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Friday, January 28, 2022

The best booze in Madison

Best Camp Randall bar: Stadium Sports Bar

For most Badgers, the best place to grab a beer (or seven) before a home Wisconsin football game is their friend’s backyard. But for those in the market for the best beer garden by Camp Randall, look no further than across the street at the Stadium Bar for that neighborhood’s best watering hole.

A great spot for game days, the Stadium also boasts plenty of HDTVs 365 days a year and even sand volleyball in the summer. It’s your pick for the Camp Randall neighborhood’s best bar.

Best Wisconsin brewery: New Glarus Brewing Co.

“You know you’re in Wisconsin when you see the Spotted Cow,” reads the label on the New Glarus Brewing Company’s most popular brew. Spotted Cow is a great beer, ideally ordered by the pitcher and enjoyed with a sunset over Lake Mendota, but when it comes to the great brews coming from down the road in New Glarus, it’s just the tip of the flavor iceberg.

Offerings like Fat Squirrel, Hop Hearty and Road Slush stand out as some of the top examples of their style, and leave casual drinkers and beer connoisseurs alike impressed. And we Wisconsinites are the lucky ones – even though it probably could, New Glarus doesn’t distribute outside of America’s Dairyland.

So let’s raise a glass to New Glarus Brewing Company, and recognize the finest brewery in this great beer state.

Best LGBT bar: Plan B

Bass thumpin’. Lights flashin’. Bodies grindin’. It’s College Night at Plan B, the hottest Gay Bar in Madison.  

Besides 18+ Thursday nights, Plan B offers a variety of LGBT-friendly events ranging from “Big Gay Trivia Night” to “So You Think You Can Drag: Amateur Drag Show.”

Plan B is not only the best gay bar in Madison, it’s simply a great nightclub. With hot dance music and shirtless bartenders serving you vodka tonics, what’s not to love?

Best off-campus bar: The Old Fashioned

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In 1999, you were too cool for Beanie Babies. Come 2007, you would not touch MTV. Nowadays, you would rather die than be seen at campus bars.

You can pretend this is not you, but we know it is. We’ve heard you scoff after an invitation to Brats, gotten your “psh” texts when we say we’re at Wando’s. That’s fine. You sort through your image issues. But when you do get us off campus, take us to the Old Fashioned. The drinks may be a few extra bucks, but we can dip the world’s best potato chips in tiger sauce as you enter your third hour of Ron Paul mania. And while you may be a pretentious ass, most people at the Old Fashioned are a delight, so don’t be offended when we ditch you for them.

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