On the Water

Enjoy Good Food and Drinks at Our Local Bar and Grill

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A Historic Restaurant in Townsend, Wisconsin

Little Tipsy is one of the best local bars and grills in town. We offer flavorful meals and refreshing drinks.

Drink and Pizza

Join Us

We love serving our community and its customers. We have fun activities that include sports and live outdoor events. If you are looking for a fun place to hang out, we got you covered.

About Us

Our establishment was originally known as The Wheeler Hotel. It is the oldest existing commercial building in Townsend. It was built in 1898 by Charles Petersen, who came from Suring to capitalize on the need for a rest stop on the new Laona Line.

In the past, the hotel provided meals and lodging to lumbermen, railroaders, homesteaders, and weary travelers. Some people say that at times, during the Wheeler’s colorful history, “fallen angels” worked in the rooms upstairs.

Eventually, Elmer Swanson from Lakewood bought the building and moved it to its present site in about 1940. The move took two weeks, as the crew used a team of horses with block and line (cables and pulleys).

As of 2021, the building is owned by Robby and Kasia Calaway, along with their kids and their little dog named Tipsy.

wheeler hotel newspaper pix 1898

Beautiful Scenery

Our restaurant is connected to the Townsend Flowage Lake in Northern Wisconsin, which makes our location great for fishing and swimming.

Reach Out to Us To Learn More

For more information about our bar and grill, reach out to us today. We look forward to your visit.