Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace.

Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace.Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace.
Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace.Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace.
Bar, Eatery

800 Langdon St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53706-1419
United States

(608) 265-3000 | map
wisc.edu

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.15
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
37
pDev:
8.67%
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Reviews by djhowell:
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djhowell from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Apr 30, 2015
More User Reviews:
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tcbro023 from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Feb 22, 2018
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BarrelAgedG from California

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Sep 15, 2016
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UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin

3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Jul 08, 2015
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RobinLee from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Mar 08, 2015
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Diaper-Daniels from Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Jan 28, 2015
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Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Dec 23, 2014
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twb0392 from Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

what other college campus can you get 20+ taps of great beer right at the union?

Nov 13, 2014
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Oct 29, 2014
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bigred89 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Aug 23, 2014
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jwenzel019 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Any visit to Madison should include a stop at the terrace for a pitcher (or several). Fantastic collegiate atmosphere with regular musical performances both inside and out, all overlooking Lake Mendota. Decent selection of beer, but generally more expensive than other local venues. However, the atmosphere makes it worthwhile.

Aug 16, 2014
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hoosier222002 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Aug 14, 2014
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Wobbly from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Aug 12, 2014
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BeerDazed from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jul 15, 2014
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OnWisconsin from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Jul 07, 2014
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bpfrush from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jun 24, 2014
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Jun 18, 2014
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TX-Badger from Texas

5/5  rDev +20.5%

Jun 10, 2014
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Nick-K from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Apr 10, 2014
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gwash411 from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Jan 20, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Sat on the terrace today to unwind post-GTMW '11. Had a pitcher of Gray's Rathskeller Amber, and watched the sailboats go by. The Rathskeller didn't open up until 3pm on Sunday, but there were a few decent craft options outside (House Amber/Oberon/SNPA). Didn't need a student ID outside to buy beer, though one friend was a WI Union member. Not sure about inside, as they were closed when we were there, but you could wander through the space.

Inside the list was: Hopalicious, Madtown Nutbrown, Oberon, Two Hearted, Capital Wheat, Franziskaner, Optimator, Stella, Alpha King, and Gumballhead.

The interior mimics an old German bierhalle, while serving as a functional cafeteria type space. Weathered dark walls with murals, wide arches and wooden beams, scattered with heavy wooden tables, scratched deep with decades-old graffito.

In warm weather, the terrace can't be beat. Patio tables, lake view, lots of people, students, families, older folks... everybody.

Aug 15, 2011
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Second time here on 8 Jul 2011, late afternoon. Very nice weather on the patio, probably room for 400 people outside. Split a couple of pitchers of Bells (Two Hearted and Oberon) with ratatat. Mostly all micros on tap, Bells, Capitol, New Glarus, Ale Asylum. There is a Rathskeller specially brewed for them. Good atmosphere. Band took forever to set up. Saw a dude with an A&M shirt but realized he wasn't from Texas when I saw him sweating in the shade when it was 82 degrees out. Ratatat reminds everyone you must have a membership card to buy beer here.

Jul 08, 2011
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anell213 from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: Sitting outside on the lake enjoying a pitcher (or several) or beer...what could be better? Live music all the time in the summer. Not to mention all of the "scenery"...

Quality/Selection: Pretty good selection for a college union. You'll always find a couple Ale Asylum, New Glarus, Capital on tap, along with some imports. They also always have Bell's Two Hearted and Oberon (in Summer).

Service: Just fair. When busy, you'll wait in line a while to grab a pitcher. The workers are college kids, so, while friendly, they don't mostly have much beer knowledge if you don't know what you want.

Value: Reasonable. I'll take a pitcher of Oberon for $12 when most of the time a pint will run you around $5.

May 05, 2011
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cwcolby74 from Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is my go-to place whenever I visit Madison. During summer, it's one of my ultimate pleasures to sit on the Terrace behind the Union building and split a pitcher (or two) with my buddy. The lake is right in front of you, they have live music on weekends, and I'm not gonna lie, there's no shortage of UW cuties hanging out and walking by.

The Rathskeller is inside the Union, and as a person who went to college at a university with a dry campus, I almost can't believe UW has something like this. It's a full-fledged beer bar with about a dozen different beers on tap. Good beers, not crappy ones. And the prices are pretty awesome for what you're getting.

There's a cafeteria connected to the seating area for the Rathskeller, so there's food nearby, but I didn't try any.

I look forward to coming to this place every year.

Mar 26, 2011
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dated Su, 09 Aug 2009.

The Rathskeller was very reminiscent of Pitt's Cathedral of Learning with the vaulted medieval arches and all of the German slogans in Olde English typeface on the walls. Lots of wood everywhere - tables, chairs, picnic benches. Wow! There were eighteen taps, many rotating, most with the same Midwestern/Great Lakes focus that I had noted at other places around town. I think that the draw here was the atmosphere and view over selection. Speaking of the view, I headed outside to contemplate Lake Mendota at sunset. A day prior, I had been gazing at Lake Monona. Ah, to be a sailor again ...

Jun 28, 2010
Der Rathskeller / The Memorial Union Terrace. in Madison, WI
Place rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 37 ratings