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Best things to do in Madison

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Café
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“The "Daisy" is only one block away! It serves good food at a decent price, is family friendly and offers a fun array of cupcakes!”
15 locals recommend
Bar
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“Delicious food and unique craft cocktails; turns into more of a nightclub with a DJ after 10 pm”
16 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“This is a small grocery store with a really great meat counter. If you're thinking of grilling out on the patio, this is the spot to get your meats. They also have an excellent beer selection and other grocery needs.”
16 locals recommend
Park
“Great place to lie in the sun or shade, take a quick dip in the lake, play volleyball or even rent a canoe or kayak. There is a nice place structure for kids as well. ”
15 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Love a margarita? Love tacos? This is indeed the place to go...great service, delicious tacos and salsa bar!”
15 locals recommend
Cinema
“The student union is not just for students. They have a variety of food options. They have live music on the weekends, free movies on Monday night on the lake. It offers a great view of Lake Mendota. It's a go to must to get a badger vibe. ”
21 locals recommend
Bar
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“BEST Supper Club in Dane County! if you have never been to a traditional Wisconsin supper club-try this one. Exquisite service, late night menu to die for and cool old style supper club vibe. outdoor dining area is lovely. ”
17 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Great place to go sober up. Gigantic portions, great greasy spoon and fun place to people watch. ”
17 locals recommend
Bakery
“Best bakery in town (in our opinion). It's SO good. You can't go wrong, no matter what you get. ”
13 locals recommend
Pub
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“Coopers Tavern is not only amazing food (brunch and dinner) but fantastic views and one of the best beer lists in town. In the summer, they put out tables right on the Capitol Square.”
14 locals recommend
Bar
“Live music, drinks, restaurant (next door). Check website. Great venue for interacting with artists, you can get up close and personal! ”
13 locals recommend
Bar
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“The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company was established by college friends Eliot Butler and Rob LoBreglio. The two dreamed of starting a Brewpub that offered many varieties of house-brewed ales and lagers and hearty made-from-scratch pub fare to accompany the beers. The original Downtown location opened in November 1994 and expanded with the addition of a pool hall in 1996. The wild success of the first Great Dane led to the decision to open more pubs in the Madison area.”
18 locals recommend
Bar
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“A favorite of ours for Laotian food. We often get carry-out from here. They open for dinner at 5pm and fill up quickly on weekend nights!”
12 locals recommend
Bar
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“amazing food/wood fired pizza, dim sum... cocktail bar with live dJ. Def a must for nighttime hipsters. ”
17 locals recommend
Bar
“Owned by one of Carson's childhood friends, this is a fun, festive yet laidback craft brewery in the Atwood neighborhood known for beers that are brewed one barrel at a time (as the name suggests!). ”
11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“$$ Casual pizza restaurant with a great ambience. Also have a wide selection of draft beers and cocktails available. ”
11 locals recommend