Nightlife in Madison


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  • State Street Brats
    Behind State Street Brats' charming Old-World half-timbered façade, a convivial bar-and-grill atmosphere welcomes visitors to lively feastings of pub fare. With a special focus on sausages and cheesy meals, the menu celebrates the best-loved staples of Midwestern cuisine. Chefs serve up brats two traditional ways, with the Sheboygan-style white brat soaked in beer and red brats split open and grilled for a smoky flavor. Patrons can customize their orders at the condiment bar by slathering on a wide selection of toppings, such as tomatoes and sauerkraut, and picking the best flavor from a spread of local mustards, including Koops, Silver Spring, and Mustard Girl. A two-time finalist for Madison Magazine’s Best Sports Bar, with a gold in 2011 and silver in 2012, State Street Brats relishes the company of happy regulars and avid sports fans there to catch games on the bar’s 25 TVs. Extensive cable and digital subscriptions keep crowds entertained with professional football and baseball or collegiate action. Four evenings a week, the second floor comes to life with a live DJ and a packed dance floor. Bartenders also keep fans on their toes with themed specials, such as Flip Night Tuesday, where patrons can flip a coin to determine how much their drinks cost.
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    603 State St.
    Madison, WI US
  • The Sports Pub
    The name The Sports Pub explains it all. Here, the night's biggest college and professional games zip across 15 high-definition LCD screens scattered among the bar's tables and booths?and patrons can also watch live sports every spring and summer from the patio, when volleyball-league members serve and spike balls across the pub's four sand courts. Weekly karaoke nights and live DJ appearances diversify The Sports Pub's entertainment lineup, which spectators can relish while sipping one of the bar's 13 draft beers. Those brews make perfect matches for the kitchen's pub food classics, such as pizza burgers and baked pretzels filled with jalape?o cheese.
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    1902 Bartillon Dr.
    Madison, WI US
  • Jade Monkey
    Jade Monkey's menu has a martini, iced tea, mojito, classic or specialty cocktail, hard-hitting spirit, or craft, imported, or domestic beer to appease any esophagus. Chase the bubbly Rosie Palmer, a champagne cocktail with PAMA pomegranate liqueur and champagne ($4), with a red-headed slut specialty shot ($3) to jumpstart a sultry summer-night romance. For hops and froth enthusiasts, Jade Monkey's eight on-tap brews (including Ale Asylum Hopalicious, Bell's Seasonal, and New Glarus Spotted Cow) complement a hearty list of craft brews, domestics, and imports. Because an ice-cream truck's jingle only hypnotizes children and stray dogs, adults sweeten hot days with Jade Monkey's ice-cream drinks such as the grasshopper, a creamy whirl of crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and ice cream ($7). Classic cocktails such as the mint julep ($6) are available along with signature creations such as the Dog Sled, a sweet and tart pour featuring Captain Morgan, Southern Comfort, orange juice, and pineapple juice ($4).
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    109 Cottage Grove Rd
    Madison, WI US
  • Madison's Downtown
    Madison's is an aptly named establishment dedicated to crafting a casual, comfy, and classic atmosphere full of good vibes and tasty comestibles. Sate burgeoning grumbles with upscale appetizers like coconut shrimp ($11) and goat-cheese crostini with caramelized onions ($9.75), or keep it classic with a helping of savory cheese curds ($7.75). Bask in the extensive menu en route to exquisite entrees by nibbling on portabella-and-prosciutto flatbread ($10.50), a flavor-packed barbecue-chicken-ranch salad ($8.75), or savory sandwiches such as the six-ounce grilled yellowfin ($13.50) or the bacon, guacamole, and pepper-jacked Isthmus burger ($9). The hearty entrees are as strapping and enjoyable as a forest jaunt atop Paul Bunyan's shoulders, and come in classically refined shapes like the 6-ounce tenderloin filet ($20), served with mashed potatoes, or the salmon piccata ($16), laid atop a bed of wild rice and drizzled in a white-wine cream sauce and capers.
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    119 King St
    Madison, WI US
  • Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant
    The glass is always half full at Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant — this Irish bar pours a stiff drink. Put the diet on pause when you visit Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant — there are no low-fat menu items. Complement your meal with a beer or wine from Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant's delightful drink menu. The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant won't cost you a sitter. Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers. On warmer days, you can take advantage of Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant's al fresco patio seating. Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant is a prime location to dine with a group. Musical groups perform live at Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant, so tables can perk up with some tunes. You may want to reserve your table for a weeknight visit since the crowds can be more intense during that part of the week. Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant to your next party or event. Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars. Bike parking is quick and easy at Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant. Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant. Erin's Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
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    4601 American Pkwy
    Madison, WI US
  • Essen Haus
    If you like your food with a Teutonic flare, German eatery Essen Haus in Madison will certainly please your palate. For those tired of trendy diets, Essen Haus s lack of low-fat food is sure to make your stomach smile. Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at Essen Haus won't disappoint. Parents, bring your kids along to Essen Haus, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. Essen Haus offers discounted prices on food and drinks during happy hour. Essen Haus caters to all party sizes, both large and small. Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Essen Haus. The live music and dance floor at Essen Haus are perfect for party goers ready to boogie the night away. The sound levels at the restaurant can reach ear-splitting levels. Reserve your table ahead of time if you're heading over to the restaurant on a Friday and Saturday — it can get quite crowded during the weekend. Wear what you like when you dine at Essen Haus — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining. Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Essen Haus. It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Essen Haus. The restaurant serves both breakfast and lunch (but closes up during the middle of the day). Nigh owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
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    514 East Wilson Street
    Madison, WI US

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