Great Dane Pub and Brewery - Downtown | Madison, Wisconsin
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Great Dane Pub and Brewery - Downtown
Excellent based on 92 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

123 E Doty St
Madison, Wisconsin United States 53703 [ print map ]
608 284 0000

Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11am - 2am, Fri-Sat: 11am - 2:30am

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Great Dane Pub and Brewery - Downtown

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Great Dane Merry Isthmus Ale 63, Great Dane Black Watch Scotch Ale 44, Great Dane Across The Pond , Great Dane Hop Circus Wheat , Great Dane The Beast , Great Dane Texas Speedbump IPA 88, Great Dane KŲlsch 22, Great Dane Belgian WIt , Great Dane Tri Pepper Pils 56, Great Dane Black Earth Porter 95, Great Dane Emerald Isle Stout 63, Great Dane Devils Lake Red Lager 41, Great Dane Cascade Mountain Porter 85, Great Dane Stone of Scone Scotch Ale 83, Great Dane Old Glory American Pale Ale 79, Great Dane Verruckte Stadt German Pils 33, Great Dane Pecks Pilsner 64, Great Dane Crop Circle Wheat 70, Great Dane Landmark Lite 10, Great Dane Belgian Pale Ale
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92 reviews for Great Dane Pub and Brewery - Downtown
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  77%
 Food  74%
 Value  73%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick  (793) Columbus, Ohio | December 11, 2014
(Visited 08/2014): Great Daneís downtown location is in an old building on the corner of East Doty and Spring. Parking is available on the street and in parking garages in the surrounding area. The interior opens to the bar area, with high top tables and a long bar running along the left side. The decor is pretty typical of a well-established pub. Behind the bar are interchangeable signs listing the beers on tap.

The beer selection consists of 17 house beers ranging from a couple Pilseners, Hefes, Pales and Lagers to a Stout, Porter, IPA, Scotch Ale and Quad. Samplers are available. The beers were average for the most part with a couple that are decent.

Service on a packed Friday evening at the bar was alright. Our samplers were delivered and we were checked on once and that was about it. Given how busy they were it was fine though.

We did not have any food on our visit.

All in all this is a pretty good brewpub to visit in Madison given the historical building and variety of brews. They would probably benefit from tightening the beer menu a little to focus on making fewer, higher quality brews.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor  (345) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | October 11, 2014
A nice stop in downtown Madison, right near the Capitol building. No real street parking, but there is a garage right next to it. They have quite a few taps (~15), but the quality of beer was just ok. I tried a hoppy wheat (really just a wheat beer), old ale, and scotch ale - none really stood out. The food was good - I got both the chicken peanut stew and the New Mexico green chili, both were excellent. Overall, Iíd recommend a stop if youíre in the area, but plan to stay for just 1 pint.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
phaleslu  (437) Cincinnati, Ohio | May 5, 2014
Stopped in here after my buddyís rehearsal dinner and downed a few pints over some good conversation - at least as good as it could be in a huge, loud, crowded place. The building is cool, and the interior is nice enough but itís so big and jammed with shiny lights and TVs and college kids. Man, Iím old. But there are a lot of nice touches, too. The staff is young and rude and messed up my check. The beers are good, better than I was told, and the prices are pretty good, too. There were at least 14 taps and another beer on cask when I was there, and a couple bombers for sale, too. I had no idea they bottled. I didnít eat. Iíd like to come back when it isnít a Friday night, and Iím sure Iíd like the place a little more. But itís good nonetheless, and definitely worth a visit while in Madison.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
TXBadger  (61) Dallas, Texas | April 22, 2014
A must stop if you are in Madison! Right off capitol square, the Great Dane will have something on draft for you. The food is always delicious, I recommend the Dane Burger if youíve never been, and start with the spinach and artichoke dip. The Crop Circle wheat is always good, and the Stone of Scone scotch ale is one of the best.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale  (204) Lansing, Kansas | October 21, 2013
Visited at opening on a Saturday. Nice atmosphere and excellent service. Parking was difficult. Did have a nice selection on tap. Looked at the menu but did not order. Prices seemed fair. Will visit again on my next trip.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k  (183) Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington | October 15, 2013
Visited on a rainy Saturday night with friends. Larger brewpub with numerous areas. A typical brewpub section, a more younger themed bar section, and a basement section. Good amount of taps with the standards and some nice seasonal offerings including a Scotch Ale, German Pils, cask mild. Lots of casks on this day (4), which is very special to see. Beer lists clearly displayed all over the places on chalk boards, so that gets a bit of an extra for ambiance. Food was surprisingly varied starting with traditional pub fair moving on to some Mexican themed food then add some Thai dishes. I thoroughly enjoyed my spicy peanut soup and the burger was not messed up. Our server did a good job. Love that all the beers are offered in almost any size you want and samplers of anything. Also, had one bomber available to go. Very good place, I would definitely want to return to this place next time in town, even if there are other new places I havent visited.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog  (778) Phoenix, Arizona | July 8, 2013
Visited on July 4th during the brunch hour. The food here was absolutely terrific. The service was great, and the beers were above average at a minimum. The outside patio downstairs was also pretty cool. Definite stop in Madison. (Brewery #611)
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
ChiGuy68  (38) Illinois | July 6, 2013| Updated July 7, 2013
A nice enough place with 17 home brews on tap and decent bar food. The beer battered cheese curds were the high point of this stop. (thatís sad).
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
pablo951  (86) Chicago, Illinois | July 6, 2013
Good brew pub in Madison Wi. Great draft selection, their beer is middle of the road. Good menu and service is excellent.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1470) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 2, 2013
Visited after GTMW 2012.

Why I decided to go bar hopping AFTER that fest is beyond me but the fact is that four of us stopped in, ordered a couple glasses of beer (wit and DIPA) and hung out for a bit before moving on to the next stop. Over all a cool atmosphere. Service was understandably slow on a Saturday night during GTMW weekend. Prices were average as was the beer. They do have a lot of house taps so itís worth checking out once. Didnt eat anything.

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