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The Old Fashioned

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

32 Reviews
The Old FashionedThe Old Fashioned
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(608) 310-4545 | map
www.theoldfashioned.com

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 01-17-2006

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
92
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
71
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
Taps:
52
Bottles/Cans:
105
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 71
Reviews by brdc:
Photo of brdc
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

I tried a number of places in this Madison trip, and this was the biggest disappointment. It does look like an old bar/restaurant, the food is quite good (comfort food), with a good service (courteous although they do not know beer), but unfortunately, the beer selection, despite being relatively large and quite varied, with multiple taps and multiple bottles of multiple breweries, the overall quality of the beers offered is limited.
Every single brewery has only one or two offerings, not necessarily their best ones, and well over half of the menu is filled with average/slightly above average beers. Wisconsin has a lot of better beers to offer than you would guess based on their selection.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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 menu...you will find pleanty of quality beer to enjoy...cross the street from the state house dome...as everybody has noted, watch out for crowds at prime times, we went during the week at about 9 for dinner...sat right away, great service...food and beer on point, had a great time..

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Photo of zeff80
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of tourdot
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of hoosier222002
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Hendrick24
4.15/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of djhowell
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Shluffy
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of atone315
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of RobinLee
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of redleg411
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.65/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of italianstallion
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Soneast
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of twb0392
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SerialTicker
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

*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.

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Photo of s_wit
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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The Old Fashioned in Madison, WI
92 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.
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