Taps: 40 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
It has a pretty sizable bar and a lot of table room. I didn't see it, but understand there's a couple levels to this place. About average atmosphere for a metropolitan bar. Ball game on, packed with hipsters, decent music playing in the backround.
The beer selection was solid. Lots of taps that included a lot of locals (central waters, shorts, new glarus,) one offs, and a user friendly selection.
There weren't a lot of people sitting at the bar so that makes the service easier, but the bartender was friendly, kept the drinks flowing, and was both talkative and knowledgable about both the beer and impressive bourbon selection.
Food was ok. Better than the average pub fare but calling it authentic bbq is a stretch. It sounds more appetizing on the menu than it really is. Good, not great.
The price was extremely reasonable, especially on the beer.
09-18-2013 02:15:40 | More by Vonerichs
4.36/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I've eaten here on many occasions and also have come out for tappings of special beers, eg BCBS, Black Note, etc.
Atmosphere wise, this is a very nice place. A bit of a trendy BBQ house, there is nothing cheap about the atmosphere. It's perfect for both a nice dinner out with the family or a date with a significant other. It can be a bit loud depending on how many people are there, but the acoustics are better than most for handling that many people.
Quality is very nice. As noted before, its got a trendy design, the surfaces are clean, relatively new and appropriate for the setting.
The servers are rather prompt though it can slow down during the busy parts of the night. Bartenders are great and always patrolling the bar to make sure your glass is full.. and friendly to boot. Easy to talk to them about beer and what they have in the back!
The beer selection is great. They have at least 15-20 taps just in the downstairs bar alone, with some more upstairs. Mostly Wisconsin and midwest regional locals, but once in a while they'll have some awesome beer like BCBS, Black Note, aged Peruvian Morning, etc. that shows up on Facebook but isn't on the menu. So in a way you have to be in the know to be able to order some, and I would suggest to them that it be on the menu- but with the requisite "15% ABV, not for the faint of heart", etc. but then again, the clientele often is of the bourbon drinkers' variety, so how bad can it be?
Food is awesome. Really love the blackened catfish here. Sides are a bit small-ish, but not necessarily insufficient in size- portions overall are just about right for dinner. The sausage plate is very good too.
$$-$$$: can be a bit pricey, as it can all add up.. but some of the stuff on the beer menu is awesomely cheap, like $3 a pint cheap. I would expect to pay $15-20 a person for a beer and a meal.
09-04-2013 13:43:56 | More by Stevedore
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
A very unassuming craft beer oasis, I will admit that. The only reason I even stopped in was because I was in Riley's for so long checking out there selection I had to use the restroom so I figured I'd grab a quick pint and do my business.
I was very pleased to find quite the selection of craft beers on tap (and an even more impressive selection of some really solid bourbon, including Pappy 15 and 23). The lay out is very interesting. There is a long bar on the main level with booths, and big windows that look out onto the street. There is another bar on the second level, which I've never seen open, but seems like it has similar selection as the first floor bar, if not the same.
There are two options of enjoying a beverage outdoors, which I really appreciate. There is a small patio in the back of the restaurant with no view at all, but hell you are outside. Then there is a very nice courtyard style deck on the 3rd floor that looks over the surrounding area of Madison, and directly onto Riley's...(making you more thirsty, of course).
It's got a good beer selection, no doubt. I wouldn't say it's a craft central location, as the bar tenders dont seem all that knowledgeable about the beers they have on tap, or the surrounding area's beer scene (neither of the employees had heard of Brasserie V, WHAT?)
It's a cool place, and they have some really nice tap beers every once in a while, so if you're at Rileys, pop in and grab a quick pour.
09-24-2012 14:29:37 | More by MarcatGSB
Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, WI
91 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.