The Old Fashioned

The Old FashionedThe Old Fashioned
The Old FashionedThe Old Fashioned
Bar, Eatery

23 N Pinckney St
Ste 1
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-4207
United States

(608) 310-4545 | map

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Rated: 3.95 by Stengelfoot from California

Oct 04, 2019
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Reviewed by tcbro023 from Wisconsin

4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5
One of the best spots in Madison. Prime location right on the Capitol Square. Best cheese curds in town. Which are great alone, and amazing with their sauces (garlic, tiger blue, etc) Other great Wisconsin food options available too. But to the important stuff, they have 52 rotating Wisconsin beers on tap. They serve many additional bottles as well. Finally, they make a great Old Fashioned and have various different styles available.
Feb 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Barnoloid from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
Really good stop off if you are in Madison, WI. Was lively on a Thur night - we had a 30 minute wait for a table which was spent walking by the state capitol. Service is top notch - friendly and attentive hosts and servers. Beer list is very extensive and super local. Options right across the board for any taste. Food is stellar and at a reasonable price.
Sep 04, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by tommy5 from Michigan

Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 4.7 by deedric from Wisconsin

Jul 28, 2017
Rated: 4.38 by TooGood from Minnesota

Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Apr 06, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Jan 11, 2017
Rated: 4 by BarrelAgedG from California

Sep 15, 2016
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Fun and relaxed place to catch some typical wisconsin fare along with a huge beer will find pleanty of quality beer to enjoy...cross the street from the state house everybody has noted, watch out for crowds at prime times, we went during the week at about 9 for dinner...sat right away, great and beer on point, had a great time..
Jul 20, 2016
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This place was super busy on a Tuesday night during winter break. The beer quality and selection are great! All beers are $5 a pint or less...even a Bourbon Barrel aged stout. The food was great..string onions, cheese curds, etc.
Dec 30, 2015
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Reviewed by TheStoutHound from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
A must-stop, family friendly place with a ton of great Wisconsin food and beer. Remember, its WI only beer but they have over 100 varieties including some really great offerings at very reasonable prices. The food is outstanding; fish fry and cheese curds are my favorite. Due to its reputation and location, this place does get very busy so expect a crowd if you are going during meal hours. They have a full food and beer menu available on their website.
Oct 22, 2015
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Reviewed by Abbbp from Texas

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I Just want everyone to know not to get the $75 cheese. Other than that, it was a tremendous night of laughter and fare- solid people, tremendous service, and the beer selection was heavy on quality WI brew no doubt.
Oct 19, 2015
Rated: 4.22 by hoosier222002 from Illinois

Aug 02, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin

Jul 08, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

Jun 17, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by Duff27 from Illinois

Jun 14, 2015
Rated: 4.16 by djhowell from Wisconsin

Apr 30, 2015
Rated: 4.84 by Shluffy from Wisconsin

Mar 08, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by atone315 from Wisconsin

Mar 01, 2015
Rated: 4.38 by RobinLee from Wisconsin

Feb 26, 2015
Rated: 4.38 by redleg411 from Wisconsin

Feb 06, 2015
Rated: 4.65 by Diaper-Daniels from Wisconsin

Jan 23, 2015
Rated: 4.29 by italianstallion from Wisconsin

Jan 04, 2015
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Stopped in for lunch during a long drive from Chicago to Toppling Goliath. As advertised they have a huge selection of both drafts and bottles. Being from out of state there were probably 20+ brews I could have chosen and been satisfied with; a lot of good sounding locals brews I had never heard of. Food and vibe were both good as well. Old school, down to earth dining room and bar with mostly wood interior. Had the WI brat sandwich and also sampled some of a fish sandwich. Both were on-point for a cheap lunch sandwich. Recommended by the only person I knew of from WI and definitely made the perfect stop for lunch.
Dec 30, 2014
Rated: 4.41 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

Dec 23, 2014
Rated: 4 by TheBungyo from Washington

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Soneast from Wisconsin

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by twb0392 from Wisconsin

Dec 08, 2014
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Reviewed by SerialTicker from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
*My review from Yelp*

Well that's just about the best experience anyone could ever have anywhere... ever.

As you can see from my picture, I got the No. 30 with cheese curds, and it was one of the better burgers I've ever eaten. The description of it isn't especially innovative, legendary, or "YOU-CAN-ONLY-GET-IT-HERE", but it tasted absolutely awesome... I don't even know what else to say. The best part about it had to be the bacon. I don't know if they smoke it themselves or where they get it from, but it was some of the most flavorful bacon I've ever had. As a side, I got the cheese curds, and I thought they were also very good. You kind of sort of can't go to Wisconsin without having cheese curds, soooo yeah. Cheese curds can sometimes be bland, but these ones are just artery clogging deliciousness. Please, don't waste your time dipping them in ketchup... they don't deserve that sacrilege.

The beer selection at The Old Fashioned is also insane with I forget how many dozens of taps, as well as an extensive bottled list. Considering I came in a little before 11am, I didn't find it very appropriate to order a beer. Of course, there were plenty of Mimosas and Bloody Mary's being ordered around the place. The prices for these seemed a little high, but it didn't stop them from being ordered at seemingly every other table. What else is there to do in Madison but drink, though? Alright, that was uncalled for.

No complaints from me... everything was perfectly good and perfect. The place was busy, but we didn't have to wait, there was a nice aesthetic, and the food came out surprisingly quickly. I haven't been to any other restaurants in Madison, but good luck in finding a place that'd be more appealing than The Old Fashioned.
Dec 03, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by s_wit from Wisconsin

Nov 28, 2014
Rated: 4 by Todd from California

Nov 21, 2014
Rated: 4 by Jason from Massachusetts

Nov 21, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by KAF from Iowa

Nov 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by Canada_Dan from Colorado

Oct 29, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by JackNip from Delaware

Oct 24, 2014
Rated: 4 by 22Blue from Kansas

Oct 10, 2014
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Reviewed by 80x2HopHead from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
Super solid line up of local and regional craft brews as well as classic national offerings. Buy one get one after 10 which is awesome if you are out late. Great bar tender and fair prices
Sep 28, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Fargrow from Michigan

Sep 10, 2014
Rated: 4 by ubiq3000 from California

Aug 21, 2014
The Old Fashioned in Madison, WI
Place rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 80 ratings