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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
BEER AVG
3.65/5
Based on:
55 Beers
750 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 164
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

123 E. Doty St.
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703
United States
phone: (608) 284-0000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @greatdanepub

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Reviews by granger10:
Photo of granger10
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I arrived at this place last Sunday while in Madison visiting the law school there. Definitely has more of a restaurant feel when I walk in but there's much more to it than meets the eye. In a whole other section there's a bar/billiards area. And in the back there's a beer garden but it was closed because of the weather.

I sat down consumed a solid Burger while my dad got the Pot Pie. The Burger and Pot Pie were both solid but not exceptional. The menu, however, was very eclectic, I really want to try that Peanut Stew next time I come.

Good selection of beers with about 15 available and 2 gravity casks. Styles weren't really out of control but varied nicely.

Service was good and attentive but I don't think the waitress knew a whole lot about the beers.

After dinner we went to the bar and played some pool while watching the Pats pull out a close one against the Steelers. It would have been great if the bar had a big screen tv though.

4 pints consumed in all and all ranged from good to excellent with the Porter being my favorite. Crowd was varied with some bikers and college people and mid-30 year olds. This might change on weekdays though. Anyways, a really nice place, one to get some good food, drink good beers, and enjoy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of elkinbrown
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Came here (not this one, but the Great Dane Hilldale) for Bockfest 2015. It was a blast 15 bocks and all you can eat pretzel bar. Wings were great.

Photo of redleg411
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of CraigTravor
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of twb0392
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Outdoor beer garden is really nice; beer is hit and miss.

Photo of italianstallion
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TheBungyo
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Great food, decent service, atrocious beer! I absolutely adored the burger I had. It was perfectly cooked and certainly tasted as if it were cooked over an open flame. Just thinking about it makes me hungry!

But the beer, oh man, Freddy Kruger couldn't inspire worse nightmares. I ordered the bitter on cask and while it was served at the proper cask temp and all ... it was obviously infected. Next up was the mild ale and boom full of diacetyl. A little butter is OK in some English styles, but this was swimming in movie theater sludge. At that point, I decided to quit while I was only slightly behind.

I've been waiting about ten years to get back to Madison so I could try the offerings at The Great Dane and this was a massive let down.

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) in Madison, WI
93 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.