Embark on a spirited journey through Eau Claire and nearby cities as we unveil the local bars and restaurants that craft the perfect Old Fashioned. For those who may have little cocktail knowledge, an Old Fashioned is made by muddling sugar with bitters and water, adding Whiskey (or Bourbon), and garnishing with an orange slice/zest and a cocktail cherry. Old Fashioneds are staple cocktails in the state of Wisconsin and are commonly found at supper clubs. Here's a guide to where to get an Old Fashioned in Eau Claire.

Two people 'cheers' their cocktails while sitting in an igloo in the winter on the rooftop at Dive at the Lismore Hotel in downtown Eau Claire

Photo: Dive


The Dive is an exceptional place to go for a great Old Fashioned in Eau Claire. This rooftop bar located at the Lismore Hotel in downtown Eau Claire is home to mixologists who know how to create a cocktail that has the perfect balance of sweetness, bitterness and aromatics. Cool off with a tasty Old Fashioned on their rooftop patio in the summer or plan a visit during the winter when their outdoor igloos are available creating the utmost cozy experience. 


Get your Old Fashioned fix at Helix in Altoona, WI - a wine, craft bar and cafe located in River Prairie Park. Their commitment to quality cocktails and their upscale ambiance is what makes this place a premier place to get an Old Fashioned near Eau Claire. Keep an eye out for fun events here too! Helix hosts various tasting events, pop-ups and game nights. See what's coming up on our event calendar. 

Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub

If you're looking for an Old Fashioned served at a supper club, Houligans is the ideal place to go. Locals consistently rave that Houligans has one of the best OId Fashioneds in the area. But, you be the judge! Come to Houligans for an Old Fashioned but stay for a delicious, gourmet meal, 5-star Midwest hospitality, and the ultimate supper club vibes. 

Stella Blues

Stella Blues is a beloved local gem and renowned for its intimate atmosphere and cajun-inspired plates. They offer a long list of specialty cocktails, including a variety of Old Fashioneds like the Cherry Old Fashioned, their 4 Roses Bourbon Old Fashioned, or their Old Smoky Fashioned. Pair your cocktail with one of their unique dishes like Jambalaya or Gumbo!

Old Fashioned cocktails served at Wisco's in Eau Claire

Photo: Wisco's


Sip your Old Fashioned in a casual and welcoming restaurant like Wisco's! Wisco's specializes in unique drinks along with 24 tap lines, so there's no such thing as leaving thirsty here. This is also a great place to watch a Wisconsin sports game, grab a casual business lunch, or go axe-throwing with some friends!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, located at Holiday Inn South in Eau Claire, takes the art of mixology seriously, using top-tier ingredients and precise craftsmanship to concoct an Old Fashioned that exudes sophistication. While you're here, browse their gourmet assortment of steaks, Italian cuisine and seafood too. 

Red Mixer

The Red Mixer - a standout choice for a place to get an Old Fashioned in Eau Claire. Some even say theirs is the best in town! Their Smoked Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned is widely popular! It is made with local maple syrup, bitters, & Buffalo Trace Bourbon, served over one large ice cube and smoked with oak wood chips and garnished with a Luxardo Cherry and a torched orange peel. One word - WOW!

Valley Burger

Try out the Valley Old Fashioned at one of the best burger joints in Eau Claire - Valley Burger! Their Old Fashioned is made with Driftless Glen Brandy, Angostura bitters, organic cane sugar, oranges and a Luxardo Cherry. Want it sweet? They'll mix it with WiscoPop! Cherry. Or do you want it sour? Then they'll mix it with grapefruit juice!

Foster's Fireside

If you're a pizza aficionado, Foster's Fireside awaits you! This charming eatery is located in Osseo, WI, a small town just 25 minutes south of Eau Claire. Foster's takes pride in serving mouthwatering wood-fired pizzas and mixing up mean Old Fashioneds. Visit Foster's and savor your drink and your slice!

Join the Lakely’s master mixologist for a fun workshop as you take a step into the world of craft cocktails.

Photo: Lakely


At the Lakely at the Oxbow Hotel, they call their Old Fashioned the "Great Grampa" and it's considered to be a legacy cocktail on their menu. It's made with rye whiskey, brown sugar, lemon juice, angostura, and a lemon peel. Not to mention, cocktails are what the Lakely does best. Their space is known as a hub for drinks, small bites and live music. Read more about why the Lakely is not your average Midwest cocktail lounge here.

Draganetti's Ristorante

Amidst the rich flavors of Italy that could be found here, diners can also enjoy an impeccable Old Fashioned at Draganetti's. This historic, Italian restaurant is family-owned and has been serving Eau Claire for years. Discover various pastas and other Italian-inspired entrees and enjoy a dinner that will leave you saying "MAMMA MIA!"

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