Old Chicago - Madison

Taps: 20+ | Bottles: 120+
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Lemke10  (20) Waukesha, Wisconsin | March 19, 2012
My wife and I stopped by when we were in Madison. We had originally planned to go to Uno’s Bar and Grill but I of course noticed the “110 brews” on the Old Chicago’s sign and we made an immediate U-turn. We were seated immediately on a Sunday afternoon with the bar to the right, dinning area to the left, and even the patio was open on a warm March day. Overall their beer selection is way better than average, but you won’t see any rare releases by any means. Plenty of good Wisconsin and Imported beers to try. Food was fantastic and service was good with a good waiter that knew the current brews being served. We’ll be sure to return the next time we are in the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier  (310) Chagrin Falls, Ohio | January 16, 2006
Mostly average although a very diverse selection of beers from around the world. There’s nothing here that stands out (because I missed the Belgian Red on tap) but plenty of above average beers. Foodwise, if you llike pizzas and calzones it is a decent place to eat. Again, nothing here stands out as stellar but it is at least average for a chain. Worth a stop if you want food between heading from Steve’s and Wooman’s to the downtown stores and want a decent beer. Otherwise you’ll find better food elsewhere.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
howie  (18) DeForest, Wisconsin | November 17, 2005
Mostly average food, big but not great beer selection. Hard for a serious beer geek to find anything interesting here, but there’s always something worth drinking.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 8/20
jewedekind  (37) Middleton , Wisconsin | June 21, 2005| Updated January 29, 2006
This place is usually loud and crowded with an inattentive / uninformed staff. Looks like it could be any chain in the US..which it is. Food is standard TGI Fridays fare with OK pizza. Taps are dirty and rarer beers old. Really not worth the trouble unless you want to sit out on the deck.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
hezron  (26) Viroqua, Wisconsin | June 13, 2005
Decent place in Madison to find a good mix of locals and non-locals. I’ve had some German beers there on tap... nothing special but many above average brews. Good pizza too.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
Pjones6738  (25) Madison, Wisconsin | December 2, 2004
I go here all the time, mostly due to the fact that it is close to home. It works in that its a good place to go to have a reasonably priced meal with your friends, or to catch a game (lots of TVs), and have a wide selection of beer while you’re there. Are you going to find anything here you’ve never seen before? I doubt it. Will you find beer that you enjoy drinking? Almost certainly. It also has the bonus, as TannerTavernboys said, of being close to the good beer stores of western Madison (Woodmans and Steve’s).
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
badgerben  (111) Blaine, Minnesota | November 3, 2004
Definitely similar to every other Old Chicago on the site; over 100 beers, but most are swill. They do have some more locals compared to other OC’s: Capital, Sprecher, New Glarus. There are better beer bars in the area, but if you’re looking for a place with more than just regionals, I guess this would be a plus.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
Terminus  (356) St. Louis, Missouri | October 28, 2004
another popular location when i used to visit Madison to get my New Glarus fix. this location is pretty close to the Woodmans west side location. THey have a good tap selection-Bells, North Coast, Capital, Lakefront and good bottles too (Three floyds, sierra nevada, other bells). I miss this place!

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