Eau Claire Downtown
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 menu of pub fare. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have 15 ever-changing taps and specialty beers on hand. Get your happy hour taps from 2-6pm every day, or order half-price appetizers at the bar 2-5pm Tuesday through Friday. Party room can hold about 25 people.
409 Galloway St., Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire South
Geno’s boasts it has “Eau Claire’s best pizza,” but it’s got a full bar, too. Wash town your favorite Italian pie with a wide selection of craft and domestic brews on tap. If you’re of drinking age and are looking for something sweet, order up a Not Your Father’s Root Beer Float.
5110 Fairview Dr, Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Downtown Eau Claire Downtown
Most nights, this long-time hotspot is a casual place for talking. But on Thursday it's overtaken by burgers, 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, 16 taps, 20 specialties, darts, arcade/touch-screens games, and an array of board games.
113 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire, WI
This down-home, kickback bar is like Cheers and is under new management. Their happy hours runs weekdays (10am-6pm), Saturdays 3-6pm, 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. Twelve tap beers, many specialty beers, heated enclosed smoking patio.
228 Division St., Altoona, WI
Eau Claire Water Street
This college crowd hangout is known for their specialty drink – the Delusion – 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. The Delusion was voted Best Specialty Drink for seven straight years by V1 readers.
418 Water St., Eau Claire, WI
Menomonie South Menomonie South
This "beer bar" comes equipped 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 3-6pm Monday through Friday. Serves six specialty beers and five on tap. The crowd is a mixture of local people and college kids. Located inside the VFW post. Come in on your birthday for a free shot or beer!
2909 Bongey Dr., Menomonie, WI
Eau Claire South
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 3-7pm and 9pm-close Monday-Friday as well as all day Sunday. Six specialty beers and 13 tap beers are available.
2703 Craig Rd., Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire South
This "outdoorsy" 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 3-6pm weekdays, provides free popcorn/chips, and offers 16 taps, including rotating craft beers.
4890 Golf Rd., Eau Claire, WI