Dexter's Pub

Bar, Eatery

301 North St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704-4920
United States

(608) 244-3535 | map
dexterspubmadison.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.24
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
53
pDev:
7.08%
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Reviews by dirtylou:
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dirtylou from New York

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Dexter's formally known as the Sandlot - located at North and East Johnson, about 2 blocks from the malt house

This is not my neighborhood. My girlfriend lives within a few minutes though so I can see myself in here from time to time in the future.

The atmosphere is a little interesting. Much like the malt house, the actual building is somewhat of a dump. These are old crummy spaces that have been taken over by craft beer in the past months. The crowd was much different than what you would see downtown, monroe street, or the willy/atwood neighborhoods. This is a blue collar side of town so that's what you are going to see here. There is a pool table, some darts, some electronic games, a big bar area and also a dining area. There are some random tables on a volleyball court outside - odd.

There were a number of tv's, though none of them were high quality. A brewers game had just started and people were getting into that so i got the hell out of there in a hurry (Go Cubs)

So that's kind of my negative rant on Dexter's. The location isnt ideal to me and its a bit crummy with a clientele that i dont have much in common with. That aside, they have beer!

The tap list was maybe 12 deep and it had some hard hitting winners on this particular night. The two best beers are brews i havent seen anywhere else on tap - Stone 12th annivesary and tyranena devil over a barrel. There was also stone arrogant bastard, central waters mud puppy porter, pyramid apricot ale, lake louie warped speed, and a number of others. The bottle list had maybe 40 additional beers of quality, but not rarity like the malt house.

Service was pretty good and attentive.

We just had some fried appetizers (cheese curds and waffle fries) which hit the spot. The menu didnt look particularly special but i didnt eat a meal so i wont rate the food.

Aug 20, 2008
More User Reviews:
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hoosier222002 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Jul 06, 2017
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Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Nov 20, 2016
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Billolick from New York

4.24/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

must hit spot in Madison if ya want a real, non tourist kinda place...locals come here...local wisconsin kinda, down to earth food, over the top beer options with more then ample local options...really enjoyed our visit..great with the guys, but not a romantic date kinda spot

Jul 20, 2016
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CoreyC from Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Love this place. Feels like a small locals bar (although the restaurant can be fairly busy)but has an awesome tap selection of high quality uncommon beers with a high tech display showing ABU, IBU and quantity left, and it changes regularly.

May 31, 2016
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Duff27 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Jan 10, 2016
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egrace84 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jan 10, 2016
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22Blue from Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Oct 25, 2015
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TheStoutHound from Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Dexter's is a small/medium WI style bar/restaurant. The vibe/atmosphere is nothing special and there is nothing wrong with it either. The staff is friendly and always as quick as physically possible. This place gets packed a certain times, especially Friday nights, so sometimes you have to be patient. The food is awesome. Best fish fry in town, great burgers and pizza too. Oh, and the cheese curds, yeah get those!
Important part, BEER: 23-25 tap beers and a solid bottle list. Of the tap beers, they typically have 2-3 one-off's or specialty barrels. Always a good variety on tap and almost always something that you have probably never had. The bottle selection is great too. You can find local BA beer on the list even in the off season and they'll hold back vintage stuff and put it on the menu at different times. The place gets some of the best tap takeovers in Madison/the state. Prices are fair. Their tap/bottle menu is available on their website.

Oct 22, 2015
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UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Jul 08, 2015
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A_Rad from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Jul 04, 2015
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Jun 17, 2015
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djhowell from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Apr 30, 2015
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on a Thursday afternoon, around 2pm. I could see how this place could be more lively at night, so take my rating for vibe accordingly. There was a bar area with a few high-tops and a restaurant area that looks like it has seen it's better days....do yourself a favor and sit in the bar area. I had a burger, the wife had a hummus plate.....both tasty and more than enough to fill us both, in fact we both took some home. About 20 taps, all craft, and a ridiculous amount of quality bottles, this place was definitely a nice spot to kick off a 4 day beer weekend in Wisconsin's capitol.

Feb 27, 2015
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Feb 24, 2015
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redleg411 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Feb 06, 2015
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Diaper-Daniels from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Jan 23, 2015
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italianstallion from Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Dec 20, 2014
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twb0392 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Dec 14, 2014
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Soneast from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Dec 13, 2014
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s_wit from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Nov 28, 2014
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Todd from California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Nov 21, 2014
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OBD from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12%

Nov 18, 2014
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DCLAguy11 from California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Nov 14, 2014
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KAF from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Nov 09, 2014
Dexter's Pub in Madison, WI
Place rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 53 ratings