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Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace.

Not Rated.
Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace.Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace.

Taps: 22 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.97%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

800 Langdon St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53706-1419
United States
phone: (608) 265-3000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @wisconsinunion

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 10-19-2005)
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OnWisconsin

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-07-2014 02:54:46 | More by OnWisconsin
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Gotti311

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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TX-Badger

Texas

5/5  rDev +20.8%

06-09-2014 23:12:33 | More by TX-Badger
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Nick-K

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-10-2014 15:37:58 | More by Nick-K
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gwash411

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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emerge077

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $

Sat on the terrace today to unwind post-GTMW '11. Had a pitcher of Gray's Rathskeller Amber, and watched the sailboats go by. The Rathskeller didn't open up until 3pm on Sunday, but there were a few decent craft options outside (House Amber/Oberon/SNPA). Didn't need a student ID outside to buy beer, though one friend was a WI Union member. Not sure about inside, as they were closed when we were there, but you could wander through the space.

Inside the list was: Hopalicious, Madtown Nutbrown, Oberon, Two Hearted, Capital Wheat, Franziskaner, Optimator, Stella, Alpha King, and Gumballhead.

The interior mimics an old German bierhalle, while serving as a functional cafeteria type space. Weathered dark walls with murals, wide arches and wooden beams, scattered with heavy wooden tables, scratched deep with decades-old graffito.

In warm weather, the terrace can't be beat. Patio tables, lake view, lots of people, students, families, older folks... everybody.

08-15-2011 03:13:06 | More by emerge077
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Second time here on 8 Jul 2011, late afternoon. Very nice weather on the patio, probably room for 400 people outside. Split a couple of pitchers of Bells (Two Hearted and Oberon) with ratatat. Mostly all micros on tap, Bells, Capitol, New Glarus, Ale Asylum. There is a Rathskeller specially brewed for them. Good atmosphere. Band took forever to set up. Saw a dude with an A&M shirt but realized he wasn't from Texas when I saw him sweating in the shade when it was 82 degrees out. Ratatat reminds everyone you must have a membership card to buy beer here.

07-08-2011 22:47:36 | More by htomsirveaux
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anell213

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

Atmosphere: Sitting outside on the lake enjoying a pitcher (or several) or beer...what could be better? Live music all the time in the summer. Not to mention all of the "scenery"...

Quality/Selection: Pretty good selection for a college union. You'll always find a couple Ale Asylum, New Glarus, Capital on tap, along with some imports. They also always have Bell's Two Hearted and Oberon (in Summer).

Service: Just fair. When busy, you'll wait in line a while to grab a pitcher. The workers are college kids, so, while friendly, they don't mostly have much beer knowledge if you don't know what you want.

Value: Reasonable. I'll take a pitcher of Oberon for $12 when most of the time a pint will run you around $5.

05-05-2011 17:04:16 | More by anell213
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cwcolby74

Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $

This is my go-to place whenever I visit Madison. During summer, it's one of my ultimate pleasures to sit on the Terrace behind the Union building and split a pitcher (or two) with my buddy. The lake is right in front of you, they have live music on weekends, and I'm not gonna lie, there's no shortage of UW cuties hanging out and walking by.

The Rathskeller is inside the Union, and as a person who went to college at a university with a dry campus, I almost can't believe UW has something like this. It's a full-fledged beer bar with about a dozen different beers on tap. Good beers, not crappy ones. And the prices are pretty awesome for what you're getting.

There's a cafeteria connected to the seating area for the Rathskeller, so there's food nearby, but I didn't try any.

I look forward to coming to this place every year.

03-26-2011 17:32:41 | More by cwcolby74
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Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace. in Madison, WI
92 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.