Mars Cheese Castle

Cheese Shop, Gift Shop, and Rest Area
  • John K.
    "best mixed drinks in southeast Wisconsin."(11 Tips)
    Rori B.
    "Be sure to try the fresh made cheese curd samples."(11 Tips)
    Ashley C.
    "New Glarus Spotted Cow"(4 Tips)
    Michelle H.
    "Cheese curds, chocolate cheese, craft beer."(3 Tips)
102 Tips and reviews
  • wisconsin
  • new glarus
  • cheese
  • Bloody Marys
  • sandwiches
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  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammAugust 22, 2014
    Cheese. Cheese curds. Cheese shirts. Cheese hats. Tiny knives with cheese handles. Mugs in the shape of cheese. Cheesy t-shirts. Cheese spreads. Cheese heads. Cheese cheese cheese cheese.
  • Nancy A.
    Nancy ArgentJanuary 14, 2016
    Quite possibly the best Grilked Ham and Cheese Sammy you will have in your entire life. Add Kallas Mustard and a beer and you have perfection!! Great bar as well!
  • Jillian
    JillianDecember 23, 2011
    Think of everything you love about can pretty much find it all here. With so much history, this place has become a landmark that exemplifies what makes Wisconsin truly awesome.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CliffordMay 12, 2015
    Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Mac N Cheese, and New Glarus Spotted Cow - can't go wrong! Gotta explore and taste all the delicious cheese, definitely take home some Cheddar Popcorn!
  • Cris H.
    Cris Hirschboeck-MabritoJanuary 15, 2012
    I loved the castle prior to remodeling... It was charming . It's nice now and the samples are great choices ... It seems a little more commercial now.. But still good
  • *Dominic*
    *Dominic*May 30, 2011
    Have to sample the cheeses and desserts on display. Great place for unique beers, wines and yes, even hot sauces you wouldn't find at your local grocery store. Very fun place to visit and experience!
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    So much amazing cheese...IN A FAKE CASTLE! Get some curds. And make sure to grab some spotted cow beer as well since you can't buy it in Chicago :(
  • Andy
    AndyAugust 12, 2014
    Most convenient place to stop along I-94 in Southern Wisconsin to smuggle New Glarus and mouthwatering sausages and delectable cheeses into Illinois.
  • robin
    robinMarch 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Wonderful new location actually looks like a real castle! The Mars Tavern now has its own entrance, too. Huge new store for cheeze, deli items, liquor & other foods.
  • Nick S.
    Nick SOctober 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Raspberry filled sugar cookies are very tasty. Just don't look for them after I visit, I usually buy their remaining stock for the day!
  • Kimmi
    KimmiMay 28, 2011
    Now that its bigger its ridiculous. employees are slow. wisconsinites are... well wisconsinites. the only fun thing are the chicagoans eating cheese bread (get... worth it... so good) complaining lol
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HansenJanuary 11, 2015
    As a wisconsin girl who now lives out of state, this place is heaven. Cheese curds, chocolate cheese, craft beer. Worth it!
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon MMay 7, 2013
    Authentic cheese curds must be fresh! If they don't squeak when you bite, then they are not fresh! Malcore's are usually great.
  • Susan P.
    Susan ParkerJuly 8, 2013
    Should you need lunch, I highly recommend the Kings Ransom sandwich, toasted. It's fantastic and definitely big enough to share!!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]August 19, 2011
    If you love cheese, then this place is a must! The Mars Cheese Castle is a great stopping spot when driving from Milwaukee to Chicago.
  • Edward W.
    Edward W66February 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Chermake beef sticks are great. They're at the deli/cheese counter. To the right when you come in the front door.
  • Beth B.
    Beth BarbieriSeptember 2, 2013
    Fresh cheese curds! Hard root beer! Pumpkin beer! Cheddar cheese with salami in it! This isn't a dream, it's real life... And it's awesome.
  • Renee M.
    Very helpful friendly staff! & They'll give you a discount if you buy by the case (not that I would know).
  • Julius S.
    Julius S.March 13, 2012
    Samples are amazing. Theres more than just cheese! so keep looking . i.e : pastries, pretzels, bread
  • Shelley J.
    Shelley JApril 13, 2016
    All the cheese! But local selection of honeys, liquor, and condiments is fantastic.
  • Tim V.
    Tim VasilAugust 16, 2011
    Awesome cheese, but don't forget the beer. You can mix and match New Glarus- six packs of the regular varieties, four packs of their limited releases.
  • Todd R.
    Todd RademacherNovember 27, 2014
    Quintessential stop on your way in or out of Wisconsin for all your Wisconsin needs.
  • Nikul R.
    Nikul RuparelMay 26, 2012
    Get the regular cheese bread and the apple pie with cheese...Nom Nom Nom.
  • James C.
    James CAugust 24, 2014
    It's a great stop for cheese and Wisconsin gifts. Check it out it's fun.
  • Richard H.
    Richard HarneyMarch 15, 2013
    Verns brand us by far the best. Mars has the Verns Curds.
  • Rori B.
    Rori BeansJuly 21, 2015
    Be sure to try the fresh made cheese curd samples.
  • Kim N.
    Kim NovotnyApril 20, 2012
    The only male bartender is awesome. He makes the best bloody Mary's.
  • tankboy
    tankboySeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The new store is terrific. Sadly the new bar's missing all the character of the original location
  • Randy K.
    Randy KelsoSeptember 12, 2011
    Rueben with hot german potato salad and/or pie with cheese. Read more
  • mister ockelfarber
    mister ockelfarberNovember 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Jalapeno cheddar bread is the best.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BJune 13, 2011
    Make sure you grab a beer and try the free crock cheese!
  • Lauren T.
    Lauren TrzeciakJune 30, 2013
    Check out the bar! Great service and free cheese dip!
  • John K.
    John KrukSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The bar here makes some of the best mixed drinks in southeast Wisconsin.
  • Tyson W.
    Tyson WehrmeisterJuly 3, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Take a picture next to the big mouse, with a cheese head hat on!
  • Clifford C.
    Clifford CorneliusJuly 5, 2016
    This place is everyone favorite place for cheese and meats and beverages
  • Garrick S.
    Garrick SOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The aged white cheddar is where its at. Good place for sammich and a cocktail.
  • Keith M.
    Keith MalesApril 25, 2012
    I usually have people I meet on the Internet come here to see each other for the first time
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FornellJune 3, 2012
    Try the deluxe grilled cheese. Its amazing!
  • Leslie K.
    Leslie KelpschSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    So good! You can't visit WI without going to the castle
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RichterSeptember 26, 2015
    Lots of cheese, disappointing as a castle
  • Clifford C.
    Clifford CorneliusOctober 20, 2016
    Very nice place for cheese and drinks and food
  • Cheryl R.
    Cheryl RentschelerMay 23, 2013
    The chocolate cheese was very good!
  • robin
    robinJuly 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheese, bar, gifts, deli sandwiches
  • Katyn C.
    Katyn CraigAugust 26, 2012
    Most New Glarus brews available here, including this season's limited Saison. Yum!
  • Greg P.
    Greg PouletJune 4, 2011
    The brats are the bomb! LOVE this place. Great people
  • Anthony J.
    Anthony JonesSeptember 9, 2012
    MUST try their Bloodies. Best in Wisconsin.
  • Erick S.
    Erick SyversenOctober 24, 2010
    I always wanted to try moon cheese, so cheese from mars is a decent substitution.
  • Angela H.
    Angela HedingNovember 24, 2012
    The smoked string cheese is the bomb!
  • Erica C.
    Erica ConwayAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The staff is amazing. Food and drink supurb Read more
  • robin
    robinMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Mars Cheese Castle, new location, 1st Anniversary!
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