Beer Garden

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Class Types

  • Class A - Tavern
  • Class B - Restaurant
  • Class C – Recreational
  • Class D – Restaurant (less restricted hours but additional requirements .. see below)

A beer garden is defined as an open air, roofed or unroofed area adjacent or accessory to a "Class B" intoxicating liquor and/or fermented malt beverage licensed premises, where beer and other alcoholic beverages are served or consumed. "Class B" alcohol beverage licensed hotels as defined in Section 125.02(7), Wis. Stats., which have a restaurant, recreational facilities which include a golf course, and other recreational facilities on lands owned by the City such as a recreational boat club, a public campground, or a baseball stadium are excluded from this definition if such areas are included within the licensed premises.

Class “A”, Class “B”, and "Class C” licenses, the beer garden shall be restricted to the hours of 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Class “D” licenses, the beer garden shall be restricted to the hours of 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 midnight.

Additional requirements for Class “D” license. This license shall be available only to businesses not located within 200 feet, including the public right-of-way, of a residential zoning district. An applicant for a Class “D” Beer Garden license must have been open for business continuously for not less than three (3) months prior to applying for said license. Said applicant must provide documentation with the application along with a signed statement from a certified public accountant that more than fifty percent (50%) of the gross sales are from the sale of food and that the applicant is a restaurant.

For more information, refer to Chapter 10, Article III of the Municipal Code.

License Fee

  • $160.00 for Class “A”, “B” or “C".
  • $260.00 for Class “D”

The fee is non-prorated and non-refundable and is due at the time of filing said application (cash, check payable to City Treasurer or credit with a convenience fee).

How to Apply

Application for a Beer Garden shall be made in writing on the form prescribed by law and filed with the City Clerk who may issue the same after appropriate review by the La Crosse County Health Department, Police Department, Fire Department and approval by the Common Council. All applications for this license must include map or diagram that particularly describes the beer garden area. All applications for this license must be in writing to the City Clerk not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the granting of this license.


For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at (608) 789-7510.

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