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Best Bars for a Night Out in Wisconsin Dells

A performance at Redd's Piano Bar in Wisconsin Dells.

Bars in Wisconsin Dells

Grown-ups looking to enjoy a night on the town in Wisconsin Dells will find this list most enticing. Just be prepared to sleep in the next morning!

For anyone planning a night on the town, you’ll want to know the best bars in Wisconsin Dells. Let us help with that. Below you’ll find a breakdown of bars, lounges, and other nightlife venues that are favorites of visitors and locals alike. Enjoy responsibly!

A band performing at Showboat Saloon in Wisconsin Dells.

Where the locals go

The original location of Monk’s Bar & Grill in the downtown district is among the most popular bars in Wisconsin Dells and has been for generations. The game day specials during Packers and Badgers football games may have something to do with that status. The Sand Bar is the kind of place where you won’t look out of place if you order a beer and a shot, and same goes for Fisher’s Tavern. 

Karaoke and live bands

Showboat Saloon, circa 1907, still occupies the same corner in the heart of downtown Dells. Today, it’s considered the city’s live music and karaoke hotspot. Quench your thirst with a brew – there are 24 taps to choose from. Grab a bite to eat at their Tug’s Kitchen eatery. Ask the bartenders about the Prohibition stories and see if they think the saloon is haunted as some claim.

Church vibes

Brat House Grill is one of the most unique bar venues in the area, housed inside an old church, complete with a stained-glass window and bell tower. A host of German specialties can be found on their menu, along with the fitting option to drink your beer from a boot glass.

Piano bar

Redd’s Piano Bar & Lounge is a relative newcomer to the night scene in the Dells. Located at Kalahari Resort, this nightspot serves up nightly entertainment and live music. Sit at the piano, sing along, be part of the show if the music moves you, or just relax with a hand-crafted cocktail. 


Two area supper clubs come to mind for this category - The Del-Bar and Field’s at the Wilderness. Both were designed by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright and they are among the best bars in Wisconsin Dells for a classic Old Fashioned Cocktail before dinner and an ice cream drink after dinner. There’s also House of Embers, where you’ll find a fine wine list, along with daily happy hour specials at the bar. 

A couple at Kilbourn Cork in Wisconsin Dells.

Wind down with wine

Kilbourn Cork premium wine bar serves wines by the glass or bottle. Not into wine? No worries, they have specialty cocktails and craft beer too. Pair with some tasty eats from their small plates menu. Frequent visitors should inquire about joining the wine club here or getting your own wine locker.

For boozy shakes

B-LUX Grill & Bar crafts all their menu items from scratch, and that includes their hard shakes with names like Lost Weekend and Kentucky Brainfreeze. There’s also a full cocktail menu featuring equally creative concoctions. This is a great spot for a night out to watch the big game. Don’t miss out on ordering some Ellsworth Creamery cheese curds to go with your drinks. 

Try a tapper table

Among the more interesting Wisconsin Dells bars is Dells Distillery, a Western-themed restaurant that makes its own distilled spirits and even offers barrel tapper tables for groups planning on staying for a while.

Daily drink specials

Edge-O-Dells Bar & Resort has daily drink specials to go with their nightly dinner features, plus happy hours Monday through Thursday. Live music on the weekends and a private party room are a few more of the perks at this spot. This entire resort is designed for folks 21 and older.

Hit the dance floor

Adjacent to Bobbers Island Grill restaurant is The Reef, a 4,000 square foot dance floor and a second-level VIP area. There are four bars here as well as bottle service. You’ll find DJs spinning tracks on Friday and Saturday nights. Tuesdays and Sundays at The Reef are Latin nights.

A group at Edge-O-Dells bar in Wisconsin Dells.

Food truck fun

Grateful Shed’s indoor food truck and bar setup lends itself to socializing, eating, and drinking. On any given night, you’ll find trivia nights, glow-in-the-dark bingo, live music, DJ’s, oh and did we mention their beer flights are served on skateboards? In other words, a fun night out in Wisconsin Dells. 


Bowl a few games at family-owned Chalet Lanes & Lounge, then head to the lounge for a burger and beer. There’s karaoke in the bar on the weekends.

Beer for your bullseye

While drinks and axe throwing may seem unlikely bedfellows, it works like a charm at Asgard Axe & Tap. Ask about their party packages if you’ll be visiting with a group of friends. Their on-tap craft beer options include lots of Wisconsin favorites. Don’t leave without visiting their lower level retro arcade. 

Night out, then return for breakfast

Yes, you read that right, there is a Wisconsin Dells bar that is a hoppin’ spot by night and a hangover cure destination by morning. It’s The Keg Bar & Grill. Try their Pour Me a Vacation cocktail or order a hard cider or quaff a cold beer (probably best not to mix all three). Return the next morning for a Bloody Mary or Mimosa, if you feel up to it, and be sure to try one of their hearty breakfast platters. 

At the waterparks

Margarita’s swim-up bar inside the Wilderness Resort’s Wild Waterdome can accommodate up to 88 guests (over the age of 21, of course). At Kalahari Resort, enjoy signature cocktails or beer on tap at their Mud Hut swim-up bar. 

In need of a DD?

That would be designated driver. Dells Trolley Tours & Limo Bus, providing pub crawl tours and local transportation, offers hotel pickup and drop off for all their bar tours.

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