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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
4.23/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
First off, Dexter's is my go-to trivia bar. Reliably there every Wednesday.
Atmosphere is very neighborhood bar, numerous TVs (ideally playing Brewers games, the Bucks are pretty painful to watch and I prefer my friends' place for football games), large, nondescript dining area, incredibly friendly waitstaff. Food is wildly variable, awesome fish fry (except for the slaw), decent burgers, lots of overpriced other stuff.
Beer is great though, good selection, changes frequently, almost always served appropriately. Good mix of local/Wisconsin breweries, better known craft, and outliers you don't see other places (like Toppling Goliath, which definitely needs better distro around Madison, for my sake, please).
I love how this place blends a craft beer bar with a local tavern, just wish they would be more consistent with their food.
11-12-2012 06:09:36 | More by johnkale
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
On a trip to Madison my wife and I stopped in here three out of the four nights. Each time we ended a long day here. We ate here once and really enjoyed the food. For a smaller place the tap list was killer. Central Waters Illumination IIPA, 3Floyd's Robert the Bruce and New Holland The Poet were a few of the beers we tried.
I really dig the atmosphere. The building is nothing special and the decor screams DIVE. But who cares. The mixed crowd was cool and the staff was super friendly. If I was to walk into a similar looking place in Colorado the best beer I could find is Bluemoon...maybe. I learned this isn't the case in the MidWest.
If I lived in Madison thiswould be one of my spots. When I go back to Madison I positive I'll stop in several times.
02-18-2011 00:15:38 | More by chicano4craft
4.14/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Transcribed from extensive noted taken F, 07 Aug 2009.
Yet another corner location, this at North and Johnson with a window that directly overlooked the corner. The entry was along North and by turning right upon entering, I was in the restaurant area with booth seating along the windows and in front of the short wall separating it from the bar area. The center was filled in with standard tables and chairs. To the left, just before the entry to the bar area, were the lavs. The bar area had high tables and swiveling chairs in front of the short wall and next to the dart board and popcorn machine in the corner. The bar was a long, snaking blonde wood construction that ended at the entry to the kitchen which was in full view of the patrons. The back bar consisted of numerous shelves for liquor, three two-door coolers and the thirteen rotating taps.
The owner was an enthusiastic fellow who really gets it, as my FerMentor Lew might say. He has created a welcoming atmosphere in which to drink and eat.
06-26-2010 15:42:36 | More by woodychandler
3.88/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
second stop on the post-flight mini-tour of a couple establishments that have come into being since my last visit
interesting layout here - something of a combination of old but tidy sports bar and converted fast food restaurant, tv's range from ancient to decent and stream a variety of matches, it's no-frills but comfortable, only a few other fellows seated at the bar on this late Wednesday afternoon
limited but quality selection with a midwest focus - let's say 8/12 taps, bottles slightly expand upon the great lakes region micros with the majority being your typical macro/import garbage (gleaned this from the online menu), mr. lou went with the Great Lakes Blackout, while I had a Tyranena Bitter Woman in the Rye
guy working the bar was friendly, and was quick to provide samples of some Goose Island Belgian (eh)
08-23-2009 21:37:06 | More by blackie
Dexter's Pub in Madison, WI
93 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.