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Bars with Best Of

Eau Claire Downtown

Amber Inn Bar & Grill

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One of Eau Claire's original and oldest bars, Amber Inn was established in 1881 and has been owned and operated by the same family since 1981. Enjoy happy hour specials 4-6pm Monday-Thursdays, signature homemade Bloody Marys, 10 draft taps, plus a selection of 25 specialty and domestic beers. Come in and enjoy the cozy, friendly atmosphere, delicious food, and cold drinks. Free Wi-Fi, cards, cribbage board, dice, and amusement games available.

840 E. Madison St., Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 14

Eau Claire Westside

Big T's Saloon

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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

Reviews 1

Eau Claire Downtown

The Brewing Projekt

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“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

Reviews 1

Eau Claire South

Buffalo Wild Wings

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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

Reviews 31

Chippewa Falls Southside

Cancun Mexican Grill

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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, and 99-cent margaritas on Mondays and Tuesdays.

475 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls, WI

Reviews 38

Eau Claire Downtown

The Depot

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Owned and operated through the Wigwam Tavern just down the street, The Depot is a summertime favorite open through midnight Tuesday-Sunday. While the volleyball leagues roll on most nights, 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.

222 E Madison St, Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 1

Eau Claire Downtown

The District Pub & Grill

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With three levels of seating, each with several large-screen TVs, and over 30 taps this is the place to be for a casual drink or one of their great meals. They have nightly and weekly specials and a happy hour 3-6pm Mon-Thurs. Pool and dart leagues available, and are free during happy hour.

101 Graham Ave., Eau Claire, WI

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Eau Claire Downtown

Dive

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Dive is the second-floor bar and lounge in The Lismore Hotel in downtown Eau Claire. The bar’s name may be watery – the bar is where the swimming pool used to be – but the drinks certainly aren't. Dive offers an exciting menu of craft cocktails, plus a stellar selection of craft beers and wines. Rooftop seating allows you to watch the hustle and bustle of downtown Eau Claire below.

333 Gibson Street, Eau Claire, WI

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Eau Claire Water Street

Dooley's Pub

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Located a Blarney Stone’s throw from UW-Eau Claire, this Irish-themed bar is bursting with happy hour specials offered from 2 to 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, which includes some of the best cheese curds in the Valley, according to our 2015 reader poll.

442 Water St, Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 32

Eau Claire Downtown

The Fire House

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Named for its firefighting theme, the high-ceilinged Fire House is famous for its formidable beer selection and chill atmosphere. They have 38 taps and two casks, all with regularly rotating specialty beers, mostly microbrews and craft beers from Wisconsin. Happy hour is 4-7pm every day and 2-7pm Fridays. They have darts, arcade and touch-screen games, and free popcorn to munch on.

202 Gibson St., Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 13

Eau Claire Eastside

Five O'Clock Club

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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 this small tavern off Hastings Way. They're best known for top-shelf karaoke every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They have eight taps, darts, touch-screen games, and a big outdoor patio. Come in for their 10am-noon happy hour. They have an ultimate Bloody Mary complete with a skewer on Sundays from 9am-2pm. Annually ranked as one of the Valley's best karaoke spots by V1 readers.

2240 Fenwick Ave, Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 1

Eau Claire Outskirts

Fox Run Tavern

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Starting as a small country bar, Fox Run has ramped up its outdoor sporting options, and now it's 're a perfect blend of the two. They have a ginormous deck and leagues for kickball, softball, volleyball, horseshoes, kubb, and bean bags. Indoors, they have pool, darts, and arcade games. Happy hour is 11am-6:30pm weekdays, and features a tiki bar. Free popcorn, 11 taps, 10 specialty beers. Serves food (wraps, pizzas, burgers, grinders, appetizers) until 10pm.

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Eau Claire Downtown Eau Claire Downtown

Girolamo's Court 'n House Bar & Grill

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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, 20 rotating taps, 20 specialties, darts, and an array of board games.

113 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 11

Eau Claire North

Hangar 54 Grill

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This airplane-themed upscale pub is located at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. Expect an open and inviting atmosphere. Featuring unique, hand-crafted specialty cocktails, wines, tap and bottle beers, and spirits, great food, and big-screen TVs. Check out their unique Hangar Bloody with the works for a true experience. Closed Sundays.

3800 Starr Ave., Eau Claire, WI

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Altoona Bars

Happy Hollow Tavern

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This spacious tavern has a log cabin vibe and boasts the area's longest bar rail at 96 feet. Participate in Buzztime Trivia on Monday nights at 7pm, sing karaoke and happy hour on Thursday nights from 9pm to close or try out team karaoke – a whole new beast – on Wednesdays. Tuesdays extreme music bingo. Happy hour weekdays 3 -7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sundays 7pm-2am. Tuesdays extreme music bingo. 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. Ranked one of the top bars for indoor games in the Best of the Chippewa Valley Poll.

1628 N Hillcrest Pkwy, Altoona, WI

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Eau Claire South Eau Claire South

Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery

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A winery and distillery producing a wide range of innovative and unique wines and spirits. Check out their Tasting Lounge (open 7 days a week, year round) for wine flights, spirit tastings, wine by the glass, and specialty cocktails including the two time “Best of the Chippewa Valley” winning cocktail the Summer Heat. Take home a couple bottles and become a Club Member for discounts. Stop by on just the right day and you may even have an opportunity to taste-test products currently in development. Thursdays offer all-day happy hour (buy one get one wine and cocktails), live music on Friday evenings from 7-10, Half-priced sangrias on Sundays. Tours available and include a full tasting. Mezzanine available to rent for parties.

3460 Mall Drive, Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 2

Menomonie Outskirts

Jake's Supper Club

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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 3:30-6pm Monday-Friday and 11am-5pm Saturdays. Closed Tuesdays.

E5690 County Rd. D, Menomonie, WI

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Eau Claire South

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse

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You would be hard-pressed to find swankier digs in town to enjoy beverages than the blue-lit bar at this south-side steakhouse. The bar at Johnny’s serves up classic and signature martinis, wines, coffee drinks, and late-night desserts. And if you’re a connoisseur, explore the selection of 125 varietals in the new wine room.

4751 Owen Ayres Court, Eau Claire, WI

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Eau Claire Water Street

The Joynt

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The Joynt is an Eau Claire institution with walls lined with pictures of blues/jazz/folk musicians that played there, art by Robert Crumb, tons of historic beer cans, and the infamous neon "No Light Beer" sign behind the bar. Considered one of the best talking bars in town with one of the best jukeboxes, this is one of the locals' favorite spots for sure. The Joynt also has pool, darts, and pinball. Their happy hour is a local fave from 5-7pm every day with eight taps and 15 specialty beers to choose from.

322 Water St, Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 5

Eau Claire (all) Eau Claire Downtown

Lazy Monk Brewing (Taproom)

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Lazy Monk Brewing was created out of a desire to serve local people good quality beers. They specialize in brewing Czech and German beers and will also have British and American seasonal beers as well as special limited-edition holiday beers. Two of their most popular beers are the Bohemian Pilsner and the Bohemian Dark Lager. Their new European-style beer hall in downtown Eau Claire includes a deck overlooking the Chippewa River and is frequently visited by food trucks.

97 West Madison Street, Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 2

Eau Claire Downtown Eau Claire Downtown

The Livery (aka Cowtown Saloon)

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An Eau Claire original bar 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. There's a large outdoor patio with a bonfire at dusk nightly (if the weather's nice), plus an exotic arcade room where "game" has a dual meaning: You can play pool (there's a league), darts, as well as arcade and touch-screen games or simply admire the wild game heads mounted on the walls. V1 readers frequently rank it highly for Drinkin', Talkin', and Indoor Games in our annual poll. Happy hour is 3-6pm daily and all day Tuesday. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

316 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 29

Chippewa Falls Outskirts

Loopy's Saloon & Grill

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Loopy's isn't a bar; it's a complex. With volleyball leagues and bean bag tourneys overlooking the river (along with a tiki rum bar and fire pit), Loopy's also has a heated 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 3-6pm with a host of taps and specialties. Some free food on game days, party room for up to 400. Named Best Bar for Outdoor Games seven years in a row by V1 readers.

10691 Business 29, Chippewa Falls, WI

Reviews 3

Eau Claire South Eau Claire South

Manny's Cocina

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Choose from over 20 specialty beers (domestic and imports) or six tap lines at this handsome dark-wood bar within an upscale Mexican restaurant. Daily 3-6pm happy hour applies to margaritas, rail drinks, wine, domestic bottled beers, and appetizers. The setting is spacious with a high ceiling and exposed beams. Enjoy a margarita on their outdoor patio in summertime.

4207 Oakwood Hills Pkwy, Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 27

Eau Claire Eastside Eau Claire Eastside

Milwaukee Burger Company

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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 hours Monday-Friday 3-6pm and 9pm-close, and Saturday/Sunday 9pm-close, and have expanded their taps to a staggering 40 options. Their enormous Bloody Marys are ranked among the best by our readers, and they offer six different styles, including the Big Mil Bloody, garnished with a mini-cheeseburger, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Popcorn is free. Food served after 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

2620 E Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 42

Eau Claire Water Street

Mona Lisa's

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The dining menu at this Eau Claire original is known for its constant rotation, and what's available at the bar is no different. Mona's takes pride in the fact that its 10 taps are always specialties and are always rotating; the same goes for the wine list, which offers more than 20 options sold by the glass. The items that don't change are the famous Mona Margaritas, espresso martinis, Lisa's seasonal mezcal cocktail, and house-made infusions of fruit and herbs. The Mediterranean bistro vibe continues on the outdoor patio (with a fireplace), and the party room is suitable for 99 people.

428 Water St., Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 20

Eau Claire South

Monk's Bar & Grill

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Located in the former home of Northwoods Brewpub, Monk’s is both a family restaurant and a sports bar and grill. In addition to a full menu, the bar features tap and bottled beer as well as specialty drinks such as the Monkerita and the Purple Monkey (whose recipe is a closely guarded secret). There is seating for 250 patrons and 20 TVs, so you’ll always have a place to watch the big game.

3560 Oakwood Mall Drive, Eau Claire, WI

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Eau Claire Downtown Eau Claire Downtown

The Mousetrap

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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, 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 smoker's patio. They have 10 taps, and roughly 20 specialty beers. They also serve lunch, usually a specialty sandwich-and-soup combo. Open mic every Sunday.

311 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 4

Eau Claire South Eau Claire South

O'Leary's Pub

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Known for its nightly specials coupled with free live music Fridays and Saturdays, 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, darts, arcade games, free snacks, six taps, and six specialties.

Reviews 3

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Eau Claire South

Olive Garden

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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 four taps. Happy hour runs 3-6pm every day and includes discounted wine, beer, and appetizers.

4920 Golf Rd, Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 14

Eau Claire Downtown

The Plus

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The Plus (formerly known as Pizza Plus) is the place to be for nighttime entertainment, from live-band karaoke to top touring comedians. With a happy hour running daily (except Saturday) from 3-6pm and 10pm-midnight and live comedy and music throughout the week, you're bound to have a great time. Come enjoy one of the 24 beers on tap, or play games in the arcade room.

208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire, WI

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Rookies Pub

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Big enough to hold parties for 130 people, Rookies Pub is a mixed crowd bar with Leinenkugel's memorabilia and daily specials. The historic downtown building has housed taverns since the 1890s, and is known for the Leinie's mural on the outside. Play pool or darts (leagues available), and select from five tap beers and a number of specialty brews. They have happy hour every night of the week from 2-6pm and an outdoor patio.

616 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls, WI

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Scooter's

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Scooters 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, six specialty beers, and eleven taps. It's a good spot for Packer games, with eight TVs, free food, and specials. Named Best Place for Dancing by V1 readers for 10 years in a row!

411 Galloway St., Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 2

Eau Claire Water Street

She-Nannigans & Lucky's

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"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). Known for one of the best dance floors in town and speedy service, She-Nans 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. According to our 2015 reader poll, She-Nannigans ranks among the best places to dance in the Valley.

415 Water St, Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 3

Chippewa Falls Downtown Chippewa Falls Downtown

Tomahawk Room

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Situated within a brick building is this classic Chippewa bar with a friendly staff. Stay for a game of pool, a round of darts. Happy hour runs 4-6pm weekdays. They have an ever-rotating selection of 14 delicious craft beers on tap, which will satisfy beer snobs and normal drinkers alike. 50+ whiskey options and a wide variety of gin.

306 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls, WI

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Eau Claire Eastside

Wagner's Lanes and The Complexx

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There's no question Wagner's is known as a bowling alley, but with a fully stocked arcade, a new activity dome, leagues a-plenty, and everyday specials, locals know there's much more to offer. Under the white-domed Complexx, there's volleyball year-round on three sand courts, plus bean bags and volley-pong. Indoors there are darts and bowling leagues on top of the pool, 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 16 taps and eight specialty beers. Also, check out the late night happy hour from 9pm-close Sunday-Thursday and after 11pm Friday and Saturday.

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Eau Claire Downtown

Wigwam Tavern

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This bar and grill is known for its food and regular entertainment/recreation events. The have popular karaoke nights on Thursdays and Fridays, plus summer volleyball leagues (at The Depot), darts (leagues available), gambling machines, and a pool table. Their small outdoor patio has two picnic tables. Enjoy any of their half dozen tap beer options and about as many specialties. Happy hour is 4-6pm daily with $2.50 domestic bottles. Come in on your birthday for a free shot. Food usually served until midnight.

314 E. Madison St., Eau Claire, WI

Reviews 8

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