JAAA! We love old taverns, and we are ecstatic to spend some time in the “oldest continually operating tavern in Wisconsin”–the Monarch Public House in a town called Fountain City located about 35 miles north of La Crosse right on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River…KABOOMY!
The Monarch opened in 1894, and it has been open for business ever since…though under different owners over the years, of course.
The building is original…the tin ceiling is original…the bar back is original…the flooring is original, etc. and so on. There are lots of nooks and crannies for folks to sit in while they watch “the game” and sip on a brew or a whiskey or whatever. Also, they serve the original brew of this pub called Fountain Brew from the Fountain City Brewery…this is a strange concoction that includes corn flakes in the original recipe–yes, corn flakes, as in your breakfast cereal.
I try some the Fountain Brew, and it tastes kooky and unappealing to me…I can really taste the corn flakes in there, and this is not a flavor I want while sucking down a beer or three. You might like it though…so please pop on in here if you ever find yourself toolin’ up and down the Mississippi River on the Great River Road…the folks here will welcome you with open arms, tasty pub grub, and plenty to satisfy your thirst.
The current owner is an Irish dude called John Harrington. He turned this place into an Irish pub of sorts when he bought it back in the 1990s, and he has big plans for the future: set up an in-house brewery on the premises, add guest rooms, keep rocking the pub grub menu with wonderful bangers and mash, bubble ‘n’ squeak, etc., and keep running the coolest and coziest pub in Wisconsin.
Please pop in here some time, say ‘hello’ to John, grab a beverage, order some grub, sit back and relax. . .you will love it–I gar-ron-taaaayy!!
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