What's up with Madison, WI?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by da_bulls, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. da_bulls

    da_bulls Jun 7, 2012 Illinois
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    I'll be up there Saturday-Sunday 2/16 - 2/17 for a concert. Could use some suggestions on good beer stores, beer bars, late night food in the area. I'll be staying downtown at the Doubletree near the State Capitol Tour, concert is at the Orpheum.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. mjpolzin

    mjpolzin Mar 13, 2011 Wisconsin
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    I am a little out of the loop since I don't get up to the campus area as much anymore but I would recommend the following......
    1. Brickhouse BBQ-for both food and drink. They have an excellent beer list and great food. I don't know how late they serve food.
    2. Riley's Wines Of The World-Right next door to Brickhouse (both are on West Gorham). Great selection of craft beers.
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  3. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I agree, you can walk over to Brickhouse and Riley's pretty easily from the hotel.

    Another one to check out is Old Fashioned, the burgers are great and they have a pretty good tap list featuring WI crafts.
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  4. jverdo1

    jverdo1 Apr 5, 2012 Illinois
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    Here are the beer option...

    Brickhouse BBQ and Coppers Tap House are on the west side of the square - usually best options.
    Maduro (Best of the Four), Tipsy Cow, Merchant, & Argus (These Three are Really Hit & Miss) are on the east side of the square.

    Ale Asylum's new brewery and tap house is about 5 to 10 minute ride away.
    Dexter's Pub (Check Facebook) can be the best option but would be a 5 to 10 minute ride also.
    Mason Lounge(Check Facebook) on Park Street and could be worth the 5 minute ride.

    As for stores - right now everyone has about the same options, hit the Woodman's on the West Side or Sun Prairie.
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  5. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    No mention of the Old Fashioned yet? I'd say right down town Coopers Tavern and Old Fashioned have the best beer selection.

    If you don't mind a quick venture outside of the square, Brasserie V is the best place to eat and drink. They have a fantastic, fairly large, well rounded beer list. They just went thru a great expansion, and added some taps, so I think they are up to around 35 or so. Their food is fantastic. Also, Malthouse was just voted as one of the Best Beer Bars in the Midwest and part of the top 100 by Imbibe.

    Who you seeing in Madison?
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  6. Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Jul 24, 2008 Wisconsin

    + 1 on Old Fashioned. And it's easily within walking distance.
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  7. Flyway

    Flyway Oct 22, 2012 Wisconsin

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  8. Gcarns

    Gcarns Jul 21, 2010 California
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    I'm always up for an old fashioned
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  9. emerge077

    emerge077 Apr 16, 2005 Illinois

  10. da_bulls

    da_bulls Jun 7, 2012 Illinois
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. Brasserie V looks like something we should definately check out, my friends are big fans of Belgian beers. Looks like we will be stopping at Riley's for our Wisconsin brews. Will end up stopping at Coopers or Old Fashioned before or after the show, both look to have nice beer selections and Coopers is real close to the Orpheum. Brickhouse looks like a good place to grab a bite to eat and is real close by, it's either eat there or at Coopers. For those wondering, I'm going to see Umphrey's Mcgee. Thanks again all.
  11. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Umph, the masters of useless noodling. *Note I'm an UM fan, just like to raz their extremely die hard BEST BAND ALIVE fans. Have a good weekend man!
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  12. allouez86

    allouez86 Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    Malt house is a must, one of the best selections I've ever seen. No food though.
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  13. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Woodmans (less of a selection, a little out of the way, but cheap prices)

    Malt House
    Dexters (especially if you go to the malt house)
    Tipsy Cow
    Glass Nickel
    The Mason
    Brasserie V (Belgian-y stuff)
    The Merchant

    If you want to try Titletown's stuff, I also recommend Old Fashioned. Their food is great, beer selection overrated. Green 19 is awesome.

    Opus and Merchant are awesome places for cocktails too.
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  14. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    My mind is completely blown here. Why do people not rep Brasserie V like they should? Them and Malthouse are the only places that actually care about serving you a quality product, and staff people that can back it up. I'm amazed.
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  15. aefbjo

    aefbjo Jun 8, 2005 Bahamas

    Brasserie V is great, one of my best friends works there. They might be in the middle of construction -- call first. And they're a bit out of the way from downtown.

    The Old Fashioned has 100 beers on tap, every one of them a Wisconsin brewery (almost all, if not entirely, small breweries). And they have an entire menu section of old-fashioneds: like six kinds. And the best. deep-fried. cheese curds.

    Try Forequarter, a new kinda foodie place on E. Johnson, for nice food, great cocktails, and a small but dependably good tap list.
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  16. da_bulls

    da_bulls Jun 7, 2012 Illinois
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    Thanks for the list Jeff. :D The Malt House will be considered on the way to Madison or on the way back since it's on the northside and out of the way (somewhat, we're coming from the Chicago area). We will definately be stopping at Brasserie V on the way there or at the least, on the way back since it's on our way into Madison. I would agree Old Fashioned over Coopers based on the beer and food menu but is OF is slighly out of the way, but more than likely worth the extra 5 minute trek lol. Places like Maduro and Tipsy Cow seem to be open real late but are on the east side of the State Capitol Tour, for the most part I will be staying on the west side near the hotel and the Orpheum, so it's either walking or take a cab, which is a real possibility if we're up to it.
  17. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    As I'm reading your post, I got an email from Brasserie V (mass mailing email) that they have been done with construction for 3 weeks. Cheers!
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  18. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Maduros, tipsy cow, opus, merchant and Great Dane are all a VERY short walk from the orpheum.
  19. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    To expand a little more:
    Brasserie V and Malt House so far are the two most beer-centric places I've been to in Madison. But they are a bit out of the way from someone staying by the Capitol. I assume OP is bringing a car though, so it's not that much of a stretch to get out there as Madison is not a large town.

    Great Dane is a fun place but it does get more of the younger college crowd- depends what you're looking for. I've heard good things about Merchant but never been there. Again, Old Fashioned is a Madison institution imo and offers a good WI-centric taplist. Get the Old Fashioned burger!

    Speaking of burgers, Weary Traveler out on Willie Street is great. Try the Bad Breath Burger. You can also try Dotty Dumpling's Dowry which is a few minutes' walk from the capitol too.
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  20. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    Ale Asylum for drinks and food
    Great Dane for food and drink
    Malt House for great beer selection.
  21. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    I miss the bad breath burger. It and the old fashioned burger are WI's finest. I also love the Danes pub burger and Mayan chicken wrap plus stout BBQ for the fries
  22. BarrytheBear

    BarrytheBear Dec 10, 2007 Wisconsin
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    o_O huh?

    What are you basing this statement on, may I ask?
  23. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    From my experiences with the other named "Beer bars" above, Old Fashioned and Coopers in particular, they are bars they serve good selections of craft beer. They however, have not trained their staff to the knowledge level that you find at Brasserie V and Malthouse.
  24. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    whats up with madison??? ITS AWESOME! Thats whats up with Madison!:)
  25. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Oh don't order any IPA out of bottle at old fashioned. They absolutely suck at rotating their bottles.
  26. JRBecks

    JRBecks Apr 3, 2012 Illinois

    I will be driving through Madison in a couple weeks and would like to know if I should venture all the way downtown to Riley's or would stopping at woodman's be suffice, just looking to grab a few shelf beers that are not readily available in IL( NG, CW and any others)
  27. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Woodman's will more than suffice for your NG/CW needs.
  28. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I should add, if anyone of you will be in Madison this Thursday evening, be sure to stop by Alchemy. They're tapping 4 kegs of barrel aged porters/stouts, including BCBS and BBS.
  29. da_bulls

    da_bulls Jun 7, 2012 Illinois
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    Bump for any last minute tips in the area, any new decent tappings in the area? Leaving early tomorrow and if anyone has any La Petite Mort for trade, I have a BCBCS I'm willing to part with, IP downtown Madison of course.
  30. velvetgrn

    velvetgrn Sep 19, 2009 Wisconsin

    There will be a one week until Bockfest pre-party at the Capital Tap Haus on the 16th. Not sure if the Blonde Doppelbock will be available there or not.
  31. Ri0

    Ri0 Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Didn't see http://onebarrelbrewing.com/ mentioned. Not too far (3-4 blocks?) from Capital on Atwood Ave.
  32. velvetgrn

    velvetgrn Sep 19, 2009 Wisconsin

    One Barrel is at about 1900 east or roughly 2 miles from the Square. It's not hard to get to but it's a hike.
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