Nitty Gritty Restaurant & Bar

Nitty Gritty Restaurant & Bar

Bar, American Restaurant, and Burger Joint$$$$
Johnson Street Bend, Madison
  • Ashley G.
    "Always a great spot whether it's your birthday or not!"(23 Tips)
    Olivia C.
    "$1 beers at power hour are the best way to relieve school stress!"(13 Tips)
    Jim A.
    "Try the Mini Gritty Burger - A Russian White Castle Burger"(6 Tips)
    Ethan P.
    "Get the gritty sauce on everything."(4 Tips)
99 Tips and reviews
  • birthday
  • power hour
  • gritty sauce
  • burgers
  • cheese curds
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  • Marcy D.
    Marcy DavidsonOctober 22, 2013
    The Brunchzilla is a MUST have!1 liter Bloody Mary decked out with a mini-burger, huge sausage link, bacon, cheese curd, olive, pickle,&beef stick. PLUS you get a pint of beer (your choice). Only $14!
  • Joanna M.
    Joanna MerrillMarch 22, 2015
    If you like bloody marys, try the brunchzilla. A liter of bloody mary, and a 16 oz beer topped with a burger and other munchies. Just be sure to take your time finishing it. It's a beast!
  • Aaron T.
    Aaron TorresOctober 28, 2012
    Sit upstairs on Sundays to watch football and they have cheap bloody Mary's, pitchers, and food.
  • 77 Square
    77 SquareApril 18, 2012
    Try Batch 19 at the Gritty -only 1 of 7 bars in Madison serving it. For all your entertainment needs at the tap of a finger, download the new 77 Square app. Free for iPhones! Read more
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CMay 6, 2012
    Waitied forever for a server and watched them go by us and serve two other tables, so we left and went to amazing Dotty Dumpling down the street actually glad much better!!
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley GlowinskiJuly 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a great spot whether it's your birthday or not! Kareokee upstairs and Sundays is tons of fun as well!!!
  • Yoli Z.
    Yoli ZMarch 12, 2016
    Eventhough the food is subpar and so are their mimosas, customer service is good. Kids get a free mini sundae!
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SmithMay 23, 2015
    Crowded and busy at times, so service isn't always perfect. But it's a birthday must at least once if you live in Madison.
  • Blake R.
    Blake RobertsonNovember 30, 2013
    You drink free on your birthday. Yep, free garbage beers at dirty bar with slimy burgers and a nasty interpretation of thousand island dressing.
  • John C.
    John CarlsonJanuary 7, 2016
    Had a great BBQ Bacon Burger. Very friendly wait staff. Good fries too!
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMay 27, 2012
    Try the Cheese Curds - Not bad for a late night snack. But the best I had in Madison was at The Old Fashioned.
  • Casey N.
    Casey NeumanMarch 4, 2012
    Chesse curds are pre-packaged. Dont bother. However, do get the pretzel burger with bbq sauce. Delish!
  • Adam T.
    Adam TrudellMay 24, 2012
    Great food! Free beer on your birthday too with a complimentary mug.
  • Corinne
    CorinneMarch 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Karaoke nights are the best. Small crowd so you're guaranteed to sing a song!
  • Red Card Meal Plan
    Red Card Meal PlanSeptember 21, 2011
    The Red Card Off-Campus Meal Plan is accepted here! Sign up for Red Card at
  • Peter M.
    Peter MMarch 23, 2015
    Come here on your birthday. Free drinks for hours
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethJune 12, 2012
    Best place to go on your birthday!!!!
    Upvoted Aug 28
  • Zach C.
    Zach ChapmanAugust 7, 2011
    Check out the spiders. At the front entrance. Especially during power hour when the line doesn't move.
  • Joe R.
    Joe RoMarch 11, 2012
    Come here on your birthday for a free birthday beer :) with a balloon on it
  • CollegeCandy
    CollegeCandyDecember 1, 2011
    A staple for birthdays. Come for the free pint! And Power Hour at 10pm every night!
  • Carl L.
    Carl LaceyApril 1, 2014
    Contribute to getting the birthday girl or boy hammered! Buy them a drink!
    Upvoted Aug 28
  • Olivia C.
    Olivia CipraNovember 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    $1 beers at power hour are the best way to relieve school stress!
  • Jen F.
    Jen FieldsNovember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always order extra Gritty Sauce on the side. Always.
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMay 25, 2012
    Try the Mini Gritty Burger - A Russian White Castle Burger
  • Harter :.
    Harter :)April 29, 2012
    Get the "Wisconsinite" and throw some Gritty Sauce on it! Yum!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BruceOctober 15, 2010
    Order a Gritty Burger and cheese curds. Then put the curds on the burger. Then eat that burger.
  • Tony M.
    Tony MMarch 14, 2015
    Great place to celebrate a birthday.
  • Three Olives M.
    Three Olives MadisonMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy $2.50 Three Olives Vodka mixers EVERY Thursday & Saturday at the Nitty Gritty from 9pm-close!
  • James J.
    James JohnsonAugust 11, 2012
    Best b-day place anywhere!!!!
    Upvoted Aug 28
  • Claire J.
    Claire JohnsonDecember 30, 2014
    Pretzel Sticks&Cheese from the party starters are amazing
  • Kristen K.
    Kristen KlingbielJune 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best birthday place in Madison! :D
    Upvoted Aug 28
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMay 25, 2012
    Try the Dirty Grey Goose Martini - Reward! Spent the evening at the Madison Labor Temple making calls to get out the vote in the Walker recall election
  • Lover F.
    Lover FaceOctober 29, 2011
    Talk to honest Brandon. First class all the way. Thanks from France and Adrian.
  • Alison S.
    Alison ScharmanDecember 3, 2011
    One of my favorite b ars in madison! Power hour! One dollar rails!
  • Katrina
    KatrinaOctober 28, 2012
    Come at 11 on your birthday for free drinks :)
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LangerApril 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here for your bday, it's the best place in Madtown!
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea SlosserNovember 13, 2012
    Wash down your $1 tacos with $3 margaritas on Monday!
  • Kate O.
    Kate O'ConnorSeptember 11, 2015
    Power hour cheap drinks, burgers, birthday specials
  • Jake W.
    Jake WolterMay 21, 2012
    Trivia is at 8pm not 7:30 on sundays. Afterwards is karaoke!
  • Liz S.
    Liz SimakJanuary 18, 2015
    Fantastic service and great bloody marys!
  • Jenaka S.
    Jenaka SchwabNovember 26, 2012
    Order the cheese curds! They're delish!
  • Ethan P.
    Ethan PickettJuly 18, 2012
    Get the gritty sauce on everything.
  • Chelsey B.
    Chelsey BloomMay 5, 2012
    My cousin owns the place! Hiiiii Lee!! :) best burgers ever!
  • Lee
    LeeApril 19, 2012
    come for the wednesday nite special $2.50 doctor shot
  • Melissa J.
    Melissa JanskyOctober 9, 2016
    It was just okay. My burger tasted like a frozen burger you buy from the grocery store. Cheese curds were terrible, I think those were frozen too. Bleh!
  • Envy B.
    Envy Barber & SalonOctober 10, 2012
    Best Matzo Ball Soup in the World !
  • Brandon N.
    Brandon NeldnerNovember 20, 2012
    You gotta go with the $1 Mich Goldens for power hour!
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BlickApril 9, 2016
    Wonderful place to go before a game.
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SalineJune 24, 2010
    Gotta have the pretzel bun or the herb and garlic burger. Read more
  • Dasha B.
    Dasha BezmanMay 28, 2012
    The cheese curds are amazing!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MooreAugust 19, 2012
    Come for dinner. Stay for power hour!!!
  • Emer G.
    Emer GDecember 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Upstairs is not open all the time and the beer sits in the lines and they don't run it for long enough before they serve it! Nasty!
  • Brad G.
    Brad GreenJune 23, 2012
    Bar = quick drink service!
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LaurenApril 20, 2012
    Honey brie burger is delicious!!
  • Jim T.
    Jim ToomeyDecember 9, 2012
    Got "asked to leave" for not having reservations. Only wanted to get a beer at the bar. Invite three friends to not come back.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FausekAugust 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here early for power hour!
  • Melanie B.
    Melanie BonettiNovember 16, 2012
    Get the chicken tenders!!!!!!! Sooooo yummy
  • Kim G.
    Kim GJune 29, 2010
    Stop here for the best Gritty Burger in town. I'm always here on my birthday.
  • Tara M.
    Tara MillerApril 14, 2012
    Get here early for power hour
  • Erica M.
    Erica McMahonOctober 27, 2012
    Gritty burger is the best!
  • Missy G.
    Missy GoldsteinJuly 25, 2012
    Chicken strips are great!
  • Steve S.
    Steve SaundersJuly 15, 2016
    Go on your birthday.
  • Jessy A.
    Jessy AckermanJuly 27, 2012
    Best bar for birthday!!!
  • Jory Z.
    Jory ZunenshineOctober 21
    Burgers are very good
  • Philip P.
    Philip PardaDecember 9, 2012
    Birthday balloons and power hour!
  • Jenny
    JennyJune 10, 2012
    Gritty sauce is amazing.
  • Mo S.
    Mo SullivanDecember 1, 2012
    It's the best birthday bar!
  • Molly R.
    Molly ReppenApril 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Sit upstairs! More booths.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SimonsApril 30, 2012
    Come for 10:00 power hour!!!!
  • Sawyer B.
    Sawyer BrownMay 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I've celebrated my last four birthdays here. And in no way is that depressing.
  • Sawyer B.
    Sawyer BrownMay 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Power Hour will never get old!
  • Lee P.
    Lee PierFebruary 28, 2011
    Always a party at The Nitty Gritty!!!
  • Jon G.
    Jon GarciaFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Going after the mayorship from home
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BartelsSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nitty Gritty Power Hour!
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMay 25, 2012
    Try the Cheese Curds
  • Eric J.
    Eric JohnsonJuly 13, 2011
    Best lookin mayor in all of madtown
  • Alison S.
    Alison StricklerApril 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best for bdays!!
  • Corey J.
    Corey John Kuhn WilhelmNovember 9, 2012
    Nothing better than a gritty burger!
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzAugust 29, 2014
    Take your girlfriend here for her birthday.
  • Tessa H.
    Tessa HornOctober 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Summer hummers are yummmy!!
  • Hannah J.
    Hannah JonesMarch 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    I love playing darts here!!!
  • Johanna M.
    Johanna MitchellMay 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love it here!!
  • Travis W.
    Travis WilliamsApril 26, 2012
    Gritty burger
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CMay 6, 2012
    Well been waiting a hour for a server
  • Jose S.
    Jose S.July 13, 2011
    This place has the HOTTEST MAYOR OF ALL!
  • Jose S.
    Jose S.July 13, 2011
    Try the Eclipse!
  • Tomissa P.
    Tomissa PorathOctober 23, 2011
    Birthdays here
  • subramanya D.
    subramanya DattaMarch 2, 2011
    This place is loaded with chicks all the time...omg!!!
  • Casey C.
    Casey ClaytonApril 22, 2012
    $3 batch 19!
  • Blast! M.
    Blast! MarketingJune 10, 2012
    Happy birthday hour
  • Jaci P.
    Jaci PetteyOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    bday mug :)
  • Brent S.
    Brent StichmannNovember 1, 2012
    Nitty rocks
  • Jon G.
    Jon GarciaFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Just kidding Joe. You Da Man
  • Jon G.
    Jon GarciaFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Joe da Man!
  • Tyler Z.
    Tyler ZieglerSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Patio closes at 930 pm now. What a joke.
  • Hannah J.
    Hannah JonesMay 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Garza is bald
  • Chad
    ChadApril 18, 2010
    Bar service leaves something to be desired...unless you have boobs.
  • SheSy ʚϊɞ 佩.
    was really funnn
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CarpenterJuly 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Veggie plate.
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