Memorial Union | Madison, Wisconsin
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Memorial Union
Good based on 12 ratings
Type: Bar

800 Langdon St
Madison, Wisconsin United States 53706 [ print map ]
608 265 3000

Hours: Sun-Wed: 3pm-11:45pm; Thu-Sat: 3pm-1:45am

Taps: 25 | Bottles: 8

Memorial Union

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12 reviews for Memorial Union
 Ambiance  92%
 Service  60%
 Selection  71%
 Food  61%
 Value  75%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  78%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
beerbaaron  (163) Arizona | January 15, 2015
The place to be when you donít have a place to be and want to drink the day away outside. On the lake. Tons of tables and chairs everywhere. Awesome people watching spot. Great atmosphere. For this type of venue the selection is quite good.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski  (93) Combined Locks, Wisconsin | December 17, 2014
Best place to drink beer (view-wise) in Madison. Decent beer selection. Plenty of beer drunk here over 6 years at UW.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
TXBadger  (72) Dallas, Texas | April 22, 2014
An absolute must if in Madison! The Memorial Union Terrace is the place to be in the spring, summer, or fall. Right on the lake, the view is fantastic, the beer selection is pretty solid, always good WI beer choices. I spent a lot of time here while in school. Great place to hangout with friends!
theisti  (667) Kansas | October 4, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited late afternoon on a Friday, right as a band was warming up. This is a no frills spot - patio tables outside, wood tables inside, plastic pitchers throughout. Service is serve yourself. However, they always have very solid beer (especially for a University union) and the Terrace is my quintessential memory of visiting Madison when I was in school down the road in Milwaukee. I have never had a bad time here. Beautiful views of the lake, laid back atmosphere. Overall, not truly a beer spot, but certainly a Madison must-do, particularly when the weather is good.

70 = ★★Ĺ (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN  (49) , | May 13, 2008
You usually have to come here with a union member or a student. Ambiance changes with the seasons. Indoors is pretty cool, but can get very crowded and college-y. However...the music on thursdays and fridays can be quite good. Extend this to the terrace...the atmosphere is always awesome (weather permitting) and the music can also be great. Beer selection is crazy good for a college establishment. Always a bells or glarus...sprecher...ale asylum. Cheap the pitcher. Not much service so to speak...just walk to the bar and get a tips allowed. Food...oh is pretty much college meal plan food. I like the burgers. With all the stuff going against is still pretty awesome
Ughsmash  (138) Pewaukee, Wisconsin | January 8, 2008
I went here with my wife when she was a law student. First off, the ambiance rocks!... nicely set against the lake with an active feel to the joint. The beer selection is most assuredly solid for a student union, but not much compared with some local bars. This was a cool place to hang out.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier  (291) Clevelandish, Ohio | January 3, 2006
A very unique place to spend a lazy afternoon. Grab one of the chairs at the Terrace and sit there listening to music or just relaxing. The selection of beers is pretty good, ranging from swill (Pabst Blue Ribbon, Budweiser) to decent (seasonal Capitol brews, Leine Red and Honey Weiss) to some nice ones (Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Two Heared Ale). The only problem is that the beer comes in a plastic pitcher and cups so donít expect to get ideal taste of what was on tap. If the weather is bad, sit in the Rathskeller.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
biz82  (6) austin, Texas | September 13, 2005
Der Rathskeller at the Memoral Union is a place that I didnít appreciate when I was there. I worked there from 1988-1990 as a dish dog with a friendly junky. Having gone back since then and been in other student unions, I realize that this is one of the best in the country. The beer selection is above average. The free music on the terrace in the summer is amazing. The murals and German beer hall vibe are something I donít think the student will realize are part of a unique midwestern experience until they leave. I didnít.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
jewedekind  (37) Middleton , Wisconsin | June 21, 2005
If it wasnít so crowded and the having to be a member/student this place would be the best beer garten on Earth. Fantastic on-the-water location, gorgeous sunsets. Beer is hard to get but great slection considering you are at a student union! Consistently great music. Fantastic just is a hassle to get a beer.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
hezron  (26) Viroqua, Wisconsin | June 13, 2005
Great when the weather is nice. I love sitting out on the terrace listening to music. Just remember to bring someone who has a membership so you can buy beer. Last time I was there I just asked some people in line to buy stuff for me. It wasnít that hard, the first person I asked was happy to do it. If the tap line is too long, go down to the pool hall and you can get a nice selection of bottles with a much shorter line.

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