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Come Back In
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
508 E Wilson St
phone: (608) 258-8619
Monday - Thursday:
3:00 P.M. - 2:00 A.M.
3:00 P.M. - 2:30 A.M.
8:00 A.M. - 2:30 A.M.
8:00 A.M. - 2:00 A.M.
(Place added by: cokes)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Had been to the Essen Haus. This is adjacent to them. Stopped by here for lunch. This is more of your traditional bar. A large collection of salt and pepper shakers. Other antique memorabilia. We were the only ones not drinking!!. I finally broke down after lunch. We had some Ruebens. I have yet to find a better one. I had a Franzekaner Dark Weiss served in a weisen glass. We like the place and will return.
06-15-2003 15:20:08 |
More by daledeee
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $
Located right next to the Essenhaus with access to all of there beers, PLUS three coolers filled with mircos, how could this place be anything but good? Indeed it delivers, with good beer and happy service.
I thought that the atmosphere was less rambuntious than that of the Essenhaus. Me, personally, I like a crazy bar with lots going on and I found the Come Back Inn to be rather subdued. A good place to grab a beer and chill with a friend or two, but hardly a good place to get your party on. Lots of Emokids here too. That was a major drawback for me. Not my flavor.
Ahhh, but the beer selection more than makes up for that. Lots and lots of craft brews and when they are on special (Wednesday night, I believe) many of them are actually cheaper than buying the singles at Riley's.
03-05-2006 20:42:39 |
More by shbobdb
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I can't say enough good things about this place! And fortunitly the people who wrote review before me did a good job. I have to say I visit this play almost every time I go to madison (i think 5 or 6 times now). They have a great selection of beers that is usually in rotation with the seasonal's that alot of the local breweries carry, capital in particular. And the food is pretty cheap consitering how good it is... even if you arent hungry when you go there, at least get a 50 cent pretzle.. its well worth it.
07-11-2005 21:23:49 |
More by circuitmonkey
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
The Come Back has become a weekly hangout for my roommates and myself over the past year. Great place to avoid lame fratboy crowds on campus and overcrowded yuppies around the Square.
Atmosphere is quintessential Wisconsin. Old-timey Hamm's and Old Style signage, huge collections of tap-handles and salt-shakers, dark wood and beer-barrel motifs...makes one forget they're not in the Northwoods, but downtown Madison. There's nothing refined here, just loads of kitsch and best of all - good, cheap beer.
Upwards of 25 beers on tap, a mix of local, regional and national micros with a few good German imports and a fe standard Euro-imports. Founders, Anderson Valley, Three Floyds, Capital and Sprecher are frequent features. Beyond taps, the real gem is a singles cooler with upwards of 100 bottles to choose from. Micros from across the country and some decent imports as well (Okocim Porter was nice to find). Best of all, on Mondays and Wednesdays micro bottles are $2 a pop. DFH 90 Min and Founders Curmudgeon are recent gems, cheaper than you can buy singles anywhere in town. Other weekly specials include $10 boots on Thursdays and $3 half litres on Wednesdays. Free peanuts and popcorn seal the deal as well. Service is hit and miss, but as long as they can pour me a pint or open me a bottle, I could care less.
Just a laid back place to go on a weeknight and enjoy good, cheep beer and play cards or darts with friends. A frequent after-bar with its proximity to the EssenHaus (it's connected), Dane, and Maduro.
06-07-2006 21:54:52 |
More by Golden2wenty1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
As the step-brother to the Essen Haus (they're attached), The Come Back Inn enjoys a great selection of beers, with less of the German feel as Essen and more of a laid back bar that you might find in any Wisconsin town. A great place to saddle-up to the bar, the bartenders have always been exceptionally friendly and chatty with me. Food is decent and reasonably priced as well.
As far as atmosphere, it's not quite as interesting as the Essen Haus, but it has plenty to keep the eyes occupied, including a substantial collection of beer cans from the 60s and 70s along with tap handles and other brewiana.
For those traveling in large crowds with diverse tastes in food and beer, the Essen Haus and Come Back Inn are a solid combination, since they offer wide selections of both within very close proximity.
01-07-2005 22:12:35 |
More by longarm
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
My dad and I hit this place the second Tuesday of every month as we are Stein Club member's at the Essen Haus next door.
The ambience is old school beer with Schlitz and Hamm's beer signs being used as art. A large cabinet of shot glasses graces the back wall, old coins are also on display. Dark and cozy is good way to describe this venue with dark woods it is a great place to throw down a few good beers with your best friends. A huge selection of on tap beers which is a rarity in the city of Madison, they also have a cooler full of individual bottles for you to pick from. Definitely top five in Madison for drinking establishments, just don't plan on eating there as it is mediocre at best.
01-10-2007 00:03:16 |
More by Musky
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
Went here to watch a Tigers/White Sox game, and try a few brews. Next to the Essen Haus, its german affiliate and more well known partner. With 26 taps and 100 or so bottles, this seemed like a good place to park for a few hours.
Nor was I disappointed - half-liters were $3, and the tap offerings included beers from Capital, Sprecher, New Glarus, Bells, and Great Lakes, as well as a number of German and English offerings and more recognized beers from Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, and Anchor. Service was attentive and friendly, and my glass never went empty. The bottle selection is similar in composition to the taps, with some good and hard-to-find German brews, and around 80 domestic craft brews from all over the country. Monday and Wednesday nights are $2 bottle nights, which provides the opportunity to sample some of these offerings.
The bar itself is a four-sided bar built through an internal wall. The two sides of the bar open on to two rooms that provide seating for diners and drinkers, with slightly dim lighting and old brick walls providing a more down-to-earth feel. The menu is fairly typical for a pub, with some fried offerings, sandwiches, etc.
But perhaps most noteworthy are the various collections of memorabilia located on the walls. From where I was sitting I could see an extensive collection of salt and pepper shakers, Hamms beer signs, and glassware. For people less interested in baseballs and kitsch, there are some video games and dart boards. The eclectic interior, far from being disorienting, manages to offer something for everyone.
Good for an afternoon brew or a night-long session. Will definitely please craft brew fans.
07-22-2006 13:16:09 |
More by expatsteve
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Sunday night. Here for first tme. Came to came to sample the vaunted taps of this place and catch the end of Cowboys-Giants in what I'd expected to be a quiet Sunday evening. Wouldn't you know it but its Karaoke night. That's ok. I prefer the caterwaul of a drunken, screechy-warbling Steve Perry impression, over a Fox NFL broadcast, any day. The singer is doing his earnest Midwestern best with "Any Way You Want It (That's the Way You Need It)".
Bartender is a tiny, adorable, true super cutie in a Charles Woodson Packers Jersey that's got to be youth-size and is still big on her. I ask what Lakefront Fixed Gear is, and she answers w/o hesitatiion, "Wisconsin Red Amber".
The twenty six tap handles protrude from faux barrel heads, oh, and an actual barrel. The Fixed Gear comes in a tall half liter mug which I wish had been chilled. But the lack of chilled glass matters nada, as the beer is frigid cold and so sweet I suck it down before the glass has a chance to warm it even a degree.
Drunk patron bumps my shoulder as he leans conspiratorially on the bar to ask the manager if he can leave his car overnight. Mgr. says, "Sure Gus, lemme give you a note so you don't get a ticket." Now that's service.
Bartender has me waiting all of ten seconds before recognizing I need another beer. I order an Ale Asylum Big Slick Stout, which I'd heard three other people order in the few minutes it took me to finish my first beer. Bartender fetches the stout from the other unseen side of the bar, the karaoke side. The stout arrives at the perfect temp. I'm impressed.
Atmosphere gets high marks in part since the space is split down the middke by the bar and a partial brick wall, somewhat shielding me from the karaoke half. My half has a hot oil popcorn machine on the back wall. Three Spanish speakers share the bar next to me, a first for me in Madison.
Man, for a Sunday night, this place is happening.
Good crowd. Healthy mix of ages and. Men /women.
12-12-2011 05:27:11 |
More by martyl1000
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