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Best Bar for Talkin'

Spacious indoor seating, fire pits, and rooftop bars. All this could be yours at The Brewing Projekt (1807 N. Oxford Ave., Eau Claire). Their gorgeous space and wild brews are sure to get the conversation flowing. Coming in second is Eau Claire favorite The Joynt (322 Water St.), which sadly remains closed because of the pandemic. Snag one of three tables if you’re lucky, or cozy up at the bar or by the jukebox. No matter where you are, you’ll find cheap pitchers and room for talkin’. For cocktails with a view, enjoy the twinkling outdoor patio at third-place winner Dive (inside The Lismore Hotel, 333 Gibson St., Eau Claire). –Ashly Curtis