Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace.
Taps: 22 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BoitSansSoif:
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
I'm rating this place with great anticipation of spending some quality time here this spring after a rough winter. I've spent many hours here, just killing time or taking a pause at the start or end of a bike ride with visiting friends. The selection is decent, but I usually go with the Bell's, and the service is good. I confess I've also drunk my share of PBR here. The atmosphere, both inside and out, is excellent. You can't beat the view of the lake and all the passers-by on a hot day, and this is truly the place to be. Since the Union has everything from brats to fajitas to ice cream, there's something for everyone, but I usually stick to my pitcher.
03-30-2008 14:29:14 | More by BoitSansSoif
More User Reviews:
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
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
Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace. in Madison, WI
92 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.