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Taps: 10 / Bottles: 25
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
518 1st St
phone: (608) 527-2216
(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 06-16-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Pre-Great Taste 2010
Stopped in for lunch before all the Madison pre-parties got underway. We took over the corner of the front bar, and watched the beer geeks pour in from far and wide. Elderly locals seemed a little baffled by all the midday traffic.
As others have said, Glarner Stube is a quaint & cozy Swiss lodge and tavern. The bar has a copper top and 10 New Glarus taps, including the current Unplugged Abt. There was a certificate posted from New Glarus that stated their taps are maintained to brewery standards. Draft pours were $3 for 8oz. or $5 a pint. They also serve Quollfrisch, an Appenzeller Swiss beer.
The atmosphere is top notch, exuding the Swiss equivalent of German gemutlikeit. A collection of steins, tap handles, and New Glarus bottles (possibly each one ever made) line the wall behind the bar. Ornately carved wood details give the bar a cozy, cabin-like feel. The back room is more the restaurant "Stube" section, which I hadn't visited for a few years.
Service was timely and friendly, and the food was great. A few of the traditional dishes were more expensive, but unique. Roesti potatoes were a hearty side, and served family-style to share. My Reuben had a thick cut of corned beef, and very hearty too. Overall, a must-stop when visiting the brewery in town.
Please note: CLOSED for the season in February - March.
08-16-2010 14:04:29 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Went here for dinner and a few more beers after going on the New Glarus Hard Hat Tour on 1/8/2010.
The atmosphere is a very quaint bar / tavern like setting that is coated in warm wood. TV's are present in the bar area which is moderate to large in size. The dining room has about 12 tables which are simply in a medium sized room offset from the bar.
The service here was pretty good. We were told that you could not order food at the bar on Friday (even though the young women working told us otherwise). We were constantly monitored (being one of only three groups in the dining room). No complaints at all.
The selection of New Glarus beers was great. 8 taps which were all $3.50 a pint (except for the retired Alt which was $5 a pint). Nothing super rare (with the exception of the Alt which I have seen here and there for the past 6 months), but lots of great seasonals and year round beers that tasted super fresh.
The food was good and was reasonably priced, but not as impressive as I was led to believe. The fried cheese curds were amazing, as were the swiss potatoes (rosti? hash brown style with lots of butter). I had the Swiss meatballs and my father had the veal stroganoff. Both dishes were good, but not outstanding. However, it was a very different cuisine that I am not that familiar with, and I could see myself enjoying other dishes on the menu.
The beers are very cheap, the food is a little bit pricey, but the overall place is solid. A great place to eat if stopping at the New Glarus brewery. Definitely get the cheese curds.
01-17-2010 09:09:10 |
More by Gonzoillini
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I don't really have much to add other than that after 4 trips to New Glarus I can say that this is the best and probably only place you really need to go other then the brewery. They will usually have a more comprehensive selection on tap than the brewery and the food is solid.
The service has been top notch, the food has been great (I've ordered from the menu and I've had specials), and they have just about any New Glarus beer that you can get at a given time. The pizza place down the street is great for a beer but the pizza is lackluster. Even though this is a bit pricier, you wont leave disappointed.
09-03-2009 01:20:08 |
More by philberinghele
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This was our stop for lunch before the hard hat tour at New Glarus Brewery. Lots of old world decor makes for a great atmosphere. They also had all kinds of old New Glarus bottles decorating the bar. There was also nothing but New Glarus beers on tap as well; at least 8 of them if I remember correctly. The food on the menu is authentic and therefore a little pricey, but high quality and well worth it. Do not pass up the cheese curds. Seriously. The bar and waitstaff was very friendly and attentive. I definitely plan on going back next time I'm in town.
08-20-2009 13:45:21 |
More by blackearth
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
What a great place. This is a must stop for anyone heading to the New Glarus brewery. Great decor that seems traditional enough. Nice old world feel. Quality of beers seemed very good off all we tried. I don't know if they are getting direct shipments from the brewery or not, but it's fresh enough that it would seem to be the case. Service was good. Attentive staff. Selection? Well, it's New Glarus, WI, so expect 8 taps of all New Glarus. Pretty horrid, isn't it? Food was quite good as well. Swiss themed (as is the entire place and town.) Like I said. You have to stop here if in New Glarus.
P.S. This place seems quite popular with the locals. Get there early.
08-12-2009 01:57:38 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
First of all, the urinal's not that big.
Secondly, wow what a nice little joint this is. New Glarus is like a German Galena (or a more obviously modern Amana). There's lots of little hut-looking joints that serve food and alcohol. Kind of shame that there's only one proper beer bar so close to a worldclass brewery, but whatever.
This atmosphere is that of an authentic facsimile. That is, an earnest replica, not so much trying to precisely duplicate the bierstubes of the motherland as it is just trying to be itself. They don't make the waitresses wear lederhosen and they don't play polka music.
New Glarus was all we saw on tap, and great goodness did they have a lot of New Glarus on tap! If you want it and NG kegs it, you can get it.
Food was good pub fare. Service was friendly and knew plenty about the beers. Crowd a had good vibe. Overall an excellent stop if you're going to visit the brewery.
05-19-2009 16:57:09 |
More by mynie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $
Visited on 11/29/2008.
My wife and I stopped in here for a a late lunch based on the recommendation of an employee at the New Glarus Brewery. Not expecting too much, we were blown away by this place!
Upon entering, we found that this is a narrow and deep building with the bar area in the front and the main dining area in the rear. Smoking was sort of contained in the bar area and there was no smoking alowed in the back.
Decor was comfortable...wood paneled with lots of kitchey stuff hanging on the walls. The wait staff all wore New Glarus brewing t-shirts as their uniform and the water glasses on each table were New Glarus Brewing shaker pint glasses.
The menu boasted that Glarner Stube has the greatest number of New Glarus beers on tap anywhere in the world outside of the brewery itself. They had about 8-10 selections when I was there.
The food was very inexpensive and incredibly good. My wife had the pork schnitzel and I had a prime rib sandwich. Both were great (far exceeding our expectations) and they were just $7.99 each.
When I go back to New Glarus, I will definitely be visiting this place again. Highly recommended!
12-01-2008 07:07:27 |
More by spointon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Ahhh, The Glarner Stube translated to "The Living Room of New Glarus".
Had a massive, tasty and VERY filling lunchtime Sunday meal here with my three traveling companions after we did a quick tour of NGBC.
Anywhere bold enough to claim the Midwest's largest urinal desrves a look see in my book!
Built inside like a traditional Swiss chalet with the bar in the front room and a small, cozy dining area in the back. Wood, old photos and knick-knacks everywhere.
There are ten taps and ALL of them New Glarus beers! This is the NGBC de facto tap house. I heard/saw they have some bottled selections but really...who cares?
Our service on this gloriusly cool day was efficient, friendly and spot on. I really could not have asked for more.
Now for the highlight of the experience, the food! Traditional Swiss/Wisconsinite cuisine featuring a vast array of Swiss/German/Wisconsin dishes such as sauer brauten (what I had), fondue, schnitzel, wursts, Schublig, pastetli, and the most decadent dish of all dish of all, Roesti! Roesti is a shredded and fried potatoe dish and here it is inundated with TONS of grated Swiss cheese, YUM!
A wonderful place that deserves to be listed on the MUST things to do list if in the area to chek out NGBC. A true Midwest classic! They must be doing something right....it has been open since 1901....hard to argue IMHO!
11-10-2008 07:33:23 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Friends and I stopped there after a visit to the New Glarus Brewery on a road trip. We had coupons for a free 8 oz. beer to use from the brewery as well. Service was prompt and very good. They had 8 New Glarus beers on tap, including the IPA, Spotted Cow, and fat Squirrel to name a few. The nice thing was being able to sample the local beer only on tap. The other locations had others as well. I was able to enjoy the IPA and the Uff-da (Bock) on tap at this location.
I ordered the Reuben was was very good. We were treated very well and we felt like regulars.
In terms of local establishments for beer and food, this would rank high on my list for New Glarus. I would highly recommend it as a follow up to the brewery.
07-23-2008 21:25:27 |
More by hoosier222002
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
If you are headed to New Glarus to visit the brewery then this place is a must stop, it has a great vibe and is a lot of fun.
The all wood interior has a Swiss "yesteryear" feel to it and is very charming with its décor without being pretentious or corny.
It opens up to an old wooden bar with a small nook by the window on the left, shinning in the days light on a few patrons sharing a pint. Walking straight through a second room opens to tables and booths.
There were 8 New Glarus taps available and since the brewery only has a tasting room, this is the place in town to stop and continue your sampling. NGBC will actually give you coupons for a free beer here if you go on the New Glarus brewery tour beforehand. I had the edel pils, uff da bock, road slush and fat squirrel brown. All were served well. The bock is a must try.
The food menu is Swiss American consisting of schnitzel, brat sandwich, different veal dishes and some very unique potato dishes. I had the schnitzel. The veal was breaded in a flaky crunchy crust, cut thinly with outstanding mashed potatoes. I thought the food was very good, but had somewhat wished I had not ate it on a hot July day. The service was outstanding. Attentive, charming, and courteous.
And of course the men's urinal was nothing short of monolithic. It could be used as a bomb shelter. Absolutely gigantic.
All factors combined I will definitely be headed back.
07-07-2008 23:25:07 |
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