With the kids back in school, I'm sure it's hard to wrap your brain around going on a vacation or taking a trip somewhere, but even if it's just for a day or two, I really think it would be worth your time to check out these four Wisconsin waterfront bars before summer ends.

While they aren't very far, just a little over an hour north of Rockford,  you will easily feel like you're a million miles away as you sip on ice cold beer, throw back some shots, dip your toes in the water and dance riverside all night long with live music.

Pack up your tents, trailers or RVs and head north to enjoy one of these four amazing Wisconsin water front bars.


  • Island Bar and Grill via Facebook
    Island Bar and Grill via Facebook

    Island Bar and Grill

    W7545 Blackhawk Island Rd.
    Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
    This is one of my favorite spots. The staff, the food, specialty cocktails and the atmosphere are incredible. Spend the day floating and drinking; and the evening dancing and sitting around a campfire on the campground.
  • Sunsent Bar and Grill via Facebook
    Sunsent Bar and Grill via Facebook

    Sunset Bar and Grill

    N2103 WI-188
    Lodi, Wisconsin
    The Sunset Bar and Grill is a great lakefront beach bar in the north shore of Lake Koshkonong with multiple decks, swing bar, boat access, good drinks, and live entertainment.
  • Pettit's Lakeview Bar via Facebook
    Pettit's Lakeview Bar via Facebook

    Pettit's Lakeview Bar

    1901 E State Road 59
    Milton, Wisconsin
    Pettit's has been called one of the "best outdoor beach summer place in Rock County." The staff is friendly, the guests are even friendlier, and you'll have the best time at one of their two outdoor bars.
  • The Anchor Inn via Facebook
    The Anchor Inn via Facebook

    The Anchor Inn

    718 E State Road 59
    Edgerton, Wisconsin
    The Anchor Inn has been named the "hottest spot on the Rock;" offering delicious food, live music, pontoon rentals and a party busy.

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