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The Bodega Brew Pub

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The Bodega Brew PubThe Bodega Brew Pub
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97
world-class

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 36
Reviews by klewis:
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4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The atmosphere at the Bodega was nice and comfortable. Beer memorabilia covers the walls, jazz music was being played at an approriate volume, and there are even couches to sit on should you choose to eschew the bar. Service was fast, friendly, and knowledgable. What sets this bar apart is its selection. Massive beer list. Probably more than 200 beers offered in bottles with about a dozen or so on tap. Pricing was average. You should definitely plan a visit here if you find yourself in La Crosse.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of nate19red
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bwood06
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.93/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cervezango
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of bizzy54
5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kguard
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of jreindl
3.96/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of ultimatesamwood
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of jera1350
4.44/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tourdot
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Bodega has over 400 different beers on hand at any given time and typically 15 varieties on tap including imports and domestics. This place gets their hand on some really good brew. Just because a beer isn't in season doesn't mean you wont' find it here. Beyond the phenomenal selection, the bartenders are knowledgeable and quite personable. Beer menus are available enabling customers to browse the selection by style of beer, brewery, or country/state of origin. Relative to La Crosse, WI, prices are fair to high depending upon what you want. At the low end, PBR is $2.25, mid range example: Founders Imperial Stout for $7.00, and high end: GI Bourbon County Coffee Stout (22oz) for $40. Conveniently, bottle prices are listed in beer menus and though the tap beer is not priced, bar tenders will typically inform you of anything over $5 a pint.

The atmosphere at the Bodega is eclectic and welcoming. Hundreds of beer taps, bottles, and signs are displayed around the bar. Seating is available at the bar, pub tables, or couches. Floor to ceiling windows open the lounge up to the main street through downtown La Crosse. The clientele is a very diverse group but typically very friendly and relaxed. The Bodega offers a short food menu of soup and sandwiches with daily specials. A good selection of live music is common during weekend evenings.

If you're a beer connoisseur this is a must stop. If you're in La Crosse and looking for a good time, it can be found at the Bodega.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Spent the evening here drinking with a BA buddy and my wife. Glad we did.

The place has a cool coffee house meets beer bar meets cafe vibe. I really loved the breweriana that lined the window sils. Bottles from everywhere and anywhere.

The selection needs a full three ring binder to hold everything. Good lord the choices were endless. Taps and bottles for every beer geek to drool over. The servers were friendly and fast.

We ordered some food and were very impressed. The flat bread was amazing.

Overall I'm so glad I stopped in here. If this place was in Milwaukee the lines would be out the door.

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The Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse, WI
97 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.