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The Bodega Brew Pub

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The Bodega Brew PubThe Bodega Brew Pub
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The Bodega Brew PubThe Bodega Brew Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

122 S 4th St S
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601-3201
United States

(608) 782-0677 | map

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Reviews by kbaker91:
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4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited Bodega twice over this last weekend spent in LaCrosse. The first visit was Friday night around 10PM, and the place was busy. Could not find a table nor space at the bar, so my wife & I left after one beer as we didn't feel like getting jostled by a crowd without our own seats. We were going to check out a live band down the street anyway.

Feeling this is not a fair way to judge an establishment that had garnered such good reviews on BA, I made my way there on Saturday afternoon for a sandwich and a few pints. I found a seat at the bar, and was greeted warmly by Bree, the bartender. She was attentive and knowledgable about the beers they offered. I had a SN Torpedo, Founders Double Trouble, DFH 60 minute, and a Great Lakes Irish Red. The bottle menu was extensive, with several breweries represented that are not available in MN (DFH, New Glarus, Founders, etc). I think I counted a dozen taps, a nice mix of styles and breweries.

My sandwich was a sourdough cold cut sandwich. Nothing to write home about, but inexpensive and hit the spot for a light meal.

This being LaCrosse, the prices were cheap, especially when compared to comparable Twin Cities taverns.

Overall, nice beer selection, best by far in the area. What set this place apart from many other similar establishments in my mind is the service. Attentive, unpretentious, friendly are the first three adjectives (adverbs?) that come to mind when describing the service. A definite must-visit for the beer traveler when in La Crosse.

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Photo of bigjsempire
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of nickmauel
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great location, great food, large amount of beers to choose from. Love this place!

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Photo of bound4er
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of nate19red
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bwood06
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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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Photo of robear
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.93/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of cervezango
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of bizzy54
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of kguard
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of jreindl
3.96/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of ultimatesamwood
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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The Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse, WI
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