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Glarner StubeGlarner Stube

Type: Bar, Eatery

518 1st St
New Glarus, Wisconsin, 53574-8908
United States

(608) 527-2216 | map

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 06-16-2008

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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere - The Glarner Stube offers men the unique and perhaps life altering experience of urinating in the Midwest's largest urinal. This alone warrants at least a 4 for atmosphere, but Glarner Stube has even more going for it - it's built like a traditional Swiss lodge, nearly everyone serving you is Swiss-American, and the food is very traditional. The Stube is also a local favorite in a small town so if you go in the afternoon you can drink edel-pils tappers and shoot dice with wonderfully drunk old codgers all day long. Deb Carrey has been known to throw one or two back here as well.

Selection/Quality - Ten taps, ten New Glarus beers on tap. The Glarner Stube might as well change its name to the Glarner Stube Restaurant and New Glarus Tied House. About 25 bottles are offered including any New Glarus beers that they don't have on tap and a few German bocks and Hefes. Reminds me of all the old European cafes that have remained loyal to one brand of brew for hundreds of years or more.

Service - Excellent. Friendly and folksy, prompt, and helpful.

Food - Swiss/Wisconsinite cuisine featuring schnitzel, geschnetzeltes, fondue, veal chops, pastetli, and my favorite Swiss dish of all, Roestti potatoes. Of course there is a popular Friday Fish Fry too. This may be America's "Little Switzerland," but it's still in Wisconsin.

A trip to New Glarus is not complete without a stop either here or at the nearby New Glarus Hotel. I've slightly preferred the Glarner Stube since I was a kid but nowadays the beer puts it far and away the best place in town. Don't miss out on the experience, food, and beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of maxcoinage
4.43/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Inglewood
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of CoryJones
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Kegatron
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BillRoth
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Awesome family run restaurant that had a true Swiss spirit that is the hallmark of the town of New Glarus. It also is a perfect complement to New Glarus brewery.
Excellent selection on New Glarus beers on tap, an extraordinarily good menu of Swiss food selections. Choices ranged from a top notch fondue to serious genuine local sausages. Entrees were great especially the veal dishes.
This is an authentic Swiss American restaurant that has the feel of a small friendly family run gasthaus.
Cannot recommend this place enough.

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Photo of jimmyfishkin
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Great food, great New Glarus brew on tap and overall great atmosphere - love this place

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bound4er
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in after touring the brewery for some more NG beer and food. For a Saturday we were lucky to get a table quickly (only two of us). People with large groups (6 or more) had to wait from 1.5 to 2 hours for a table. I had a pint of Scream - don't recall what my wife had. The food was excellent - I had a Flank Steak Sandwich and my wife had the Pork Schnitzel Sandwich. I heard so much about the Roesti but was let down by its lack of flavor. Overall this is a great spot for some good food and beer with a great atmosphere.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I frequent New Glarus 5-10 times a year. I only eat somewhere other than Glarner Stube if they are closed or if we are just driving through to Madison. I have had many things on the menu and have liked them all. You must, and I mean must, always have cheese curds for appetizer. Price is a little high for some of the Swiss dishes, but you can't get these dishes most places. Glarner Stube has consistently good quality food and a decent selection of New Glarus beers on tap. You shouldn't ask for much more in a small town like that. Prost!

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Photo of TonyRay
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Outstanding experience. After some drinks at the NG Brewery, I stopped here for a light dinner. I am told that the prime rib and potatoes are excellent, but I only made it through a cheese platter and a cheese fondue before feeling fully satiated. The bar itself has a smooth copper surface, and the overall ambience is similar to those you find in northern Wisconsin. The cheese platter featured nuts instead of crackers, and featured some sharp, smoky selections. No havarti, no milds. This is cheese-lover's cheese. The fondue consisted of emmentaler and white wine.

Also of note is a wide array of New Glarus beers. If you are in town and the brewery is already closed (as they are known to do at 4pm), fear not, because this destination will fulfill all of those desires that brought you to New Glarus in the first place.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited August 31st, 4:15-4:45ish

Having just completed the Hard Hat tour at the Hilltop brewery and filled up with gas at the BP across the tracks (Hint: very good selection of NG sixers at that station), I went back to New Glarus' charming little downtown for a last taste of the beer 'at the source'. A friend in Portland, OR (where I live happens to be a Wisconsin native and HIGHLY recommended a stop at Glarner Stube.

I parked nearby and found the place easily enough; it's a mid-block brick building with a small wood-shingled overhang and some 'Alpen' scenes pained on the facade above. Some raised text near the top of the street face reads 'SALOMON STUESSY 1901' - so there's some history in these walls. Up the couple of steps (placed right outside the front door - you'd better remember that if you've had one too many - or risk taking a tumble) and into a warm, wood-cladded room I went. Seriously, every surface is covered in wood (well maybe there's a little stucco here & there); it's an eclectic 'rustic lodge' feel with steins, swords, and taxidermied things. A large black cowbell hangs over the bar -a lovely copper specimen that seats maybe twelve- and was clanged ceremoniously once for no apparent reason. I grabbed a seat at the end of the bar, closest to the old barber's chair dedicated to 'Gary'.

Before anything else happened I smelled meat. I mean the most delicious smoky and spicy sort of stuff that had my mouth watering instantly. The culprit? A hanging rack of 'landjaegers' from Ruef's Market a couple doors down the street. They're basically dried pork/beef sausages that put to shame any jerky or Slim Jim you've ever tried. I will never forget that aroma - I left with 2 pairs ($3.50 each)... then bought two more pairs at Ruef's before leaving town. My time was short as I had to be at a dinner with family in Illinois by 7pm, so a meal will have to wait til next time (maybe summer 2013?).

For beers, there are 8 taps of all New Glarus stuff - mostly the standards (Spotted Cow was ordered a couple of times while I was there). I asked for and received a tall goblet of Wisconsin Belgian Red -mmm, those cherries! I was a little surprised that everyone at the bar was drinking wine, cocktails or - in one instance- a Coors Light. A couple locals, geared up in Badger apparel, seemed to have begun tailgating extra-early for the next day's game. A couple women chatted with one another: "Hey, are you goin' up to Cheese Days this year?" Another female barfly: "You betcha! It's been ages since I've seen the parade!". Good stuff - makes me want to go to the Cheese Days Parade, if such a thing exists.

Really liked the place - the only drawback was the bartender was a little slow and kinda awkward... especially when it came to paying my $13 tab ($6 for the beer & $7 for meat). He just stood over me in a weird way, watching as I added up the tip in my head and signed my name. There wasn't much interaction during the visit either, but he seemed friendly enough with others and the rest of the staff was courteous.

I plan to go back again for a real meal and more time in town. My family took me to New Glarus a couple of times growing up in the 80s and early 90s, and the memories are fond. Thanks to Tom (DiabolikDUB) for the recommendation!

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Photo of pschul4
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is the shit. Been here twice so far and they have more NG on tap than the brewery! The food here is to die for especially the cheese curds, oh god the cheese curds. If youre in New Glarus and don't hit this place you have truly missed out

The bartender really knows his stuff and they have 20+ new glarus vintage bottles. We went in at a slow time and they showed us around back where they have their slow cooker with some ribs going. True class at this place

Cant wait to be back!


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Photo of JohnnyTightLips
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A kinda small old-rustic log cabin-type of place. We had our meal at the bar. The place still gets quite a bit locals, usually having a drink at the bar. I actually think I was the only out-of-towner there. The one thing that I saw here and at the Sportman's Bar down the street was that both bartenders were rolling dice for money with the patrons.

Service wasn't bad, the older bartender was a really casual guy. My only real gripe were the prices. I'm sure the restaurant does a good business when they have the brewery recommending all the tourists to dine at the Glarner Stube, but they could lower the prices just a smige. Its good that you can get a sandwich off the lunch menu for around $8 with a side potato but all the non-sandwich items were at least $12 or more. $9 for cheese curds? Already spent $100+ on NG beer, which explains my frugalness. The other person I was with got a schublig for $17 and it was just a plain long sausage and while it was good, but not anything great, especially with the price. I was also surprised how bland the acclaimed roesti potato dish was. While they give you a hardy portion (6-inch in diameter) it had little flavor and was very greasy. $31 for 2 people, 2 half pints (1 was free) and we weren't really all that full.

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Photo of crossovert
3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here on a Sunday afternoon after going to New Glarus. The whole town is Swiss themed, one of the better examples I have seen in the US. It is definitely more alpine themed.

This particular place is also heavily themed, it does seem a bit like a Swiss bar inside. There isn't too much seating, but we got a place.

The menu has lots of Swiss foods and German styled dishes. The Rösti is pretty tasty. They seem to use alot of local ingredients as well.

The taplist consists entirely of New Glarus from Apple Ale to spotted Cow, there was an array of solid choices. I went with a Franziskaner though. They also have Quoellfrisch and a few BMCs and imports and Stone IPA which I would think is soon to be discontinued.

The service is friendly and prompt. The prices for food are a bit expensive but the beer is reasonably priced.

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Photo of BStalf21
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Nice authentic swiss stube, stopped in after New Glarus Brewery for a snack and some beer before checking out some of the local shops. Sounded like the best bet on the free beer ticket that I got from the Brewery's beer tasting. After visiting I no doubt believe this to be the truth. Better selection on tap of New Glarus beer then the Brewery itself and in a nicer atmosphere. Service wasn't horrible but not great. Had an appetizer that was very good and all the New glarus beers I tried were great.

If I found myself out that way again I would go back.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here for lunch before the New Glarus tour, 9 Jul 2011.

Copper bar top to the left, seats in back. We were there for lunch, just a couple of folks at the bar but dining room was about 90% full at noon. All New Glarus on tap, including Belgian Red. Dining room is all wood with some older farm type implements on the wall as decoration.

We tried the fondue, a couple of sandwiches, the roesti and beer cheese soup, as well as five beers. Total damage was $66 before tip, a little on the high side for lunch IMO.

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