Guide to game day in Madison
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Nov. 8, 2007 at 5:03 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
Score! Hang Out
There are plenty of options to hang out at on your way to the Kohl Center or Camp Randall. A younger crowd will no doubt appreciate Wando's, the Church Key or Brother's, where the drinks flow and game-day drink specials are usually the norm. Stop in for a quick beer at Buck's right behind the Kohl Center. Get your Bloody Mary fix at Lucky's Bar & Grille near Camp Randall. Game day excitement is always abuzz at Jordan's Big Ten Pub and the Stadium Bar, both literally seconds from the stadium.
Sider: Tailgate or Celebrate at Home
While there's no designated place to tailgate for football games (a la Miller Park's parking lot, for example), impromptu parties do happen in parking structures and lots near the stadium. What to pack or serve at a Badger party? Here's a list of Wisconsin products to serve for game day eat and drink:
Local brews, of course! New Glarus and Capital Brewery offer excellent choices for microbrews. Or show Milwaukee pride and have your favorite Sprecher or Lakefront Brewery choice on hand. For wine drinkers pick up a wine picnic basket or backpack packed with dishware, utensils, napkins and pack your favorite bottle of wine. Wollersheim, Cedar Creek Winery and Botham Vineyards are tasty local options.
Well, we're not America's Dairyland for nothing! Serve cheese curds or cheese and crackers for appetizers. Carr Valley Cheese wins national awards for cheesemaking.
Set up a Bloody Mary bar for drinkers and non-drinkers alike. Pick up Stump's mild or hot Bloody Mary mix. Vodka drinkers will appreciate Death's Door Vodka, small-batch vodka that's named after the Death's Door Passage, the waterway where Lake Michigan and Green Bay meet. It's even made with wheat grown only on Washington Island. Stump's Hot Olives, pickles, mozzarella whips, beef sticks and celery for garnishes are tasty treats.
Johnsonville brats and Italian sausages are obvious choices for a cookout. Vegetarians will like grilled portabella sandwiches.
Go online before you leave for the game and check out shuttle options from parking structures that are located farther away from the Kohl Center and Camp Randall. Some restaurants and hotels offer shuttle service. Lucky's Bar & Grille, for example, offers free rides to the Kohl Center.
Parking/sports schedule information
Apparel/Badger Gear Stores
Bucky's Locker Room, 601 W. Dayton St. (Kohl Center), 608-256-5645.; 1440 Monroe St. (Camp Randall). 608-256-9499. www.buckyslockerroom.com
Name of the Game, 631 State St., (608) 251-8998.
Steve and Barry's University Sportswear, 636 State St., (608) 286-1466. www.steveandbarrys.com
The University Book Store, 711 State St. (608) 257-3784. www.uwbookstore.com
Blue Moon Bar & Grill, 2535 University Ave. (608) 233-0441. www.bluemoonbar.com.
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. (three locations): 123 E. Doty St. (608) 284-0000 (downtown); 2980 Cahill Main. (608) 442-9000 (Fitchburg); 357 Price Pl. (608) 661-9400. (near west side). www.greatdanepub.com
Mickie's Dairy Bar, 1511 Monroe St. (608) 256-9476.
The Nitty Gritty, 223 N. Frances St., (608) 251-2521 (downtown/campus); 1021 N. Gammon Rd. (608) 833-6489 (west side). www.nittygrittybirthdayplace.com
The Old Fashioned, 23 N. Pinckney St. (608) 310-4545. www.theoldfashioned.com
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The Blue Moon is awesome. First bar I ever drank in...when it was called "The Trophy." The same family owns Smoky's. And I hate the term 'sconnie.'
thanks for not telling anyone about the bars near the stadium. Us Sconnie's wouldn't want anyone else going to the Big 10 or Stadium Bar.
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