Guidebook for Madison

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Guidebook for Madison

Arts & Culture

This upscale theater attracts some of the most renown live performance art to Madison. If you want to see live show during your stay, this place will deliver.
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Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
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This upscale theater attracts some of the most renown live performance art to Madison. If you want to see live show during your stay, this place will deliver.
Featuring live music and Gomeroke (sing karaoke alongside a live band, the Gomers), this is one of the hottest music venues in Madison.
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High Noon Saloon
701 East Washington Avenue
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Featuring live music and Gomeroke (sing karaoke alongside a live band, the Gomers), this is one of the hottest music venues in Madison.
Anyone who knows Madison's music scene will tell you that the best venue for it is the Majestic. Check out their website to see upcoming shows.
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Majestic Theatre
115 King Street
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Anyone who knows Madison's music scene will tell you that the best venue for it is the Majestic. Check out their website to see upcoming shows.

Drinks & Nightlife

This is a small bar with an astonishingly large selection of rare imported beers. If you love beer, you're sure to be impressed with this place.
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The Malt House
2609 East Washington Avenue
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This is a small bar with an astonishingly large selection of rare imported beers. If you love beer, you're sure to be impressed with this place.
One Barrel describes itself as a nano-brewery, they brew one barrel at a time. Watch the bar staff throw tips to the ceiling with magnets, then go next door for the best dessert of your life.
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One Barrel Brewing Company
2001 Atwood Avenue
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One Barrel describes itself as a nano-brewery, they brew one barrel at a time. Watch the bar staff throw tips to the ceiling with magnets, then go next door for the best dessert of your life.
Coopers was rated Madison's favorite new restaurant. It lives up to expectations with an amazing beer selection and some unusual Wisconsin food. Check out the sconnie egg or bone marrow appetizers!
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The Coopers Tavern
20 West Mifflin Street
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Coopers was rated Madison's favorite new restaurant. It lives up to expectations with an amazing beer selection and some unusual Wisconsin food. Check out the sconnie egg or bone marrow appetizers!

Food Scene

Delicious fresh-made bread is the mark of this Isthmus favorite. Enjoy a pricey but delicious breakfast, coffee, sandwich, or pastry.
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Madison Sourdough
916 Williamson Street
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Delicious fresh-made bread is the mark of this Isthmus favorite. Enjoy a pricey but delicious breakfast, coffee, sandwich, or pastry.
If you love chocolate, walking into this place will make you think you died and went to heaven. Grab a glass of wine and a delctable dessert. You're on vacation, so go ahead and splurge a little.
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Chocolaterian Cafe - Atwood Avenue
2004 Atwood Avenue
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If you love chocolate, walking into this place will make you think you died and went to heaven. Grab a glass of wine and a delctable dessert. You're on vacation, so go ahead and splurge a little.
This tiny restaurant has great food/drinks, and often has live DJs. The atmosphere is trendy and upscale. Can't find it? This restaurant has no sign, but I promise it's there.
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Natt Spil
211 King Street
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This tiny restaurant has great food/drinks, and often has live DJs. The atmosphere is trendy and upscale. Can't find it? This restaurant has no sign, but I promise it's there.
Et Vout Pres (EVP) means "on your mark" and is the phrase called out just before the start of a rowing competition. This coffee shop is just a few minutes walk from the house.
EVP Coffee East
1250 East Washington Avenue
Et Vout Pres (EVP) means "on your mark" and is the phrase called out just before the start of a rowing competition. This coffee shop is just a few minutes walk from the house.
This is a great local coffee shop with free wi-fi, a cozy feel, and great coffee.
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Mother Fool's Coffeehouse
1101 Williamson Street
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This is a great local coffee shop with free wi-fi, a cozy feel, and great coffee.
This brand new restaurant is very hipster. Expect small portions that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the taste. This place is pricey, but worth it for the occasional splurge.
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Forequarter
708 1/4 East Johnson Street
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This brand new restaurant is very hipster. Expect small portions that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the taste. This place is pricey, but worth it for the occasional splurge.
Check out this spot for some amazing tex/mex food. It's a bit more pricey than your average Madison restaurant, but well worth it.
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Eldorado Grill
744 Williamson St
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Check out this spot for some amazing tex/mex food. It's a bit more pricey than your average Madison restaurant, but well worth it.
This coffee shop is just a few blocks from the house. It's unique atmosphere and decor is a (welcome) departure from your typical coffee house.
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Johnson Public House
908 East Johnson Street
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This coffee shop is just a few blocks from the house. It's unique atmosphere and decor is a (welcome) departure from your typical coffee house.
Hands down the best breakfast you'll find in the area. Lazy Janes has a huge assortment of scones and pastries, including my favorite, the blue cheese and bacon stuffed croissant.
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Lazy Jane's Cafe and Bakery
1358 Williamson Street
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Hands down the best breakfast you'll find in the area. Lazy Janes has a huge assortment of scones and pastries, including my favorite, the blue cheese and bacon stuffed croissant.
Sophia's has very limited hours (they're only open on weekend mornings), so you'll always find it packed to the brim. The hustle and bustle is all part of the experience at this local hotspot.
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Sophia's Bakery & Cafe
831 East Johnson Street
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Sophia's has very limited hours (they're only open on weekend mornings), so you'll always find it packed to the brim. The hustle and bustle is all part of the experience at this local hotspot.
This restaurant is a local gem. It has a dark yet inviting atmosphere with friendly banter at the bar, board games for anyone to grab, and a menu that's sure to please.
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Weary Traveler Freehouse
1201 Williamson Street
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This restaurant is a local gem. It has a dark yet inviting atmosphere with friendly banter at the bar, board games for anyone to grab, and a menu that's sure to please.
Enjoy beautiful views of the state capitol at this upscale restaurant with some of the best food in town.
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Graze
1 South Pinckney Street
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Enjoy beautiful views of the state capitol at this upscale restaurant with some of the best food in town.
This is one of the best loatian food restaurants in Madison. This small and cozy restaurant fills up fast, but is available for sit-down or take-out meals. I highly recommend the squash curry!
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Lao Laan-Xang Restaurant
1146 Williamson Street
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This is one of the best loatian food restaurants in Madison. This small and cozy restaurant fills up fast, but is available for sit-down or take-out meals. I highly recommend the squash curry!

Everything Else

This award winning new campus building has a nice coffee shop and movie theater in it for those looking to catch a film. Check out the new Discovery Center across the street while you're there.
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Union South
1308 West Dayton Street
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This award winning new campus building has a nice coffee shop and movie theater in it for those looking to catch a film. Check out the new Discovery Center across the street while you're there.
Arboretum drive is a favorite place for runners and bikers to do their workouts. If you're an avid runner, or just want a peaceful place to jog, this is it.
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway
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Arboretum drive is a favorite place for runners and bikers to do their workouts. If you're an avid runner, or just want a peaceful place to jog, this is it.

Sightseeing

Olbrich Gardens has indoor and outdoor gardens, and loads of events all summer long (such as yoga in the gardens). If you're looking for something relaxing and fun, this is a good option.
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Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
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Olbrich Gardens has indoor and outdoor gardens, and loads of events all summer long (such as yoga in the gardens). If you're looking for something relaxing and fun, this is a good option.
Picnic point is a scenic park with great walking and biking trails, fire pits, and picnic tables. Take a jog through the park, or head out for an afternoon picnic. Don't forget your swimsuit.
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Picnic Point
2002 University Bay Drive
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Picnic point is a scenic park with great walking and biking trails, fire pits, and picnic tables. Take a jog through the park, or head out for an afternoon picnic. Don't forget your swimsuit.
This icon of Madison's skyline was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but built long after his death. Take in beautiful views from the rooftop terrace, or visit Dane Dances there on Sunday nights.
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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive
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This icon of Madison's skyline was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but built long after his death. Take in beautiful views from the rooftop terrace, or visit Dane Dances there on Sunday nights.

Entertainment & Activities

If you're looking to have some fun with the family, Madison's free zoo is the place to go. After checking out the zoo, take a swim at the Vilas park beach, or play at the Vilas Park playground.
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Henry Vilas Zoo
702 South Randall Avenue
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If you're looking to have some fun with the family, Madison's free zoo is the place to go. After checking out the zoo, take a swim at the Vilas park beach, or play at the Vilas Park playground.

Essentials

This co-op exemplifies Madison and the Willy St. neighborhood. It's expensive, but local, and full of high quality organic and natural foods.
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Willy Street Co-op—East
1221 Williamson Street
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This co-op exemplifies Madison and the Willy St. neighborhood. It's expensive, but local, and full of high quality organic and natural foods.
This local hole-in-the-wall liquor store has been in the neighborhood for as long as anyone can remember. They have a great selection of micro-brews and are just a few blocks away.
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Cork 'n Bottle
855 East Johnson Street
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This local hole-in-the-wall liquor store has been in the neighborhood for as long as anyone can remember. They have a great selection of micro-brews and are just a few blocks away.