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The Old Fashioned

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(608) 310-4545 | map
theoldfashioned.com

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 01-17-2006

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
78
pDev:
8.33%
 
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by cwcolby74:
Photo of cwcolby74
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is probably my favorite restaurant/bar in Madison. It's the only place I can say is essential to see every time I come to town.

It specializes in Wisconsin food and beer, and in fact other than liquor in the bar, that's about all they serve. They have about 25 different Wisconsin beers on tap and another 50-60 or so in bottle. This is just a breathtaking selection for a bar like this. They even get stuff that's out of season, and it always seems fresh.

The wait staff is very very knowledgable about each of the beers they serve and can make recommendations for or against something. The bartenders especially know a good pour.

The food is outstanding. Anything you get there will be superb. They also offer several types of cheese platters with four or five different styles that pair well with beer they serve on premises.

The only negative - not a fault of the bar - is the location. It's on Capitol Square, and depending on the time of day parking can be a pain. Plus the place is almost always packed, largely because it's on Capitol Square. It gets a diverse crowd that I always enjoy. And if you're there in the afternoon or evenings in the summer or fall, you'll always see the Brewers or Packers on the TV's.

Great, great place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Barnoloid
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of tommy5
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of deedric
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of TooGood
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +3.6%
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 -1.7%
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 +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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

Photo of Hendrick24
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of djhowell
4.16/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Shluffy
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of atone315
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of RobinLee
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of redleg411
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of italianstallion
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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The Old Fashioned in Madison, WI
Place rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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