Dine Downtown Madison
Madison Wisconsin is known for its culinary talent and dynamic restaurant culture.
Downtown Madison is home to many of the city’s best known and most recognized restaurants like L’etoile, Heritage Tavern, and Harvest.
With more than 100 restaurants, cafes and bars there is always something new to try. We invite you to come spend an evening out at one of the district's many restaurants, bars or clubs.
Downtown Madison Gift Certificates are accepted at more than 150 locations.
COVID 2020 Updates
Downtown Madison Information and Updates during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.
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Handmade and Handcrafted 2019
When it comes to gift-giving, it pays to shop — and craft — local.
“…Shopping local directly supports your community,” says Kira Rosenstiel, manager of Art Gecko, 510 State Street.
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Your Holiday Traditions Start Downtown
Start your season of celebration in Downtown Madison, WI.
Holiday Lights, A Winter Night Market, A Holiday Open House and a Cookie Walk...
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Perfect Fall Day
Here, three individuals with roots in Downtown Madison share what’s on their respective itineraries for a perfect fall day in downtown.
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Take a family-friendly foray in Downtown Madison
Downtown Madison isn’t just for college students and office workers. It’s a welcoming atmosphere for all, children and families included.
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Use the Business Directory to get acquainted
Located upstairs. Full menu and lunch, dinner and drink specials daily.
American style restaurant serving creative comfort food in a casual atmosphere.
Student hangout in a sparse setting for familiar Asian dishes, plus daily lunch & dinner specials.
Featuring coffee, tea, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, beer and wine, and coffee liqueur drinks, and occasional live music.
123 E Main
Corner bar with great atmosphere, food until 1am, pool table and darts. Lunch, happy hour and late night drink specials; outdoor seating.
Chinese and Asian food for lunch, dinner and late night. Delivery available.
9 E Wilson
Featuring cravable favorites with modern enhancements, from snacks to share, traditional faire, and modern salads that are meals unto themselves, we’re sure to satisfy your nourishment needs, morning, noon, and night.
1 W Dayton
Martinis, microbrews and an extensive wine list. Light menu served until 11:00 pm.
127 W Washington
Coffee, espresso and wine bar. Bakery, breakfast, sandwich and salad menu. Free wireless.
111 Martin Luther King Jr.
Southwest inspired Mexican dishes specializing in tacos!
430 W Gilman
Wine and champagne by the glass and bottle, cocktails, martinis, assorted bottled beers and taps.
101 N Hamilton
Boar & Barrel is a wine, whiskey and tapas bar with a pork-centric menu.
127 N Hamilton
Espresso, coffee, scones from scratch, and crepes made from local ingredients.
Family-friendly northwoods-themed restaurant and bar. Lunch, dinner, late night.
Celebrate the spirit and flat out fun of summers past seven floors atop Langdon Street. Camp Trippalindee is inspired by 1980s camp movies, rural Wisco taverns and the all out joy of being a kid. Fun and easy eats like walking tacos, double stacked burgers and crafty beers (delivered in Koozies!) will delight.
11 W Main
Chocolates crafted locally using the finest ingredients.
111 S Hamilton
Canteen is a vibrant, fast-paced taco joint on the corner of the Capitol Square in Madison where friends come by to scarf tacos and bartenders sling salt-rimmed margaritas and inventive cocktails. We serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week, as well as brunch and late-night food on the weekends. Wanna throw a party, you can rent out the whole place.
114 E Main
Breakfast and lunch, take out and delivery. Catering available.
Bagels, breakfast & lunch, coffee and coffee drinks.
Carte is a sandwich and made-to-order salad shop that showcases fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and salad greens from lettuce grown by aquaponics year-round in Wisconsin. Carte also offers a large selection of freshly crafted grab-and-go items for anyone looking to grab a healthy bite.
222 W Washington
Our take on an Italian-American deli featuring sandwiches, soups, salads, deli-items, coffee, take-home dinners, retail wine, and full bar. Enjoy it at the deli or grab it to go, our food is served to order and prepared by us in house.
Whiskey lounge focusing on higher end bourbon, scotch, irish, and japanese whiskey with more than 300 whiskeys available and a tap list of 27 rotating beers.
122 W Mifflin
Cento combines local ingredients with traditional Italian flavors and modern techniques. Join us for handmade pasta, slow-roasted meats, and pizza from our wood-burning oven. We have an extensive wine list, with over 150 bottles to choose from. Cento is open for dinner service every night, brunch on the weekends, and has a private room available for event rentals
319 W Gorham
Just off State Street, with outdoor patio seating. Appetizers, burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches. Dinner and late night.
Chazen Café has your daily pick-me-up. Located in the lobby of the Chazen Museum of Art, this dining spot boasts floor to ceiling windows and comfortable spaces for studying or meeting with friends. In addition to Peet's Coffee, you can also enjoy a variety of premium espresso drinks, blended beverages, baked goods and a selection of local beer and wines. The Café also offers a variety of hand-selected gift items, jewelry and more.
453 W Gilman
Laid-back sandwich-shop chain for creative toasted subs, plus munchies & desserts
Authentic chinese noodles and dumplings.
Burritos, tacos and salads made-to-order.
Family owned and Madison made super-premium ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, soy ice cream, and no sugar added ice cream
The Church Key, now a Madison institution for well-over 50 years, is a place where everyone can come to enjoy themselves.
1 W Dayton
Located in The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, CIRC serves contemporary American cuisine with global influences for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Upscale food and spirits, located downstairs. Happy hour specials.
Gourmet popcorn made from scratch in many flavors, and other specialties.
Numerous ice cream flavors, smoothies, cakes and shakes, plus choose your own toppings.
25 S Pinckney
Coffee, tea, smoothies, custom craft beers, all-day breakfast and sandwiches.
Coffee, tea, smoothies, custom craft beers, all-day breakfast and sandwiches.
tater tots loaded with meats, cheeses and sauces, wrapped up in a tortilla and slapped on the grill.
20 W Mifflin
The Coopers Tavern is a European-style neighborhood tavern. A place to grab a pint after work or catch up with friends and watch the match. Serving up hearty, rustic food and an extensive beer list featuring 28 different taps and over 100 bottles. The Coopers Tavern offers lunch and dinner 7 days a week, as well as brunch on the weekends. Our second floor is perfect for your next party and has the best view in the city.
Babcock Dairy ice cream is as delicious as it gets. From a single scoop waffle cone to the Freshman 15 sundae with 15 scoops of ice cream, all the classics are back and then some. Made fresh on the UW Campus.
322 W Gorham
Irish Pub style bar serving beer & spirits as well as burgers, sandwiches, salads, and comfort food.
Der Rathskeller is a favorite gathering place for students, staff, and community members. With a German beer hall feel, this Wisconsin Union icon hosts music sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate's Music Committee, game watches for the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers, and provides a place to socialize.
Serving craft and tap beer, wines by the glass, sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages, der Stiftskeller is downtown Madison’s very own bierhaus. It also offers perfect snack accompaniments to your beverage of choice.
117 Martin Luther King Jr.
DLUX serves burgers, fries, and cocktails in a modern, trendy setting just off the Capitol Square. No matter your tastes, DLUX has you covered with a diverse menu of bunned delights, boozy shakes, and perfect sauce-and-cheese laden french fry creations. DLUX offers lunch and dinner 7 days a week, as well as brunch on the weekends.
317 N Frances
Longtime local institution offering specialty burgers, cheese curds & tap beers in quirky digs. Grilling burgers since 1974.
Sports Bar and Eatery just 2 blocks from the Kohl Center. Featuring great appetizers, salads and pizza with over 30 beers on tap!
Downtown maps, directions, event information, and shopping and dining suggestions. Two locations: Year-round Downtown Visitor Center in Peace Park at 452 State St., and the seasonal Downtown Information Booth (May-Oct.) where State Street meets the Capitol Square.
Fine arabic dining and multi-international atmosphere. Serving customers with a dish presented with color and perfection while being affordable for an everyday stop-in meal. Serving hookah on the patio.
1 N Webster
Elegant dining with a unique artisan menu, large wine selection, and full bar.
Coffee, coffee drinks, tea and cafe snacks; free Wi-Fi. Close to the UW Campus.
Coffee, coffee drinks, tea and cafe snacks; free Wi-Fi. Close to the Capitol Square.
Quick bite comfort food featuring small plates.
313 W Johnson
Spanish-inspired tapas and small plates restaurant from Chef Tory Miller. Dishes perfect for sharing, flavorful cheeses and charcuterie, incredible Spanish wines, traditional paella, and elegant mahogany woodwork.
Locally owned and operated, this full-service café and espresso bar on State Street is just a short walk from the Square or campus. It offers a friendly, authentic, unpretentious downtown-Madisonian vibe. On a gorgeous day, people-watch from our sidewalk café, or enjoy peace and quiet on our back patio. When it’s cold outside, relax by our fireplace while gazing upon the ever-changing local artist exhibits adorning the cafe walls. Our coffee and espresso drinks are crafted with only certified fair-trade and organic beans. Our in-house bakery offers made-from-scratch muffins, bars, and other assorted treats. We also offer homemade breakfast and lunch items, including sandwiches, salads, and soups. Many tasty vegan and gluten-free options are available—so is beer and wine!
Open daily 8am–10pm
Happy hour every M-F 4pm-7pm
Burgers and fries made with fresh ingredients and no trans fats. Online ordering for pick-up available.
A locally sourced grab-n-go, seasonal market that brings crave-worthy fresh produce, hearty grains, and hot proteins.
The essence of Fresco is its menu – thoughtfully prepared with vibrant, innovative offerings. The menu changes seasonally allowing Executive Chef Matt Schieble to feature new ingredients and curated dishes. Fresco offers a refined, modern setting to enjoy Chef Matt’s elegant dishes while the panoramic view takes in the recently renovated Orpheum sign as well as Madison’s Capitol building arching 187 feet into the sky. Dine at Fresco for dinner or choose this inspiring location for your next event.
Serving Japanese poke bowls and seafood.
12 S Carroll
Fromagination features artisan cheese from Wisconsin…and all over the United States and the world. Working one-on-one with you to pair cheeses with wine, beer, crackers, preserves, honey and other perfect companions. Creating an unique experience for each guest. Stop in and taste more than 100 cheeses, and other wonderful local specialty foods. Many items proudly made here in Wisconsin.
Health centered acai, fruit, and grain bowls. Also serving toast, smoothies, and other healthy treats.
411 W Gilman
Our Chinese restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients.
105 W Main
Cocktails, bottled and tap beers. Outdoor patio seating with a Capitol view.
309 N Henry
Offering a wide variety of choices from all over the globe including curries, Himalayan, sandwiches, dumplings, tacos, and more!
1 S Pinckney
Serving breakfast and lunch all day. Salad bar, soups and catering. Located inside U.S. Bank Plaza.
112 E Mifflin
Hand-rolled New York-style bagels, lox, pastrami, sandwiches, fair trade coffee. Breakfast, lunch, delivery.
Seattle based coffee shop operating in the heart of State St.
18 N Carroll
A small plate restaurant inspired by ingredients found all over the Midwest.
1 S Pinckney
Locally-sourced, comfort food favorites from Chef Tory Miller in a casual New York gastropub-inspired environment. Open for lunch, weekend brunch, and dinner, plus weekday Happy Hour from 3-6pm.
123 E Doty
A changing roster of house made craft brews & pub eats served in a lively venue with beer garden & pool tables.
21 N Pinckney
Recently named a top Farm-to-Table restaurant by Gourmet Magazine, features seasonal locally-grown and organic ingredients.
Casual bar and grill serving appetizers, fresh salads, unique sandwiches, and burgers. Lunch, dinner, late night. Warm in the winter… Cool all the time.
133 E Mifflin
Globally inspired cuisine using local Wisconsin ingredients. Dinner, happy hour, weekend brunch.
Cuisine from Nepal, Tibet and India. Vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
222 W Gorham
Bar and restaurant with more than 100 craft brews on tap, more than 30 of which are brewed in Wisconsin. HopCat is a bar. If you’re under 21 you can come in before 9 p.m. WITH A PARENT ONLY.
Made from scratch comfort food from everywhere for everyone. Dumplings, soup, chili, rice bowls, and juice.
Unique pizza by the slice & fresh salad. Voted Wisconsin's best pizza by Food Network Magazine. Lunch, dinner and late-night; pick-up and delivery.
Spanish-inspired tapas, cocktails and wide selection of wines by the glass or bottle. email@example.com
Fresh baked mix and match cookies daily. Have them delivered or pick them up in store!
116 W. Mifflin
Live piano acts nightly including dueling pianos; drink specials and 'Martini of the Month.'
Fresh, fast, and tasty gourmet sub sandwiches.
130 S Pinckney
Johnny Delmonico’s Steakhouse offers elevated service and premium quality steaks to provide an unparalleled dining experience for their customers. Dine with Johnny Delmonico’s 7 nights a week or host your next event in our private room.
Simple karaoke joint near campus with sake drinks.
Traditional, kitchen-made candy and ice cream made fresh from premium ingredients and original recipes.
Koi Sushi Restaurant offers delicious tasting Japanese food and authentic Hunan style Chinese cuisine with a variety in taste and high quality fresh sushi.
529 N Lake
Sports-themed college bar, serving food and drinks. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night.
Teas and slushes including bubble tea and milk tea.
1 S Pinckney
Farm-to-table fine dining restaurant supporting Wisconsin producers since 1976. Don't miss Chef Tory Miller's monthly themed tasting menu or the exquisite wine pairings from wine director, Michael Kwas.
1 John Nolen
Located in the Evjue Rooftop Garden of the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. Open seasonally from June through August for lunch, dinner and happy hour.
244 W Gilman
Authentic Mexican food. Lunch, dinner. Eat-in or take-out.
The contemporary-styled brick-oven pizza tavern. After 10 p.m., the restaurant has a late-night menu and feature DJs.
Great sandwiches, fine spirits and fourteen beers on tap.
201 W Gorham
Relaxed, hands-on venue for sushi & seafood boils of shrimp & crawfish, plus ample sides.
A destination for mouthwatering, seasonal and locally sourced fare. A must stop for a the Madison’s Burger! Great brunch, happy hour and late-night destination. Specialty cocktails, wines and local beers.
117 E Main
Wine, beer and cocktails. Cigar and pipe smoking allowed in the bar.
118 S Pinckney
Creative healthy food prepared by friendly folks. Breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch.
Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Dine-in or take-out.
121 S Pinckney
Farm-to-table restaurant, craft cocktails, liquor store. Dinner, happy hour, late night, weekend brunch.
10 W Mifflin
A restaurant, bar and market featuring daily menus, natural wines, craft cocktails, beers, and 3rd wave coffee. The all-day corner farmers' market includes take away bowls, salads, sandwiches, and soups, plus fresh organic produce, select artisan cheese, baked goods and kitchen essentials. Field Table hosts classes, workshops, and community activities around the original field table from our family farm, as well as private events in our Chef's Table room.
Independent coffee house offering fair trade coffees near the Capitol Square on State Street.
116 Martin Luther King Jr.
Sandwiches made with fresh bread baked onsite, meat and vegetables. Catering available. Dine-in or carry-out.
Indian lunch buffet and dinner. Located on the second floor.
Casual bar with daily drink specials and outdoor seating.
Fresh made burgers, hand cut fries and real ice cream shakes.
Our goal at Morris Ramen is to create and serve Madison’s best ramen using time tested traditional techniques and tastes (and a few things we came up with on our own)
Serving Korean style BBQ and dishes with a modern twist.
Fine asian dining from world class chef Muramoto featuring Japanese cuisine, sushi, whiskey, and sake.
Hidden, cash-only haunt offering global small plates, cocktails, & beer in an intimate space.
Home of good food, made from scratch, plus Greek specialties. Vintage atmosphere.
408 W Gorham
Nomad World Pub features an extensive beer list, live soccer, trivia, live music and happy hour specials.
Noodle dishes, soups and salads.
23 N Pinckney
Food inspired by the traditions of Wisconsin taverns and supper clubs, made with local ingredients from small Wisconsin producers. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
128 E Wilson
Cozy, laid back spot service large portions of seasonal italian fare & an extensive wine list.
131 W Wilson
Established in 1950, Paisan’s Italian Restaurant remains one of Madison’s favorites for thin crust pizza, homemade pasta and trademark sandwiches.
Paisan’s also features one of Madison’s finest lakeside dining areas. During our warm months, our patio overlooks Lake Monona delivering spectacular sunsets and a soothing view. Paisan’s restaurant features a relaxing outdoor environment like no other.
119 W Main
A neighborhood bar downtown, open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Extensive beer list; serves food daily until 1:30 am.
Homemade gyros and Greek specialties with a beautiful rooftop garden dining area. Lunch, dinner and late night.
Bar and lounge, 26 beers on tap, outdoor seating.
414 W Gilman
Russian dumplings filled with meat or potato. Lunch, dinner and late night.
Looking for a place to enjoy a specialty coffee and bakery treat? Peet’s Coffee in Memorial Union provides an escape in downtown Madison with inviting seating, big windows, and tons of delicious, customizable options to order! The location just inside the first floor doors makes it easy to grab a quick cold brew or linger over a latte.
Pizza by the slice and other options. Lunch, dinner and late night. Eat-in, take-out or delivery.
319 N Henry
Bar and grill serving lunch and dinner. Home to the world famous Plazaburger, created in 1964.
Sweet and savory staples of fresh pressed juice, salads, Paninis and signature stuffed hand pies; all sourced locally.
Poke it up is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients.
Poke restaurant with customizable meats, add ins and sauces.
425 N Frances
Longtime romantic restaurant serving traditional Italian fare in a venue with a cellar bar & patio.
22 S Carroll
Family dining and contemporary American-style cuisine. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Warm sandwiches, salads, soups, shakes. Lunch and dinner. Delivery available.
Burritos, tacos, nachos, taco salads. Made to order, fast. Eat-in or take-out.
5 N Pinckney
Serving subs and toasted subs, salads, soups and flatbreads.
461 W Gilman
Asian styled comfort food specializing in ramen, poke, and noodles.
14 W Mifflin
A classic steakhouse and seafood restaurant, featuring over 200 different wines. Lunch and dinner.
316 W Washington
Sleek eatery serving creative sushi rolls & grilled Japanese fare in modern environs.
322 W Johnson
Country and rock music venue, offering award-winning BBQ, live music weekly and a mechanical bull. Locally-owned and operated.
406 N Frances
Cash only bar featuring bar games and happy hour drinks.
119 E Main
Vintage rock-inspired pub and restaurant. Three floors, sidewalk cafe. Lunch, dinner, private parties and catering.
402 W Gorham
Wines from around the world, all major domestic beers and hundreds of imports and micro brews, wide selection of liquor.
Featuring authentic Laotian and Thai cuisine. Lunch and dinner.
100 N Hamilton
Inside Madison Children's Museum. Locally-sourced pizza, pasta, salad, kid-friendly options and Chocolate Shoppe ice cream.
Lanzhou hand pulled noodle is from the Gansu province. It is one of the top ten noodles in China, known for its rich beef broth and springy noodles. The noodles are more than just plain noodles, they are a piece of art. Every single bowl of noodles will be made freshly from dough when you order.
439 N Frances
Our menu is carefully crafted to meet any food need. Make your salad as healthy, bizarre, or simple as you want. Mix it UP with a fresh pressed juice or even throw in a wrap or some soup. We lay out the options and let you do your thing.
240 W Gilman
Offering two-course dining featuring fresh salads and fire-roasted meats. Dinner and Sunday brunch.
Offering a wide variety of specialty teas, including bubble tea.
121 E Main
A modern interpretation on authentic Mexican food on Main Street. Open for lunch and dinner. Delivery available.
117 W Main
A bar where everyone is welcome. Also serving lunch, dinner, happy hour.
301 W Johnson
All breakfast menu, day and night, made from scratch with fresh, organic, and local ingredients. Open Wed: 6am-3pm; Thurs & Fri: 6am-Midnight; Sat 6am until Sun 9pm (yes, the whole time.)
240 W Gilman
Classic bar and comfort food, including soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and flat bread pizza. Lunch, dinner, late night. Entrance on NE side of building.
117 W Mifflin
Neighborhood bar since 1933. Pool and shuffleboard tables.
117 E Mifflin
Authentic Korean dining just off of the Capitol Square. Dinner plus Fri.-Sat. lunch.
303 N Henry
LGBTQ-friendly bar and dance club.
5 N Pinckney
Wines from small, family growers that reflect a sense of place. Tastings and classes offered.
1 E Main
Coffee and espresso drinks, teas, pastries and merchandise. On the Capitol Square.
1 W Dayton
Coffee and espresso drinks, teas, pastries and merchandise. In the Madison Concourse Hotel
Coffee and espresso drinks, teas, pastries and merchandise. Near UW campus.
Bratwurst, burgers, sandwiches, salad. Lunch, dinner, drinks, parties, catering. Outdoor garden. The Alumni H.Q.
Strada, a classic Italian bistro, features hearth-fired personal pizzas, delectable pasta bowls and piadinas—Italian flatbread sandwiches filled with cheese, sauce, meat and veggies. A community favorite, Strada offers a mouthwatering menu of signature selections as well as the option to customize your own dish from our assortment of fresh and seasonal toppings.
19 W Main
Sub sandwiches made to order. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the Capitol Square.
Sub sandwiches made to order. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Near UW campus.
Unique European-style cafe serving homemade food, gourmet desserts. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Located upstairs.
Snug Japanese eatery featuring a menu that includes sushi, teriyaki, & bento boxes.
Fast-food chain serving Mexican-inspired fare such as tacos, quesadillas & nachos.
Taiwan Little Eats, serving traditional night market fare on Madison's State Street.
Chinese, Sichuan and Japanese restaurant. Delivery and take out available.
27 E Main
Located on the Capitol Square offering modern asian cuisine and sushi. Full bar offering specialty cocktails and a wide variety of local and Asian selections. Fan favorites include General Tso’s Cauliflower, Spicy Miso Ramen, Gyoza, Nueske’s Bacon & Egg Fried Rice, Dragon Roll, and Pork Buns. Open for lunch Tues-Sat, dinner Mon-Sat. Closed Sundays and Monday lunch. Delivery and Carry-out available.
Unique meat, cheese and veggie pasty pies.
120 E Wilson
Sleek, stylish restaurant featuring oysters & other seafood fare plus live music on weekneds.
Traditional corner tavern serving Wisconsin bar fare, craft beer and daily specials. Lunch, dinner, drinks.
116 S Hamilton
White-linen dining in a supper club atmosphere. Steaks, pork, duck, rabbit, lamb, seafood, fish, cocktails. Dinner, bar, late night menu.
Classic Italian trattoria, three floors of seating, sidewalk cafe, extensive wine list. Lunch and dinner. Voted Best of Madison since 2006.
A dining club for members including UW-Madison students, faculty and staff. Meeting, reception and banquet rooms available to members for catered events and private luncheons.
151 W Gorham
Authentic Lao and Thai cuisine. Vegetarian options, large selection of beers and wines. Lunch and dinner.
Local pizzeria offering thin crust pizza, deep-dish Chicago style, and double dough. Also available are pasta dishes, sandwiches, appetizers and salads.
VOM FASS offers vintage wines of different regions and wineries as well as premium vinegars, oils and spirits in a variety of quantities.
Boisterous 3-level bar with a party vibe offering DJs, dancing, & a weekly free bacon night.
Huge space featuring live bands, DJ's, pool tables, and dance floor.
Shop online or in store for the world's largest selection of Wisconsin Cheeses since 1938. Great for gifts and souvenirs.
Bar with a sports attitude catering primarily to the gay community. Happy hour, events, theme parties. Men of WOOF'S calendars available.