These Are The 10 Drunkest Places In Wisconsin

It’s not the big cities or college towns that are getting ‘Wisconsin drunk’ the most.

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Is there anything wrong with being called the drunkest city in your state?

Especially in Wisconsin, which has been called one of the booziest states in the country. It’s pretty clear that you all like to get your drink on just about every chance you can get up there in The Big Cheese.

How do you decide how much a place drinks? By the number of available places to buy booze, and by how often people are talking about drinking, that’s how.

Plus, we thought why not add in a stereotype? Cause, you know, drinking is one reason for divorce, and something that divorced people do a lot of.

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where partiers might live in Wisconsin, and then put out a list.

Because, the data never lies, does it?

So, hold our beers and watch this. After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The Drunkest Cities in Wisconsin:

  1. Pewaukee (Photos)
  2. Rhinelander (Photos)
  3. Lake Geneva (Photos)
  4. Sturgeon Bay (Photos)
  5. Waupaca (Photos)
  6. Marinette (Photos)
  7. Delavan (Photos)
  8. Rice Lake
  9. Prairie du Chien (Photos)
  10. Tomah (Photos)

Many of these are smaller cities in Wisconsin with many bars in town or nearby, where there’s a higher than average divorce rate. Studies have indicated that when one or both partners in a marriage are alcoholics, that couple is three times more likely to divorce.

Read on below to see where your town ranked. And remember, be safe when you drink.


What drunken criteria did we use?

In order to rank the drunkest cities in Wisconsin, we had to determine what criteria defines someone who drinks a lot.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Yelp and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Number of bars and pubs per capita
  • Number of wineries per capita
  • Number of liquor stores per capita
  • Each city’s drunk related tweets within the last week
  • Each city’s divorce rate

For geo-located tweets, we measured the following raw number of tweets that came from within a city’s general area: #Drunk, #Party, #Beer, #Wine and #Cocktails

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.


1. Pewaukee

The gang at MUGSHOTZ, Pewaukee, WI. From their Facebook page.

Population: 13,287
Divorce rate: 14th highest in the state
Bars per capita: 4th in the state
Liquor stores per capita: 1st in Wisconsin

Wow, Pewaukee, you are tore up from the floor up! We’re impressed. Based on the data and number of raw tweets coming from your location, per capita, it sounds like you are all having a really, really good time.

When you have more liquor stores per capita than anyone else in the state, that says a lot about alcohol sales in the area. Sure, larger cities have way more liquor stores, but you guys have more per person. You beer hoggers.

Pewaukee is just a 20 minute drive west of Milwaukee (but Pewaukee folks all probably know the back roads, right? Wink, wink).

The number of drunk tweets coming from this general area was limited. We counted just 4 in the last 7 days.

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2. Rhinelander

The Gang at Backwaters Bar and Grill, Rhinelander, WI. From their Facebook page

Population: 7,776
Divorce rate: 8th highest in the state
Bars per capita: 1st in Wisconsin
Liquor stores per capita: 4th in the state

When you have a population that’s 15% divorced, and more bars per capita, what do you think is gonna happen? People are drinking a lot. Either drinking was a reason for some of the divorces or people are drinking a lot to mask the pain/meet new people, but it’s clear based on the data that lots of people in Rhinelander are drinking a lot.

Rhinelander is located way up in the northern section of the state, where there’s probably nothing much else to do for months on end. Except drink.

3. Lake Geneva

The gang at Thumb’s Up Bar, Lake Geneva, WI. From their Facebook page.

Population: 11,827
Divorce rate: 14.3%
Bars per capita: 5th in the state
Liquor stores per capita: 8th in Wisconsin

There’s an unconfirmed rumor on the web that the Lake Geneva area was used by Al Capone’s cronies as an area to smuggle illegal booze during the prohibition days. It makes sense, because the Lake Geneva area shows some strong signs that alcohol is still a factor in the area to this day.

Lake Geneva, almost halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, has the 5th most bars per capita and the 8th most liquor stores per person in the state. Plus, it’s halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, meaning it’s a perfect place for people to pull over and have a few.

4. Sturgeon Bay

The gang at Waterfront Mary’s, Sturgeon Bay, WI. From their Facebook page

Population: 9,157
Divorce rate: 14.8%
Bars per capita: 8th in the state
Liquor stores per capita: 6th in Wisconsin

Sturgeon Bay is nicknamed ‘Wisconsin’s Friendliest Town.’ That’s because a lot of people are buzzed all the time. At least they aren’t angry drunks.

Located a short drive north of Green Bay, this small city is pretty isolated. But they make up for it with the sheer number of places to get popped. This area has the 8th most bars per capita and the 6th most liquor stores per capita.

The divorce rate is the 12th highest in the state in Sturgeon Bay. While we didn’t scrape Twitter for mentions of “hate my ex”, we did see a higher than average number of Tweets coming from this area with #bar in them.

5. Waupaca

The gang at Chain O’ Lakes Bar & Grill, Waupaca, WI. From their Facebook page

Population: 6,041
Divorce rate: 22%
Bars per capita: 10th in the state
Liquor stores per capita: 9th in Wisconsin

Holy matrimony, Waupaca! More than 1 in 5 of you are divorced, which by far, the highest number in the state of Wisconsin! Is it something in the water up there? Like maybe some whiskey?

Since it’s been proven that alcohol is a major factor in divorce, we’re going to assume that the people in Waupaca are drinking a lot more than their peers. Why not? You just got dumped, so go out and toss a few back to drown your sorrows. Maybe the next Mrs. You is sitting at the other end of the bar just waiting for you to talk to her.

6. Marinette

The gang at FireHouse Grill, Marinette, WI. From their Facebook page

Population: 10,943
Divorce rate: 17%
Bars per capita: 25th in the state
Liquor stores per capita: 19th in Wisconsin

Right behind Waupaca with the number of divorcees is Marinette, which is surprisingly the largest city to make this list. Therefore, Marinette can debate this till their noses turn red, claiming that they should be the drunkest city in Wisconsin, since they have the most people.

Sorry, it’s not the case, residents of Marinette. Yes, you drink a lot (even more so than most of the rest of the state). But you don’t have enough bars and liquor stores to crack the top 5.

Here’s to ranking higher next year!

7. Delavan

The gang at Whiskey Ranch, Delavan, WI. From the Facebook page

Population: 8,495
Divorce rate: 13%
Bars per capita: 15th in the state
Liquor stores per capita: 3rd in Wisconsin

Not too far away from Lake Geneva is the small city of Delavan. In fact, it’s so close that they could comfortably drive back and forth with a slight buzz.

They have the 3rd most liquor stores per capita than anyone else in the state in Delavan. And, when scraping Twitter, we saw a total of 14 Tweets from the Delavan area which mentioned #drunk or #party. Two of which were referring to a kid’s birthday party.

But hey, a party is a party right? Any chance to throw one back, Delavanians.

8. Rice Lake

The gang at Hoots On The Water, Rice Lake, WI. From their Facebook page

Population: 8,412
Divorce rate: 15%
Bars per capita: 19th in the state
Liquor stores per capita: 7th in Wisconsin

Public service announcement: Stay out of the water on Rice Lake. There are lots of divorcees with mixed drinks driving their boats around all summer. At least that’s what the data says.

Rice Lake is located way out on Route 53 north of Eau Claire. And, there must have been a big party out there last week, since we saw 9 Tweets that mentioned either #Beer or #Cocktails, which was one of the highest numbers outside of a major city.

We looked on the Rice Lake’s event calendar, but the nearby Rutabaga Festival isn’t until this weekend. Maybe some Rutabaga pre-partying going on up there? You guys making some rutabaga martinis or what?

9. Prairie du Chien

The gang at Jim’s Bar, Prairie du Chien, WI. From their Facebook page

Population: 5,914
Divorce rate: 14%
Bars per capita: 7th in the state
Liquor stores per capita: 2nd in Wisconsin

Little ol Prairie du Chien is way out on the Iowa border, so, first off, you know it’s boring there. And, based on the number of liquor stores and divorced people, there’s a lot of drowned souls in this area.

We did notice a funny Tweet that came from the Prairie du Chien area. It read: “Wisconsin weather drunk per usual.” But this is August. Is it always drinking weather up there?

On a side note: We also noticed lots of references from all cities for the term, ‘Getting Wisconsin drunk.’ We’re surmising that means drinking a lot.

10. Tomah

The gang at The Break Room Sports Bar and Grill, Tomah, WI. From their Facebook page

Population: 9,136
Divorce rate: 15%
Drunk tweets per capita: 7th in the state
Liquor stores per capita: 18th in Wisconsin

Just where is this small place where people are seemingly drinking more than most other people in the state? Tomah is on I-90 east of La Crosse. Here, there aren’t a huge number of bars and liquor stores per capita, but they sure do have lots of ways to express their feelings on Twitter.

We saw the phrase “Wisconsin drunk” mentioned 8 times in a week from this general area, including someone who mentioned that ‘it’s way too easy to stay drunk in Wisconsin.’

But hey, you guys have your fun. God Bless America.

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Wisconsin where there are a high number of divorced people, bars and liquor stores, and where people are talking about drinking the most often, this is an accurate list.

And while you might think the larger cities and college towns are ‘more drunk’ than these places, when you measure the percentage of people who have access to alcohol, and who are separated, it makes sense. Cause, the data never lies, does it?

If you’re curious enough, here are the least drunk places in Wisconsin. Or the most sober, if you will:

  1. Vernon (Pop. 7,610)
  2. Buchanan (Pop. 6,801)
  3. Tichigan (Pop. 5,253)
  4. Richfield (Washington County) – Pop. 11,305
  5. Rib Mountain (Pop. 5,537)

We actually did you guys in Wisconsin a favor. We wrote a story, “The 10 Easiest Cities To Get Laid In Wisconsin“. It’s based on science. Enjoy.

Or, you can watch this totally random video of some Wisconsin guy singing his heart out about cheese. Hi-LAR-ious.

City Population Rank
Pewaukee 8168 1
Rhinelander 7776 2
Lake_Geneva 7666 3
Sturgeon_Bay 9157 4
Waupaca 6041 5
Marinette 10943 6
Delavan 8495 7
Rice_Lake 8412 8
Prairie_Du_Chien 5914 9
Tomah 9136 10
Port_Washington 11261 11
Chippewa_Falls 13673 12
Oconomowoc 15667 13
Hudson 12732 14
Ashland 8213 15
Baraboo 12011 16
Monroe 10835 17
Middleton 17589 18
Green_Bay 104226 19
Milton 5538 20
Portage 10267 21
Jefferson 7953 22
Merrill 9638 23
Elkhorn 9983 24
Mayville 5128 25
Mukwonago 7280 26
Shawano 9256 27
New_Richmond 8376 27
Delafield 7060 29
Monona 7624 30
Edgerton 5417 31
Mount_Horeb 7070 32
Slinger 5050 33
Wisconsin_Rapids 18289 34
Burlington 10492 35
Wausau 39158 36
Sheboygan 49308 37
Milwaukee 594328 38
Stevens_Point 26673 39
Reedsburg 9228 40
La_Crosse 51398 41
Lake_Mills 5695 42
Stoughton 12695 43
De_Pere 23796 44
Oshkosh 66046 45
New_London 7127 46
Racine 78878 47
Hales_Corners 7696 48
Antigo 8189 49
Appleton 72575 50
Sheboygan_Falls 7755 51
Cudahy 18251 52
Madison 234586 53
Manitowoc 33646 54
Cedarburg 11425 55
Twin_Lakes 5978 55
Sparta 9538 57
Kenosha 99297 58
Berlin 5489 59
Sturtevant 6880 60
Two_Rivers 11702 61
Beaver_Dam 16215 62
Fort_Atkinson 12401 63
Beloit 36943 64
West_Bend 31200 64
Janesville 63586 66
Verona 10632 67
Menasha 17213 68
Glendale 12861 69
Eau_Claire 65860 70
Plymouth 8413 71
St._Francis 9365 72
Marshfield 18655 73
Germantown 19756 74
South_Milwaukee 21119 75
Waterford 5301 76
Sun_Prairie 29274 77
Hartford 14104 78
Waukesha 70593 79
Richland_Center 5173 80
Plover 12079 81
Ripon 7700 82
Menomonie 16192 83
Sussex 10489 84
Watertown 23838 85
Hartland 9092 86
Oregon 9269 86
Grafton 11457 88
Waupun 11362 89
Whitewater 14385 90
Brookfield 38015 91
Elm_Grove 5958 92
Neenah 25529 93
Greendale 14085 94
Kaukauna 15422 95
Wauwatosa 46457 96
West_Allis 60334 97
Platteville 11170 98
Oak_Creek 34190 99
Shorewood 13154 100
Fitchburg 25222 101
Waunakee 12142 102
Wind_Lake 5395 103
Cottage_Grove 6174 104
Greenfield 36657 105
River_Falls 14986 106
Weston 14786 107
Dunn_(Dane_County) 5002 108
Menomonee_Falls 35595 109
Franklin 35236 110
Jackson 6675 111
Fond_Du_Lac 43027 112
Mequon 23164 113
Altoona 6780 114
Rothschild 5254 115
New_Berlin 39621 116
Kimberly 6505 117
Lake_Hallie 6401 118
Onalaska 17740 119
Muskego 24118 120
Saratoga 5130 121
Brown_Deer 11980 122
Kronenwetter 7163 123
Howard 17564 124
Little_Chute 10447 125
Mcfarland 7827 126
Holmen 8982 127
Fox_Point 6703 128
Grand_Chute 20960 129
Mount_Pleasant 26068 130
Lafayette_(Chippewa_County) 5767 131
Caledonia 24654 132
Mount_Pleasant_(Racine_County) 26068 133
Hull_(Portage_County) 5352 134
Pleasant_Prairie 19658 135
Salem_(Kenosha_County) 12011 136
Deforest 8955 137
Richfield 11305 138
Allouez 14056 138
Caledonia_(Racine_County) 24654 138
Grand_Rapids 7644 141
Freedom_(Outagamie_County) 5853 142
Ashwaubenon 17039 143
Somers 9563 143
Bellevue 14482 143
Harrison_(Calumet_County) 10701 146
Whitefish_Bay 14063 147
Suamico 11301 148
Hobart 6307 149
Greenville 10309 150
Lisbon_(Waukesha_County) 10174 151
Norway 7964 152
Ledgeview 6578 153
Genesee 7350 154
Washington_(Eau_Claire_County) 7200 155
Rib_Mountain 5537 156
Richfield_(Washington_County) 11305 157
Tichigan 5253 158
Buchanan 6801 159
Vernon 7610 160