University of Wisconsin-Madison is a massive college campus with more than 40,000 students. And as a Big Ten school teeming with athletics, this necessitates a lot of local bars and restaurants. We’ve whittled the options down to the top five around with this curated list that caters to those looking for a classic college-town bar packed with the most spirited students.
This is the student-friendly sister location of Vintage Brewing Co., which can be found on Madison’s far southwest side. The campus outpost is always bustling and Badger-friendly. Come in to catch a game, dine al fresco or peruse their extensive craft beer list. Don’t forget to try their house beer, brewed fresh onsite at the Brewing Co.
Some bars are known for a particular night of the week, and Thursdays belong to the Plaza. It’s a Madison joint that feels frozen in time, and likely hasn’t changed a bit in more than 40 years. It’s actually been around for much longer than that and has become famous for the Plazaburger – a massive, juicy, covered-in-secret-sauce burger that is a must-try. Students and locals alike will always love the Plaza as an iconic late-night watering hole.