Menomonie, WI
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3 College Senior

Nightlife: I don't go much to the bars, but I think they are fairly fun

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I do not seek out much party life.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you're underage, the best places to go are the frats. You will need a way in though because they don't accept just anyone.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The parties are very lively and everyone goes out.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are many bars in this town. There is always a house party going on somewhere and if that is not what you're looking for there are fraternity houses that throw parties as well.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 110th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 256th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1119th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Like most rural towns in Wisconsin, there are more bars than needed, and, in Menomonie, there happens to be a bar for everyone's taste. There are places to dance, shoot pool and play darts, watch a live band, and watch sports. The best thing is that, for most students, the bars are within walking distance. Most venues offer great prices and specials. Thursday night is the big "going out" night, while Friday and Saturday nights are not too far behind in popularity. There is always a house party going on somewhere, but, for the under-21 crowd, there are also a few other options worth recommending. The Acoustic Café is open late and often hosts an open mic night and live bands. They serve a few beers on tap and decent espresso drinks. Zanzibar, a restaurant in town known for great martinis and exotic cuisine, is a good place to go for underclassmen and upperclassmen alike. You only get carded if you drink, and the venue is a perfect place to chat with a group of close friends in a smoke-free and less noisy environment. Finally, the Underground in the Memorial Student Center is open until midnight most nights for bowling and billiards. Blue Devil Productions often hosts great shows at the Underground on Thursday nights.

The downside to the nightlife in Menomonie is that there are no real "clubs," and most of the bars are filled with smoke. A general rule of thumb: The clothes that you wear to the bars will smell like cigarette smoke for a few days. All the bars, for the most part, are clustered together. Log Jam is fun and has good music, and there are booths and tables so you can go and relax with a beer and friends and have a good chat. Zanzibar is fun, not as busy, and more for a mellow night with some martinis. There's pretty much a bar for everyone in Menomonie.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Broadway
  • Main Street
Other Places to Check Out
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Presidents and A**holes
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Stoutonia, student newspaper
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Market has $1 taps.
Organization Parties
The Greeks are known for throwing parties. In addition, there are houses in the area known for hosting events.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Market

545 Broadway St. S


(715) 235-9995

Stout Ale House

1501 Broadway St. N


(715) 233-3333


228 Main St. E


(715) 231-9269


613 Broadway St. S


(715) 235-6171

Lakeside Lounge

614 Main St. E


(715) 235-4307

Log Jam

709 S. Broadway St.


(715) 235-0703

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Acoustic Café

The Acoustic Café is open late and frequently hosts open mic night and other musical performances.

102 W. Main St.


(715) 235-1115

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 5% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 95% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% Parties? What parties?
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 30% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 43% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 17% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% Homecoming
  • 29% First day of school
  • 29% Advisement Day Eve
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