Hidden away in a nondescript hole-in-the-wall just south of campus, The Mason Lounge is a little gem of a place. Quiet (no TVís or loud music), just a quirky decor, good company and an excellent selection of ales, which is constantly rotating. Brian, the owner, is a great guy and the staff are friendly. A section of the tap menu is always set aside for hop-heads, but there is something for everyone (though not in the way of Belgians). Prices are very good for Madison, and even better during happy hour.
AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
The Mason is a great place to sit, have a quality beverage, catch a few tunes, have a chat with your neighbors, friends or otherwise. I love the focus on hop laden beers - always something new to try.
Give this place a shot if you are looking to enjoy a drink and just chill.