Guy's Weekend in Eau Claire
EAU yeah! Time for a weekend with the boys! Going away for the weekend with some of your best buds might be just what you need. Eau Claire has some ideas for things to do with your boys. It'll have you swinging clubs together, raising your glasses and even throwing axes (safely)! See what's in store for you for your guy's weekend in Eau Claire, WI!
Things to Do
Kick off your boys' weekend in Eau Claire with a round of 18 holes! Eau Claire has some of the most scenic golf courses like Osseo Golf Club, Mill Run, Wild Ridge, and Hickory Hills. Make sure when you pack that you don't forget your clubs! Start up the cart, maybe even grab a drink and have a good time with the guys!
When you and the boys have worked up an appetite, head over to River Prairie for food and drinks. You have several places to choose from but all will result in the same outcome: good times and happy bellies. Head to Cowboys Jack's for a darn fun happy hour on their outdoor patio and if you want a little bit more action, 44 North has an arcade on its first floor! Challenge the boys to see who can shoot the most consecutive hoops! Sometimes the guys can get down with some pizza. If that's the case, then to Za 51 you go! Want a taste of the tropics in the midwest? The Island Parkside is the place to be.
Get craft brews from Eau Claire breweries
Would it really be a guys' weekend without some brewskis? Lucky for you and the boys, Eau Claire has many different breweries for you to go to and fill up your flights. If you want to gulp down some German Lagers, then Lazy Monk is the place to go. The Brewing Projekt puts a fun twist on traditional breweries by brewing up some fresh and innovative flavors. You and the crew can kick back and relax on the rooftop patio or get a friendly game of cards going! There are many others: Modicum, K Point, and Ombibulous. We can't forget Leinenkugel's in Chippewa Falls too! You may have to extend your trip to Eau Claire so you can cross all these off your list.
Go fishing, kayaking or tubing
Tell the girlfriends and wives that you are "Gone Fishin'!" in the city of clear water! Literally, that is what "Eau Claire" translates to from French to English. With two rivers crossing through the city and plenty of lakes surrounding our area, there is certainly a place for you and the guys to cast your rods. If you and the squad don't necessarily call yourselves fishermen, then there's more you can do to get some water action on your trip. You can race through the waters on kayaks or let the current of the rivers do the work for you while you go tubing. Just don't forget to pack those swim trunks.
To really bring some thrill to your weekend with the boys, try axe throwing! The Ironside Axe Club has four locations throughout the midwest with Eau Claire being one of them. The experts here will teach you all that it takes to get that axe right on the target from the way you stand to the way you release the axe from your hands. Who knows... maybe if you guys are good, you can create your own league!
The Eau Claire Express are a part of the Northwoods League and kick off their season every Memorial Day. Come down to Carson Park over the summer to catch the action on the field, eat a hot dog or two, and bask in baseball history. Did you know that baseball legend, Hank Aaron, debuted his baseball career in Carson Park years ago? Stop by his statue on the way into Carson Park.
If you have a competitive group of guys that you're vacationing with, you might want to try your hand at Kubb. Eau Claire is actually the Kubb Capital of North America, so around here, we take this lawn game pretty seriously. Get all the nitty gritty Kubb details like where and how to play here.
Places to Eat
Northern Tap House has a large craft beer selection. Not only that but there isn't a single menu item that won't satisfy the group. If any of the guys are fans of cheese curds, we recommend trying their Elsworth cheese curds that come with sweet chili sauce. They're a game changer.
What restaurant in Eau Claire has arcade games, a mini bowling alley, tabletop games, two bars, and a unique menu? Reboot Social! It came to downtown Eau Claire in 2022, and it's been a serious crowd-pleaser since opening its doors.
Amber Inn is the oldest bar in Eau Claire. A restaurant/bar standing that long is guaranteed to know what they're doing. Come to Amber Inn for a few drinks, but stay for their burgers. Their peanut butter burger lands a spot on our 10 Iconic Eau Claire Eats list too.
Before you wrap up your weekend, you have to experience Osseo, WI. It's a short ride south of Eau Claire but it has much to offer to make your weekend here one that you'll always want to relive. Osseo is actually home to some pretty rad ATV trails. After kicking the dust up on the trails, park the ATVs at Northwoods Brew Pub. You may be thinking, "another brewery?!" Well, yes! They have their very own rotating tap list and a kitchen that whips up some tasty dishes to pair with your beer. What more can ya ask for?!
In need of a Bloody Mary after a wicked weekend with the boys? Big T's has just the thing for you. Their Bloody Marys are essentially a lunch buffet on a stick. They serve Bloodies every day, but they dish out their special ones on Sundays. The special ones are not only a flavor to taste but purely just a sight to behold.
The District is located in the heart of downtown Eau Claire and gets pretty busy during mealtime hours. That's because their food is to die for. Nothing fancy here, but they have everything you might want; burgers, pizza, wings and more!
This place is for the crew that's looking for some of the best wings in the Eau Claire area. Burly & Bucks in Osseo has some ridiculously delicious wing sauces on their menu that you have to try while you're in Eau Claire!
Places to Stay
Staybridge Suites is conveniently located in the River Prairie business district. If you're looking for spacious accommodations for the group along with a hotel that is close to other attractions, Staybridge will be perfect for you.
Located on the northern side of Eau Claire, Fairfield Inn is posted up right beside Hwy 53, making anywhere you want to go in Eau Claire very accessible. Here you get a comfortable stay for an exceptional value. Plus, free breakfast is included with your stay! Talk about a real contender.
Another great contender for you and the boys is the Hampton Inn. This hotel is conveniently located off I-94 and Hwy 37. Hampton Inn is near several different attractions like Artisan Forge, Carson Park and the Water St. district. You can't go wrong with booking your visit at this hotel either.