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
  • Vintage Brewing
    For a quick and easy bite (of some of the best American grub in town), Vintage Brewing offers top-rated food everyone will enjoy. Low-fat alternatives are not available, however, so make sure your waistband has some wiggle room. Vintage Brewing's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal. Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Vintage Brewing just as much as mom and dad. Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work. When the weather is nice, hurry to Vintage Brewing to grab a spot on the patio. Getting online is easy with Vintage Brewing's free and convenient wifi. The restaurant can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table. Head to Vintage Brewing in comfort, where attire is business casual. Want to enjoy Vintage Brewing without the wait? Get it to go. Vintage Brewing is located near endless parking possibilities, allowing drivers to park with ease. For food that tastes like a million bucks, Vintage Brewing's got you covered for a fraction of the price.
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    674 S Whitney Way
    Madison, WI US
  • Hawk's Bar and Grill
    Hawk's comfortably juggles delicious eats and sudsy sips, jazz-filled days and party-tuned nights, sage regulars and slurring students, and a healthy dose of sports. The menu is an eclectic smorgasbord of hearty salads, handmade burgers, homemade soups, savory sandwiches, and fresh appetizers. Balance a top-sirloin burger ($6.95 and up) with the Mediterranean plate, a colorful spread of hummus, couscous, greek tomato salad, grilled pita bread, and yogurt sauce all nestled together in fine democracy ($5.75?$7.75). After ordering from the food counter, head to the barroom, an elongated easement that's festooned with palpable drinks and first-rate conversation. Along with a giant selection of tap and bottled beers, there are specialty martinis, cocktails, and more than 20 wines by the glass. If the weather is nice, visitors can soak in some of the city's best people watching on the outside patio, or head inside to catch a sports game on moving-image machines such as a massive projector TV beyond the bar and the stereoscopes hidden beneath the bar stools.
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    425 State 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
  • Sprecher's
    For bar nibbles and pub food par excellence, Sprecher's is a top pick. Health-crazed eaters may have to stick with water, though, as Sprecher's offers delicious grub that's far as can be from low-fat fare. Round out your meal with a little tipple — Sprecher's has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more. Bring the whole clan to Sprecher's — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here. From cheap drinks to good eats, Sprecher's' happy hour is a steal. Sometimes it's hard to find space for everyone in your party, but Sprecher's makes it easy. Book your room today. Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Sprecher's. At Sprecher's, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm. Sprecher's guests enjoy a taste of live music with their food as well. 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. Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Sprecher's, known for its laid-back ambience. Catering services are also available. Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available. Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot. Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Sprecher's. Meals at Sprecher's are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person. Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
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    1262 John Q Hammons Dr
    Madison, WI US
  • Essen Haus
    Find some fast American favorites at Come Back In. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Find time to peruse the wine list here — Come Back In offers a variety of drink options. Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at Come Back In. Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers. Dine under the sun (or stars) at Come Back In with their charming outdoor seating. Hop online in no time using Come Back In's free wifi. Come Back In is a prime location to dine with a group. The live music and dance floor at Come Back In are perfect for party goers ready to boogie the night away. Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud. If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time. If time is of the essence, Come Back In's take-out option may be a better fit. Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Come Back In. For those who prefer to travel by bike, Come Back In is a great option due to its generous bike parking options. Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at Come Back In, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
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    514 East Wilson Street
    Madison, WI US

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