The Coopers Tavern

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11 Reviews
Reviews: 11
Visits: 33
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
Taps: 28
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

20 W Mifflin St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-2523
United States
phone: (608) 256-1600

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Place added by: Soneast on 01-14-2010

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Reviews: 11 | Visits: 33
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
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3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I hate to find myself being the 10th reviewer on this one, but I guess I will have to do it.

I stumbled upon Cooper's Tavern after checking out the places guide here on BA, as I always eat at Brasserie V when in Madison, so I wanted to try and find something different, and right down town as I was seeing a show at a downtown Theatre and staying down town as well. Cooper's looked very promising. The menu read nice, their tap list was above average, (their bottle list is lengthy, but average, and nothing special).

The food menu is packed with stand out dishes like Lobster Mac, roasted Bone Marrow, some really nice looking salads, beet root Hummus, etc etc. Things that sounded really appealing to me. We loaded up on some app's, and they were all delicious. The roasted bone marrow was fantastic, albeit a very small portion, I could have used 3 bones (instead of 1) to pick at, and maybe charge twice as much...The mussels were super tasty as well. The salads we had were awesome. The brussel sprout salad was fantastic, something really to remember.

The entrees were meh. Very meh. The lobster mac was terrible. No flavor, and for $19.99, bah. The Pork Belly Mac was about the same, (it had brown sugar on it? really odd combo, and not appealing).

Cooper's is a cool place, don't get me wrong. But as far as beer goes, this place is half of Brasserie V is...and food goes the same. Some really nice things, but then some really disappointing things as well. If you are looking for a good dining experience, and a killer beer list (this is a BEER website after all, right?), take a cab to Brasserie's well worth it! (1,637 characters)

More User Reviews:
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Duff27
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This place has the appeal of a hole-in-the-wall pub with the quality and ambiance you'd expect from an upscale gastropub. It's small, intimate, and almost always busy. The bottle list is long and a bit pricey, with everything you'd expect both domestic and imported. The tap list is always exciting, but never wet-your-pants exciting.

I've had burgers, reubens, fish sandwiches and a few other things to eat here and all were satisfying. I've never had a bad experience here. They also play soccer on the TVs above the bar, which is a big plus for me. They're unofficially an Arsenal bar, for any of you Gunners in town.

Only gripe: inconsistent with proper glassware. Having your beer served in a wet shaker glass doesn't give the greatest first impression. (760 characters)

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

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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -2%

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Photo of Kbyfield
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Love Coopers. Excellent tap and bottle selection, great menu, and very good service. It gets crowded and noisy sometimes, but given it’s proximity to the Square and St Street, this is expected. The Manager is on site nearly every night keeping things running soundly, the bar staff is well versed in the various beers, and the wait staff is quite proficient, if a bit overwhelmed at times.

They do a very good lunch so if you’re in the area and want to try it out but don’t want to battle the masses, it’s a good time to check out the selection and some great food.

And FTR, it’s been a Food Fight, Inc restaurant since Day 1. If the previous reviewer liked it before, they shouldn’t have to worry about anything changing. (736 characters)

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The Coopers Tavern in Madison, WI
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