United States > Wisconsin > Madison
deyholla (417) Minneapolis, Minnesota | August 13, 2015
68 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
A cigar bar and beer bar combined, which for me is an odd combination. A smallish bar in a dark room which (predictably) reeked of cigars. Small patio out front on the sidewalk to escape. Service was find considering it was Great Taste Eve. Selection was solid as well. No food available. Prices seemed inline with the area. I canít get over the smoke unfortunately.
Travlr (2056) Washington, Washington DC | August 8, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Smallish place with a small patio space. Very smokey, but I knew that up front. Nice tap list, pre-GTMW. Staff was sort of gruff hipster, but I am told that is unusual. Worth a stop.
DrSilverworm (115) Cincinnati, Ohio | August 16, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped by here on the Eve of the Great Taste of the Midwest, on the recommendation of Nuplastikk. There was a pretty damn impressive Bellís tap takeover in progress. Apparently they do it every year, and you can tell. Great tap lineup, lots of Bells rarities, lots of free swag. Good takeover. They didnít officially do tasters, but my bartenders were willing to do half pours for me, even though the place was PACKED. Itís a smaller place, a little crowded and loud for my taste, but I can see how it would be very chill on a less busy day. Nice ambiance, big comfy leather couches, etc. Patio out front on the street. Overall, I was pretty impressed. It was crowded so we just kind of ducked in, got our beers, took our notes, and ducked out. But the place left a good impression on me. Would return, preferably when itís not so crowded. Would be a good spot for a week day night. I would avoid it on a weekend, unless I had a good reason to go.
TXBadger (72) Dallas, Texas | April 22, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
A great place to have a cigar and a beer. They always have interesting draft options. Great in the summer time when you can sit on the sidewalk patio and enjoy a cigar outside with a beer. Worth stopping by to see what they have on draft.
beerbaaron (162) Arizona | March 24, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Its a cigar bar so you should be ok with that if you stop there. As such, donít expect to come here and get all ocd with your beer rating. Just relax, unwind, enjoy your beer. Awesome relaxing atmosphere. An adequate but not large selection of taps that are diverse, unique, and well selected.
Kenboll (4) Cottage Grove, Wisconsin | December 22, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
3fourths (1458) Boulder, Colorado | 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 (110) 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 (93) Combined Locks, 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 (238) 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.
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