The Starlite Lounge

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Type: Bar

222 Pearl St
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601-3216
United States

(608) 796-0905 | map

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Perfect for an aperitif or nightcap, the Starlite is a great place to get a cocktail.

Like a throwback to the 50's, revel in the funky decor. Don some fancy duds and prepare to feel like a million bucks!

Not a great beer selection, and the food is mostly appetizers from the (not very) Cajun restaurant downstairs, but you're going to the Starlite for the cocktails and atmosphere.

Really good when there is a jazz band playing.

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Photo of Chaz
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I -think- this was the third to the last stop we made during an absolutely hellacious* Friday night bar crawl, and I'd only heard of it thanks to a lot of misdirected Google-Fu.

Very unique for the bars in the area, with a smattering of area-specific breweriana placed tastefully amid the late-Space Age bric-a-brac and schmaltz; If I saw a Keane Painting I would've majorly downgraded this opinion, but the interior specialists at this joint got their head in check!

Music was almost all Rat Pack, but I believe I heard a little Mantovani and Neil Hefti in the mix as well.

We settled on a couple of pints of Pearl Street's "Downtown Brown", as I believe it was $3 and my palate was already going south after an Old Rasputin (Casino) and an "Old Style" (Shooter's.) Very cool crowd, mostly professionals and professional/Grad students talking about things that are a lot more interesting than Sports. My companion and I were talking Breweriana and Craft Beer -- pretty geeky, right? Well, the guy next to me was regaling his ladyfriend with his love of The Avengers ("HULK Smash!") before rhapsodising on the finer aspects of ST:TNG and why the new Khan movie is going to suck, so I was out-geeked by a country mile.

We were perched at a window seat watching the martinis flow by and the music swell and the Champale lightbox pulse, almost in time to the music, when all of a sudden "Cousin Itt" made an appearance outside one of the second floor windows across the street. At first I thought I'd had enough and it was time to guzzle water, but sure enough that cagey bastard was running across the rooftops and cajoling the revelers on the street below! This reminds me to mention my new favorite phrase: "What happens in La Crosse, STAYS in La Crosse!"**

Overall this is a great place to escape the typical madness of La Crosse free-for-all, and it's not a bad place if you're into ginchyness and all the attendant Throwback-mania that happens to become de rigueur when hipsters lose their flair for the original (<-- sad, sad trombone.)

*I'm gettin' too old for $13 pours of N'ice Chouffe @[email protected]

** Unoriginal but I didn't make it up. Also, I sure hope it's true or my gal's gonna find out about that gay bar down from the Popcorn Tavern...

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Photo of jera1350
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This was my favorite place on a recent visit to La Crosse. Not because of the beer however, but the atmosphere. Hidden away above Buzzard Billy's restaurant, the place has a 50's/60's type lounge bar theme. Very dimly lit, somewhat small and cozy. Carpeted walls, lots of aqua blue furniture and cool fixtures. Kind of like a trip back in time really. Live jazz band one evening was really good and cool. We hung out on the semi circle couch and literally relaxed here for a couple of hours with drinks. It is a martini place with well over 20 different kinds. They have about 8 taps with Guiness, Pearl Street and Hacker-Pschorr Hefe being the most memorable. They did have a decent bottle list too. We went with the Chimay Red that came out in 750 ml bottles that wasn't specified on the menu or by our waitress. It was reasonably priced at $15 however which was very fair in my opinion. Good service. Very friendly. Their food comes from the downstairs cajun style restaurant which has some tasty fair. Overall, just an awesome comfortable lounge to hang out and have a drink at.

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The Starlite Lounge in La Crosse, WI
Place rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 5 ratings