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Old 12-09-2009, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default Bars of Madison, WI (go badgers)

I'm coming home in January and I was wondering if any new good bars have opened up. I don't mean like the KK/Wando's/Madhatter's types obviously; I'm talking about Brasserie V/Malt House/Brocach.

So, any new ones to check out?

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Old 12-19-2009, 08:53 PM   #2
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The old cloud nine grill turned into an ale house. But i don't know the new name. I think it is on 30 just outside of town. Sorry i don't know more details. Welcome back! EDIT: It is called Jovian and is off cottage grove road.

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Have you been to the Ale Asylum? They've only been open a couple years. Otherwise, I always recommend stopping at the Essen Haus.

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Old 12-29-2009, 05:03 AM   #4
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Yep, been to Ale Asylum a bunch of times, the place is great. Essen Haus always smells like urine and my wife refuses to go there after getting served a piece of plastic in her sour cream at the Come Back Inn ( same owners).

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Essen Haus always smells like urine and my wife refuses to go there after getting served a piece of plastic in her sour cream at the Come Back Inn ( same owners).
I tried the food at the Essen Haus once and while it seemed true to the German style, I was unimpressed. I don't know anyone who goes there for the food, but the beers...now *that's* another story.

I'm particularly fond of the place given that's where I started drinking real beer once I moved back to Madison from the St. Louis area...Yes, I was a Bud Heavy drinker for about 6 months before I came to my senses.
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I agree about the Essen Haus and come back. I will never eat there again. But when friends come back to town they always wanna go there to drink. Nothin says comaraderie like a 5 litre stein. The Old Fashion is a good place to try some good beer. They have a good rotating selection of wis made product. They are on the square so a bit pricey and still the place to be seen.

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My favorite Madison place is the Weary Traveler on Willy Street. Awesome food, good tap list, good music, good prices. It has been there for a long time, but many people haven't been there. Best spot in town hands down IMO.

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Maduro has a good selection of tap and bottled beers http://www.madurocigarbar.com/

Assuming you don't mind cigar smoke.

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My favorite Madison place is the Weary Traveler on Willy Street. Awesome food, good tap list, good music, good prices. It has been there for a long time, but many people haven't been there. Best spot in town hands down IMO.
I remember you mentioning that place before and I think I've been there once in 2004 but I can't remember anything about the place aside from seeing a Roman pub crawl flier in there.
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A friend of mine is heading to Madison tomorrow and is offering to pick me up some beers.
Other than New Glarus, what other possiblities are there they I can't get here in IL (for example, Stone), and where's a bottle shop with good selection, easy to find, etc?
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