8 dining domes to check out this winter in the Madison area

Hide out from the cold inside these toasty globes on local patios.
PHOTOS: Dining domes pop up in Madison
Photo by Maija Inveiss
Last year, Robinia Courtyard offered dome experiences on its patio. Keep an eye out for the eatery's 2020 patio details.

Domes are all the rage this winter. Restaurants and bars alike have been setting up plastic igloos, tents and other shelters to allow patrons to enjoy an isolated space with their inner circle. Here are a few places around town where you’ll find outdoor domes. Editor’s Note: Due to Wisconsin’s recent COVID-19 spike, we are advising caution in how often and with whom you decide to dine out. This would be a great list to bookmark for after Wisconsin’s case numbers decrease.

Brix Cider
No, these aren’t ice fishing tents, they are Brix Cider’s deluxe ice shanties for your drinking pleasure. Domes with space heaters are also available for reservation, so be sure to book your time slot online today and get ready to gulp down any (or all) of Brix’s 12ciders. 119 S. Second St., 437-2749, brixcider.com

Iron Amethyst Inn
The beer garden at this dreamy B&B in Mazomanie has closed for the winter, but the dreamy domes have opened. A charcuterie board comes with the globe, as well as two appetizers and drinks for eight of your best pals. 21 S. State St., Mazomanie, 401-1122, ironamethyst.com

Lone Girl Brewing Co.
The roof really is on fire at Lone Girl, where there’s rooftop dining with heat lamps and fire pits to keep you warm as you chug on. Outdoor TV screens satisfy sport fanatics, and the family-friendly atmosphere welcomes folks of all walks and sips of life. Check out the restaurant’s heated igloos, coming to Lone Girl on Dec. 1. The igloos are 15 by 15 feet and can be reserved for private dining parties of up to eight people. The restaurant has covered outdoor seating available, as well. 114 E. Main St., Waunakee, 850-7175, thelonegirl.com

The Madison Club
Get fancy and head to the always-luxurious Madison Club for a night under a heated globe. Guests can snack on plates of mini tacos, sip on Hot Toddies and take in the often-hidden opulence of the isthmus with a full view of Lake Monona. 5 E. Wilson St., 255-4861, madisonclub.org

Nineteen09
A chic multifunctional space in Cross Plains, the outdoor area of Nineteen09 has been transformed into a dreamy, lit up escape from the wind outside with its plastic globes. Snack on a charcuterie board and explore the wine bar’s (located inside) selection of tap and bottled drinks. Bring a board game from home to keep yourselves entertained. 1909 Main St., Cross Plains, 798-0374, nineteen09.com

Robinia Courtyard
A new winter experience at Robinia’s tucked-away patio is coming soon, expected mid-November. Robinia was ahead of the dome curve, having introduced dining domes last year. 829 E. Washington Ave., 478-0110, robiniacourtyard.com

Timber Hill Winery
After everything we’ve been through this year, we all deserve to sit under a cozy garden dome with your loved ones while digging into some cheese fondue. Get a carafe of mulled wine to wash it down, and you’re guaranteed to have a great time. 1223 E. Storrs Lake, Milton, 247-4615, timberhillwinery.com

Zuzu Cafe
Just a few blocks from the zoo, you too can pretend to be a penguin or polar bear (just not scientifically speaking) in Zuzu Cafe’s igloos. Get your favorite North African, Greek and coffee-related goods in style and warmth this fall. 1336 Drake St., 260-9898, facebook.com/ZuZu.Cafe.in.Madison

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