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Type: Bar, Eatery

1980 Atwood Ave
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704-5221
United States

(608) 204-7644 | map

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Added by dirtylou on 01-11-2009

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of deedric
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Wow! When Wonders Pub closed, I was rather sad - however, I have loved this place since it opened up in the same space. Great food (fish fry is wonderful). Eclectic food, there's always something for your vegetarian friends. On the con side, it fills up quickly and the bar can be hard to reach in crowded conditions.

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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of atone315
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Went here on a Friday night, 1.5 hour wait but we had a table for not too big of a deal. Had a few beers while waiting, they had Central Waters Space Ghost so I was content. Had the Smokehouse burger and it was ridiculously good. My wife had the Walnut burger (she's a vegetarian) and it was also damn good. Not exactly sure what everybody else got but the table was a little quite once the food came so I can assume everyone loved it. Would definitely eat here again.

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Photo of redleg411
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Been to Alchemy numerous times.. Finally a review. One of the better combos of food and beer in Madison.. As stated by others they have 8-10 taps which aren't amazing but don't include any Miller, Coors, or Bud.. Thank goodness! Almost always have a TG on tap from my experience and the main reason to go is the food anyways.. A nightly special that is always worth getting but plenty of other sandwiches and entrees that will pair well with any of the tap list brews.. A couple of tables outdoors make it a nice place on a pleasant evening.. Servers are very competent and have always been prompt in my experience.. It is cash or check only but they do have an ATM and it has a $1 service charge so not a huge deal.. If you are from the area or just visiting Alchemy is definitely a place worth checking out!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of leedorham
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

I went here to taste pseudo sue for Madison craft week. It is a nice little cafe with some outdoor seating. They had a selection of about 7 or 8 good craft beers capable of making a decision of what to order a little tough.

They seem to care about the food and our waitress took the time to explain what must be a very delicious dish of gourmet Mac and cheese but I just got some sweet potato fries.

The biggest disappointment was that our waitress did not have a calculator in her brain, something I think should be included in all waitresses.

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Photo of ErmahgerdPhD
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I live 2 blocks away and, until recently, had not discovered Alchemy. Now I am kicking myself for not getting there sooner. The food my fiancee and I have had there has been amazing (Tarragon Ham and the Bison burger with bacon and onions for me and a BLT and fish tacos for her). Also, if they have their handbreaded wings as a special GET them; you won't regret it. The beer selection is great, with about 10 nice craft beers on tap. I am sad they took out Gumballhead between my first and second visit, but they made up for it with Bedlam! from Ale Asylum, and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale. The service is the only complain in that it's somewhat slow. Also, IMPORTANT - THEY ONLY ACCEPT CASH OR CHECK. However, they do have an ATM in the place, so it alleviates this issue somewhat. The prices are pretty normal, $4.25-4.75 for a nice pint of craft beer and typically 8 bucks for a sandwich. My fiancee loves the sweet potato fries as well. There are some entrees that are 13-15 bucks but if you want to eat cheaper here and get good food, you definitely can.

Also, Sunday night we went in and took part in a very fun, yet difficult, trivia night. Tons of fun - would totally recommend this to anyone!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here for a few during my recent trip to mad town.

Seating for diners on the right and an elevated stage like bar on the left. I took a seat at the bar. First thing I noticed was how wobbly my stool was it felt like it fall apart at any second. Once I figured out it was how all their stools are I rolled with it.

About ten taps to choose from which isn't a huge number but all were solid choices. I ordered a beer and was pleasantly surprised to find out it was happy hour. Score one for me. The bartender was very friendly and promt. He did manage to fill all my pints so full I had to do the no hand slurp with every glass. I appreciate that it's 16oz of beer but come on man. I like to enjoy the head too.

Overall a nice chill place to grab a beer in Madison.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Transcribed from notes dated Su, 09 Aug 2009.

Located at an odd intersection of Winnebago and Atwood Streets, I had been past it a few times but never visited until a 2008 Pre-GTMW bar crawl.

One important point to note is that they are cash only, no cards. I dislike carrying cash, but I made the concession here. It was a wide space with windows flanking either side of the twin door entryway. Once inside, on both a buttonhook-right and a buttonhook-left were a couple of seating areas up a couple of steps. Standard restaurant tables and chairs ran along the right wall with a pew-like bench in front of another elevated seating area separated by railings. First, three steps led up to two tables on the right, then two more steps led up to three more tables. The bar area was along the left wall, also up three steps. I did not understand the need for all of the elevation. I felt as though I were inside an Escher print. The "J"-shaped dark wood bar was fairly long with the taps at the left-facing end of the back bar. The back bar was an antique mirror and carved wood affair with shelves for liquor and glassware. To the right of the back bar was the kitchen. The lavs were all of the way aft, through a doorway on the right. A skylight was right in the center of the building. The ambiance was low-key with jazz playing and the lights dimmed, but not stygian. An H-D flat screen TV was hung above the entryway to the kitchen, but it was pretty unobtrusive.

Beers: Ten rotating taps with a highly Midwestern influence - Great Lakes, Bell's, two Two Brothers, Founders, Ale Asylum, Pearl Street and Viking, plus a Rogue and an Oskar Blues. Nineteen bottles, most fairly common.

Mom Test: Sure. This is a good, low-key joint with good food and good beer. I saw lots of families having dinner while I hung out at the bar.

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Alchemy in Madison, WI
Place rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 29 ratings