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The Old Fashioned

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The Old FashionedThe Old Fashioned
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

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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Photo of dmarley
5/5  rDev +20.8%

dmarley, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of cwcolby74
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%

This is probably my favorite restaurant/bar in Madison. It's the only place I can say is essential to see every time I come to town.

It specializes in Wisconsin food and beer, and in fact other than liquor in the bar, that's about all they serve. They have about 25 different Wisconsin beers on tap and another 50-60 or so in bottle. This is just a breathtaking selection for a bar like this. They even get stuff that's out of season, and it always seems fresh.

The wait staff is very very knowledgable about each of the beers they serve and can make recommendations for or against something. The bartenders especially know a good pour.

The food is outstanding. Anything you get there will be superb. They also offer several types of cheese platters with four or five different styles that pair well with beer they serve on premises.

The only negative - not a fault of the bar - is the location. It's on Capitol Square, and depending on the time of day parking can be a pain. Plus the place is almost always packed, largely because it's on Capitol Square. It gets a diverse crowd that I always enjoy. And if you're there in the afternoon or evenings in the summer or fall, you'll always see the Brewers or Packers on the TV's.

Great, great place.

cwcolby74, Mar 28, 2011
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
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 dirtylou
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

update 6.3.09

The beer selection at this joint has elevated from impressive to other-worldly. Don't come here for the latest Bells release. Dont come here for the most recent belgian fad. Madison has TONS of great bars to satisfy those needs. This place currently has 29 taps and 151 bottles. 3 of those are from outside the state lines and their presence is almost as a joke.

29 taps range from blatz/schlitz/pbr at dirt prices to NG imperial saison, tyranena scurvy, cw imperial stout, lake louie kiss the lips at also insanely low prices (most expensive pint was 4 freaking dollars). The fact that you can get the latest hype from great places like red eye, titletown, o'so and many other Wisco breweries with very limited distribution is extremely impressive.

If you are visiting from out of state, you would be a god-damned fool not to stop here.

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I dont want this place to get too bad a rap, because I really like it and have never had a bad experience

The Old Fashioned is located on the capital square and has views of the capital building from inside. There is minimal outdoor seating that is greatly overshadowed by the outdoor seating next door at Harvest. The indoor atmosphere is pretty sweet. Its a traditional wisconsin design filled with really interesting old beer signs from all the traditional Wisco Macros. Theres a fair amount of tables and a bar with 10-15 bar stools at least I would say. There are a couple of nice flat panel tv screens as well.

The beer selection is very interesting. It's all wisconsin. The menu does feature two "imports", budweiser and bud light. I find that hilarious! The tap list is not terribly interesting as it features a lot of local lagers...breweries included are New Glarus, Fauerbach, Harbor City, Hausmann, Capital, and South Shore along with a handful of wisco macros. The best tap beer is Sand Creek Wild Ride IPA which is very quality. Bottles expand on the wisconsin breweries and include some of the more interesting New Glarus beers from Belgian Red to an Unplugged. Obviously, with a name like the old fashioned, they make a mean old fashioned. I enjoy the makers mark version.

Service is hit or miss for the most part but we had a phenomenal waiter the last time I was in.

The food is great...mostly traditional wisco fare with local ingredients when possible. I had a great portabella/eggplant sandwich when i was there last. I will also vouch for their walleye fish fry and wonderful chicken sandwich. Good quality bread makes a good sandwich. The house burger features a fried egg which I enjoyed as well

dirtylou, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Paxman1965
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Paxman1965, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of SnarkyFinn
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

SnarkyFinn, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bpfrush, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Alpar
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Alpar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Deuane
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Visited for a late dinner after the Great Taste. What a cool place, glad my friend and off and on resident of Madison knew of this local hangout.

Nice atmosphere with large picture windows in the front. Exposed brick walls with lots of novel and interesting americana on the walls. Wood all around, from the large bar to the expansive seating. Our large group of 11 was seating quickly at a massive table.

The beer selection was WI centric. Micros such as New Glarus, Lakefront, Central Waters, Lake Louie, Capital and Viking. I didnt even look at the bottle selections as I knew one beer would be all for me!

The food was great. We started off with one of the 4 selections of the artisinal WI cheese plates...wonderful. I had a whitefish entree that was simply delectable. The rest of our group enjoyed their food as well, no complaints that I heard.

Our server was excellant. She flew around making sure we were ok with water and beers and everything else. For such a large, and at times rowdy bunch, she handled us far beyond her years. She even made sure we got our food orders in before the 10 PM cutoff time. I came away with nothing but good feeling from the way we were taken care of.

Overall The Old Fashioned was a standout of our trip to Madison, save of course the Fest itself. I am very much looking forward to a return trip and dine there again.

Deuane, Aug 15, 2008
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The Old Fashioned in Madison, WI
92 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.