowd and the music vary at this Southside bar. They have a designated

From The Vine is one of Eau Claire’s premier wine bars, offering a rotating cast of wines from around the world, all available for sampling in small sizes. From the Vine Wine Room, Eau Claire Smith’s Country Inn S5786 Hwy. 37, Eau Claire • (715) 836-9003 • A relaxed bar that boasts two dining rooms, Smith’s is a gathering spot for eaters and drinkers young and old. Come lounge on the deck or play some pool. “Down home” food is served and happy hour runs from 4-5pm Monday through Thursday. Pool leagues, 19 specialty beers, four on tap. H F O

outdoor smoking area, pool, darts (league available), five tap beers, free popcorn, as well as pizza served all night. They also host karaoke on Thursday nights and bean bags when weather permits. F O S

Olive Garden 4920 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • (715) 838-0707 • olivegarden.com • The bar at this popular Italian restaurant chain is best known for an extensive wine list composed of more than 30 wines from America, Australia, and (of course) Italy. The staff is knowledgeable and provides the rare opportunity to taste several wines before purchasing one. Food until 11pm on weekends, and three taps. F Q

T.G.I. Friday’s Bar 4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • (715)

830-1424 • fridayseauclaire.com • At Friday’s, be wowed by the “flairtenders” (not to be confused with everyday bartenders) who can really whip the bottles around while mixing your drinks. Enjoy happy hour seven days a week from 4-7pm and again 9pm to close. Friday’s serves a full food menu until 1am, hosts trivia on Thursdays and Fridays, “BLINGO” on Sundays, and has $3 Long Islands on Thursdays. Enjoy 15 specialty beers and 10 on tap in this upbeat, unabashedly loud-music bar. Consistently rated one of the Best Happy Hour Spots in the V1 poll. H F

Olympic Flame 2920 London Rd., Eau Claire •

(715) 835-7771 • Olympic Flame isn’t your typical drinking spot. It’s a restaurant that happens to have a physical bar where you can eat your Greek cuisine and enjoy popular items like Mythos (a Greek beer) and ouzo (a Greek liqueur that tastes like black licorice). Otherwise they just mix standard drinks. F

Red Lobster 1019 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 833-0184 • redlobster.com • This is a bar inside a Red Lobster, it has three taps, 16 wines, and their specialty drink menu includes daiquiris, margaritas, and sangria. F

Taverna Grill 2839 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • (715) 8352845 • tavernagrill.com • Taverna is an Italian-infused sports bar with a relaxing, dimly-lit atmosphere, complete with acoustic music (but when the game is on, expect to hear that instead). Pick from the many specialty beers of the 14 total brews on tap. Or you could snag one of their highly-touted Bloody Marys. Enjoy free popcorn, happy hour specials TuesdaySaturday 3-6pm, and an outdoor patio during warm weather. H F O S

Red Robin 3005 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 8344438 • redrobin.com • At Red Robin, the bar area is separate from the restaurant, creating a lounge area away from the kids. To accompany those bottomless steak fries, try the Flat On Your Beak drink (rum,

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Girolamo’s Court ‘n House

review by Svenn

113 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire • 832-5478

The specials are truly special deals and the food is outstanding. In addition to the waffle fries, we loved the huge historic photos on the walls. We found our “new” house on a nice aerial shot from the 50s!

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Texas Roadhouse 5019 Keystone Crossing, Eau

Claire • (715) 838-0035 • texasroadhouse.com • While the restaurant serves up steaks and ribs, the bar side of things at the Roadhouse has eight tap beers and a few specialties with free peanuts and freshbaked bread. An outdoor patio and food after 10pm on weekends are also available. F O S Q

The Maple Lounge 2507 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • (715) 552-1998 • Located adjacent to the Maple Manor Motel, the Maple Lounge pairs a curved bar and dance floor with a full cafe. Expect to see lots of regulars and businesspeople enjoying the eight tap beers and some specialty options. Happy hour is a sprawling eight hours from 11am to 7pm – and if you’re lucky you might encounter some free snacks. Separate party room with TVs. H F S The Pine Meadow Club 4324 Fairfax Park Dr., Eau Claire • (715) 831-9224 • This green-carpeted bar attached to Pine Meadow golf course is known for its

Eau Claire • (715) 852-6000 • metropolishotel.com • Located inside Metropolis Resort, The Pub is a new sports-themed bar and restaurant features a full menu, happy hour specials (4-7pm weekdays), and bar games such as darts and beer-ball. There’s 10 taps, about 40 specialty beers, and their banquet hall holds up to 300. H F

The Welcome Matt W3530 State Road 37, Eau

Claire • (715) 832-9400 • This highway-side bar (look for the wood siding and dark green roof) is equipped with the basics: pool (with leagues available), a happy hour from 4-6pm every day, three beers on tap, and horseshoe pits for free summertime fun. H O S

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Big ‘Ts 2007 3rd St, Eau Claire • (715) 832-9508 • A

friendly bar with a mixed crowd, Big ‘Ts is known for their Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments every Wednesday night. Their music spans the spectrum from country

“You’ve got the best of both worlds,” a bartender said, referring to the sports bar vibe of Lucky’s (mostly playing rock and country music) and the dance club tiki bar vibe of She-Nans (pop and house). She-Nannigans & Lucky’s, Eau Claire Thursday night karaoke and indoor/outdoor games, from “swing the ring on the hook” to shuffleboard. Outside tables are sheltered by a breezy windowed tent during warmer months or choose to sit on the patio. Happy hour runs from 3pm to close Mondays and Tuesdays and 3-6pm Wednesday through Friday with 50 cents off all drinks. Dance floor, occasional live music, food, seven specialty beers, 11 tap beers (including Spotted Cow), and a dining room for parties. H F O

The Pub 5150 Fairview Drive (Metropolis Resort),

to hip hop. Keep busy while drinkin’ with their video games, dart boards, and outdoor patio, or order a pizza to go along with your beer. Big ‘Ts offers six beers on tap. O

Bowl-Winkles 1616 N Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire

• (715) 552-0564 • With a jukebox and a playful purple, green, and red interior, the bar at BowlWinkles is clean and hoppin.’ Take advantage of the free popcorn, and play some pool or darts or even air hockey in the game room (after bowling 10 frames, of course). Four beers on tap. Check out the bowling

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leagues. F O S

Brewski’s 3340 Mondovi Road, Eau Claire • (715)

838-9989 • This cozy pub with a homey atmosphere is primarily an amenity for the guests staying at Best Western, but is open to the public as well. They’re stocked at all times with homemade pizzas and four specialty beers. The popcorn is complimentary; darts are not. H F S

Brewski’s 1202 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire •

(715) 834-3181 • Brewski’s Pub & Grill is located in the Plaza Hotel & Suites. Though known for its casual atmosphere, Brewski’s offers a full lunch and dinner menu. Happy hour runs from 4-7pm MondayFriday, featuring excellent food and drink specials. Friendly bartenders, a great atmosphere, and daily specials make this a great place to kick back and relax. H F O S

Do Dodge Inn 1339 Menomonie St, Eau Claire •

(715) 832-9480 • Do Dodge Inn opens at 6am, and if you want a drink this early, you can choose from their nine specialty beers and four taps. They have pool, darts, and a touch-screen if gambling is your thing. For those who are hungry late at night, Do Dodge Inn serves food after 10pm. F

Elk Lake Tavern 10500 W Cameron Ave, Eau Claire • (715) 874-9449 • In winter, Elk Lake is popular because of its proximity to a snowmobile trail; in summer they’re known for events like poker runs. Cheap drinks don’t hurt their rep, either. They have an outdoor patio, leagues for bean bags and pool. Darts, touch-screen games, free popcorn, snacks on game days, two taps, and a party room that holds 30. H F O S

Miami Steve’s Grill and Bar 1807 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 835-2485 • Come visit Miami Steve’s Grill and Bar with its laid back, familyfriendly atmosphere. Enjoy watching the big game on one of their five giant TVs, or hang out and play a game of pool. Happy hour is Monday-Thursday from 4-7 pm. Their pool leagues play Tuesday and


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DANCE CLUBS & FLOORS 1st and Goal Saloon 29 E Park Ave., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-7822

Brackett Bar 9150 Beaver Creek Rd., Brackett • (715) 878-4142

The Brat 314 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 8330091

Broadway Bowl Stout Ale House • (715) 235-

2355

Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill 2002 Midway Rd., Menomonie • (715) 235-9940

Dewey’s Roadhouse 1 E. Canal St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-6023

Double Day’s Sports Bar and Grill 3020

London Rd, Eau Claire • (715) 833-2255

Glen Loch Bar and Grill 1300 Jefferson Ave., Brickhouse Pub & Grub (2233 Birch St., Eau Claire), formerly known as Bonnie’s Labor Temple, has plenty of room for all those good times you’ve been looking to have. Wednesday nights, with ladies pool every Thursday. Don’t forget to try their Gator bites! H F O S

Mill Run Golf Course 3905 Kane Road, Eau Claire • (715) 858-7960 • wildridgegolf.com • This “19th Hole” clubhouse bar, which was remodeled in recent years, is just down the road from Wild Ridge and is known for its great view and friendly staff. Its outdoor patio is popular in summer, along with its bean bags and putting green games. There’s free popcorn, six taps, 10 specialty beers, regular drink specials, and a party room that can hold about 120 people. In summer they have karaoke about twice a month. H F O S Sea Horse Inn 2106 N Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire

• (715) 834-4356 • Like something straight out of the ’60s, The Sea Horse is a local landmark embraced by the college crowd for its karaoke nights (Friday and Saturday), cheap cans of beer, and sparkly blue padded chairs. The dance floor is a must, as well as the party rooms for birthday and graduation shenanigans (downstairs holds about 60, upstairs about 50). Consistently named one of the Best Karaoke Spots by V1 readers. F Q

Tailgates Sports Bar & Grill 1505 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 552-1733 • tailgatessportsbar. com • Even though sports are almost always on the TVs (including all kinds of satellite and pay-per-view packages), Tailgates isn’t just a sports bar. They’re

just as much a nightlife spot, with live music from area cover bands every other Friday and the occasional Saturday, plus a DJ on Thursday and Friday, all in a huge stage area with a dance floor. Happy hours are weekdays 3 to 7pm, and karaoke is on Thursday. Their outdoor patio includes a few tables and a volleyball court, where they have summer leagues on Tuesday along with bean bags. There’s also pool, darts, touchscreen games, and electronic shuffleboard. They have nine taps and a few specialties. H F O S

VFW Post 7232 2900 W Folsom St, Eau Claire •

(715) 832-3528 • vfwpost7232.org • Best known for their cheap homemade breakfasts, this VFW is a family-oriented atmosphere. Happy hour runs weekdays from 4-6pm. They have pool (with leagues for the ladies), free popcorn and nuts, six taps, and a couple of specialties. Their party room can hold roughly 150 people. H F O S

Wild Ridge Golf Course 3905 Kane Rd., Eau Claire

• (715) 858-7960 • wildridgegolf.com • This “19th Hole” clubhouse bar, just down the road from Mill Run, is known for its great view and friendly staff. Its outdoor patio is popular in summer, along with its 20-plus options for specialty beers. There’s free popcorn, six taps, regular drink specials, and popular party rooms that can hold 250 and 80 people, respectively. F O S

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-1297

Happy Hollow Tavern 1628 N Hillcrest Pkwy,

Altoona • (715) 832-2826

LeRoy’s on Spring Street 24 W Spring St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-0976

Missy’s Bar and Grill 1705 Cty. Hwy. OO, Lake Hallie • 715-831-3922

Moose Lodge 3606 Curvue Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 835-6522

Pioneer Grill & Saloon E5699 Cty. Trk. D,

Menomonie • (715) 235-9927

Scooter’s 411 Galloway St., Eau Claire • (715)

835-9959

Sea Horse Inn 2106 N Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 834-4356 She-Nannigans & Lucky’s 415 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 836-8333

Sherwood Inn 400 S. 130th Ave, Fall Creek • (715) 877-9922

Shots Bar 2112 Esmond Rd., Eau Claire • (715)

552-2169

Stout Ale House 1501 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • (715) 233-3333

Tailgates Sports Bar & Grill 1505 N.

Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 552-1733

The Flame Sports Bar 619 Broadway St S,

Menomonie • (715) 235-9993

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The Great Escape 2909 Bongey Dr., Menomonie • (715) 235-3472

The Lounge 2823 London Road, Suite 5, Eau Claire • (715) 952-3456

Pioneer Tavern

review by Carl

401 Water St., Eau Claire • 832-4455

A Tapper of Two Rivers for $1 (American) on a Thursday night? That’s almost all that needs to be said about the Pioneer Tavern. Now with three new flat screen televisions, and fruity fishbowls, you cant go wrong with a little 7:00pm to 11:00pm stint at the Pioneer.

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The Maple Lounge 2507 S. Hastings Way, Eau

Claire • (715) 552-1998

The Pickle 341 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 830-0638

The Pine Meadow Club 4324 Fairfax Park Dr.,

Eau Claire • (715) 831-9224

The Rehab 631 S. Broadway, Menomonie • 715-309-2712

VFW Post 7232 2900 W Folsom St, Eau Claire

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Belly up to the bar at Wagner’s Lanes (2159 Bracket St., Eau Claire) where you can break the night up with a little bowling or league game play. Don’t forget about the pool and foosball.

WATER ST, EAU CLAIRE

American Legion Post 53 634 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 834-4091 • This bar can seat up to 200 people – usually for private occasions, when the upstairs or downstairs party rooms are booked. Their dance floor and jukebox make a winning combination, and happy hour specials will satiate your thirst. Choose from three specialty beers and six on tap or join in their dart league. Monthly chicken dinners. H F S The Brat 314 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 833-0091

• Students flock to this bare-bones bar by the dozens for late-night dancing. Open at 8pm, the rail-enclosed dance floor is large, usually packed, and overseen by a pop/hip hop-minded DJ who may or may not take requests. The Brat also offers pool, darts, dart leagues, Foosball, 10 specialty beers, and eight tap beers. H F S Q

Brothers 324 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 832-2202 • Brothers is a college town kind of bar known for nightly specials and its happy hour (4-8pm with free pool and darts). They have an impressive 30 taps, 18 of which are specialties, as well as foosball and free popcorn. And, of course, dancing occurs, to the latest V1’s Night Out 2014

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pop and hip hop hits. H F O S

Dooley’s Pub 442 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 834-2388 • Located a Blarney Stone’s throw from the university, this Irish-themed bar is bursting with happy hour specials offered from 2-6pm weekdays and from 9pm to 1am every day. Free popcorn, darts, and video games are available as well as 12 tap beers, and over 100 specialty crafts and bottles. Extensive menu past 10pm. H F S Q

El Patio 228 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 855-8590 • Serving up strawberry, watermelon, peach, or lime margaritas either on the rocks or blended, El Patio offers a comfy place to lounge before hitting the “dancier” bars. Chill out with a drink and chips with salsa in this relaxed atmosphere or try one of their delicious varieties of burritos. Walls with exposed brick give this place a rustic Mexican vibe. As the name suggests, they also have an outdoor patio. Free chips and salsa, some specialty beer. H F O S House of Rock 422 Water St., Eau Claire • (715)

838-0158 • house-of-rock.com • The House of Rock is one of the best known music venues in town for both local and national bands and performances. They have happy hour specials every day, eight beers


on tap, and carry a typical selection of specialty beers. Listen to music on the dance floor or play some indoor games like darts, touch-screens, pinball, and arcade while munching on free snacks. Party rentals available. H F S

Mogie’s Pub 436 Water St., Eau Claire • (715)

836-9666 • mogiespub.com • Known for its unique appetizers, including Spuds O’ Plenty, Mogie’s Pub has a vast assortment of food and drink. Happy hour specials are offered 3-6pm daily and all day on Thursday. Pitcher specials run Monday through Wednesday. Aside from specials, they offer an outdoor patio, food after 10pm, pool, darts, free popcorn, numerous specialty beers and 19 on tap. Private party room. H F O S Q

Mona Lisa’s 428 Water St., Eau Claire • (715) 839-

8969 • monalisas.biz • The food menu at Mona’s is known for its constant rotation, and the bar is no different. They take pride in the fact that their 14 taps are always specialties and always-rotating; the same goes for their wine list, which is about 20 strong. The items that don’t change are the famous Mona Margaritas, martinis, and mohitos. Their Mediterranean bistro vibe continues on the outdoor patio (with a fireplace), and their party room is suitable for 99 people. Happy hour is Tuesday through Saturday 4-6pm. H F O Q

Pioneer Tavern 401 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 832-4455 • Home to the oldest outdoor patio in Eau Claire, the Pioneer Tavern is a classic college bar with a splash of local history. Happy hour specials are offered daily, as well as free popcorn on Tuesday. 12 beers on tap, six of which are imports/microbrews. Indoor games include pool, foosball, and darts, and volleyball leagues in the summer. H F O S Ray’s Place 838 Water St., Eau Claire • (715) 832-

3991 • Known for its hot beef sandwiches, Ray’s is the perfect place to relax with some grub and a beer. It has a foundation of regulars, but they make newcomers feel as welcome as Norm at Cheers. An outdoor patio, six specialty beers, and six taps are available. Delectable homemade food is available after 10pm. H F O

She-Nannigans & Lucky’s 415 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 836-8333 • “You’ve got the best of both worlds,” a long-time bartender said, referring to the sports bar vibe of Lucky’s (mostly playing rock and country music) and the dance club tiki bar vibe of She-Nans (pop and house). Known for one of the best dance floors in town and speedy service, SheNans also has a huge outdoor patio, nightly specials, free popcorn, and karaoke on Tuesdays. They have a myriad of games from pool, darts, and arcade, to touch-screen, beer pong (Thursdays), and bean bags. She-Nans has six taps, while Lucky’s has a dozen. Between them both, they have a couple specialty beers. Consistently voted one of the Best Places for Dancing by V1 readers. O S

The Grand Illusion 418 Water St., Eau Claire • (715) 835-7797 • This college crowd hangout is known for the Delusion drink, the contents of which are unknown to all but the bartenders. It’s blue and fruity – that’s all you really need to know. With two levels (the open balcony on the second level looks out onto the rest of the bar, under which there are cozy booths), seating options abound. Don’t miss out on the free popcorn, pool, darts, pinball machine, touchscreen games, and foosball. Eight beers on tap and 30 specialty brews. Named Best Specialty Drink five straight years by V1 readers. H S Q The Joynt 322 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 835-6959

• The Joynt is an Eau Claire institution with walls

ICON KEY H = Has recurring happy hour specials. F = Serves food other than frozen pizzas. O = Has an outdoor patio area. = Has free snacks (popcorn, nuts, chips, etc.).

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lined with pictures of blues/jazz/folk musicians who played there, art by Robert Crumb, tons of historic beer cans, and the infamous “No Light Beer” sign. Considered one of the best talking bars in town with one of the best jukeboxes, this is one of the local’s favorite spots for sure. The Joynt also has pool, darts, and video shuffleboard/bowling. Their happy hour is a local fave from 5-7pm every day with eight taps and 15 specialty beers to choose from. Named Best Bar for Talking in 2013 by V1 readers. H Q

The Pickle 341 Water St, Eau Claire • (715) 830-

0638 • The Pickle is one of those bars where you never know what to expect. Some game days they offer free beer and sometimes food is delivered. They occasionally have a beer pong set up as well as darts in the back bar. If you’re looking to dance, The Pickle prides itself on its dance floor and hot new music. The Pickle also has annual events throughout the year (Pickle Fest, Pickle Palooza, and Xmas Fest), nightly specials, the infamous Aaron Rodgers shot, and you can spin the wheel for drink deals or cash prizes on your birthday. Thirteen beers on tap. H O

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Brackett Bar 9150 Beaver Creek Rd., Brackett

• (715) 878-4142 • In addition to their burgers and wings, Brackett Bar is known for their annual SnowBiz event in January. There are happy hour specials every weekday from 3-6pm, plus five tap beers and free popcorn. They have a pavilion in the back that can be used for parties as well as Internet poker and a softball league, both men’s and co-ed. Brackett also does horseshoe leagues. Live music once a month. H F S

Eau Claire Rod and Gun Club 801 Schoettl Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 832-4391 • ecrodandgun.com • Open to the public only on Tuesday and Wednesday nights (while the club is trapshooting), this bar has a simple setup of three taps, some cans, and frozen pizzas. There’s also a party room that can hold 120 people. O S Fanny Hill 3919 Crescent Ave, Eau Claire • (715)

836-8184 • fannyhill.com • Fanny Hill has a bar with an outdoor patio that features an incredible view of the river. Check out the extensive wine list and delectable ice cream drinks. Happy hour is 4-6pm Sunday through Thursdays. Ten specialty beers, one tap, and a popular party room that holds 200. H F O Q

Fox Run Tavern 1515 S. 65th Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 835-6489 • foxruntavern.com • Starting as a small country bar, Fox Run recently ramped up their outdoor sporting options, and now they’re a perfect blend of the two. They have a ginormous deck and leagues for kickball, softball, volleyball, horseshoes, and bean bags. Indoors, they have pool, darts, and arcade games. Happy hour is 11am to 6:30pm weekdays with karaoke multiple times a week. Free popcorn, eight taps, 10 specialty beers. Serves food. H F O S Q Hipps Pub S7650 State Rd. 37, Eau Claire • (715) 834-7822 • This food-serving country bar is known for their “mean drinks” and fun atmosphere. They maintain a beer garden during summertime, as well as a plethora of leagues, including darts, pool, volleyball, and horseshoes. They have a few specialty beers, and their happy hour runs 3-6pm Tuesday-Saturday. Party room available. “Midget bowling” has been known to occur here. H F O S Moose Lodge 3606 Curvue Rd., Eau Claire • (715)

835-6522 • This semi-exclusive bar allows nonmembers to patronize precisely three times. Enjoy their parquet dance floor (enormous) and various live bands every Friday night. All drinks are made from scratch. Dance lessons the first three Wednesdays of the month. Food served Wednesday, Friday (fish fry), Saturday, and one Sunday a month (breakfast). Volleyball, horseshoes, pool, shuffleboard, underhand darts, video games, free popcorn, and occasional free desserts. Pool league Wednesday nights. Party room. Three tap beers, 10 specialties. H F O S

Sink a ton of fun into the corner pocket at Tailgates Sports Bar & Grill (1505 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire) where they’ve got everything from karaoke nights to outdoor volleyball.

ELK MOUND

Low Down Saloon 1052 20th St, Elk Mound • (715)

874-9465 • A mellow, hometown bar, this is a place you can chat without the blaring music. Daily drink specials. There’s an in-house beanbag league, and volleyball is available “if you don’t mind the weeds.” Indoor games include pool, darts (with leagues for both) and Wii. Two specialty beers. F S

The Pourhouse W301 Menomonie St., Elk Mound • (715) 917-1020 • elkmoundpourhouse.com • The Pourhouse isn’t your typical country bar, and you’ll know it the second you’re surrounded by old Hollywood decor, blues music, a fireplace, and regular events like wine tastings. There’s trivia on Thursday, karaoke on Friday, and leagues for darts and poker. They have board games and touchscreens inside, while outside there’s croquet, bocce ball, and a projector on the patio for Wii. Whenever they’re open they serve signature apps, homemade pizzas, and gourmet sandwiches. They sell carryout liquor until midnight with free ice and a huge wine selection. Happy hour is weekdays 3-6pm, plus nightly specials and gameday deals. Three taps and about 25 specialties. H F O S Shooters Showgirls N5614 850th St., Elk Mound

• (715) 879-5325 • shootersshowgirls.com • Best known as the Chippewa Valley’s premier strip club, Shooters also has free admission from 4-5pm, happy hour until 6 and activities like pool, darts, and arcade games, plus a separate basement venue used for live music and parties. Said basement can hold about 150, and has a dance floor and adjoining outdoor patio. H

The Witch Doctors N5696 850th Street, Elk Mound • 715-879-4999 • .Formerly Uncle Willy’s, this is a great bar with a small-town feel. Happy hour runs 4-6pm Monday-Friday. Dine on burgers, pizza, and homemade soups, and enjoy poker machines and pull tabs, plus free pool on Sundays. H F

FALL CREEK

Big Jim’s Sports Bar 102 East Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek • 877-1331 • A bar that’s “kind of like Cheers,” Big Jim’s has a 45-foot, century-old bar complete with mahogany pillars, and was recently featured in

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Wisconsin Public TV’s documentary Bottoms Up: Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries. Expect free snacks when the Pack plays, and check our their 45oz margaritas. Outdoor patio, food after 10pm, darts, video games, bean bags, four beers on tap. F O S

Chicken Chasers Bar & Grill 155 East Lincoln Ave,

Fall Creek • (715) 877-9911 • Chicken Chasers is a bar for sitting and talking. As the name suggests, they serve food, but it includes more than just chicken. In fact, they’re best known for their ribs and potato salad. Happy hour runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4-6pm and the bar has three beers on tap. H F O S

Connell’s Club 12 E11295 Hwy. 12, Fall Creek •

877-2140 • connellsclub12.webs.com • In true supper club fashion, Connell’s bar has an impressive variety of cocktail options – everything from ice cream drinks to after-dinner options. “You name it, we can make it,” a bartender said. They likewise have about seven specialty beers, free Chex mix, late-night food, a nice outdoor patio, and video poker. F O S

Sherwood Inn 400 S. 130th Ave, Fall Creek • (715)

877-9922 • Located next to the snowmobile trail and home to the Sherwood Forresters snowmobiling club, this cozy country bar is nestled within a full family restaurant. Their signature tequila poppers (equal to two shots; concocted from tequila rose, lime, and soda) have quite the impact. They are open seven days a week so you can enjoy food served after 10pm, karaoke (every night upon request), and happy hour from 5-7pm every day. They also have pool, darts, video games, and volleyball (leagues available for pool and volleyball). Bean bags and horseshoes can be enjoyed in the warmer months. An array of snacks is always on the bar. Six tap beers and at least 17 specialty beers. Private dining room is available. H F S

Steve and Kathy’s Bar 110 E. Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek • (715) 877-3218 • This rustic bar lined with wood offers quite an array of indoor games, including ski-ball, Wii games, pool, darts, and bean bags. They offer both pool and volleyball leagues. The bar itself will seat 50 people, and there’s an outdoor pavilion as well as a dance floor-equipped banquet room available for parties (no rental fee for reserved parties). Try their one seasonal specialty beer or choose from


PLACES WITH COMPETITIVE BILLIARDS, DARTS, VOLLEYBALL, BAGS, & MORE

eau claire

The Welcome Matt W3530 State Road 37 • (715) 832-9400 Wigwam Tavern 314 E. Madison St. • (715) 834-9061

American Legion Post 53 634 Water St. • (715) 834-4091

Yankee Jack’s at Princeton Valley 2300 W. Princeton Ave. • (715) 834-4050

Bowl-Winkles 1616 N Clairemont Ave. • (715) 552-0564

menomonie

The Brat 314 Water St. • (715) 833-0091

Brickhouse Pub & Grub 2233 Birch St. • (715) 832-6227

Broadway Bowl Stout Ale House, 1501 N.

Bull Pen Sports Bar 1522 Bellinger St. • (715) 839-9954

The Depot 222 E Madison St. • (715) 834-9061

Elbow Room 679 Wisconsin St. • (715) 835-1008 Elk Lake Tavern 10500 W Cameron Ave.

Redzone Sports Bar 2071 S Prairie View Rd. • (715) 726-3030

OO (4881 Joles Ave.) • (715) 832-9303

723-4137

(715) 235-9940

Sweeney’s Bar & Grill 201 E. Canal St. •

235-9085

The Dam Bar Under The Bridge 353 E.

Log Jam 709 S. Broadway St. • (715) 2350703

Menomonie Golf & Country Club 802 Heller Pioneer Grill & Saloon E5699 Cty. Trk. D •

Hilltop Tavern 924 E Madison St. • (715) 8359223

Ojibwa Golf & Bowl 8140 136th St. • (715)

723-8823

C • (715) 664-8390

Rd. • (715) 235-3595

Fox Run Tavern 1515 S. 65th Ave. • (715) 8356489

Loopy’s Saloon & Grill 10691 Business 29 •

(715) 723-5667

Sunbeam Tavern 1310 E Park Ave. • (715)

Foxhole Bar 4710 County Hwy BB • (715)

Eau Claire Rod and Gun Club 801 Schoettl Ave. • (715) 832-4391

LeRoy’s on Spring Street 24 W Spring St. •

(715) 720-0976

Broadway St. • (715) 235-2355

Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill 2002 Midway Rd. •

Double Day’s Sports Bar and Grill 3020 London Rd. • (715) 833-2255

St.• (715) 726-1050

Slim’s Lake Hallie Tavern 1979 County Hwy

Cubby’s Country Zone Bar E4499 Cty Road

Chester’s 3228 London Road • (715) 832-9560

Lake Hallie Sportsman’s Club 2910 109th

(715) 723-9905

Canal St. • (715) 723-9959

The Edge Pub & Eatery 9504 Cty Hwy S •

(715) 723-2400

The Lodge 1200 W River St. • (715) 720-7708 The Snout Saloon 13 W. Central St. • (715)

(715) 235-9927

723-4848

7030

723-3009

233-3333

(715) 720-9281

Shoe’s Pub 1321 Broadway St N • (715) 235-

The Village Tavern 32 W Spring St. • (715)

Hipps Pub S7650 State Rd. 37 • (715) 834-7822

Stout Ale House 1501 N. Broadway St. • (715)

Idlewild Bar 999 Malden Ave. • (715) 834-2255

The Den 613 Broadway St S • (715) 235-6171 The Flame Sports Bar 619 Broadway St. S •

Tip Top 310 Allen St. • (715) 723-8211 Tomahawk Room 306 N. Bridge St. • (715)

Mill Run Golf Course 3905 Kane Road • (715) 858-7960

The Great Escape 2909 Bongey Dr. • (715)

Town Pump 616 N. Bridge St. • (715) 723-

Hobbsy’s 3620 Locust Ln • (715) 832-2219

Miami Steve’s Grill and Bar 1807 N. Clairemont Ave. • (715) 835-2485

(715) 235-9993

Moose Lodge 3606 Curvue Rd. • (715) 835-6522 My Place 408 Galloway St. • (715) 835-5483

Playmakers Bar & Grill 101 Graham Ave. • (715) 830-8292 Sammy’s Pizza Restaurant & Pub 2812 London Rd. • (715) 831-1300

Tailgates Sports Bar & Grill 1505 N. Clairemont Ave. • (715) 552-1733 The Grand Illusion 418 Water St. • (715) 8357797

The Livery 316 Wisconsin St. • (715) 833-7666 The Mousetrap 311 S. Barstow St. • (715) 8328418 The Plus 208 S. Barstow St. • (715) 832-8844

VFW Post 305 1300 Starr Ave. • (715) 552-8438 VFW Post 7232 2900 W Folsom St. • (715) 8323528 Wagner’s Lanes 2159 Brackett Ave. • (715) 833-6700

861-5052

235-3472

8989

9995

874-5590

The Market 545 S Broadway St. • (715) 235-

Wander Inn 6020 County Highway X • (715)

Tom & Jo’s 1401 Tainter St. • (715) 235-0520

Ole’s Southside Tavern 2435 S. Hastings Way • (715) 832-9321

Pioneer Tavern 401 Water St. • (715) 832-4455

The West Hill Bar and Grill 250 W. Elm St. •

chippewa falls elsewhere

400 Club 1411 Spooner Ave., Altoona • (715)

1st and Goal Saloon 29 E Park Ave. • (715)

723-7822

Burly’s 19 E Canal St. • (715) 720-9148 Chippewa Valley Eagles Club 2588 Hallie

834-6226

Brackett Bar 9150 Beaver Creek Rd., Brackett • (715) 878-4142 Golden Spike Bar & Grill 228 Division St., Altoona • (715) 552-5526

Road • (715) 723-0172

Happy Hollow Tavern 1628 N Hillcrest Pkwy,

720-6023

Low Down Saloon 1052 20th St, Elk Mound •

Dewey’s Roadhouse 1 E. Canal St. • (715) Every Buddy’s Bar 19 W. Central St. • (715) 861-3838

Falls Bowl 9 W Columbia St. • (715) 723-3347 Glen Loch Bar and Grill 1300 Jefferson Ave. •

(715) 723-1297

Hallie Bar & Grill 1713 Hwy OO • (715) 861-

Altoona • (715) 832-2826

(715) 874-9465

Missy’s Bar and Grill 1705 Cty. Hwy. OO, Lake Hallie • 715-831-3922 The Pourhouse W301 Menomonie St., Elk Mound • (715) 917-1020

Sherwood Inn 400 S. 130th Ave, Fall Creek •

3870

(715) 877-9922

(715) 861-5442

Fall Creek • (715) 877-3218

Lake Hallie Golf Course 2196 110th St. •

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day, stay for the wildlife at night.” In summer the bar has an outdoor music stage, tiki bar, patio, plus bean bags and volleyball. They serve bar fare late, have karaoke Thursday through Saturday, and have weekday happy hours from 4 to 7pm (with snacks). There’s three taps and about 12 specialties, plus pool, darts, arcade, and touch-screen games. H F O S

DOWNTOWN MENOMONIE Broz Tavern 315 Main St. E, Menomonie • (715) 309-

2995 • Formerly known as The Buck, this is a classic pub-style restaurant with a long bar and vintage atmosphere. Sit upstairs in the bar area, or escape to the cozy basement dining room. The menu includes a wide variety of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and wings. The Ellsworth cheese curds are a big draw, as well as the burgers. Happy hour is 4-7pm Monday-Friday and 10pm-midnight MondayThursday. H F

Das Bierhaus 120 6th Ave. W, Menomonie • (715) 231-3230 • dasbierhaus-wi.com • Menomonie’s Das Bierhaus is known for delicious Bavarian food and awesome house-brewed beers. Their award-winning braumeister has up to six brews on tap at a time; perennial favorites are the pilsner, hefeweizen, and maerzen. Order a boot or a stein, or get a take-home bottle. Karaoke happens the last Saturday of every month, and bands (jazz or polka) play for special events. H F

Lakeside Lounge 614 Main St. E, Menomonie • (715) 235-4307 • Known for their “peanut races” (involving a floating peanut, a glass of beer, and chugging), this wooden-walled bar has two happy hours every day: one from 3 to 6pm, and the second from 11pm to 1am. Nosh on free popcorn, play some pool and darts, and remember that Wednesdays are karaoke nights. H

Yippee ki yay, music lovers. Waterfront Bar & Grill (512 Crescent St., Menomonie) is known for its live music nights and lakeside views. four on tap. Happy hour is from 6 to 7pm everyday. H F O S

LAKE HALLIE

Chippewa Valley Eagles Club 2588 Hallie Road,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-0172 • www.foe.com • Plunk yourself down at one of the high-top tables and ogle their eagle decor. Their extensive seven hour happy hour runs 11am-6pm Monday-Friday. The Eagles Club serves food and has multiple specialty beers available, plus six on tap. This bar offers horseshoe and softball leagues, but feel free to join in. Enjoy pool, darts, Wii, and touch-screen games. Two banquet halls are available to rent. Pizza can be ordered after 10 PM. H F S

Hallie Bar & Grill 1713 Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls

• 715-861-3870 • With big portions of just about everything, Hallie Bar & Grill will satisfy your hunger and your thirst. They even put out free bowls of bacon on Thursday nights. In balmier parts of the year, hang out on the outdoor patio. Try your voice at karaoke Thursday through Saturday nights, or join a pool league on Tuesdays. Happy hours are weekdays 6am9:30am, 3pm-6:30pm and 12am-close. Ten beers on tap. H F O

service ($6) for overindulgers. Try the Windshield Washer Fluid shot – it’s blue, but the ingredients are a secret. Redzone’s equipped with a dance floor, outdoor patio, pool tables, darts, a Wii, bean bags, horseshoe pits, and beer pong. Happy hour is 5-6pm Monday through Friday, and food is served after 10pm. Fifteen specialty beers, three taps, free snacks for big games. H F O S

Slim’s Lake Hallie Tavern 1979 County Hwy OO (4881 Joles Ave.), Chippewa Falls • (715) 832-9303 • This place gets seriously hopping on select weekends when they invite bands or DJs to play. When the music isn’t live, karaoke rules the roost on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Barbecue is their specialty, but a separate menu of food is served after 10pm. Free food during Packer games, bean bags and horseshoes when weather permits, dance floor, pool, and darts. Eight specialty beers and six on tap. H F S Two Waters Bar 2940 109th St, Chippewa Falls •

(715) 726-1810 • Referring to being located just feet from the river and the fact that it’s a bar, the owner of Two Waters says, “Come for the wildlife during the

Redzone Sports Bar 2071 S Prairie View Rd, Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-3030 • This laid-back, middle-aged meat market is host to live rock Friday and Saturday nights and provides a constant shuttle

The Abbey Pub & Grub 414 Main St., Menomonie • (715) 235-5100 • The Abbey Pub & Grub promises not to be your typical Menomonie bar. The Abbey Pub & Grub has an old-fashioned pub-like atmosphere, complete with antique items adorning the walls.  Happy Hours are 4-8pm Monday-Friday, and The Abbey features 16 beers on tap along with an assortment of specialty and seasonal brews.  The Abbey also offers free popcorn, indoor games, and an outdoor patio for use in summer. H O S The Den 613 Broadway St S, Menomonie • (715)

235-6171 • The Den is known for its great happy hour specials (weekdays 4-6pm), which could explain why they go through so much tap beer. They have four taps and also offer dart and pool leagues. H F

The Flame Sports Bar 619 Broadway St S,

from the Nightlife Guide at:

Missy’s Bar and Grill 1705 Cty. Hwy. OO, Lake

Hallie • 715-831-3922 • This bar draws a diverse clientele, ranging from golfers from the nearby Lake Hallie Golf Course to a young crowd late at night. Offers a full menu, including soups, sandwiches, and hand-made burgers, and the kitchen is open until bar close. There’s a daily happy hour plus 12 beers on tap, including five domestic and seven craft brews. Outside you’ll find volleyball, beanbag, and horseshoe leagues, and inside you’ll sometimes find live music, DJs, and karaoke. H F O S

Log Jam 709 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • (715) 235-0703 • logjambarandeatery.com • Log Jam is a large (yet cozy and inviting) bar and grill in downtown Menomonie with an equally impressive outdoor patio. Happy hour specials are Sunday-Thursday 3-6pm. They have a staggering 34 specialty beers and 23 taps. If you’re looking to play some games, Log Jam has pool and darts (with leagues for both), as well as Buck Hunter. In the warmer months, bean bag toss is outside. Weekly karaoke on Wednesdays. Serves a full menu. H F O

Das Bierhaus

120 6th Ave. W, Menomonie • 231-3230

review by punxatawnyphil

The beer brewed on-site is arguably some of the best in the Chippewa Valley. It’s a blast to go with a group of friends and pass around a boot of their excellent beer. Service was friendly and went way beyond our expectations. I definitely will go back frequently.

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Menomonie • (715) 235-9993 • Whether it’s DJs and dancing, indoor bean bags, or a big televised game, The Flame Sports Bar tries to keep patrons on their toes. DJs spin Thursday-Saturday and happy hour is 4-8pm Monday-Friday. The sports bar also has darts (with leagues leagues) and free indoor bean bag toss Sunday through Tuesday. Free popcorn, eight taps, and a few specialty beers. Try their famous apple pie shot while you enjoy nine TVs, plus a the huge 13-foot big screen for the most popular sporting events. Some food available. H F S

The Market 545 S Broadway St, Menomonie • (715) 235-9995 • The Market has a relaxing atmosphere: You can sit in a booth and talk with friends or play games like darts, foosball, and beer pong. For those looking to socially drink, there are happy hour specials daily from 8pm to midnight. There are four taps and six specialty beers, plus dart leagues. Once or twice a month they have live music. H F O The Pub 516 S Broadway, Menomonie • (715) 235-

7770 • The Pub is a friendly bar that has eight tap beers and a few specialty beers including Farmer’s Daughter and Amber Bock. They also have $1 Busch Light glasses every night. There is also pool and darts to play.

The Rehab 631 S. Broadway, Menomonie • 715-3092712 • This downtown college bar has regular DJ and dance floor action, along with plenty of drink specials and special events.

Waterfront Bar & Grill 512 Crescent St., Menomonie • (715) 235-6541 • This lakeside hangout is known for its watery view and its chill, music-loving atmosphere. Catch a live bluegrass or hip hop band most Thursdays and Saturdays, and bask in the nostalgic glow of the posters of local/touring bands who’ve played there. Sit yourself down at a solid wood table and order from a list of 10 tap brews and a bundle of domestic and specialty beers. Happy hour is 11am to 5pm, weekdays. Enjoy darts, food, and a danceable spot on the floor. H F O

Zanzibar Restaurant & Pub 228 E. Main St., Menomonie • (715) 231-9269 • zanzibarmenomonie. com • Both the international restaurant fare and relaxing interior of this urban bistro-style eatery can be best described as eclectic. They have nine taps, and about as many specialty beers, but it’s the 65 variety martini list and 70 bottle wine list that really stands out. They serve some foods (tapas, lavosh, and apps) until 11pm on weekends, and usually close no later than midnight. F Q

NORTH MENOMONIE

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 2303 Hwy

25 N, Menomonie • (715) 233-3036 • applebees. com • With happy hour specials from 9pm to close, Applebee’s keeps the drinks flowing. Munch on the free chips and salsa that are complimentary if you’re sipping a perfect margarita (strawberry, mango, kiwi, or raspberry) served in a huge glass. Serves food after 10pm, five specialty beers, six taps, and plenty of color TVs with sound. H F S Q

Broadway Bowl Stout Ale House • (715) 235-2355

• Enjoy the quirky decor in this open bar attached to the bowling alley, including tabletops made out of old bowling alley pieces. Check out the outdoor patio, live music and DJs. Sip one of 13 specialty beers or choose from 19 on tap. Party rooms and a banquet hall available. Try the 22-oz. Bloody Marys. Happy hours Monday-Friday from 3-6pm and Sunday-Thursday after 9pm. Leagues available for pool, darts, and bowling. Food after 10pm, dance floor, pool, darts, bean bags, and video games. H F O

Denny’s 1827 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • www. dennys.com • Denny’s is a classic American diner that serves up breakfast all day as well as a full lunch and dinner menu. The Menomonie Denny’s differs from many nationally though with a full service bar in the dining room. The bar is open 8am-2am except Sunday when they open at noon. The bar has six beers on tap, and you can order from the full Denny’s menu. F

Foxhole Bar 4710 County Hwy BB, Menomonie • (715) 235-9085 • A popular spot for weddings,

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local liquid AREA BREWERS OF BEER, WINE, & SPIRITS 45th Parallel Distillery 1570 Madison Ave., New Richmond • (715) 246-0565 • www.45thparalleldistillery.com Grain-to-glass distillery producing top-quality vodka, rye whiskey and bourbon. Autumn Harvest Winery Open May-October • 19947 Cty. Hwy. J, Chippewa Falls • (715) 7201663 • autumnharvestwinery.com Enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample gourmet foods, or peruse the gift shop. The patio provides seating to enjoy wine with Wisconsin cheeses. Cap-n-Corks 5256 Friedeck Road, Eau Claire • (715) 514-4110 • capncorksonline.com Cap-nCorks is a wine and beer homebrewing supplies retailer, micro-winery, and wine tasting bar featuring a line of wines available by the sample or bottle. Das Bierhaus 120 Sixth Ave. W., Menomonie • (715) 231-3230 • dasbierhaus-wi.com An authentic Bavarian brewery and beer hall, Das Bierhaus aims to recreate the traditional Bavarian beer hall experience and tastes with fine imported ingredients. Dave’s BrewFarm 2470 Wilson St., Wilson • davesbrewfarm.blogspot.com Dave’s BrewFarm is a sustainably-based brewery in Wilson. Infinity Beverages 930 Galloway St., Ste 4, Eau Claire • infinitybeverages.com Featuring a variety of wines, plus an exclusive series riesling, vodka, brandy, and beer-infused whiskey later in 2014. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. 124 E. Elm St., Chippewa Falls • (888) 534-6437 • leinie.com Brewing since 1867, Leinenkugel’s is one of America’s oldest craft breweries, boasting a portfolio of several distinctive, flavorful beers. Lazy Monk Brewing 320 Putnam St., Eau Claire • lazymonkbrewing.com Specializing in brewing Bohemian beers, they also have British and American seasonal beers and limited-edition holiday beers. Lucette Brewing Company 910 Hudson Road, Menomonie • (715) 233-2055 • lucettebrewing.com Lucette is an image of revolution and evolution, much like experiencing a non-macro beer for the first time. Munson Bridge Winery W6462 Bridge Rd., Withee • (715) 229-4501 • www.munsonbridgewinery. com Offering a large variety of fruit wines including raspberry, elderberry, boysenberry, plum, blackberry, crabapple, and other seasonal favorites. Northwoods Brew Pub 3560 Oakwood Mall Drive, Eau Claire • (715) 552-0510 • northwoodsbrewpub.com Northwoods brews 16 handcrafted beers plus seasonals on the premises of the Northwoods Brewpub Grill. O’Neil Creek Winery Open May-December • 15369 82nd St., Bloomer • 568-2341 • oneilcreekwinery.com O’Neil Creek Winery was built in the heart of the Chippewa Valley featuring an assortment of fruit wines that are crisp and refreshing. River Bend Vineyard & Winery 10439 33rd Avenue, Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-WINE • riverbendvineyard.com Visitors to the Tasting Room enjoy complimentary samples from the wine list and may purchase wine by the glass or by the bottle. Sandstone Ridge Vineyard & Winery N11601 Kaas Lane, Osseo • 984-4020 • sandstoneridge. co Atop picturesque, rolling hills, this is the perfect retreat for relaxing atmosphere and fantastic local flavor. Valkyrie Brewing Co. 234 Dallas St, Dallas • 715-837-1824 • brewer@valkyriebrewery.com • valkyriebrewery.com This a small, family-owned and operated microbrewery (est. 1994) in the village of Dallas.

Jake’s Supper Club (E5690 County Road D, Menomonie) boasts 20 beers on tap and three decks overlooking Tainter Lake as well as live music and a summertime Tiki Bar. Foxhole is an operation under the Veterans Center of Menomonie that comes complete with an outdoor bar, mini-golf course, driving range, and large banquet hall that can hold 500 people. Their happy hour is weekdays 3-7pm. They have free popcorn, three taps, and big Packer tailgate parties. They also have games and leagues for shuffleboard, pool, and bean bags (indoor). Live music and karaoke also happen occasionally. Pizza and pizza fries are available. H O S

Menomonie Golf & Country Club 802 Heller Rd.,

Menomonie • (715) 235-3595 • menomoniegolf. com • As a hangout not only for golfers, the bar at Menomonie Golf & Country Club has outdoor patios (both screened and open), happy hour 4-7pm on Fridays, a pool table, three or four specialty beers year-round, and free snacks that tend to vary. One beer on tap. Patrons tend to play cards and nurse Bloody Marys. Golf leagues available. H O S

bar and tables are even made from old bowling lanes. They have a bowling league as well as open bowling every day. For others, there are indoor games: pool, darts, foosball, and an arcade. They have 18-20 beers on tap plus speciality beers. Live music on occasional Saturdays. There are dozens of TVs on which to watch the game. If you’re looking to host an event, three party rooms and a banquet hall that can fit 500 people are available. H F O Q

Tom & Jo’s 1401 Tainter St., Menomonie • (715)

235-0520 • At this “big, family bar,” you can enjoy happy hour 8am to 12pm and free food when the Green and Gold play. Their fabulous hamburgers will go down well with a glass of beer: Choose from three specialty and three tap beers. Food is served after 10pm. Pool (with accompanying leagues) and darts available. H F O

SOUTH MENOMONIE

Pioneer Grill & Saloon E5699 Cty. Trk. D,

Bullfrog’s Eat My Fish Farm N1321 566th Street,

Shoe’s Pub 1321 Broadway St N, Menomonie • (715) 235-7030 • Known for their 25-cent tappers (available Wednesday open to close) and their two-for-ones Monday and Tuesday 11am-6pm, with a general Happy Hour from 11am-6pm Monday through Friday. This roomy pub is unique because it is also home to a liquor store, open until midnight seven days a week. The bar itself has a seriously large selection of specialty beers and four on tap. They have pool and darts (leagues for both) as well as a DJ on Saturday nights. H S

Chippewa Valley Golf Club 2200 Crestwood Dr., Menomonie • (715) 235-9808 • cvgolf.com • Adjacent to the rolling greens of the golf course, this bar has an outdoor patio, serves food, and offers a variety of specialty beers as well as three on tap. Happy hour runs 4-6pm weekdays, and there is a party room available. Cozy up to the large bar and sip away to a backdrop of radio tunes. H F O

Menomonie • (715) 235-9927 • pioneergrill.com • Live bands (mostly country) play throughout the summer here, while DJs play (and offer karaoke) at least once a week. Check out the outdoor patio, full menu, pool, darts, specialty beers, five tap beers, and free popcorn and bean bags. Volleyball costs a fee. Happy hour is 3-6:30pm Monday-Friday. Appetizers and pizzas are served after 10pm. They also offer leagues for volleyball and bean bags. H F O S

Skoog’s Parkside 932 N. Broadway St, Menomonie • (715) 235-6124 • skoogsparkside.com • Known for their over-the-top decor, the heart of this supper club contains an indoor waterfall that empties into a fish tank with a red piranha. Come at happy hour for halfprice appetizers. Good food will accompany your beer. Party room for up to 100. H F O S Stout Ale House 1501 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • (715) 233-3333 • stoutalehouse.com • If you like bowling, Stout Ale House is the place for you: The

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Menomonie • (715) 664-8775 • eatmyfish.com • Bullfrog’s has recreational fishing, shore lunches, and a beer garden with live music on most Sundays. Open mid-May to September, arrangements can be made for group outings and educational tours. Board games, badminton and horseshoes are available. This family friendly, all outdoor fish farm has a social area that accommodates 100 people. F O

The Great Escape 2909 Bongey Dr., Menomonie • (715) 235-3472 • This “beer bar” comes equipped

ICON KEY H = Has recurring happy hour specials. F = Serves food other than frozen pizzas. O = Has an outdoor patio area. = Has free snacks (popcorn, nuts, chips, etc.).

Q = Winner: 2013 V1 Best of the Valley Reader Poll.


with a full kitchen, a dance floor, an outdoor patio, party room, and volleyball court. Check out their pool, dart, volleyball, and bean bag leagues. Happy hour is Monday through Friday 3-6pm. Serves six specialty beers and four on tap. The crowd is a mixture of local people and college kids. Located inside the VFW post. H F O

OUTSKIRTS MENOMONIE Cubby’s Country Zone Bar E4499 Cty Road C,

Menomonie • (715) 664-8390 • Cubby’s Country Zone Bar in Menomonie is best known for homemade pizza, which is served all day and late on weekends. They have happy hour specials every weekday from 4-6pm and have five beers on tap. Pool, darts, and video poker are always available, and they are host to a men’s and women’s traveling pool league. H F

Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill 2002 Midway Rd., Menomonie • (715) 235-9940 • Dean & Sue’s has a relaxing atmosphere and offers a variety of fun every day. Come out on New Year’s Eve and Halloween or any other time for music and dancing. For those who don’t dance, there’s plenty of games. Pool, volleyball, darts, and bean bags are available, and if you’re competitive, they have leagues, too. Dean & Sue’s also has free snacks and serves food until midnight. They offer Spotted Cow and three other beers on tap. There is also an outdoor patio and banquet hall. H F O S Jake’s Supper Club E5690 County Rd. D, Menomonie • (715) 235-2465 • Jake’s is known for hand-cut steaks and its location on Tainter Lake, but it’s got a full bar, too, with 20 beers on tap, including local craft and seasonal brews. Outside, three decks offer terrific views of the lake, and there is a Tiki Bar and live music on weekends in the summer. Happy hour runs 3:30-6:00pm Monday-Friday and 11am5pm Saturdays. H F O

TJ’s Inn E4496 Cty Road C, Menomonie • (715) 664-

8350 • Located on the Red Cedar trail and right next to the river, TJ’s is a popular hangout for hunters (they do registration), TJ’s is famous as a spot for a beer

and sirloin steak dinner. Their happy hour is 4 to 6pm Tuesday through Friday with free snacks to munch on. They have a pool table and three tap beers. H F S

OSSEO

Whispering Pines 12788 S. Prairie Rd., Osseo •

whisperingpinesosseo.com • This clean bar attached to a campground has a large pavilion that they use for summertime concerts (Brian Bethke is a familiar face) as well as a full tiki bar. Their happy hour runs from 3-5pm Tuesday through Friday as well as from 9:30 to bar close Tuesday through Thursday and Sundays (closed on Mondays). A big perk during Packer games is their free pizza and wings buffet. Also check out Doug’s famous Bloody Marys – chock to the brim with mushrooms, pickles, and “just about any vegetable you can imagine.” Come with an appetite for darts and pool. H F O S

Shooters Showgirls N5614 850th St., Elk Mound

• (715) 879-5325 • shootersshowgirls.com • Best known as the Chippewa Valley’s premier strip club, Shooters also has free admission from 4-5pm, happy hour until 6 and activities like pool, darts, and arcade games, plus a separate basement venue used for live music and parties. Said basement can hold about 150, and has a dance floor and adjoining outdoor patio. H

LGBTQ BAR

Scooter’s 411 Galloway St., Eau Claire • (715)

835-9959 • scooters-bar.com • Scooters is the Chippewa Valley’s premier spot for LGBTQ nightlife, and among the best dance clubs, too. They have live DJs every Friday and Saturday, karaoke every Thursday and Sunday, plus regular drag shows. There are drink specials every day, as well as pool, darts, touch-screen games, free popcorn, 15 specialty beers, and eight taps. It’s a good spot for Packer games, with eight TVs, free food, and specials. Named Best Place for Dancing by V1 readers seven years in a row. O S Q

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Beaver Bowl 21930 Hwy. 12, Augusta • (715)

286-2746

Bowl-Winkles 1616 N Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • (715) 552-0564 Broadway Bowl Stout Ale House, 1501 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • (715) 235-2355

Club 10 Entertainment Center W4570 Hwy. 10,

Durand • (715) 672-5681

Denny’s Bowl and Bar 626 E. Murray St., Boyd

• (715) 667-3253

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Falls Bowl 9 W. Columbia St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-3347 Ojibwa Golf & Bowl 8140 136th St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-8823

Rustic Lanes 109 E. Chippewa St., Cadott • (715) 289-4680

Schick’s Bowl & Brew 106 Main St., Cornell •

(715) 239-3825

Stanley Bar & Bowl 36233 70th Ave., Stanley •

(715) 644-3371

Viking Bowl & Lounge N8590 State Hwy. 40, Colfax • (715) 962-3252

Wagner’s Lanes 2159 Brackett Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 833-6700

Z’s Cardinal Bowl 220 N Washington St., Thorp

• (715) 669-5845


SPECIAL DIRECTORY

Your guide to the best FOOD & drink specials in the Chippewa Valley Recurring daily deals for 2014* logo gear for 3 ounces of free yogurt.

MONDAY DEALS CherryBerry • Munchkin Monday • 2524 Golf

Road • (715) 514-4148 • One child under 5 receives half their yogurt FREE with each adult yogurt purchased before 3pm.

Dooley’s Pub • Burger & Beer • 442 Water

Street • 715-834-2388 • Get a Biffo burger and pint of beer for just $7.99.

Galloway Grille • 2 for 1 Burgers • 409 Galloway Street • 715-514-0751 • Buy one burger get one free with beverage purchase. Girolamo’s Court’n House • Mini Burgers • 113 W. Grand Avenue • 715-832-5478 • Get four mini burgers for $5.50, add fries for just $1.75 from 5-9pm.

Heckel’s Family Restaurant • Salisbury

Steak • 2621 South Prairie View Road, CF • 715-723-0844 • Salisbury steak served with mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, vegetable and a warm breadstick for $7.79, available from 11am-9pm.

Milwaukee Burger Company • Flight Night

• 2620 E. Clairemont Avenue • 715-834-6503 • Your choice of four six-ounce beers for only $5.

Northwoods Brewpub & Grill • Burger & Beer • 3560 Oakwood Mall Drive • 715552-0510 • Get a Northwoods cheeseburger with kettle chips or beer fries and a 20 ounce Northwoods brew or soda for $7.99. The Plus • Happy Hour • 208 S. Barstow

Street • 715-832-8844 • Lunch Buffet from 11am-2pm and half price apps & taps from 3-6pm & 10-midnight. \

TUESDAY DEALS

Burrachos • Double Punches • 329 Water

Street & 5314 Prill Road • 715-835-6195 & 715-834-1843 • Get two punches for every entrée purchased.

CherryBerry • Loco Logo Tuesday • 2524 Golf Road • 715-514-4148 • Wear CherryBerry

Dooley’s Pub • Wing Special • 442 Water

Street • 715-834-2388 • Get ¾ pound of boneless wings for just $6.99.

Egg Roll Plus • Pho Special • 1611 Bellinger Street • 715-832-6125 • Get a large bowl of pho soup for just $5.

Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse • Sushi & Martinis • 4864 Keystone Crossing • 715-832-3388 • Sushi specials and half price martinis. Girolamo’s Court’n House • Half Price Appetizers • 113 W. Grand Avenue • 715-8325478 • Select appetizers available for half price from 5-9pm. Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill • 2 For 1 Burgers • 4890 Golf Road • 715-832-6481 • Two ½ pound Roadhouse Burgers with sides, for only $8.99. 16 different 22 ounce Long Islands for $3.50 each.

Heckel’s Family Restaurant • Salisbury

Steak • 2621 South Prairie View Road, CF • 715-723-0844 • Enjoy tender beef tips in rich brown mushroom gravy over fettuccini noodles served with a salad and warm breadstick for $7.79 from 11am-9pm.

Milwaukee Burger Company • Two’s Days

• 2620 E. Clairemont Avenue • 715-834-6503 • Two classic burgers with sides for $7.99. Titanic Teas for just $3.99.

The Plus • Happy Hour • 208 S. Barstow Street • 715-832-8844 • Lunch Buffet from 11am-2pm and half price apps & taps from 3-6pm & 10-midnight. Northwoods Brewpub & Grill • 2 for 1

Burgers • 3560 Oakwood Mall Drive • 715552-0510 • Two for one select Northwoods burgers with choice of beer fries, kettle chips or coleslaw with beverage purchase.

WEDNESDAY DEALS CherryBerry • Wonderful Wednesday • 2524

Golf Rd • 715- 514-4148 • Double bonus bucks all day.

Dooley’s Pub • Wing Wednesday • 442 Water

Street • 715-834-2388 • All wings are just 40¢ each. Must order in quantities of 8.

Girolamo’s Court’n House • All You Can Eat Wings • 113 W. Grand Avenue • 715-832-5478 • Eat all the wings you want for just $8.50 from 5-9pm. Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill • Wings ‘N’ Beer • 4890 Golf Road • 715-832-6481 • Buy two pounds of wings get a free domestic pitcher. Buy one pound of wings get a free 22 ounce domestic beer. Heckel’s Family Restaurant • Salisbury Steak • 2621 South Prairie View Road, CF • 715-723-0844 • Tender, slow-simmered pork served with mashed potatoes, choice of vegetable and a warm breadstick for $7.79 from 11am – 9pm. Milwaukee Burger Company • Wings on

Wednesday • 2620 E. Clairemont Avenue • 715-834-6503 • Traditional or boneless wings for just 55¢ apiece. $5 domestic Bruisers, $3 Cosmos and Bluegaritas.

Northwoods Brewpub & Grill • Wing Night

• 3560 Oakwood Mall Drive • 715-552-0510 • A pound of wings and a pint of Northwoods brew for $6.99, a pound of wings with beer fries and coleslaw for $7.99 or All You Can Eat wings with beer fries and coleslaw for $9.99.

Rice Palace • Pad Thai • 210 South Barstow Street • 715-514-0460 • Get a plate of delicious homemade Pad Thai with your choice of meat for just $5.

The Plus • Happy Hour • 208 S. Barstow Street • 715-832-8844 • Lunch Buffet from 11am-2pm and half price apps & taps from 3-6pm & 10-midnight.

THURSDAY DEALS Dooley’s Pub • Two for One Burgers •

442 Water Street • 715-834-2388 • Get two Blarney burgers with cheese for just $7.99.

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Heckel’s Family Restaurant • Salisbury Steak • 2621 South Prairie View Road, CF • 715-723-0844 • Tasty homemade beef stew served in a fresh baked biscuit bowl and creamy coleslaw for $7.79 from 11am-9pm. Milwaukee Burger Company • Margarita

Night • 2620 E. Clairemont Avenue • 715-8346503 • Original, Strawberry, Raspberry, Peach and Mango. All Margaritas are a dollar off.

Northwoods Brewpub & Grill • Pizza & A

Pitcher • 3560 Oakwood Mall Drive • 715552-0510 • Get a two topping pizza with a pitcher of Northwoods brew or soda for just $16.99.

The Plus • Happy Hour • 208 S. Barstow Street • 715-832-8844 • Lunch Buffet from 11am-2pm and half price apps & taps from 3-6pm & 10-midnight. Jazz from 9:30 -11pm.

FRIDAY DEALS Dooley’s Pub • Fish Fry • 442 Water Street • 715-834-2388 • Delicious deep fried Atlantic Cod and sides for just $8.99.

Clairemont Ave. • 715-835-2485 • Buy two domestic taps or rails get one free.

chicken or vegetable egg roll for just 99¢ each.

Milwaukee Burger Company • Fish Fry •

2620 E. Clairemont Avenue • 715-834-6503 • Fish Fry with a side for $9.99. Pair your fish with a 16 ounce Honey Weiss Tap for $3, 22 ounce for $4, or tackle the 34 ounce for $6.

Northwoods Brewpub & Grill • Fish Fry • 3560 Oakwood Mall Drive • 715-552-0510 • All you can eat baked or beer battered cod with your choice of beer fries or mashed potatoes, coleslaw and a homemade dinner roll for $10.99 or beer battered bluegill for $12.99. Rice Palace • Pho Soup • 210 South Barstow

Street • 715-514-0460 • Get any size bowl of pho soup with your choice of meat for just $5.

The Plus • Happy Hour • 208 S. Barstow Street • 715-832-8844 • Lunch Buffet from 11am-2pm and half price apps & taps from 3-6pm & 10-midnight. Live music.

SATURDAY DEALS Burrachos • Beer Special • 329 Water Street

SUNDAY DEALS Burrachos • Beer Special • 329 Water Street • 715-835-6195 • Buy an entrée and get a tap beer for just $1.50. Valid at Water Street location only. Dooley’s Pub • Weekend Wraps • 442 Water Street • 715-834-2388 • Get a pub wrap and fries for just $6.99. Fanny Hill • Sunday Brunch • 3919 Crescent Avenue • 715-836-8184 • Omelets, waffles, homemade pastries and desserts prepared by their award winning chef. $16.99 for adults, $12.99 for seniors, $7.99 for kids, FREE for children under age 4. Brunch is served from 9:30am-2pm.  Girolamo’s Court ‘n House • Pizza & A Pitcher • 113 W. Grand Avenue • 715-8325478 • Get a pizza and any pitcher of beer for just $10 from 5-9pm. Heckel’s Family Restaurant • Salisbury

Clairemont Avenue • 715-833-8939 • Panfried walleye, hand battered jumbo shrimp or baked-light battered or traditional beer battered cod, served with homemade coleslaw, Texas toast and choice potato.

Dooley’s Pub • Weekend Wraps • 442 Water

Steak • 2621 South Prairie View Road, CF • Famous recipe baked chicken served with mashed potatoes or stuffing, your choice of vegetables and a warm breadstick for only $8.69, from 11am-9pm.

Galloway Grille • Fish Fry • 409 Galloway

Galloway Grille • Steak for Two • 409

Jade Garden • Dinner Buffet • 3620 Gateway Drive • 715-834-2388 • Dinner menu items all day.

Eau Claire Ale House • Fish Fry • 120 N.

Street • 715-514-0751 • Baked or Battered Atlantic Cod with Chips $9, Cod Dinner $11, Walleye Dinner $13.

• 715-835-6195 • Buy an entrée and get a tap beer for just $1.50. Valid at Water Street location only.

Street • 715-834-2388 • Get a pub wrap and fries for just $6.99.

Galloway Street • 715-514-0751 • Get an appetizer, two flat iron steak dinners including sides and soup or salad for just $25.

Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill • Fish Fry • 4890

Girolamo’s Court ‘n House • Ribeye Special

Heckel’s Family Restaurant • Salisbury Steak • 2621 South Prairie View Road, CF • 715-723-0844 • Tasty battered or baked fish served with your choice of two sides and a warm breadstick. Two Piece Dinner for $8.59, Three Piece Dinner for $10.29, from 11am-9pm.

Heckel’s Family Restaurant • Salisbury Steak • 2621 South Prairie View Road, CF • 715-723-0844 • Tasty meatballs over mashed potatoes and beef gravy served with a warm breadstick for only $7.79, from 11am-9pm.

Golf Road • 715-832-6481 • Golden fried or broiled fish with a side and soup or salad for $10.99.

Miami Steve’s • Fill’er Up Friday • 1807 N

• 113 W. Grand Avenue • 715-832-5478 • 10 ounce ribeye with fries or baked potato, coleslaw and toast for $11.50 from 5-9pm.

Rice Palace • Egg Roll Special • 210 South Barstow Street • 715-514-0460 • Get a pork,

DINERS & DRINKERS: Call the establishment for any details or restrictions regarding their weekly recurring specials. This is not a list of every special everywhere, these are paid promotional placements and each establishment is responsible for their own listing.

Miami Steve’s • Bloody Sunday • 1807 N

Clairemont Ave • 715-835-2485 • $4 bloodys with domestic chaser.

The Plus • Sunday Brunch • 208 S. Barstow Street • 715-832-8844 • Gourmet Sunday Brunch Buffet served from 11am-2pm. Half price apps & taps from 3-6pm & 10-midnight.

EVERYDAY DEAL Fired Up Pizza • Free Pizza on Your Birthday • 4689 Keystone Crossing • (715) 514-4177 • Get a free 10” pizza on your birthday.

PROPRIETERS: If you’d like your establishment’s

specials listed right now at VolumeOne.org, or in this guide next year, call us at (715) 552-0457 or email advertising@volumeone.org for details!

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INSIDE FRONT COVER

DOOLEY’S IRISH PUB

25

duncan creek wine bar

16

Eau Claire Fire House

31

Five O’Clock Club

13

From the Vine Wine Room

29

general beer northwest 12, 14, 20 HAPPY HOLLOW

29

LAZY MONK

13

LOOPY’S

22

MICON CINEMAS

9

Mousetrap

20

o’leary’s pub

18

Pabst Blue Ribbon

2

Pioneer Tavern

24

Rock Fest

17

saylon seven

18

SCOOTER’S

2

Shooters Showgirls

29

SPLASH WINE BISTRO

14

toppers pizza

25

Night Out 2014  
Night Out 2014  
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