4726 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 241-4171
Fax: (608) 241-1715
Bars & Cafes
A Madison microbrewery. Founded in 2006, Ale Asylum has a variety of their beer available on-site with an attached bar, dining area and outdoor patio.
A popular microbrewery located a little away from the city center, Ale Asylum started off with a humble production capacity of 11,000 barrels. Their consistently good brews met with success and led to an expansion in 2012, with the brewery now capable of producing 50,000 barrels. Ambergeddon, Ballistic IPA and Bedlam IPA are some of their popular brews available. Enjoy these and more of their stellar beers on tap at the Tasting Room on site. There's a food menu as well, offering salads, sandwiches, pizzas and more. Tours of the brewery are conducted every Sunday for those interested. Check website for more.
Willy Street Pub & Grill is one of the neighborhood's favorite dive bars. Formerly, Wisconsin Inn, patrons still call this place by its nickname, 'The Wisco.' Select from their well-priced list of beers and spirits to complement classic bar fare. They have pool tables, dart boards, a jukebox, volleyball court and regular live entertainment. Enjoy punk, rock and metal music by top local bands like Zebras and Child Bite, Sunspot, The New Lows, among others.
Happy Hour Saturday! (12-5p) A cozy little live concert venue, hosting live bands every night of the week. Includes a relaxing outdoor patio and can take reservations for private events.
The Dragonfly Lounge is located in the heart of downtown Madison. It is nestled in the basement of Bellini Restaurant on Washington Avenue, and is a great alternative for drinks after your Italian meal upstairs. Don’t go by the size of this place, equipped with excellent acoustics, it hosts an array of performances and live gigs. Regional bands and touring musicians are a popular feature here. Previous artists entertaining patrons include the likes of Colorphase, The Shams Band and The Dirty Pigeons.
Merchant is a casual dining restaurant that go by the farm-to-table concept of food. Meats and vegetables used here are locally sourced from farmers, and is as fresh as it gets. You can read where each ingredient has been sourced from, including the cheese and liquor. The service here is excellent, and the wait staff is helpful. Ask for a run though of the specials before you place your order.
Johnny Delmonico's movie set kind of decor comprises a sleek combination of metal and dark brown wood. Crisp white linen covers the tables, and the bar is classic mahogany. The food is unpretentious and direct, right from the entrées like Asian Fried Calamari to Sweet Potato Gnocchi. Beef from the Midwest (aged for 14-21 days) is spiced up evenly and grilled with precision. Yet the favored steaks are Cold Water Lobster or Alaskan King Crab Leg. Parties and events are organized with reservations in advance.
Keeping the music scene of Madison alive, the Frequency is a favorite among the locals. Located just by the Wisconsin State Capitol square, this music venue always has an interesting line-up of bands and artists from all over the country, who play varying genres of music. Among the artists who have played here include The Smith Westerns, Weapons of Mass Defunktion and Burn the Ides. There are also well-prepared drinks on offer, served by punctilious waiters. So do head here and find out what the locals are raving about. See the website for more information.
Home to the red brat sausage, Wisconsin is known to have many restaurants that serve this delicacy. But the one that stands apart with its flavor, is the State Street Brats. Essentially a sports bar, this place serves the most amazing burgers, sandwiches and salads. Famous for their signature dish, the Red Brat Burger, this eatery also serves some really good beers and small-bites. Replete with 25 TV's, this sports bar showcases some of the major matches and tournaments. A hip crowd combined with the casual ambiance, makes this place a great choice for weekend parties or catching up with friends. Drop by on a evening, and you could also witness some DJ music and live performances. See their website for the upcoming schedule of events.
The Kollege Klub is popular sports bar in Madison, that is mainly frequented by students of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Established in 1953, this watering hole is located on eastern end of the university campus, right in the heart of the city. Victory celebrations of the college's athletic team, Badgers takes place at The Kollege Klub, and thus is a special place for the players and fans. A delicious array of sandwiches, wraps, burgers and salads are available to accompany your refreshing chilled beer.
The name is Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry, but patrons surely do not miss Dotty or dumplings here. The name of the place was inspired by a fictional, female character from one of Sir Arthur Conan's stories, and the cute, fat lady is now a mascot of this burger joint. Delighting patrons with their spread of creatively-made burgers and interesting sides, Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry is a haunt for locals and visitors alike. The must-have creations of Dotty are The Heart Throb, Toadstool, Gladiator and the Grand Daddy, and they surely taste as interesting as they sound. Dotty also serves other specials like the Deep Fried Sandwich, Chili Cheese Dog and the Bratwurst. The taps at Dotty, generously pour extensive varieties of craft beers and they wash down the burgers with ease.
When it was known as The Annex, this space played host to some enthralling performances by the likes of Kings of Leon, The Black Eyed Peas and Daughtry. Even in its second outing as RSR Stage, the line-up of artists never disappoints, and you get to see performers like Masked Intruder, Luna Mortis and Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys live in concert. In addition, there are theme nights and some good Happy Hour specials to be enjoyed, and you can play beer pong, too.