There’s nothing quite like the first sip of your favorite drink. Whether that’s a warm cup of coffee or a martini made from local grains, there’s a drink for everyone in Washburn County. Whether you’re looking for a cozy coffee shop, bustling brewpub, or a local watering hole, we can get you headed in the right direction.

The first of our Best of WashCo series for 2022 kicks off with The Best Pour category. Our visitors and locals are equally passionate about their favorite places to grab a drink.

The Landing on Long Lake, formerly Prop’s on Long Lake, has arguably one of the most beautiful views in Northern Wisconsin. From a fresh pint straight from the tap to The Landing Bloody Mary with their homemade mix, The Landing offers some great pours. We really can’t write about The Landing on Long Lake without talking about their menu too. One of their must-try menu items is the full pound walleye, fitting since you’re sitting on the shore of the Walleye Capital of Wisconsin.

Next up is The Corner House Pub. Surely the first thing you’ll notice is the authenticity of this upscale Spooner pub. From its tin ceilings to the original brick and gorgeous floors, the Corner House Pub offers authentic, hometown charm that will make it hard to leave after just one drink. The pints are ice cold, the specialty drinks a delight and the wine is best served on their charming patio with the gorgeous mural backdrop painted by another local business owner, MaryKay Latzka of Gypsy and the Frog.

And the winner of WashCo’s Best Pour for 2022 is the one and only Klopp’s 5th Avenue Bar in Shell Lake. If you ever watched (and loved) the show “Cheers” you’ll feel right at home when you walk into Klopp’s. Widely known for their friendly atmosphere, cheap drinks and homemade pizza, this is sure to become a must stop. One of the great perks of stopping in for a drink at Klopp’s, the Laughing Goat Food Truck is right outside the door. If you haven’t tried that yet, you better mark it on your bucket list because they are also the winner of the Best Bites category for 2022.