Jordan's Big 10 Pub
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 9 | Show All Ratings:
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
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 -11.6%
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 +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I love the Big 10, the staff is great and it's the closest bar to my office with a good beer selection.
It's pretty close to Camp Randall, so game day is not a good time to go if you're looking to sit down and enjoy a beer. Otherwise, it's a typical sports bar, several TV's and they usually accommodate me when I want to watch the Aggies play.
Service is great, they always remember me and actually have me programmed into their computer. Maybe I go there too often...
Beer selection is pretty good, not a ton of rare belgians or anything of that nature, but they do rotate taps pretty often. They always have a Bell's seasonal on tap, and you're typical Capital/Ale Asylum/Great Lakes/Lake Louie on tap. Bottle selection is good also, I would guess 25 different micros in bottle.
Food-wise, I hope you like things fried. The Bucky Burger is great, that's my favorite.
Value really depends on when you go. I got an Arrogant Bastard for $2 during their happy hour, it can be a bit pricier at other times. Food prices vary from $6 for a burger to $18 or so for one of their specials (which are great, try the walleye).
Overall, it's my favorite place near campus by far.
12-03-2008 18:59:51 | More by aggiearcher13
4.58/5 rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Jordan's Big Ten Pub is an interesting place, thats for sure.
Its location is on Regent Street, which is not the most attractive street in madison. It essentially runs from the west end of downtown and forms a lower perimeter of the University. Camp Randall is in the area and the street has some of the better sports bars in town. Its also a block from a decent live music venue, the annex.
Inside is a typical sports bar atmosphere, with very solid tv's at the bar and most of the booths having their own personal tv's. There is a game room type area in the back as well.
Service is usually pretty solid...Everytime I have been there it seems the same wait staff is present and they are quick to greet.
The food is an interesting story...6 days of the week its nothing to write home about with a lot of fried foods and various sandwiches. However, on Friday night its home to one of the more underrated fish fries in town.
Every man needs a sports bar to call their own, and who doesnt like a good Wisco Friday Fish Fry. If a place can combine those with a great draft beer selection, they would be on to something. Big 10 pub does just that. They always have something from Great Lakes (usually burning river but also the xmas), they constantly rotate bell's taps (2 hearted, oberon, amber, best brown, pale), rotating DFH taps (60min, aprihop), Lake Louie taps (warped speed and prairie moon last time), a Sprecher from time to time, and standard new glarus and capital.
Whenever the need comes up to go watch a game at the bar, or pregame for a show at the annex, Big 10 pub gets the automatic call. Every time.
07-20-2006 18:38:04 | More by dirtylou
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.63/5 rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
As the bar that I frequented for seven years, I heve nothing bad to say about it. One of the few bars in the city of Madison that would do anything to find the game you wanted on tv, or would throw in Lebowski on the big-screen and mix you up some white russians.
The beer selection is always in transition and interesting, driven by my fellow beer geek Nick. Lake Louis selection follows the seasons and is always good. Spacial barrels tend to show up that are rare and exclusive to the area.
The food is great with homemade soups everyday and a tremendous menu that puts other area pubs to shame in both its imagination and value (Heavenly proportions).
The service is always fantastic although, I confess, that I did frequent the establishment several times a week for several years. In other words, if you act like a jackass, you should be treated like a jackass.
Overall, this place who holds a special place in my heart and will remain there forever.
Also, try the Armageddon. It's not beer, but a really sweet drink that will knock you on your ass (I believe I am co-holder of the record at six in a night).
11-25-2005 04:57:04 | More by barrelman
3.66/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
have a few lake louie and some more good, local beers on tap. atmosphere can range from good to annoying (thur nite is $1 pints of schwag beer). worth a visit if you're around regent and looking for some good brew, especially if you wanna watch a badger game. it is a sports bar.
the selection is not extensive but it is adequate if you're just looking for a couple great wisconsin beers. but you're not likely to find more than a couple. if you're looking for a more in depth study of local beer then one would have to head slightly northeast. angelic would be a good stop semi-close by (11 minute walk). or, if you're looking for another similar, dumpy but a couple interesting beers on tap, hit up the echo tap at the corner of bassett and main.
05-02-2005 23:49:12 | More by nchrist13
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
My friend Aaron turned me on to this place. He's been going there since we were sophomores in college, but I didn't go until I was a junior.
I would only go there sporadically over the years, but in the past summer, I think I went there at least a dozen times. What's amazing to me is that this place is constantly upgrading and changing, even though it has been a gradual evolution. When you stand back and think of how it is now compared to seven or eight years ago, it's a metamorphosis.
It used to be your standard Wisconsin pub... kind of dark, low-lit, with your standard dart boards and pool table. They had your standard beers on tap... Miller Lites, High Life, Leinenkugel's, and maybe a few other micros. You had your typical 20" screens playing the latest local sporting event.. Badgers, Brewers, Packers, etc. How things have changed...
Now it's Jordan's Big Ten Pub. The tap lines have expanded and there is an impressive selection of microbreweries that is constantly rotating. Also, they have procured plasma screen tvs for viewer's pleasure... and have satellite tvs to guarantee coverage of all the games (for all you Bucks fans in Madison). They are very loyal to the local microbreweries - you will most likely have a keg of the Great Dane, Capital, and Lake Louie on tap at any given time.
This is definitely a "utility" bar. You can go there on the weekend before or after a Badger game, or you can head out on a weeknight for a few pints. It's also a great place to just get a burger and chill out in a booth. If you're a student, you can do your homework there (ask my friend Aaron). Whenever you do, say "hi" to Nick, the bartender there. He is the driving force behind the ever-changing and expanding selection of quality microbrews. He loves to talk about beer, and will let you sample a beer before you purchase it. He, alike the rest of the friendly staff, are always very accomodating and will not let your glass go dry.
11-15-2004 16:37:14 | More by Sixpoint
Jordan's Big 10 Pub in Madison, WI
91 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.