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The Daily Cardinal announces 2024 Local Bar Guide Awards nominees

After nearly a decade on hiatus, The Daily Cardinal is reviving its annual Local Bar Guide for 2024.

After nearly a decade on hiatus, The Daily Cardinal is reviving its annual Local Bar Guide for 2024, letting Cardinal readers vote on their favorite bars near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

The guide, which will be published on Feb. 22, will feature winners in five categories: Best College Bar, Best Cocktail Bar, Best Bar Food, Best Atmosphere/Vibe and Best Weeknight Special.

Each category has five nominees, in total encompassing 16 campus-area bars and cocktail lounges. Nominees were selected by Cardinal staff.

Voting will open on Thursday, Feb, 15 at 8 a.m. via an online form at dailycardinal.com. Readers can vote for one bar in each category. Voting will close on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.

VOTE HERE 

Here are the nominees for each category:

Best College Bar

Have a favorite campus bar? Is there a bar where you regularly spend your Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays? These bars were nominated for their long-standing histories, sentimental values and overall excellence for the college experience.

The Double U

The Kollege Klub

Mondays

The Plaza Tavern

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Red Rock Saloon

Best Food

Have a favorite dish? A go-to place before or after games? A place you regularly bring your parents? Most bars have some form of food, but only the best have truly memorable dishes. These bars were nominated for their excellent food, and some folks even head to these bars solely to grab a bite to eat.

Hawk’s Bar & Grill

The Nitty Gritty

SconnieBar

State Street Brats

Vintage Spirits and Grill

Best Cocktail Bar

Do you like upscale drinks? Prefer a more laid-back bar? These bars were nominated for their tasty, original mixed drinks.

Cask & Ale

Genna’s Lounge

Leopold’s Books Bar Caffe

Oz by Oz

Plain Spoke Cocktail Company

Best Atmosphere/Vibe

Some folks head to a bar for the drinks, but others prefer to choose a bar based on the atmosphere. These bars were nominated because they’re known for being a great place to hang out, socialize and relax in addition to having great service and friendly patrons.

The Double U

Leopold’s Books Bar Caffe

Mondays

The Plaza Tavern

Vintage Spirits and Grill

Best Weeknight Special

When all else fails and choosing a bar for the night becomes too difficult, weeknight specials help make the decision much, much easier. These bars were nominated for having memorable deals that attract a large number of patrons throughout the week.

The Kollege Klub (Tuesdays: $4 Berrywater Limes; 2-for-1 on all drinks)

Mondays (Thursdays: $8 champagne bottles)

Red Rock Saloon (Wednesdays: $2 burgers, $3 taps)

SconnieBar (Tuesdays: $2 tacos, $5 margaritas)

Whiskey Jack’s Saloon (Thursdays: 25-cent rails 7-8 p.m., 50-cent rails 8-9 p.m., $1 rails 9-10 p.m.)

Voting

Voting will open on Thursday, Feb, 15 at 8 a.m. via an online form at dailycardinal.com. Readers can vote for one bar in each category. Voting will close on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.

VOTE HERE

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