The Coopers Tavern

Bar, Eatery

20 W Mifflin St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-2523
United States

(608) 256-1600 | map
thecooperstavern.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.09
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
37
pDev:
9.78%
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Reviews by djhowell:
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djhowell from Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Apr 30, 2015
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VashonGuy from Washington

4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

I've been to Cooper's several times on Madison visits. It's got its pluses and minuses. The good - a fine beer selection, both on tap and in bottles. It's a central location, if you're staying near the Capitol. The minus is that it's crowded and noisy. I mean REALLY NOISY! The service is OK, considering that the servers were slammed. They do know what they are doing. The food is a bit better than OK.

If you don't care about noise, or are going at off hours, this can be a fine place. But the last time we were in the neighborhood, we took Lyft out to Brasserie V, which was much more pleasant.

Apr 30, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

This is a small, narrow shotgun tavern. It has a nice large board listing beers and their details. 20 or so taps. It was crowded but the service was good at handling a large crowd. Didn't try the food, but the menu looked good.

Jan 03, 2016
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22Blue from Kansas

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Oct 24, 2015
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TheStoutHound from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Oct 22, 2015
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UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Jul 09, 2015
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Duff27 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jun 14, 2015
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Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This place has the appeal of a hole-in-the-wall pub with the quality and ambiance you'd expect from an upscale gastropub. It's small, intimate, and almost always busy. The bottle list is long and a bit pricey, with everything you'd expect both domestic and imported. The tap list is always exciting, but never wet-your-pants exciting.

I've had burgers, reubens, fish sandwiches and a few other things to eat here and all were satisfying. I've never had a bad experience here. They also play soccer on the TVs above the bar, which is a big plus for me. They're unofficially an Arsenal bar, for any of you Gunners in town.

Only gripe: inconsistent with proper glassware. Having your beer served in a wet shaker glass doesn't give the greatest first impression.

Apr 21, 2015
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redleg411 from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Feb 06, 2015
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Diaper-Daniels from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Jan 23, 2015
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Soneast from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dec 13, 2014
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twb0392 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 03, 2014
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BeerBeak81 from New York

5/5  rDev +22.2%

Dec 03, 2014
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DCLAguy11 from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Nov 14, 2014
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Cbustard from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

Nov 07, 2014
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Oct 29, 2014
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BarrelAgedG from California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Jul 30, 2014
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BeerDazed from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jul 15, 2014
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OnWisconsin from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jun 28, 2014
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bpfrush from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Jun 24, 2014
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egrace84 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Jun 16, 2014
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jun 09, 2014
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PopnLoads from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Jan 24, 2014
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dmarley from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jan 20, 2014
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Jan 05, 2014
The Coopers Tavern in Madison, WI
Place rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 37 ratings