Dexter's Pub

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Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(608) 244-3535 | map

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 02-26-2008

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

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4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I've waited until I've been to Dexters quite a few times to be able to form a solid and comprehensive opinion. Dexters is one of those places that may not look like a good beer bar at first glance, but don't let it's older brick facade deceive you.
The pub is divided into two sections separated by an inner wall- a dining area that you enter immediately from the front door with booth's lining the outside of the room and tables filling the space in between. Plain and casual looking, it's actually a quieter area to be able to enjoy your meal in peace. The back section is the bar area complete with darts, jukebox, and a popcorn machine along the left wall, and a small selection of video games along the far right wall with a pool table bridging the walkway between the bar and dining rooms. The back wall has a bar running pretty much the length of the whole wall. There's newer flat panel TV's directly above the bar with an older big-screen and other smaller TV's scattered throughout.
The beer selection was good when I first started going to Dexters and they've only kept getting better and better. There's waay too many to list, but this is just a small, small sample of some of the great beers I've seen on tap: Central Waters Mud Puppy Porter, Bells Hopslam, Dogfish Head 90 and 120 minute, Tyranena's Devil Over a Barrel and Hop Whore, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Stone IPA, Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard and Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Capital Autumnal Fire, Founders Reds Rye, and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. There's also some great beers available in bottles like Founders Breakfast Stout and Stone Russian Imperial Stout.
I've eaten there well over a dozen times now and while I've only had pub food like burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, and pizza, it's all been outstanding. Hot, fresh and delicious, I would put their food up against any other similar bar/pub in the area and the staff has all been friendly, fast, knowledgable and efficient every time I've been there.
Nick, the owner has just a huge passion for good quality beers. He has the tap lines cleaned frequently and has concentrated on filling them with just a super solid selection of beers. More tap lines are being planned with a possible selection of Belgian beers added sometime in the future. He's also looking into doing some cellaring to be able to offer vintages of special beers.
All in all, this has become one of my favorite places to just sit, relax and have some good conversation, good food and great beer!

Edit: In the 7+ years that I've been going here, the owner has done a fantastic job fixing this place up. New bar area, new flooring, fresh paint, etc. has really turned this into a great bar to visit. The food continues to get better and better and the selection has always been great. New technology has been implemented to show all the tap selections on giant monitors...shows the beer, ABV, serving size, price, price for a pitcher and a small graphic that shows the state of the keg whether it's full or nearly empty and everything in between. Also, I now receive tweets when a beer is cashed and a new one replaces it.

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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.

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

Photo of atone315
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 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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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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

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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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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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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On a trip to Madison my wife and I stopped in here three out of the four nights. Each time we ended a long day here. We ate here once and really enjoyed the food. For a smaller place the tap list was killer. Central Waters Illumination IIPA, 3Floyd's Robert the Bruce and New Holland The Poet were a few of the beers we tried.
I really dig the atmosphere. The building is nothing special and the decor screams DIVE. But who cares. The mixed crowd was cool and the staff was super friendly. If I was to walk into a similar looking place in Colorado the best beer I could find is Bluemoon...maybe. I learned this isn't the case in the MidWest.
If I lived in Madison thiswould be one of my spots. When I go back to Madison I positive I'll stop in several times.

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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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Dexter's Pub in Madison, WI
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