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Madison Garden

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4 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

152 N Madison Ave
Richmond, Kentucky, 40475-1663
United States

(859) 623-9720 | map

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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

If you are travelling through Richmond, and you want the one place to stop and get good food and good beer, then look no further than Madison Garden. This is a restaurant opened by two Italian-American brothers from NYC. They show their love for Richmond by collecting lots of Eastern Kentucky University memorabilia. They even have one of the goalposts from EKU coach Roy Kidd's 300th victory! As I mentioned before, these brother have an Italian background, and it shows with their marvelous food. They have 16 pasta dishes, with your choice of pasta and sauce for each one. Try the Porzio, it's fantastic. You can also get great favorites like Veal Parmagana and Veal Picata. They have tons of sandwiches, salads, and appatizers. The wings are out of this world!

Ok, onto the beer. It might not be the best beer selection, but it sure is the best in Richmond. You can get classic favorites like Goose Island Honkers and SN Pale Ale on tap, along with a few others and a season offering. In the bottle you can get most of the other SN products, some stuff from Tommyknocker, other micros like Anchor Steam and Liberty Ale, Rogue Dead Guy, and a few european imports. This is really a great place with a great atmosphere where you can come and relax and meet the locals. Come in at 6:45 PM any night of the week, and you will see Dr. Bob, my Calculus professor at EKU, who looks like a skinny Santa. This place rules.

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4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After visiting this place several times, I finally sat down with a few too many pints and was able to talk with one of the Owners about their beers and to really enjoy my visit.

Located in historic downtown Richmond, the building is offset of Main Street by a half block. The building reminds me of some beach-bum type bars located in the Forida Keys-- kinda Joe's Crab Shack-like, just more real, authentic, and unintentional. Perfect for having a few pints without any pretentiousness.

The beer selection has increased every time I visit. They currently carry better than 200 different craft beers, eight on tap. At my last visit, December 19, 2008; the taps were Flying Dog Pale Ale, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Guinness Stout, Shock Top, fullers ESB, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Kentucky IPA. Bud and Bud Light are also available for beer drinkers requiring a sippie cup.

Among the bottles are the full line-ups of Flying Dog, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Harpoon, Lexington Brewing, Mendocino, Rogue, Sam Adams, Samuel Smith, Schlafly, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Thirsty Dog, Unibroue, Wild Goose and many, many more imports and micros. The selection is always changing so they incourage you to ask what's new.

They have a beer list that seems quite up to date, but do not list the rotational taps or the seasonal bottles so ask about those if interested. The beer prices are quite reasonable, about the same as you will find in nearby Lexington.

The food selection is well-rounded and offers a few items that are specialties and some unique combinations as well. The fare ranges from typical bar food to entrees that are dressed up a bit. The chicken wings are their prized offering and I found them quite good. They have a proprietary blend of spices that they use on the wings called 'Buff Stuff' and you can't leave without buying a bottle of this for home use. The food prices are quite reasonable as well.

The interior is a bit dimmly lit and perhaps could use some sprucing up and updating, but it doesn't seem offensive or dirty. They have several TV's around to always update you on the latest sports action. The walls are a blend of painted concrete block walls, wood paneling and a lot of sports memorabilia and neon signage. Definately a jeans and t-shirt type of place.

The bar seats about 20 people while the dining room has several booths and tables that make things a bit cramped on busy weekends, but the open environment is both cozy and vast. I would guess that the dining area can seat 100-150.

The wait staff was excellent on this visit, but this waitress was much better than any other staff that had waited on us previously. Though she was a great waitress, she didn't seem able to talk about the beers beyond what's available when asked. The Owner stopped by to talk to us for quite a while-- he was appreciative of our business and took a genuine interest in making friends with us. He certainly made us feel welcome and happy we chose his establishment for Friday night entertainment and dinner.

If you are visiting the Richmond area, you shouldn't feel that you must visit Lexington for craft beers. Richmond has a lot of the same variety and quality in Madison Garden.

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Madison Garden in Richmond, KY
Place rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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