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The Old Fashioned
Taps: 52 / Bottles: 105
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
23 N Pinckney St
phone: (608) 310-4545
(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 01-17-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Went here for a few local beers based on other comments, on a Friday night around 11pm. Was here for a marriage the next day for my oldest niece.
Very crowded, room a the back of the bar. Friendly place, big wood bar long enough for 30 or more stools, with big tables for large groups. The back bar extends to the ceiling with room for lots of glass and liquor. Very old looking. Didn't notice any food, but wasn't seeking any.
Bar tenders very busy but got right to me.
12 beers on draft and a deep bottle list. Lots of great WI beers and good selection of others. All tap selections available as pitchers, the New Glarus Oktoberfest was a great deal at $2.50 for a pint, $9 for a pitcher on promotion. Most taps very reasonable around $3-$4. The unusual ones were usually in a bottle, but I stuck with the taps, as expected choices include Lake Louie, Ale Asylum, Tyrania, etc.
Just a great solid beer bar, can't go wrong, plenty of folks drinking hard stuff too, crowd is 20 somethings, but not a problem if you're older. As Arnold would say, "I'll be back".
09-15-2008 20:18:10 |
More by robbyc1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is probably my favorite restaurant/bar in Madison. It's the only place I can say is essential to see every time I come to town.
It specializes in Wisconsin food and beer, and in fact other than liquor in the bar, that's about all they serve. They have about 25 different Wisconsin beers on tap and another 50-60 or so in bottle. This is just a breathtaking selection for a bar like this. They even get stuff that's out of season, and it always seems fresh.
The wait staff is very very knowledgable about each of the beers they serve and can make recommendations for or against something. The bartenders especially know a good pour.
The food is outstanding. Anything you get there will be superb. They also offer several types of cheese platters with four or five different styles that pair well with beer they serve on premises.
The only negative - not a fault of the bar - is the location. It's on Capitol Square, and depending on the time of day parking can be a pain. Plus the place is almost always packed, largely because it's on Capitol Square. It gets a diverse crowd that I always enjoy. And if you're there in the afternoon or evenings in the summer or fall, you'll always see the Brewers or Packers on the TV's.
Great, great place.
03-28-2011 22:19:10 |
More by cwcolby74
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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: 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: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by on a Monday night.
A: nice, older atmosphere with some older advertising
Q: burgers with buy 1/get one, very good burger, best I've had in awhile
S: good, waitress and waiter were attentive and socialable
S: from food good, from beer just average, nothing unusual or out of the ordinary, a good deal of Wisconsin beers but nothing really unique, I had a Lake Louie Tommy's Porter that was very good
F: well made and good for food
V: good value for buy 1/get one for Monday night burgers
10-21-2010 02:41:42 |
More by wisrarebeer
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I am not a fan of this place for two reasons:
1) Incredibly rude service. They have a book full of beers and a lot of taps, and both times that I have been here, the bar tender treated me condescendingly for not instantly knowing what beer I wanted to try. Also gave me the stink eye for asking for a taste of a specific beer and not liking it (and thus not ordering that one). The bar tender treated me like he was doing me a favor letting me drink at his joint, which was definitely not appreciated.
2) Poor quality for such a large selection. Almost all of the old fashion's beers are Wisconsin beers. There's some hidden gems like Titletown in the mix, but a lot of stuff like Point beers that have no place on a beer menu that boasts it selection of quality. Also, many of the IPA I have had there have been stale.
For what it's worth, however, the food is quite tasty, and they make a mean bloody mary. Ask for the beef-marinated pickled mushrooms!
11-12-2011 20:58:16 |
More by jegross2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by for lunch after the last outdoor Farmer's Market on 11/06/2010.
A: Very nice ambiance. Nice wood bar, with that Northwoods feel, had that cozy feel to it. Dining area had retro/vintage school banners on display. Nice woodfire aroma hit my nose when I first walked in.
S: Waiter was very nice, welcoming and frequently checked back. Kept taking away the beer menu, and he appeared to have to many tables. Maybe shorthanded, unexpected lunch rush? Beers were slow to come out, and the food order took quite a bit longer than expected. Will give the benefit of the doubt and say shorthanded.
S: Love the local food/beer vibe. Food selection was focused on locally sourced ingredients, but carried a wide selection of food. Beer selection was local Wisconsin and very craft focused. Would have liked to see a larger stout selection, but was very happy with my Furthermore Fallen Apple, Three Feet Deep, Sand Creek Cranberry, and Ale Asylum Nut Brown. Out of CW Bourbon Barrel Stout, but I believe that is an early spring seasonal.
F: Very good. Cheese curds were great with Tiger Bleu sauce. Grilled cheese was super cheap and better than I expected. Friend ordered the Veggie sandwich and very much enjoyed this. The Scandanavian Sunday chicken dinner sounded interesting and I loved that you could get bar snacks.
V: I thought the Old Fashioned was super reasonable, bordering on cheap. Would have rated it a lower dollar value, but I didn't really dive into the dinner menu. Can't wait to get back there for lunch or dinner.
11-09-2010 23:52:01 |
More by Birchgrove77
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