During the reign of Louis XIV, billiards was invented to forestall the latest aristocratic fad: replacing one's fingers with long, tapered wooden sticks. Feel the world from behind a wonderful wooden wand while eating with full-fledged fingers with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of upscale pub food, frosty beers, and billiards at The Brass Ring.
The Brass Ring's menu is festooned with familiar appetizers, soups and wraps, salads, burgers and chicken, and savory sandwiches. Activate all 10,000 or so taste buddies with the Madtown burger ($8.95), a one-third-pound patty that sailed through a sea of spices to land on mozzarella, Canadian bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, and ranch-slathered shores. The garden hummus wrap ($6.95) spares the bovine and opts for a tortilla blanket of hummus, spring greens, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, red onion, and tomato-basil vinaigrette.
Constructed in classic prairie-style design, The Brass Ring boasts custom-made tables, an outdoor patio, pine ceilings, a brilliant bar crafted from exotic wood, and old Chicago brick lined with mobster sweat. Enjoy an ice-cold seasonal beer or crafted cocktail from the seasonally changing drink menu, or steal your daddy's cue and make a living out of being cool at one of the professional billiard tables.
Though The Brass Ring has yet to receive many online reviews, eight Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars and TripAdvisors give it a 3.5-owl-eye average. The restaurant and billiards hall was also reviewed by the blog Eating in Madison A to Z.
- The food is generous and outstanding, and very reasonably priced! – OliveGirl2828, TripAdvisor
- Good burgers, decent beer selection, and I love the Irish potatoes. – Chris S., Yelp
- The Brass Ring's strong suit is it's [sic] open space, so invite a lot of friends and you're bound to have a pretty solid time. – John G., Yelp
The Brass Ring
Shuffleboard, craft beers, trivia, and pool. The Brass Ring has got all bases covered, whether visitors are looking to let loose or grab a hearty meal. Hand built from exotic woods and located only seven blocks from the capital, The Brass Ring features a spacious, two-story dining room and an outdoor patio that accommodates groups of all sizes. A rotating list of beers circulates through the bar’s ten taps, while martinis and cocktails are shaken and stirred by resident bartenders instead of industrial paint-shakers.