Jolly Bob's

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Type: Bar, Eatery

1210 Williamson St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703
United States

(608) 251-3902 | map

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by Sixpoint:
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4/5  rDev +24.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This place never used to draw huge crowds, it was just a small restaurant and bar. However, if you regularly book Mr. Brown - an internationally famous dancehall reggae DJ - this place becomes claustorphobic.

That's what has happened on Saturday nights. The place is bumpin' from about 10pm. until closing. Get yourself a table early or you won't have a place to move.

As far as the beer selection goes, it's nothing to write home about. However, the beer selector has the decency to regularly stock some good local domestic microbreweries, especially Bell's. You usually can get Bell's on tap, and you can almost always get it in bottles. When I would go there, I would order a Bell's Amber.

Also, you can usually get Capital Brewery and sometimes the Great Dane too. Their bottle selection also includes some Belgian Beers and a couple of other rarities as well.

The service is good. For some reason, there are always plenty of beautiful and young women bartending or cocktail waittressing. No complaints here.

The food is definitely recommended. And an extra plus - the kitchen does not shut down until after midnight, so you can order food real late and still party until the wee hours.

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More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

Beer bar? None of the Belgians that Cokes mentioned are served at Bob’s anymore. They still have a couple of Bells, Capitol, and Dane brews on tap but that’s about it. The bottle list is pretty limited too. The best beer on it is probably the Bell’s Amber or their Jamaica Stout. Still, the atmosphere is fun, blue with a great big fish tank and an amazing patio in the summer time. Get there early though, this place fills up fast! Also, the service is always pleasant and knowledgeable, although slow because of the bartenders are always busy making blended drinks. The food is great too and fairly reasonably priced. If you don’t get a brew, I recommend the pain killer. It’s a rum drink made form 98 proof booze and a bunch of fruit juices. The name says it all. They also make a mean Mojito and that great Brazilian drink that I can’t pronounce. Again though, beer bar?

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Photo of cokes
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4

If you want nostalgia read on (that review averaged out to a 3.55). If you want beer, go somewhere else. There's nothing here anymore that can't be had at any pub in Madison as the selection has withered in the past several years. Caribbean mixed drinks are another story. Even with those things mentioned, it can either be a place I enjoy wasting an evening or a night when I want to punch everyone else in the room. It really depends on the crowd. Again, this might me on the Madison night-life radar, but not on a beer-hunting one.
(Old Review)
If you don't mind reggae at mind-numbing volume, this is a good show (it is even if you do).
Smallish place on the eccentric (is there a more hackneyed term?)Willy St. The bar area is ill-equiped to handle crowds, so movement is often difficult. Non-weekend night excluded.
Tropical themed with twinkling lights and fish tanks.
The tap selection is not exhaustive, but focuses on decency. Grab yourself some Great Dane Peck's Pils, Capital (Amber and seasonal), Bells (Oberon or TwoHearted). There are a couple lambics offered in bottled form (and one or two other Belgians as well...I want to say Lindeman Kreik, Boon Gueuze, Corsendonk, and Chimay Red, though I'm likely wrong about one or two of these). There are some other winners on the bottle list too.
The food is on the pricey side, but very good. The jerk dishes have heat to spare (as they should), but not at the sacrifice of flavor. There's always a few good seafood choices as well (tilapia and mahi-mahi stick out as favorites.). The menu isn't exactly broad, so you gotta like the Caribbean stuff.
And ignore every one drinking Red Stripe.

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Jolly Bob's in Madison, WI
Place rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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