Using a pillowy bun as a barrier, brats are safely protected from environmental hazards such as acid rain and greasy-handed schoolchildren. Enjoy all manner of bun-shielded meats with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of brats, hot dogs, burgers, classic American eats, and beer at State Street Brats, a sports bar that was named one of the top ten in America by Playboy. This deal is not valid on days when there is a Wisconsin home football game.
Somewhere within State Street Brats' traditional wood booths, along its walls of legendary Wisconsin memorabilia, and in the succulent center of every fire-grilled brat, the spirit of Madison is lurking, biding its time before emerging to dance on tabletops during the Badgers' next big victory. Start your tour of the menu with golden fried cheese curds ($6) or a platter of Bo's Nachos, which are layered in cheese, tomatoes, black beans, jalapeños, and sour cream ($5.50). Once your warm-up is complete, ponder personality differences between a white brat and a red brat ($4 for sandwich, $5.75 for basket). A white brat is a traditional brat: he douses himself in beer and dons onion chaps before jumping on the grill to ride the coals to freedom. A red brat is a dark, moody brat, a Madison alum favorite since 1936. State Street Brats also offers sandwiches, burgers, wings, salads, flatbread pizzas, and blurred memories.
A brat wouldn’t be complete without a sudsy sip to chase it down. State Street Brats' extensive beer list is constantly changing to reflect all five of Madison's seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter, and Madison winter. Enjoy a lager on the outdoor patio, two pale ales upstairs while watching the game on the two massive TV screens, or 15 brown ales to help soak up the free popcorn on the first-floor sports emporium.
State Street Brats was named one of the Top Ten College Sports Bars in America by Playboy magazine. Yelpers give State Street Brats an average of three stars, and four Yahoo! Locals give it 4.5 stars.
- Alumni and students alike revere the place thanks to fun traditions like kissing a stuffed water buffalo head for a free birthday shot, as well as the clever beer stock exchange, whereby the prices of various brews fluctuate on a running ticker depending on how often patrons order them that night. – Playboy
- Fun college bar, good bar food (as the name suggests). – Anthony J., Yelp
- The hangout for the all-American family and students to get a beer and Wisconsin brats. – bhornk, Yahoo! Local
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.