Jordan's Big 10 Pub
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.58/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Jordan's Big 10 really isn't much more than your average sports bar, though I will admit the beer offerings are better than average. It's a little grungy, a lot noisy and crowded.
Decent offerings on tap. I noticed Bell's and Great Lakes, but couldn't find a full menu. Food is likewise decent, with the menu being heavy on bar foods like pizza, nachos, sandwiches, and about anything that can be dropped in a fryer. What was served was fresh, hot and sizable. It just wasn't overly memorable.
I imagine if you're looking for a sports bar with a decent beer selection or are a Wisconsin fan on a game day, this is the place for you. However, from an out-of-towner's perspective, Jordan's really isn't overly impressive and wouldn't be a destination location. While Jordan's serves its purpose, there is better food, better beer, and better ambiance to be found at several other spots around Madison.
08-10-2009 21:49:36 | More by Florida9
3.58/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Its at a corner in the University district next to a pizza shop. The area seemed ok with people everywhere on their bikes.
Inside the atmosphere is pretty good, a typical gastropub feel. The building is long and in the back there is a separate bar with a nice lounge area. Everything including bathrooms are pretty clean.
I was here for a Dogfish Head, Stone, Three Floyds promotion. I was able to have a couple brews form each for only 2.00$ a pop, had the Alpha king in a bottle and Stone 13th Ale, Sah'tea, and Levitation on tap. Tap lines seemed clean and the beer was nicely cooled.
Overall a pretty decent pub.
08-08-2009 04:40:06 | More by crossovert
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I love the Big 10, the staff is great and it's the closest bar to my office with a good beer selection.
It's pretty close to Camp Randall, so game day is not a good time to go if you're looking to sit down and enjoy a beer. Otherwise, it's a typical sports bar, several TV's and they usually accommodate me when I want to watch the Aggies play.
Service is great, they always remember me and actually have me programmed into their computer. Maybe I go there too often...
Beer selection is pretty good, not a ton of rare belgians or anything of that nature, but they do rotate taps pretty often. They always have a Bell's seasonal on tap, and you're typical Capital/Ale Asylum/Great Lakes/Lake Louie on tap. Bottle selection is good also, I would guess 25 different micros in bottle.
Food-wise, I hope you like things fried. The Bucky Burger is great, that's my favorite.
Value really depends on when you go. I got an Arrogant Bastard for $2 during their happy hour, it can be a bit pricier at other times. Food prices vary from $6 for a burger to $18 or so for one of their specials (which are great, try the walleye).
Overall, it's my favorite place near campus by far.
12-03-2008 18:59:51 | More by aggiearcher13
4.58/5 rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Overall I recommend the Big 10 for any game or a pre/post game place for that matter or just a place to hang with some friends...a good selection of beer and a terrific menu, good variety and the highest quality of any sports bar.
The beer selection is good, the 12 or so taps in the place house BMC only on 2 or 3 taps with the rest of the taps devoted to good micros, a few anchors but many rotate seasonally. They also have quite the variety of bottled beers, probably on the order of 50 or so, I must I never looked too close at the bottle selection b/c something on tap always gets me first.
The food is great! A good selection and higher quality food than any similar venue in the campus area. The Friday Fish Fry is my favorite in Madison, a good selection of fish (mmmm..blue gill). The lunch specials are also great, usually something unique at a very fair price!
The recent upgrade on all TVs makes it a great place to catch an away Badger or any Packer game.
Definately a place to check out if on campus.
10-09-2006 20:20:27 | More by uwmgdman
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Jordan's Big Ten Pub is an interesting place, thats for sure.
Its location is on Regent Street, which is not the most attractive street in madison. It essentially runs from the west end of downtown and forms a lower perimeter of the University. Camp Randall is in the area and the street has some of the better sports bars in town. Its also a block from a decent live music venue, the annex.
Inside is a typical sports bar atmosphere, with very solid tv's at the bar and most of the booths having their own personal tv's. There is a game room type area in the back as well.
Service is usually pretty solid...Everytime I have been there it seems the same wait staff is present and they are quick to greet.
The food is an interesting story...6 days of the week its nothing to write home about with a lot of fried foods and various sandwiches. However, on Friday night its home to one of the more underrated fish fries in town.
Every man needs a sports bar to call their own, and who doesnt like a good Wisco Friday Fish Fry. If a place can combine those with a great draft beer selection, they would be on to something. Big 10 pub does just that. They always have something from Great Lakes (usually burning river but also the xmas), they constantly rotate bell's taps (2 hearted, oberon, amber, best brown, pale), rotating DFH taps (60min, aprihop), Lake Louie taps (warped speed and prairie moon last time), a Sprecher from time to time, and standard new glarus and capital.
Whenever the need comes up to go watch a game at the bar, or pregame for a show at the annex, Big 10 pub gets the automatic call. Every time.
07-20-2006 18:38:04 | More by dirtylou
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Selection/Quality: 12 taps including 2 Lake Louie, Spotted Cow, Spaten, Bells Amber, ML, BL, Oberon, and something form Capital. Roughly 30 bottles, mostly BMC plus common macro-imports (LaBatts, Becks, Hacker) but at least a dozen good crafts: NG Belgian Red, Delerium, Pranqster, Red Seal, Toms Pomegranate, SN Pale, Burning River, etc Nothing spectacular but something for everyone.
Service: Phenomenal. After 5 minutes they make you feel like a regular even when theyre busy.
Food: Great greasy bar food with a wider selection and slightly higher quality then the average pub.
Atmo: Typical Wisconsin sports bar. Lots of TVs, cheesy up-nord wood, sports crap. Bar seats about 15 and there are plenty of tables and booths.
The Madison BAs sports bar.
06-08-2006 18:02:58 | More by DaPeculierDane
Jordan's Big 10 Pub in Madison, WI
90 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.