Best Bars in Madison, WI

Cask & Ale

212 State St, Madison, WI 53703
Mon-Thurs 4pm-2am
Fri 4pm-2:30am
Sat 2pm-2:30am
Sun 5pm-2am
608.467.9450

Known for their gigantic selection of whiskey, Cask & Ale is no-nonsense. With plain infrastructure, their menu does all the talking. Featuring American, Canadian, Irish, and Japanese whiskey, Cask & Ale stocks at least one hundred different whiskey types at a time. Cask does not limit themselves to spirits, though. With wine and beer, you can still sip a simple drink with your friends. With drink specials happening six days a week, there’s no reason not to stop by. Grab your coworkers and make an appearance for service industry night this Sunday.

The Robin Room

821 E Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703
4pm-2am, Daily
608.665.3117

A quaint, wood-accented bar. Great place for you and your significant other. A self-proclaimed “emporium of fine potables.” Drop by and get a feel for yourself. The Robin Room can migrate with their Barmadillo, a 1956 Airstream Safari that has been modified to be an on-the-go yet still has the proper style of the era.

Genna’s Lounge

105 W Main St, Madison, WI 53703
Mon-Thur 2pm-2am
Fri 2pm-2:30am
Sat 4pm-2:30am (winter)
10am-2:30am (summer)
Sun 8pm-2am
608.255.4770

Across the street from Madison’s Capitol Square is a brick flatiron dating back to 1874, which has been home to Genna’s since 1993. With 12 taps and more than sixty bottles, peep the chalkboard to see what is available day-to-day. Genna’s bartenders-choice cocktail list varies nightly, so you never know what you will get until you arrive. With an outdoor patio, Genna’s makes a great venue to hang outside with your friends, and people watch. If you’re looking to host a private party, contact parties@gennaslounge.com to rent out the second floor.

The Malt House

2609 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704
Mon-Fri 4pm
Sat 2pm
608.204.6258

Madison’s oldest bar with no televisions. Bicycle parking out front and automotive parking in the back. Live music performances Monday through Wednesday and drink specials all week long. For fans of bluegrass, Irish traditional, and western swing. Grab yourself a seat and enjoy one of eighteen changing craft and import beers as well as over one hundred bottled beers and seventy-plus top-shelf whiskies. Additionally, it offers wines and cider with the ever-elusive absinthe, too. Pop in today and build your own whiskey flight, three for ten dollars.

Harmony Bar & Grill

2201 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704
Mon Closed
Tues-Fri 4pm-12am
Sat & Sun 12pm-12am
608.249.4333

A cozy little joint on the corner of Atwood and Dunning. Come in and grab a burger or sandwich with your beer or glass of wine. Enjoy a wonderful hand-breaded Lake Perch on Fridays from four to ten. No cash? No problem. Harmony recently started accepting Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards. Be sure to click on the “Up Next” tab of their site and book your next gig at Harmony. Fundraisers, art fairs, and even election-night parties all take place at Harmony. Walk-in and see what your next adventure is going to be at Harmony.

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