Come and enjoy a glass of wine and good conversation with friends at this cozy and inviting wine bar in downtown Menomonie. The Barrel Room offers more than 100 kinds of reasonably priced wine from around the globe, including wine by the glass and wine that you can purchase and take home. If you’re not particularly a fan of wine, the Barrel Room has you covered, too: It offers a variety of craft, import, and domestic beers. And it wouldn’t be a true tasting room without appetizers such as a meat-and-cheese tray, tomato bruschetta, caprese skewers, and more. Come join them for live music and trivia nights.
320 Main St. E., Menomonie, WI
A bar that's "kind of like Cheers," Big Jim's has a 45-foot, century-old bar complete with mahogany pillars, and was featured in Wisconsin Public TV's documentary "Bottoms Up: Wisconsin's Historic Bars and Breweries." Expect free snacks when the Pack plays, and check our their 45-oz margaritas. Outdoor patio, food after 10pm, eight beers on tap, plus darts, video games, and bean bags.
102 E. Lincoln Ave., Fall Creek, WI
Eau Claire Westside
A friendly bar with a mixed crowd, Big T's is known for their Texas Hold 'Em tournaments every Wednesday night. Their music spans the spectrum from country 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 T's offers six beers on tap. Also, stop by for one of their amazing Bloody Marys, which were voted the Best in the Chippewa Valley.
2007 3rd St, Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Westside
Bowl Winkle’s boasts a newly remodeled 24-lane bowling area, complete with 55-inch monitors at every lane. Whether you’re a league competitor or a casual bowler, this is the place to roll 10 frames and then check out the game room for pool, darts, or even air hockey. While the bar has four beers on tap as well as Leinie’s seasonal brews, Bowl Winkle’s specializes in Long Island iced teas served in quart-sized jars. Kids who come in on their birthdays can celebrate with a T-shirt, wristband, and a real bowling pin bedecked with balloons!
1616 N Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Outskirts
This classic Wisconsin tavern serves up delicious burgers, wings, and other staples. There are happy hour specials 3-6pm weekdays, plus five tap beers, free popcorn, and a Friday night fish fry. A pavilion in the back is popular during the summer, and the bar offers Internet poker and men's and co-ed softball leagues.
9150 Beaver Creek Rd., Brackett, WI
Chippewa Falls Outskirts
This friendly hometown bar in Tilden features a number of daily specials from burgers to chicken wings and a Friday fish fry. Offers tap beer and specialty beer in bottles. There are two private party rooms and an outdoor pavilion perfect for throwing a party.
12037 County Highway B, Chippewa Falls, WI
Eau Claire Downtown
“Work worth doing. Beer worth brewing.” That’s the motto of The Brewing Projekt, a taproom featuring specialty crafted brews in a funky, industrial atmosphere. Enjoy a pint or a flight of the ever-changing lineup of beers: From Gunpowder IPA to Chamomile Witbier, you never know what you’ll find. Relax inside the brewery taproom or outside on the patio. Relocating to a new location, 1807 N. Oxford Ave., in the latter part of 2017.
2000 N. Oxford Ave, Bld. 3, Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Westside
This cozy pub with a homey atmosphere caters to guests staying at Best Western as well as the public. They're stocked with homemade pizzas and four specialty beers, and in the near future will be adding an expanded menu including burgers, salads, and other pub fair. Complimentary popcorn. Closed Sundays.
3340 Mondovi Road, Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire North
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, touch-screens, and video games, but shuffleboard is king. A hall is available for large events; a balcony for small parties.
2233 Birch St, Eau Claire, WI
Chippewa Falls Southside Chippewa Falls Southside
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, then nab some free popcorn for a late-night pick-me-up. Party room available.
1009 W. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls, WI
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 20 on tap. Party rooms and a banquet hall available. Try the 22-ounce 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.
Stout Ale House
Eau Claire Water Street Eau Claire Water Street
Brothers is a college-town kind of bar known for its nightly specials and 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, you can dance to the latest pop, country, and hip-hop hits.
324 Water St, Eau Claire, WI
Chippewa Falls Outskirts Chippewa Falls Outskirts
A no-hassle bar without the fanfare. Come for the horseshoe pits. Or, if weather doesn't permit, hang out inside and play pool. Check out the happy hour Mondays 11-close and Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm. Known for fantastic burgers.
2525 N. 110th Ave., Chippewa Falls, WI
Eau Claire South
Known for its 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. Voted Best Bar to Watch the Big Game for nine straight years by V1 readers.
4612 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Eastside
On its restaurant side, Bug Eyed Betty’s is known for specialty pizzas, gourmet burgers, and wings, and the bar has plenty going for it, too. There’s a huge selection craft beer – 16 kinds on tap and 21 more in bottles – as well as other refreshments. Happy hour is 3-6pm every day and all day on Sundays, with half-price taps, rails, bottled beer, and house wine, plus discounted appetizers. Daily specials, team trivia, bingo, and more.
1920 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Downtown
If you're into karaoke, pool, darts, 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 seven tap beers, munch on peanuts/popcorn, and enjoy pizza past 10pm. A younger crowd appears at night. Happy hour runs 3-6pm with 50-cent-off drinks. Outdoor patio.
1522 Bellinger St, Eau Claire, WI
Chippewa Falls Southside
This recently-remodeled sports bar has a smoking deck, pool table(s), darts (with leagues for both), and happy hour specials 3-6pm Monday through Thursday. Fifteen different specialty beers are available in bottles.
19 E. Canal St., Chippewa Falls, WI
Eau Claire Water Street
While its name has changed from El Patio to Burrito Xpress, this Mexican bar and restaurant still serves up fantastic strawberry, watermelon, peach, or lime margaritas either on the rocks or blended. Burrito Xpress is 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 burritos.
228 Water St, Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire North
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). Happy hour runs from 11am to 6pm weekdays. Four beers on tap and a wide selection of specialty beers. They offer pizzas and pretzels to munch on if you get hungry (served after 10pm).
999 Malden Ave., Eau Claire, WI
Chippewa Falls Downtown
If you need a spot to host your private party, or are simply looking for a good way to spend the night with some friends, Bye the Willow beer and wine lounge may be what you’re looking for. Offers special events like live music and wine and beer sampling.
501 N. High St, Chippewa Falls, WI