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Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace.

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

18 Reviews
Reviews: 18
Visits: 35
Avg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 8
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @wisconsinunion

Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 10-19-2005

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Reviews: 18 | Visits: 35
Reviews by BoitSansSoif:
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of djhowell
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.08/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of twb0392
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

what other college campus can you get 20+ taps of great beer right at the union?

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jwenzel019
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Any visit to Madison should include a stop at the terrace for a pitcher (or several). Fantastic collegiate atmosphere with regular musical performances both inside and out, all overlooking Lake Mendota. Decent selection of beer, but generally more expensive than other local venues. However, the atmosphere makes it worthwhile.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of BeerDazed
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of OnWisconsin
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Gotti311
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of TX-Badger
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of anell213
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of cwcolby74
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dated Su, 09 Aug 2009.

The Rathskeller was very reminiscent of Pitt's Cathedral of Learning with the vaulted medieval arches and all of the German slogans in Olde English typeface on the walls. Lots of wood everywhere - tables, chairs, picnic benches. Wow! There were eighteen taps, many rotating, most with the same Midwestern/Great Lakes focus that I had noted at other places around town. I think that the draw here was the atmosphere and view over selection. Speaking of the view, I headed outside to contemplate Lake Mendota at sunset. A day prior, I had been gazing at Lake Monona. Ah, to be a sailor again ...

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The terrace is the spot to be whenever it's a nice day out. Can be relaxing in the afternoons, or buzzing at night when bands come to play.
The Rathskellar is incredible too. Looks great, feels authentic... I love it.

As for beer, there are always a number of good Wisconsin micros(Capitol, Ale Asylum, Leinies, among others), and a couple of staple macros too (PBR, Miller). Generally a few german beers on tap as well, for authenticity, and this selection really makes the place feel homely. Plenty of German heritage around here (myself included), and it really is, simply put, enjoyable.

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Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace. in Madison, WI
91 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.