Dexter's Pub

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

52 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(608) 244-3535 | map
dexterspubmadison.com

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 02-26-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
16
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
2.91%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
40
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by johnkale:
Photo of johnkale
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

First off, Dexter's is my go-to trivia bar. Reliably there every Wednesday.

Atmosphere is very neighborhood bar, numerous TVs (ideally playing Brewers games, the Bucks are pretty painful to watch and I prefer my friends' place for football games), large, nondescript dining area, incredibly friendly waitstaff. Food is wildly variable, awesome fish fry (except for the slaw), decent burgers, lots of overpriced other stuff.

Beer is great though, good selection, changes frequently, almost always served appropriately. Good mix of local/Wisconsin breweries, better known craft, and outliers you don't see other places (like Toppling Goliath, which definitely needs better distro around Madison, for my sake, please).

I love how this place blends a craft beer bar with a local tavern, just wish they would be more consistent with their food.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Rilesmiles
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of CoreyC
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tourdot
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of djhowell
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of atone315
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of italianstallion
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of twb0392
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of s_wit
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of OBD
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of NickZab
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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Dexter's Pub in Madison, WI
4.12 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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