The Coopers Tavern
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Taps: 28 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
3.13/5 rDev -22.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I hate to find myself being the 10th reviewer on this one, but I guess I will have to do it.
I stumbled upon Cooper's Tavern after checking out the places guide here on BA, as I always eat at Brasserie V when in Madison, so I wanted to try and find something different, and right down town as I was seeing a show at a downtown Theatre and staying down town as well. Cooper's looked very promising. The menu read nice, their tap list was above average, (their bottle list is lengthy, but average, and nothing special).
The food menu is packed with stand out dishes like Lobster Mac, roasted Bone Marrow, some really nice looking salads, beet root Hummus, etc etc. Things that sounded really appealing to me. We loaded up on some app's, and they were all delicious. The roasted bone marrow was fantastic, albeit a very small portion, I could have used 3 bones (instead of 1) to pick at, and maybe charge twice as much...The mussels were super tasty as well. The salads we had were awesome. The brussel sprout salad was fantastic, something really to remember.
The entrees were meh. Very meh. The lobster mac was terrible. No flavor, and for $19.99, bah. The Pork Belly Mac was about the same, (it had brown sugar on it? really odd combo, and not appealing).
Cooper's is a cool place, don't get me wrong. But as far as beer goes, this place is half of Brasserie V is...and food goes the same. Some really nice things, but then some really disappointing things as well. If you are looking for a good dining experience, and a killer beer list (this is a BEER website after all, right?), take a cab to Brasserie V...it's well worth it!
09-30-2012 14:05:40 | More by MarcatGSB
More User Reviews:
4.78/5 rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
12-02-2011 20:34:37 | More by Kbyfield
4.9/5 rDev +21.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been here thricely now. Each time as well deserving of praise as the last. Their 30 taps are hard to beat. Pub food innovations will have me looking fwd to returning. Fresh baked beer cheese pretzel surprised in its vertical format. Knowledgable and accomodating staff. Nice long warm wood bar and plank floor. TV's mercifully small and silent. Kitchen open mercifully late. Next time: dessert! Nice work, people.
Fourth visit: they were clearing space to bring in their holiday brews, so Ayinger cCelebrator was $3., among other taps for $2/pint.
Busy Sunday night, yet service from the lone bartender was the perfect mix of timely attention and confident discretion.
Surely not common to find two draft Saison in one place (Goose Island 'Sofie', Ommegang 'Hennepin'), both exceptiional.
It comes to my attention that Coppers Tavern has been recently taken over by Food Fight Inc, which, in other instances, has led to your typical corporate attenutaion of quality (see Avenue Bar and Tex Tubbs for heart-breaking examples). However, at Coopers tavern, so far, so good.
11-28-2011 04:40:18 | More by martyl1000
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
It is an above average place. Madison can do better, but given the location and its intended clientele (the don't want chains, but will settle for local chain to safe crowd) it is pretty good. It does offer some great selections but also goes with the fairly "safe" and "average" selection more than than should.
If I were to make it better, I'd make the atmosphere a little less sterile and authentic. It is a better alternative to the Irish Pub across the square, but it can make itself a little more unique.
11-24-2011 16:29:26 | More by barcabadger
3.2/5 rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Yeah, this is gonna be a lop-sided review, but it's straightforward.
Tried Coopers as Plan C on Memorial Day after we got juked by another place that promised to be open, but didn't follow through. That said, I knew about the Coopers beer selection so I was excited.
Place wasn't terribly crowded, but the set-up is one of those that puts tables on top of each other and the acoustics make things loud.
The decor was typically nouveau industrial in a long, narrow setting, but this lets the bar shine.
Service was slow and spotty, even with 4 waiters working. The food was on the high end (it's directly across from the Capitol, says a lot) of price, but really didn't balance in quality. My wife had the tenderloin that she called unimpressive, and I had the stew that was rather lackluster.
Now the beer selection is another subject, though I have questions about handling. My first choice was out, it would seem everything is in the same cooler, at the same temperature, which rather stunted my Blanche De Bruxelles to start... and it was served in a Wittekerke glass.
All in all, I'd stop in to see what was new on tap and probably make my way down the street to the Capital Tap House.
06-02-2011 12:24:21 | More by steveh
The Coopers Tavern in Madison, WI
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.