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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1825 Monroe St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53715
United States

(608) 284-9463 | map

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 08-18-2006

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3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Small narrow coffee house/wine bar. Looks like a typical coffee house. The beer selection is small but good. Lots of local offerings. My wine enjoyed the wine flight.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

2011: Stopped at the Barrique's Café on the square (127 West Wash Ave.) for a beer over the weekend. G21> hey
No beer to go, but 6 taps, including Double Snake Hollow DIPA from Potosi, which I hadn't seen elsewhere in town. They also had a dedicated Ale Asylum tap, and Oberon on. The 2 floor cafe had a relaxed vibe, it was an easy place to hold a conversation.

This was a cool hybrid establishment, more of a coffehouse/wine bar up front, and small boutique wine shop in the back. Unfortunately I didn't see any beer taps or any advertisement of them. There were 5 cooler doors in the back, full of choice craft beer...and it appeared to be hand picked and eclectic. Ten Fidy was here, also some Dark Horse, New Glarus, Lake Louie, Ale Asylum, Central Waters (Bourbon Barrel Stout). A small selection that held a number of local gems. There were quality imports too, a small endcap of Sam Smith was on the floor near the coolers.

The cafe had free Wifi, and the tea I had was good. Didn't stay long enough to try the food, but I enjoyed the comfy, down to earth atmosphere. There were large framed windows in the front, with plenty of table seating a rustic wood flooring. A cool spot that takes care of several needs in one place...

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Selection: Several bottles of Baladin Noel, Beezelbub, a few beers from the Orkney Islands, Jolly Pumpkin 750s, Lake Louie sixers, Satan Gold/Red, Delerium, sixers of New Glarus and Capital, Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart 750s, lots of Rogue seasonals and specialties in bombers, sixers, and ceramic bottles, some common German imports, Lion Stout, cases of Guinness pub cans, etc… The 4 taps usually consist of a Capital, a New Glarus, a Lake Louie, and Guinness.

All beer, wine, and liquor are available for onsite or offsite consumption. There is a $3 corking fee for Wine (very reasonable considering they don’t mark up their bottles beyond retail) but I believe beers are sold for consumption at their labeled prices. Generally these are competitive to fair.

Quality is high. There is a hardly a macro in sight. Better yet, the quality of the spirits and wine is equally high and you won’t find them for in house consumption at these low prices anywhere else in Madison.

Atmosphere: Barriques is located in an inauspicious strip of old storefronts in Madison’s quaint Monroe Street Neighborhood. The first 10 meters of the establishment includes some beer and wine displays, a dozen or so simple wooden tables (authentic to a French wine cave), and a small bar with 4 taps, a dozen wines by the glass, and a few bottles of spirits. The back 20 meters has a few beer coolers, a large selection of mid to high-end French wine, some rare spirits, and the Wall of One Hundred (Barriques signature wall of 100 decent wines for under $10 a bottle). Most of the beer is kept in coolers. Personally, I relish drinking in the simple laidback atmosphere of the wine cave while surrounded by pretentious high priced booze, wine, and beer. It’s the best of both worlds.

Service is friendly and very knowledgeable about wine but I have yet to test them on their beer. I know that Barrique’s has high standards for their staff when it comes to grapes. I hope the same is true for Hops and Barley. At any rate, the staff will help you find whatever you need and is prompt about it with a smile on their face.

Food consists of cheese plates, fruit plates, meat plates, and french baguettes with interesting toppings.

Side note: A Trader Joe’s is under construction right across the street so Barriques will be a great test of big box (chain) vs. small town specialty store (chain). I think Barriques has a niche and the history in the neighborhood to make it and hope that Trader Joe’s will only bring it more business.

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Barriques in Madison, WI
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