The Cooper's Tavern

Pub and Bar$$$$
Downtown Madison, Madison
  • Kate M.
    "Best atmosphere, food, and beer list in Madison"(12 Tips)
    Emily K.
    "Poutine is amazing"(8 Tips)
    Andrew Z.
    "Pork Belly Mac was amazing."(2 Tips)
    "Phenomenal Reuben and Brisket sandwiches!!"(3 Tips)
93 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • sandwiches
  • pork belly mac
  • poutine
  • sconnie
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  • Andrew S.
    Beer and food was amazing
  • Andrew Z.
    Andrew ZFebruary 9
    Pork Belly Mac was amazing. Excellent beer selection as well.
  • Angela O.
    Angela OwenAugust 23, 2016
    All the food for our private party was excellent. Sliders, bruschetta, fresh fruit and pretzel balls. Service was fantastic.
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TaubApril 14, 2016
    Great beer list and solid menu. Good place to watch soccer
  • Jack S.
    Jack SchulteFebruary 23, 2016
    Friendly and knowledgeable bar staff.
  • Mallory K.
    Mallory KlingFebruary 18, 2016
    Grilled cheese!
  • Marty O.
    Marty O.October 4, 2015
    Frenched Chicken the best pick here
  • Corey J.
    Corey JacobSeptember 13, 2015
    Can't decide on a pulled pork sandwich or a burger? With the Coopers burger you don't have to. Indecision never tasted so good...
  • jon s.
    jon sJune 7, 2015
    Yeah...i like to drink
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurMay 18, 2015
    The sconnie eggs. Oh. My. God! Also the pork belly Mac! Very rustic looking, arsenal bar. Great place to hang and have a beer.
  • Justin L.
    Justin LockeMay 12, 2015
    I traveled all of State St and more. Just go here and have a blast. Great beer and Sandwiches
  • Joanna M.
    Joanna MerrillMarch 9, 2015
    Nice upscale tavern atmosphere. Good lunch spot. Great location.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HurlimanMarch 2, 2015
    Good food and nice atmosphere. Great beer selection.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyFebruary 24, 2015
    Relaxing bar with a woodsman feel. Enjoy a great selection of taps by the Wisconsin capitol!
  • Ian S.
    Ian SecviarOctober 6, 2014
    Definitely give the Cooper burger a go. It does not disappoint.
  • Peter D.
    Peter DeMaioSeptember 7, 2014
    Seriously everything is good. Our group of 6 ordered 5 differrent entrees and couldn't decide who had the best.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BrennanAugust 19, 2014
    Good beer selection
  • Sheila S.
    Sheila SchultzAugust 16, 2014
    Good bartender!
  • Charles K.
    Charles KochAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing tap list and new upstairs seating area (if it's not reserved for a private function).
  • rebecca s.
    rebecca sloatJune 21, 2014
    Extremely rude bartenders. It's unfortunate because I love their food and beer selection, but I won't be coming back. I won't support a place who treats their customers so poorly -- get new employees!
  • Chad S.
    Chad SutherlandMay 31, 2014
    They do not allow vaping. Decent place, and good food, though.
  • William C.
    William CalkinsApril 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Arsenal Bar #coyg
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NeubauerJanuary 28, 2014
    Brisket sandwich
  • Emily K.
    Emily KiteJanuary 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Premier League matches shown during weekend morning brunch.
  • Steve T.
    Steve T.December 25, 2013
    Great beer and food. Great Wisconsin breakfasts.
  • Chanda L.
    Chanda Lang HaldermanDecember 14, 2013
    Brunch was yummy - we recommend the regular Benedict, poutine Benedict, and the cinnamon roll. The pretzels are good but you get such a small amount of pretzels - they aren't worth it.
  • Powderfinger
    PowderfingerNovember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    only bar in madtown serving Pseudo Sue.
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BrownNovember 3, 2013
    Order the bone marrow appetizer and they'll give you something called the "dugout" shot for free.
  • Candace B.
    Candace BOctober 28, 2013
    This place is beer heaven!
  • Mary W.
    Mary White ReineckOctober 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best eggs Benedict!!
  • Melissa J.
    Melissa JohnsonSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cool new space upstairs!
  • Jacque G.
    Jacque GirardAugust 22, 2013
    Great cheese platter. Great rueben & fries & salads
  • Talita T.
    Talita TáitiAugust 6, 2013
    Great place for a cold brew (really great selection) and some delicious and fresh food. Hubby and I had sandwiches and they were both amazing! Even a simple grilled cheese knocked it outta the park.
  • Terry H.
    Terry HickmannAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like beer, this is the place to stop. The bartender's do a great job.
  • Sathish J.
    Sathish JayapalJuly 10, 2013
    Limited veg. Variety in lunch menu.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WagnerJuly 6, 2013
    Nice atmosphere. Wait staff friendly. I was a little disappointed with the food but wld try again.
  • Kate M.
    Kate McKeyJune 5, 2013
    Best atmosphere, food, and beer list in Madison
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan B.May 25, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The outdoor patio is purty nice
  • Deneen
    DeneenMay 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Shhhhhh... the upstairs bar is the place to be!
  • Shelby K.
    Shelby KailMay 11, 2013
    Sweet Corn Cesar is wonderful!
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca ComfortMay 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have two-ply toilet paper. Most excellent.
  • Megan O.
    Megan OlleApril 8, 2013
    The pretzel covered chicken breast is amazing!
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WMarch 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Poutine...enough said.
  • Jason G.
    Jason GreelyFebruary 2, 2013
    Reuben's kraut is soaked in beer...tastes like caramelized onions
  • Ian C.
    Ian C.G.January 27, 2013
    Bloody Mary tastes like 50% cocktail sauce. Even with a spicy request it was extremely mild. Still love this place but won't order a bloody again.
  • Blair
    BlairDecember 29, 2012
    Phenomenal Reuben and Brisket sandwiches!! Ask your server for a suggestion on beer, you won't regret it!
  • Chris G.
    Chris GroveDecember 22, 2012
    Great for yuppies, Hipsters etc.
  • Nick D.
    Nick DmytrenkoOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken sandwich > Turkey Sandwich > Brisket Sandwich. Remember that.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KaliesSeptember 2, 2012
    Ask to be seated in "the snug" if it's not taken, it's awesome. Great burgers as well!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BachhuberJuly 6, 2012
    Super nice AC!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SkinnerJune 30, 2012
    Scotch! Scotch! Scotch! Good scotch list here
  • Scott F.
    Scott FornwallJune 17, 2012
    At ALL costs you MUST get the Pouteen. It's freakin' delicious!
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KreifJune 7, 2012
    Well... the poutine was fine. However the entrees (burger, a salad, & prime beef sandwich) were a bit disappointing.
  • Ruslana W.
    Ruslana WesterlundJune 4, 2012
    Came here all the way from Minneapolis to have the best reuben.
  • Katie K.
    Katie KupkakesMay 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker. Get a real cocktail here!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KlingerMay 26, 2012
    Poutine is amazing
  • Emily K.
    Emily KlingerMay 26, 2012
    We love the snug!
  • Michelle
    MichelleMay 19, 2012
    Czech people: they currently don't carry Krusovice. sad day.
  • Ben K.
    Ben KlingenbergMay 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The N/A summer drinks are great. Strawberry mint lemonade!
  • Jake V.
    Jake VoorheesNovember 12, 2011
    Cool place
  • Stephanie I.
    Stephanie IrvineNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    GREAT beer selection!
  • Robyn K.
    Robyn KOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food, great beer list, but the service continues to suck. Lots of attitude, complete lack of attention- in general, complete cocks
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LamoureuxOctober 4, 2011
    Beer heaven! But trust me the Poutine is nothing compared to the Quebec 's one!!
  • Ibrahim B.
    Ibrahim BalkhySeptember 26, 2011
    Belgian Frites!!!
  • Lucie C.
    Lucie CregeurSeptember 24, 2011
    The fettuccine was awesome!
  • Suzanne Sarah F.
    Suzanne Sarah ForsbergSeptember 17, 2011
    pretzels & beer cheese dip ... Need I say more? You're in Wisconsin now.
  • Kai S.
    Kai ShiuSeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken sandwich- awesome
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HarriganJune 14, 2011
    Amazing beer selection. Great food. Love it.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SalasJune 5, 2011
    Waited 30 minutes for service after being seated before we just got up and left...
  • Eric B.
    Eric BangerterMay 14, 2011
    Don't go here. Deemed unfit to enter for giving a piggyback ride to my wife.
  • Prince S.
    Prince SwarayFebruary 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Samuel Smith oatmeal stout is delicious
  • Johnny K.
    Johnny KoremenosJanuary 15, 2011
    Try the beef brisket.
  • Kara M.
    Kara MartensJanuary 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the staff is the best! beer list isn't half bad either ;)
  • Sam R.
    Sam RoeckerJanuary 2, 2011
    Great winter drinks menu.
  • Jenn B.
    Jenn BaierDecember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Grilled cheese! THE BEST even for Adults :)
  • George B.
    George BartramNovember 23, 2010
    Try the Monk's Flemish Sour Ale there is nothing like it
  • Peter M.
    Peter McElvannaOctober 29, 2010
    The Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is so good.......dark beer always tastes better in the colder weather
  • Dana
    DanaAugust 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Poutine eggs's what dreams are made of.
  • John H.
    John HermanAugust 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Have fun in the snug
  • Kara M.
    Kara MartensJune 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Irish music on Mondays is fun! Music + great beer + delish food = Cooper's
  • Michael L.
    Michael LangeMay 16, 2010
    The bloody mary's are amazing. And try the brisket. Delicious.
  • Nicole R.
    Nicole RelyeaMay 11, 2010
    Get the snug if you have a group, it fits about 9 people and is super fun.
  • Derek G.
    Derek GeblerMay 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to check and see if the "Snug" is available for seating. It's the private room at the end of the bar.
  • Terrence
    TerrenceApril 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    poutine sounds gross because of the gravy, but its really good.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BlanchardApril 19, 2010
    Wi-Fi = coopers2010
  • Kira S.
    Kira SabinApril 2, 2010
    Have the poutine. It is everything that is right with the world.
  • Jason
    JasonMarch 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Speckled hen on tap
  • Reid E.
    Reid ExleyMarch 18, 2010
    Turkey sandwich is actual turkey breast. Amazing!
  • Peter A.
    Peter AlbrechtFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Peter McElvanna's Coopers Tavern is a must stop on the Capitol Square, inexpensive drinks + rustic atmosphere are an unbeatable combination.
  • Blake H.
    Blake HallFebruary 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    One word: Schlenkerla Read more
  • Brian E.
    Brian EllisonFebruary 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a Sconnie (Scotch) egg and some frites. A death's Door Gin Gimlet hits the spot too. Read more
  • Megan C
    Megan CFebruary 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Holy imported draft beer selection, Batman! Love the Belgians on tap.
  • Sean D.
    Sean DJanuary 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
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