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Weary Traveler Freehouse

Not Rated.
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14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.43%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 16
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1201 Williamson St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-4852
United States
phone: (608) 442-6207

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Hours of Operation:
Food Service: 4:00pm - 1:00am
Bar: 4:00pm - close

Tuesday - Sunday:
Food Service: 11:30am - 1:00am
Bar: 11:30am - close

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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Stevedore, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

Gotta be honest, the first time I walked by here a few years ago it seemed a little too hippyish from the outside for my taste. I love this part of town, but don't really consider myself part of the demographic. My loss. After 3 years in Madison and some friends saying it was well worth it, I finally dropped in. Nice comfortable feel. We stopped by here after the Fete de Marquette in July and it was pretty full, but we had a table in about two minutes. I had a Two-Hearted. The selection was not overly extensive, but it was adequate. The waitress was polite and fast, and kept my wife's water glass full even though I only had one drink, which we appreciated. We played a game of Scrabble--one of probably a dozen games they have there for your enjoyment. Prices were fine. Worth going a little out of your way for. I've never eaten here but I hear from reliable sources that they make great grub.

BoitSansSoif, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

This place has the feel of a neighborhood bar/restaurant with a great eclectic mix of things hanging on the wall including hand written poems and large maps glued on as wallpaper. The bar is in the back with another dining room behind a wall that runs perpendicular to the bar.

They had a good beer selection with locals and some interesting imports. They have a good number on tap which is nice and a good number of different styles. The Lake Louie farmhouse ale when great with my West of the Andes sandwich which was also very tasty.

There menu is not large but the vegetarians and carnivores all had good choices. Some of the plates come with sides and some don't so make sure to ask if you are really hungry. The walleye sandwich is huge and comes with potatoes and the roasted veggie salad has a whole garden on there. I think our waiterss went on break after she gave us our food because we sat about 15 minutes with empty beer glasses before we could flag her down.

This is a fun place to hang out and great to take friends without feeling pretentious.

rhoadsrage, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

I've heard that this place has gone through some changes in the past few years, and that it's not as good as it once was. I've only been here once, so any "woulda-coulda-shoulda-maybe-might-have-been" is beyond my abilities.

It's a pretty laid-back place on Willy Street in the Marquette neighborhood, which is a pretty neat area with a lot to offer. The Weary is a Free House, so you can technically go there and not order anything, if that's your bag. But you'll probably want something. The Walleye sandwich was great, and I'm a sucker for roasted potatoes. So as a lunch, that was terrific. That I got to try the pretty solid Lake Louie farmhouse ale on top of it was pretty cool.

Not a giant beer selection, but what's there on tap is local and/or craft; not a Bud Light in sight: a few Lake Louie, some Capital Amber, Spotted Cow, a Bell's Oberon and a few other things I didn't catch, one from Great Lakes. Admittedly, mostly quaffable session ales that go well with food, but you won't find a gajillion Double Imperial anythings here. Simple, easy to drink craft beer for a night out with friends. Wood paneling on the interior, and very low-volume music. Wood chairs, muted lighting, cozy tables, and clean bathrooms. Menu had more than a few things to be explored (goulash, giant salads, Bob's Bad Breath Burger, etc). Not your typical pub, but a great dinner or late-night stop.

rarevos, Aug 13, 2007
Weary Traveler Freehouse in Madison, WI
92 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.