United States > Wisconsin > Madison
3fourths (1083) Vilnius, Lithuania | November 4, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Small and cozy interior is beautiful to look at and immerse yourself in. Hipsterish staff. Heavy cigar smoke (which you know about going in) makes it difficult to simply enjoy a beer. For that, thereís the two tables out on the cold sidewalk. Ah well.
Nuffield (103) Roseville, Minnesota | September 23, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
The vibe here is really awesome--totally chill and sophisticated--but little else did it for me. The beer list at 11 p.m. on a Friday night unfortunately had a lot of stuff erased, and there wasnít anything that was too special or rare. And the smell is good and bad: you know youíre in a cigar bar, and it wasnít oppressive, but it would make it difficult to get aromas from beer. Not my favorite place in Madison.
arkurzynski (72) West Bend, Wisconsin | August 29, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Went for pre-GTMW Bells party. Nice looking place with a great looking bar, leather couches, and a nice warm atmosphere. Bartenders were working their ass off and service was great despite the crowd. Obviously Bells selection was ridiculous, but have heard selection is always good. As a cigar bar, the only thing that would deter me is the smoke, but this is what theyíre going for...so canít dock them for it.
ElGaucho (207) Minnetonka, Minnesota | August 22, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Have been here twice on the eve of the Great Taste of the Midwest for Bells Brewery parties. As such, the entire tap line system was taken over by Bells, so it was likely not representative of what is usually on tap. But, if ownership is in kahoots enough with Bells to be selected multiple times for this pre-fest gathering, then itís worth a shot the other 364 days of the year. Relatively small place that has some patio seating on the sidewalk outside. A recent post on their Facebook page mentioned the following beers on tap out of their 19 drafts: DFH 90 min, 3F Arctic Panzer, Potosi Templeton BA Oatmeal Stout & Fullers ESB. A must for cigar lovers and for beer lovers that donít mind cigar smoke.
imthebest (23) , | July 16, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice ambiance if you donít mind the smoke! Leather couches, nice bar, not too crowded early in the evening. Go-to place for the less common Bells offerings. Bartenders quick and courteous. A great low-key place to hang out with friends while drinking great beer.
drpimento (131) La Crosse, Wisconsin | June 29, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Cigar bar. Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable bartender. Nice old, original stamped tin ceiling, brick wall. Good background music and breweriana on the wall. Mellow crowd. Very good prices. Draft selection is very good and mostly domesitc micros with a few good imports plus a full bar and a wine selection. Outside seating. Great ventilation. Good selection of cigars.
dionysus (10) Arizona | February 26, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Every major city needs a cigar bar, and Iím glad to have stumbled upon this one on my recent trip to the area. Selection isnít massive, but is typically pretty solid. Excellent service from a fairly knowledgeable staff. If cigars are your thing, or you just enjoy the smell, I would definately recommend swinging by if you happen to be in Madison.
BVery (323) Burnsville, Minnesota | September 3, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Cigar and beer bar. 17 taps, 1 cask, and 5 bottles when I was here. Cool vibe, decent prices, friendly staff.
Drake (392) Ivy, Virginia | August 14, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Stopped here for a GTMW pre-party. All Bellís lineup with some good stuff. I caught a glance at the regular lineup which had some good stuff. The staff was good. They were able to work with me so I could try six different beers, which was cool given they were dealing with some insane crowds. Comfortable interior with a bar and couches. I mainly was in the outdoor cafe. The previous rater seems to be calling out other raters for mentioning smoke. Yeah, its a Cigar Bar, but what that rater doesnít seem to accept is that Maduro is a place that is open to the public and if the business plan they chose is offensive to some parts of the public, they have to accept that. Granted Iím not going to hold it against them, but I completely understand why others would.
CheersMate (147) Fremont (Seattle), Washington | April 26, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Do you want a cigar, and a beer? Or hell, you can just grab a beer here, as long as your pussy-ass lungs can handle a little bit of smoke. If you want, and donít mind the aforementioned things, then please, go to Maduro. The service? Awesome. The cigars? Pretty good. The beer selection? For a cigar and liquor bar -- itís pretty good. No assuming, and very relaxed. If youíre having a tough day, head here. I loved this place and I definitely plan on heading back before I leave. Itís in a very cool part of town -- for Madison. The prices were awesome. The ambiance had a classic, gentlemanís lounge feel to it. Damn, I really, really like this place. Why are there so many people mentioning the smoke? You should know that this place allows smoking. At least, any rational human being that does their research before visiting any place should know that they allow smoking. Quite honestly, I donít think that theyíre trying to get on their knees for beer geeks. Sorry.
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