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The Old Fashioned

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The Old FashionedThe Old Fashioned

42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Taps: 52
Bottles: 105
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

23 N Pinckney St
Ste 1
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-4207
United States
phone: (608) 310-4545

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(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 01-17-2006)
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Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Old Fashioned is a solid stop in downtown Madison for a few rounds, with a very well crafted beer list that focuses on Wisconsin breweries and has a great variety.

atmosphere is good. the place is narrow and long with a side seating area upon entering and a long bar along the left wall. the place was quite busy on a Saturday afternoon, with tin ceilings and old wooden seating and bar.

service and selection were great. the service was decent, without much knowledge about beer, but friendly and prompt. the beer list is excellent. much thought has gone into choosing the beers, with about thirty in all on tap, all from Wisconsin brewers, with a great variety of both breweries and styles. this BA had a steam beer from Titletown in Green Bay and a Tyranena Oktoberfest. both were nice and fresh.

quality is good. all brews are served in tumblers, which is a bit annoying, but the glassware was clean and the beers were fresh.

food was great. the pulled pork shoulder sandwich was excellent, and the fries were pretty good as well.

overall, for anyone on Capitol Square in Madison, this should be a stop on the list. a couple blocks from Great Dane and possibly the deepest tap list in Madison, this is a great beer bar. cheers!

botham, Sep 20, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

ubiq3000, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of jwenzel019
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

One of my favorite places in Madison. A solid selection of WI beer on tap (usually about 30-40 available), complemented by an array of bottled craft beer. The food is also excellent - can't pass on the cheese curds and Old Fashioned burger!

jwenzel019, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Stevedore, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of leedorham
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

I've been here a couple times now while visiting Madison and it is one of a few places I'd suggest if you only have time for 1 or 2 stops. There is definitely a very wide selection of beers. Has to be at least 50 different taps. They've expanded recently to increase that number. They do have some lame Hipster bait on tap but the abundant quality local craft on tap makes up for it.

This is also a good place to eat with more than your typical pub fried food fare. Service was a little slow and expect a crowd even on a week night.

leedorham, May 10, 2013
Photo of Natural1
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%

The Old Fashioned is a great bar with great Wisconsin beer on tap or in bottles. I have been there to eat and drink about 5 times and have had an enjoyable experience every time.

I drink Ale Asylum Madtown Brown and Grays Oatmeal Stout when there and both are served properly. They have clean tap lines which helps out the whole beer drinking experience immensely. They also have Wisconsin made Baumeister Rootbeer on tap as well to drink with your food.

The food is off the chart. Cheese curds and their monster burgers are a must have. They seem to source their food locally and that is always a good thing. I have only gotten burgers, but the menu is extensive and should be explored more.

The staff is friendly, but not the quickest with their service. Waited a bit a few ti,mes for my beer, but this happens.

Natural1, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Man, that's a lot of beers to choose from. If you want to try something from Wisconsin, this is a good place to do it. If you want to try a lot of somethings from Wisconsin...well, you get the idea.

The place was pretty packed and hectic while I was there. I'm sure they're pouring in for the cheese curds as much as the beer. Nice decor. Clientele seemed a bit stuffier than some of the other places in Madison, but that could be because the capitol building is nearby? Regardless, I would stop back here any chance I had.

RblWthACoz, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Atmosphere: Large and classy looking bar with a fairly large dinning area that is separted into several large sections. Look like a laid back place.

Quality/Selection: Stopped in for lunch while beer shopping madison. The menu is focused on premium menu item like grass fed beef and lots of great wisconsin comfort food. Large beer selection on draft and in bottles. Nothing that really stuck out and grabbed my attention.

Service: Sat at the bar and was greated with a menu immediately. Little slow geting my bill, but thats my only complaint.

Food: Had a really tasty burger with wisconsin cheese curds as my side with the burger. It was decent food, but a little bit over priced.

Value: Just a little bit over what I think I should have paid for the meal. Nothing too rediculous though.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of jegross2
2.85/5  rDev -31.2%

I am not a fan of this place for two reasons:

1) Incredibly rude service. They have a book full of beers and a lot of taps, and both times that I have been here, the bar tender treated me condescendingly for not instantly knowing what beer I wanted to try. Also gave me the stink eye for asking for a taste of a specific beer and not liking it (and thus not ordering that one). The bar tender treated me like he was doing me a favor letting me drink at his joint, which was definitely not appreciated.

2) Poor quality for such a large selection. Almost all of the old fashion's beers are Wisconsin beers. There's some hidden gems like Titletown in the mix, but a lot of stuff like Point beers that have no place on a beer menu that boasts it selection of quality. Also, many of the IPA I have had there have been stale.

For what it's worth, however, the food is quite tasty, and they make a mean bloody mary. Ask for the beef-marinated pickled mushrooms!

jegross2, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Srodri10
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

I went here the other day and I would say that this place has a better beer list than most. To begin The atmosphere was just ok...kinda kitchy/college/loud...a psuedo beer crowd....The beer list has something like 50 beers on tap and they are all WI beers...pretty cool...So you have your New Glarus, Ale Aslyum, Lake Front, Tyranena, and a few other WI breweries I know nothing about....The food...was just ok...the cheese plate of the day was kinda of a dissappointment especially when everyone said how awesome the cheese was...The service was great...the bartender was super nice...and real passionate about beer...proper glassware was used as well...a total pet peeve of mine well averted...all in all I would rather drink here than eat here...so go drink here...cheers....

Srodri10, Jul 26, 2011
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The Old Fashioned in Madison, WI
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