The Bodega Brew Pub

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The Bodega Brew PubThe Bodega Brew Pub
BA SCORE
96
world-class

36 Reviews
Reviews: 36
Visits: 51
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

122 S 4th St S
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601-3201
United States
phone: (608) 782-0677

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Reviews: 36 | Visits: 51
Reviews by hu5om:
Photo of hu5om
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My favorite bar in La Crosse, hands down. Absurd selection, usually about 400 choices. On Tuesdays the food is all buy 1 get 1 free, and actually pretty decent. A few of the bartenders are friggin beer sages, but some newer ones are wild cards. Hopefully you'll get John or Alishia. The wheel is the thing to do, unless it's busy. You spin a bike tire for 3.25 and each spoke is a different beer. a few losers (bud calamato or minhas light), but a ton of winners, I'm 96% happy with my wheel spins. A first class joint (518 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sconnie25
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A great place for a beer (24 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Had dinner on a recent Friday night with family. This is definitely a beer bar that serves food versus a restaurant that serves beer. That said the food is very good - sandwiches, flat bread, weekly specials, etc. The tap beer selection is also very nice though I was actually expecting more given other reviews. Grapefruit Sculpin and Smells Like a Safety Meeting were both pretty damn good. My wife had a German Hefe whose name escapes me - it was also tasty. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. This is a great spot if your looking for really good bar food to wash down with some really good craft beer. (609 characters)

Photo of BillRoth
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Was on Beer Safari and happened to be in western Wisconsin. Read on BA that Bodega was the place to go.
Just a great place. Exterior and interior are great, and really push the "we are a serious but fun" craft beer stop. People there were upbeat and fun...but also knew their stuff. Food was elective/cool choices but mostly appetizers, soups and sandwiches. But all was very good...very good...and very generous.
Beer menu was to die for if you're looking for great American and European top notch beers...and a excellent offering of regionals ie New Glarus, Toppling Goliath, Surley...and many more.
La Crosse may be out of your way...but this is a must stop if even remotely close. (686 characters)

Photo of KillerJigger
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pretty awesome beer list. 401 bars in two blocks as well. (58 characters)

Photo of nate19red
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bwood06
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Very interesting beer bar locating on the corner of two streets in downtown La Crosse, WI. Interesting mix of high tables, couches, as well as the bar itself. Small stage for live music. I did not order food but there were specials posted on the chalkboard above the bar. Nothing crazy special but looks to be good food nonetheless. Love how this place organizes it's beer menu although I wish they would have had a few more copies of it. People at the bar had to keep trading the few copies (binders) available back and forth to figure out what they wanted. Will definitely visit again should I be in the area. (618 characters)

Photo of robear
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.93/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of the_real_swines
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of cervezango
4.24/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The bodega is great primarily because of their selection, they have everything. there is always a great IPA on tap, and tons of hidden gems in bottles in the behind the bar cabinet. There food is very good, I recommend their pulled pork sliders and pizza. Most beer here is expensive but they have cheap pbr tall boys if you not looking to spend too much. Spin the wheel and win rare bottles from there cabinet selection, I won a 28 dollar bottle last spin I did! (463 characters)

Photo of kalebharris
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Been here a few times and always enjoyed it. Every time I have been there they have had a New Glarus fruit beer on tap -- really nice to have as an option. Prices have been pretty reasonable. Decent laid back atmosphere.

Lots of bottles to choose from but have generally stuck to one of their 15 taps that have generally been a solid line up.

Recommended for sure. (366 characters)

Photo of bizzy54
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of SF_Posse
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of FritzSteinhoff
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of kguard
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Went there during a free concert, so atmosphere was different from most nights. Pretty crowded. Would have preferred to sit and absorb the beer list while I enjoyed my 3F Dreadnaught. But whatever.
Didn't try and of the food(generic 4). Had just left a food show.
Service was quite good considering the crowd.
Atmosphere was laid back. Not a college party bar.
From what I saw on the beer menu, large list. I like the by country and by style lists.
Local Sconny beers(New Glarus) was limited. Also expected more Toppling Goliath.
Great Bar, I look forward to stopping and trying new brews when I come to town. (611 characters)

Photo of jreindl
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

If you're a craft beer lover, and find yourself in beautiful downtown La Crosse WI., this is the bar for you. As a local, I've spent countless afternoons and evenings here watching the downtown foot traffic through the large windows that run the length of building, reading on one of the many couches or just bellied up to the bar in front of the copper brew kettle turned beer cooler. With the 300+ domestic and foreign bottles, and a dozen+ taps, you're sure to find a beer that suits your taste. The beer menu is conveniently laid out in constantly updated binders either by style or country of origin. Where some selections are surprisingly affordable, others are ridiculously over priced, although a lot of the selection is only available locally at the Bodega (3F's, Mikkeller, etc.). The staff is friendly, enigmatic and knowledgeable, and the bistro style food is always good (great Rubens) and reasonably priced. I like the afternoon/happy hour crowd best. It can be busy on weekend evenings, and you might find it a bit frustrating fighting your way through a sea of drunken college kids power chugging Miller Lite, to order a "good" beer. Still, all in all the finest beer bar in La Crosse. If you're in town, it's a must stop. Cheers. (1,246 characters)

Photo of ultimatesamwood
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Best variety of beer in La Crosse, but doesn't offer as many regional offerings as one would expect.

Great bartenders, especially in the early evening.

Food menu is above average for a bar, but it used to be better when they had a larger selection of vegetarian options.

Mark-up on beer is a little high--one can often find the same beer for a lower price at other bars--but the price 1) drives away college students; and 2) is what one would expect for that selection.

If you are from out-of-town and can stop at only one bar, this is it. If you are a townie, this should be a staple, but not your only bar. (612 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Easily the best beer bar in La Crosse. The atmosphere both times we were there was very loud. A band played one night and it was difficult to have a conversation unless you were yelling. I think the layout of the place is the problem. It's long and narrow which lends to a louder atmosphere. The decor was all beer and mostly craft. Signs and old bottles and cans. Really cool look. The most important thing here is the beer. We were fortunate enough to have some Bell's Black Note. The tap list is about 12-15 deep and changes frequently and covers a wide array of styles. The bottle list is amazing. Over 400 beers available here. Service was solid, but you had to hike up to the bar to get your own beers, which is fine with me. It is a bit pricey here however. Most of the taps are reasonable if not cheap. The bottle list however was extremely steep. $8.50 for a bottle of Weyerbacher Insanity (12 oz.), $38 for a Mikkeller Beer Geek Weasel! Some of the bottle prices were fair, but the majority looked to be about double compared to retail. The place is awesome overall and you are sure to find something terrific in a decent price range. (1,144 characters)

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The Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse, WI
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