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The Old Fashioned
Taps: 52 / Bottles: 105
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
23 N Pinckney St
phone: (608) 310-4545
(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 01-17-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
The Old Fashioned was our last stop on our first night in Madison. The room had a bright, modern feel, but there were lots of photos and signs from Wisconsin's past.
We were seated and given the late night menu. The first 6 items on the menu were Wisconsin artisanal cheese trays. The rest of the menu was more standard bar fare. Local cheese, meat, and produce is featured to great success. I shared a cheese tray with local parm, sheep's milk and gorgonzola cheeses. I ordered the house burger for my main meal. Best burger I've had in ages.
The tap list also follows the local theme. Central Waters, Lake Louie and Capital were among the Madison area representatives. I had the Lake Louie scotch ale and it did not disappoint.
I really liked this place. The emphasis on Wisconsin food and beer makes this bar special.
08-13-2008 16:06:06 |
More by frazbri
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
If you're visiting Wisconsin this is the one place to stop to get a good idea of what WI has to offer. The food is based on traditional WI fare and the beer list includes over 100 beers brewed in WI. As you might expect they specialize in different versions of the number 1 WI cocktail the old fashioned. You could, for example, stop in, sit down and start with an order of deep fried cheese curds or perhaps a selection of WI cheese. Then move on to something like a double brat or just a good old fashioned burger or maybe a great veggie sandwich. Of course whatever you eat would be accompanied by a great WI beer.
03-30-2011 03:52:21 |
More by adman08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
I've been here a couple times now while visiting Madison and it is one of a few places I'd suggest if you only have time for 1 or 2 stops. There is definitely a very wide selection of beers. Has to be at least 50 different taps. They've expanded recently to increase that number. They do have some lame Hipster bait on tap but the abundant quality local craft on tap makes up for it.
This is also a good place to eat with more than your typical pub fried food fare. Service was a little slow and expect a crowd even on a week night.
05-10-2013 14:22:38 |
More by leedorham
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A- I really like this place as well the atmosphere is nice, however it gets crowded quickly and I am not a fan of crowds
Q- they do a great selection of traditional foods and food that you wouldn't quite expect to be on a menu. They have a great selection of wisconsin craft beers
S- their service is pretty quick and solid, I havent had any problems with the place in the couple times that I have gone, the food arrives quick and is really good
S- their wisconsin beer selection is great, lots of bottles, and most of the taps are good choices as well
F- their food is great, big fan of the cheese curds and the Green Bay chili, ale and cheddar soup, the burger, and the fish fry on fridays
Can get a bit pricey depending on the dinner selection, but the beer is around 3-4 depending on the beer, unless you get a Blatz
12-02-2007 03:11:19 |
More by Atron67
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Took my mom here last year for her birthday. A decent selection of local brews on tap. The place had a considerable dinner crowd, and we were seated by the door, so it was pretty cold with all the coming and going. The waitstaff was attentive and polite, and we ordered a sample plate that had the type of crazy sampler stuff that I like. I also remember ordering some smoked fish, and a sandwich, both of which were quite tasty. The atmosphere and dim but ample lighting was pleasant, the prices not low, but reasonable considering the food was of a higher caliber than your average joint, and the overall selection was ample, and up anyone's alley. I intended to come back again soon, but have not. I should.
Edited Sept 09: Went back here numerous times this year. Food keeps getting better, service was good, and I joined the passport dealy where you check off the 300 beers one by one from Wisconsin. I had this beer cheddar soup that was absolutely awesome, but a little heavy to the point that I wasn't that hungry anymore afterward.
04-21-2008 13:17:03 |
More by BoitSansSoif
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Old Review from late 2005 or early 2006
First the good points The place looks sharp. Forest-green, antiqueish tin lines the ceiling. The walls are a combination of antique light brick and antiqued plaster. The bar holds about twenty stools and three or four large round booths line the opposite wall. The front restaurant area is comprised of several inauspicious small tables that are just a bit too close together so that things get a little tight when its busy and its always busy.
When the Old Fashioned opened it quickly became a favorite spot for my co-workers because of their above-par cocktail list and close proximity to our workplace. My interest was more beer oriented.
The Old Fashioned offers about 15 beers on tap and 30 in the bottle. Almost all of them are from Wisconsin. Breweries represented at the OF include New Glarus (even one unplugged offering), Falls, South Shore, Slab City, Viking, Sprecher, Lake Louie, Huber, and a whole host of others.
The food at the old fashioned is pricy and hit or miss. I recommend the Lazy Susan snack plate featuring Wisconsin meats and cheeses as well as pickeled eggs and other nasty Wisconsin traditional cuisine. The cheese curds are decent too and come less battered and more fluffy than one will find at other establishments. Typical pub fare is well balanced with pastas and other creative offerings although I havent heard anybody rave about anything in particular yet.
Now here comes the big problem.
The Old Fashioned, despite being named after the state drink, is not a bar and does not like drinkers. To make matters worse, their staff is incredibly rude in the way they go about conveying this feeling.
If you go to the Old Fashioned, plan on eating a full meal or they wont let you have a table. Even then, dont plan on sitting around and enjoying a pint after you finish your burger. The staff will start pushing you out the door halfway into your first French fry and they dont have any hesitation about being overly affront about it. In my experience, this is less of a problem after around 10 pm or so but even then they can be rude if its at all busy.
Overall, I like most of whats going on at the Old Fashioned but the way that they treated my friends and I the last time we were there is unforgivable.
Boy has my opinion of this place changed.
Service is now top notch. The unforgiven is forgiven and Ive become enough of a regular that they clap when my friends and I come in and usually offer a round on the house. The selection has improved and always included New Glarus Unplugged, Bourbon barrel offerings from places like Central Waters, and loads of big Wisconsin IPAs, Barleywines, etc Old Fashioned also offers mead from Aeppel Troew at a great price. Old Fashioned has the best selection of Wisconsin Craft Brews in Madison, period.
Ive eaten almost everything on the menu and like just about all of it, especially the roast tenderloin sandwich, the pork shoulder, the hot dog, the chili, well all of it.
Ive found the key to service and atmosphere to be going at an off hour. Go to lunch after 1:30 or hit this place on an afternoon for early beers. It really helps when its not busy. The owner is just a wonderful person to talk to and really enjoys good crafts as well as a cold PBR or Old Milwaukee.
Im increasing my service rating form a 1 to a 4, food from 3 to 4, and both selection and quality from 3.5 to 4.
04-20-2007 16:15:41 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is just a regular restaurant/bar type place with a little bit of outdoor seating. The 'all-Wisconsin' thing is kind of cool, except the country music. I'm from a place where country music more or less comes from, and I kind of though it was strange to hear so much of it in WI (I heard it elsewhere too). The beer and food are all pretty high quality. Decent pours, which is good, all local, and of course in WI, local means a few of the larger boys, but plenty of good craft. The service was pretty good, helpful waitress, punctual, friendly. The selection was pretty nice, a few little seasonal things from around, some standard type stuff, and plenty of interesting stuff to pick. The food, I thought was really good. The burger was good, the bratwurst I had was good - good food. If this is Wisconsin food, then I don't see how anyone keeps from getting too fat here. And the prices were all right about where I would expect. I good place to visit, and right in the middle of downtown. An interesting spot for dinner and a beer.
06-24-2009 02:02:01 |
More by taylorhamrick
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Old Fashioned is a solid stop in downtown Madison for a few rounds, with a very well crafted beer list that focuses on Wisconsin breweries and has a great variety.
atmosphere is good. the place is narrow and long with a side seating area upon entering and a long bar along the left wall. the place was quite busy on a Saturday afternoon, with tin ceilings and old wooden seating and bar.
service and selection were great. the service was decent, without much knowledge about beer, but friendly and prompt. the beer list is excellent. much thought has gone into choosing the beers, with about thirty in all on tap, all from Wisconsin brewers, with a great variety of both breweries and styles. this BA had a steam beer from Titletown in Green Bay and a Tyranena Oktoberfest. both were nice and fresh.
quality is good. all brews are served in tumblers, which is a bit annoying, but the glassware was clean and the beers were fresh.
food was great. the pulled pork shoulder sandwich was excellent, and the fries were pretty good as well.
overall, for anyone on Capitol Square in Madison, this should be a stop on the list. a couple blocks from Great Dane and possibly the deepest tap list in Madison, this is a great beer bar. cheers!
09-20-2009 15:00:50 |
More by botham
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere: Large and classy looking bar with a fairly large dinning area that is separted into several large sections. Look like a laid back place.
Quality/Selection: Stopped in for lunch while beer shopping madison. The menu is focused on premium menu item like grass fed beef and lots of great wisconsin comfort food. Large beer selection on draft and in bottles. Nothing that really stuck out and grabbed my attention.
Service: Sat at the bar and was greated with a menu immediately. Little slow geting my bill, but thats my only complaint.
Food: Had a really tasty burger with wisconsin cheese curds as my side with the burger. It was decent food, but a little bit over priced.
Value: Just a little bit over what I think I should have paid for the meal. Nothing too rediculous though.
02-07-2012 16:47:52 |
More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went here the other day and I would say that this place has a better beer list than most. To begin The atmosphere was just ok...kinda kitchy/college/loud...a psuedo beer crowd....The beer list has something like 50 beers on tap and they are all WI beers...pretty cool...So you have your New Glarus, Ale Aslyum, Lake Front, Tyranena, and a few other WI breweries I know nothing about....The food...was just ok...the cheese plate of the day was kinda of a dissappointment especially when everyone said how awesome the cheese was...The service was great...the bartender was super nice...and real passionate about beer...proper glassware was used as well...a total pet peeve of mine well averted...all in all I would rather drink here than eat here...so go drink here...cheers....
07-26-2011 02:54:52 |
More by Srodri10
The Old Fashioned in Madison, WI
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