Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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3.68/5
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

123 E. Doty St.
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703
United States

(608) 284-0000 | map
greatdanepub.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
67
Reviews:
341
Ratings:
902
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
178
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
6.89%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 111 | Ratings: 178
Reviews by cwcolby74:
Photo of cwcolby74
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Overall I liked this place. Cool atmosphere - it's big, and dark, there's a lot of seating, and it's usually full of customers, with a good mix of young and old, college kids and townies, etc.

The beer is just so-so for me. It's pretty good but there doesn't seem to be a lot of choices. On the other hand, they brew their own, so it's always fresh and presented well.

The bartender we had was really cool, very pretty and honestly pretty patient with us, as me and my buddy tend to engage in excessive beer snobbery and otherwise boorish behavior when we go out together.

This is a downtown bar with no parking to speak of nearby, so that's always a minus for me. Not the fault of the bar, of course. That's just part of it. But I dislike getting my drink on somewhere and then having to stumble 6 blocks to my car (no, I wasn't driving, my friend was).

Anyway, this place is sort of part of the legend and lore of Madison, so it's mandatory for anyone staying more than a night or two. I think you'll enjoy yourself.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Riff
3.79/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

This place has a traditional pub look to it, when you walk in the first thing you see is a long wooden bar. Several tvs to watch any sports going on. Seating area is nice, service was mediocre. The server didn't know much about the beers they had on hand so you kind of order blind unless you've checked out here first. The server screwed up our order in a couple of ways but it was remedied. The beer is okay, nothing spectacular or worthwhile going out of your way for. The food is pretty good here, a couple of steps above standard pub fare and the atmosphere is pleasant. Add a few friends and you'll probably overlook the shortcomings to just enjoy the place.

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Photo of Kevin_Young
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jason_cs
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Abbbp
4.38/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Come here to party after a Badgers game during the fall and I guarantee you have stumbled into one fine establishment- I guess hang for the beer, but the food, service, and vibe of this place is a dime, not to be missed!

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Photo of aubzachsyd
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of mwaltz99
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 03fatboy
3.16/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

place was packed lots of young kids great beers thought!!

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.79/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.09/5  rDev -26.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

We visited 14 breweries/brewpubs/taprooms during a recent Midwest trip, and all four of us thought this was by far the worst. Actually, it was the only one that wasn't good. None of the Great Dane beers was exceptional, and one was terrible. I expected much more from such a renowned place. Quite a letdown.

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Photo of JDoHo
4.04/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of djhowell
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of guityler83
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

After seeing Duncan Trussell at the Majestic Theatre me and two friends stopped into Great Dane for some food and a few pints. Not my first time being at this location and I'm sure it won't be my last. The place was busy with people but we were able to get seated right away since it was well past the dinner crowd time frame.

The place has a traditional brew pub look and feel, hardwood bar, beer and brewing items on the wall with a view of the brewing system through a glass wall. There were 8 beers from Great Dane on draft and a few guest beers. Mostly german and english centric (pilsners, hefe, ESB) but with a few unique offerings available and two casks.

The waitress grabbed our drink order fairly quickly but didn't have much information cretique on the beers available - I inquired about the Oat Ale that was on cask and she gave a generic "its good" response. Despite that I ordered it anyway. It was creamy pale ale with english and american hops - very clean.

Food came in good sized portions, maybe slightly bigger then I prefer, but no complaints. Fish was breaded and had a nice crispiness. The next beer I opted for was the German Pils. Clean, crisp with a nice hoppy bite. maybe not as dry as I prefer but I think that would be the Czech that I'm comparing it too.

Overall, the food and beer came quickly with good quality. Nice atmosphere with out being overly crowded or loud. Recommended if you're in the area!

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Photo of elkinbrown
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Came here (not this one, but the Great Dane Hilldale) for Bockfest 2015. It was a blast 15 bocks and all you can eat pretzel bar. Wings were great.

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Photo of redleg411
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of CraigTravor
4.04/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of twb0392
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Outdoor beer garden is really nice; beer is hit and miss.

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Photo of italianstallion
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Soneast
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of TheBungyo
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Great food, decent service, atrocious beer! I absolutely adored the burger I had. It was perfectly cooked and certainly tasted as if it were cooked over an open flame. Just thinking about it makes me hungry!

But the beer, oh man, Freddy Kruger couldn't inspire worse nightmares. I ordered the bitter on cask and while it was served at the proper cask temp and all ... it was obviously infected. Next up was the mild ale and boom full of diacetyl. A little butter is OK in some English styles, but this was swimming in movie theater sludge. At that point, I decided to quit while I was only slightly behind.

I've been waiting about ten years to get back to Madison so I could try the offerings at The Great Dane and this was a massive let down.

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Photo of Jason
2/5  rDev -52.5%

Photo of OBD
4/5  rDev -5%

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) in Madison, WI
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