Eau Claire Westside Eau Claire Westside
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 weekend, open mic night on Tuesdays featuring the Bear Creek Boys starting in April, plus a DJ on Thursday and Friday, all in a huge stage area with a dance floor. Happy hours are weekdays 3-6pm. There are 15 beers on tap, and tons of specials. The 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, beer ball, and poker machines.
1505 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI
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 4-6 PM weekdays and all day Mondays, and there is a party room available. Cozy up to the large bar and sip away to a backdrop of radio tunes.
2200 Crestwood Dr., Menomonie, WI
Eau Claire South Eau Claire South
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 among the 16 brews on tap or the many specialty beers, or you could snag one of their highly-touted Bloody Marys. Enjoy free popcorn, happy hour specials Tuesday-Saturday 3-6pm, and an outdoor patio during warm weather.
2839 Mall Dr., Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire South Eau Claire South
While the restaurant serves up steaks and ribs, the bar side of things at the Roadhouse has legendary margaritas plus 10 ice-cold tap beers and a few specialties with free peanuts and fresh baked bread. Food served until close (10:30pm) on weekends.
5019 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire South
At Fridays, be wowed by the "flairtenders" (not to be confused with everyday bartenders) who can really whip the bottles around while mixing your drink choice from a menu chock full of handcrafted cocktails, choice margaritas, wine, and tap beer. Enjoy happy hour seven days a week from 4-7pm and again 9pm to close. The restaurant side of TGI Fridays serves a full food menu until 1am.
4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire, WI
Looking for a good place to watch the game? This sports bar in Lake Hallie has 16 flat-screen TVs and offers a 3-5pm happy hour every day of the week. Slake your Badger State thirst with one of their 10 tap beers or order off a menu full of burgers, sandwiches, wings, a Friday fish fry, and more you'll find special deals during Packer and Badger games. Oh, and when the train goes by and blows its whistle, the whole bar gets $1.50 Yukon Jack shots.
3077 Cty. Hwy. OO, Chippewa Falls, WI
Chippewa Falls East Hill
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 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.
310 Allen St., Chippewa Falls, WI
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.
1401 Tainter St., Menomonie, WI
Chippewa Falls Downtown Chippewa Falls Downtown
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 4-6pm weekdays. Pool and dart leagues available. They have an ever-rotating selection of 14 delicious craft beers on tap, which will satisfy beer snobs and normal drinkers alike.
306 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls, WI