Dining and Drink

Best of Madison 2017: Nightlife

The 2017 Best of Madison nightlife finalists

Bar for Beer
  1. The Old Fashioned 
  2. Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
  3. The Malt House 
Bar for Cocktails
  1. Merchant
  2. Graft 
  3. The Robin Room 
Bar with a View
  1. The Boathouse at the Edgewater
  2. Graft 
  3. Sardine 
  1. Chris Conner, Varsity Bar & Grill
  2. Lucas Endres, Merchant
  3. Steve Renfro, High Noon Saloon
  1. The Old Fashioned’s Old Fashioned
  2. Short Stack Eatery’s Bloody Mary
  3. Graft’s Profligate Potation 
Craft Beer
  1. Karben4, Fantasy Factory
  2. Karben4, Tokyo Sauna
  3. Ale Asylum Hopalicious
Dance Venue
  1. Plan B 
  2. Madison’s
  3. The Cardinal Bar (reopening as Nomad Bar, March 2017)
Dive Bar
  1. The Caribou Tavern
  2. Wisco and Paradise Lounge (tie)
  3. The Plaza Tavern
Gay Bar
  1. Plan B 
  2. Shamrock Bar & Grille
  3. FIVE Nightclub 
Happy Hour
  1. Varsity Bar & Grill
  2. Pedro’s 
  3. Nitty Gritty 
Hotel Bar
  1. The Wise at HotelRED
  2. The Bar at the Madison Concourse Hotel
  3. Augie’s Tavern at The Edgewater
Live Music Venue
  1. High Noon Saloon 
  2. The Overture Center for the Arts 
  3. The Orpheum Theater
Neighborhood Bar
  1. The Plaza Tavern
  2. Varsity Bar & Grill
  3. Craftsman Table & Tap and Mid Town Pub (tie)
Sports Bar
  1. Nitty Gritty 
  2. Varsity Bar & Grill 
  3. Babe’s Restaurant & Cocktails
Wine Bar
  1. Eno Vino Wine Bar and Bistro 
  2. Liliana’s
  3. Toot + Kate’s and Graft (tie)


Click here for the full Best of Madison 2017 listing.

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