Brickhouse BBQ

BA SCORE
89
very good

44 Ratings
Brickhouse BBQBrickhouse BBQ
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

408 W Gorham St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-2004
United States

(608) 257-7675 | map
thebrickhousebbq.com

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Added by AmberMan22 on 02-24-2010

PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
6.3%
 
 
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A very welcome addition to the Madison beer scene for this BBQ lover.

The Brickhouse boasts three stories of hardwood floors and exposed brick walls. When busy, it can get a bit loud but otherwise the atmosphere is sharp and enjoyable. Seating for large groups is ample. Large bars extend along the north side of each floor. Try to sit outside if possible. Their 3rd floor terrace overlooks the row of coastie apartment buildings on Gorham and the Riley's parking lot. It makes for great people watching as you get to see attractive co-eds running and drunk bums buying Steel Reserve all from one perch.

I've been very happy with the food thus far, especially the Beef Brisket. Portions are huge and prices are reasonable. You'll be paying about 8 bucks for a giant sandwich and fries and in the 12-18 range for most entrées. Traditional BBQ sides like corn bread, greens, spicy apples, and Mac n' Cheese are available too.

40 beers are featured on tap alongside 40 bourbons. Expect a generous assortment of local crafts from New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Central Waters, etc... several from New Belgium, and a Hodgepodge of well chosen brews from Belgium, Germany, Britain, and the rest of the US. Basic craft beers are a bargain at $3.50 a pint (beer prices have really gone up over that last year in Madison). One-offs and high end imports can run quite a bit more, but often they might be worth it. Recently the Brickhouse has feature beers from the New Belgiums Folie series, Bell's 9,000, Bourbon County, and Ten Fidy.

Service has been very, very slow on each occasion that I've been there, but I have only been in with large groups so that could explain it. Also, the Brickhouse is still fairly new so I'll give it some time to get the kinks worked out. If you're just going to sit at the bar or on the ground floor, this shouldn't be an issue for you. Also, the bartenders all seem to know their beer very well, however, each server I have had has been a 21 year-old college chick who thinks that beer comes in two colors - light (miller lite) and dark (Spotted Cow). The Brickhouse should hold tasting sessions and in services for their staff to get them acquainted with craft beer.

Despite some issues with staff, I still highly recommend the Brickhouse, especially for out-of-towners. While the Brickhouse doesn't have the selection or charm of the Old Fashioned, it also doesn't have the 60-90 minute wait for a table. One will be able to sample the best of what Wisconsin has to offer or to try a few rarities from further away at a reasonable price. I especially recommend this place if you are in town with a large group.

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4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

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

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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, WI
3.97 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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