The Bodega Brew Pub
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 31 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by hu5om:
4.78/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
My favorite bar in La Crosse, hands down. Absurd selection, usually about 400 choices. On Tuesdays the food is all buy 1 get 1 free, and actually pretty decent. A few of the bartenders are friggin beer sages, but some newer ones are wild cards. Hopefully you'll get John or Alishia. The wheel is the thing to do, unless it's busy. You spin a bike tire for 3.25 and each spoke is a different beer. a few losers (bud calamato or minhas light), but a ton of winners, I'm 96% happy with my wheel spins. A first class joint
06-25-2010 02:25:54 | More by hu5om
More User Reviews:
4.55/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
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.
05-19-2013 19:02:53 | More by kguard
3.96/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
If you're a craft beer lover, and find yourself in beautiful downtown La Crosse WI., this is the bar for you. As a local, I've spent countless afternoons and evenings here watching the downtown foot traffic through the large windows that run the length of building, reading on one of the many couches or just bellied up to the bar in front of the copper brew kettle turned beer cooler. With the 300+ domestic and foreign bottles, and a dozen+ taps, you're sure to find a beer that suits your taste. The beer menu is conveniently laid out in constantly updated binders either by style or country of origin. Where some selections are surprisingly affordable, others are ridiculously over priced, although a lot of the selection is only available locally at the Bodega (3F's, Mikkeller, etc.). The staff is friendly, enigmatic and knowledgeable, and the bistro style food is always good (great Rubens) and reasonably priced. I like the afternoon/happy hour crowd best. It can be busy on weekend evenings, and you might find it a bit frustrating fighting your way through a sea of drunken college kids power chugging Miller Lite, to order a "good" beer. Still, all in all the finest beer bar in La Crosse. If you're in town, it's a must stop. Cheers.
05-07-2013 16:10:42 | More by jreindl
4.49/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$$
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.
02-25-2013 22:11:13 | More by ultimatesamwood
4.44/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
04-30-2012 00:46:10 | More by jera1350
The Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse, WI
96 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.