Best of the Chippewa Valley

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The Best of the Chippewa Valley 2022

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The Best of the Chippewa Valley 2024

Best Place for Cocktails

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Check out Volume One's Craft of Cocktails special section - with articles and info about the local craft cocktail scene.

The Lakely (in the Oxbow Hotel, 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire) jumped into first place as readers’ favorite place for cocktails. Enjoy your cocktail – including the beloved Great Grampa – with a locally sourced meal and live music. Next up is a rooftop bar named after a swimming pool from the 1970s: Dive (in the Lismore Hotel, 333 Gibson St., Eau Claire) remains a favorite place to congregate for unique cocktails. New to the list this year is the Red Mixer (2526 Golf Road, Eau Claire), which offers a wide variety of cocktails plus a relaxing atmosphere and acoustic music. –Stephanie Nesja