Best of the Chippewa Valley

Reader Polls

The Best of the Chippewa Valley 2022

Best Bartender

A bar is only as good as its bartenders, as the sweet taste of alcohol goes down much smoother with a friendly face serving the drinks. Readers voted for Justin Mason of Wagner’s Lanes & The Complexx (2159 Bracket Ave., Eau Claire) as the top bartender of the year, as his ability behind the counter grows stronger every year. Todd Polus at the Wigwam Tavern (324 E. Madison St., Eau Claire) came in second this year, proving the popular downtown Eau Claire bar is a go-to nightlife spot. Readers voted Chloe Ell at Cowboy Jack’s Saloon (1432 Front Porch Place, Altoona) in third place, as her sweet smile and fun demeanor continue to be an asset for the country-music-filled destination. –Parker Reed