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“A central place for socializing in Madiscon, Wisconsin. Perhaps, one of the best places in the U.S.A. to socialize.”
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Great Hall
Ranked #480 of 1,005 Restaurants in Madison
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed January 9, 2014

The MEMORIAL UNION of the University of Wisconsin -- Madison is a life-changing experience, particularly if you frequent the Memorial Union (either inside or on the terrace in back) with your friends or co-workers. The MEMORIAL UNION interior is distinguished by the large, colorful murals on the walls, depicting various themes relating to beer. At the time that I was a researcher at U.W.-Madison, a 25-page booklet was available for free, which gave some background for each of the murals. The murals reside in the taproom which, by definition, includes beer taps which, also by definition, are sources of that fine beverage known as "liquid bread." Elsewhere in Memorial Union, are several rooms where one can take various courses, such as jazz dance, ballroom dance, clogging, tap dance, and so on. These same classes are also taught at UNION SOUTH. Also in MEMORIAL UNION, is a facility for renting skis. Once I rented skis at MEMORIAL UNION, because my laboratory went on a couple of ski trips together. MEMORIAL UNION is also a fine place for watching bands. I saw, in concert, a band called E.I.E.I.O. Also, movies are often shown (for free) in the evening hours, and during my four years on Mad City, I saw about 4 movies at Memorial Union. Please also note, that Memorial Union has a large cafeteria, where the seating areas include a long room with large windows that face Lake Mendota. Finally, please note that the Memorial Union includes a theater for listening to concerts. Last but not least, is the fine red brick architecture of the Memorial Union.

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

This is a picture of the Union South, not the Memorial Union.
the latter is currently under major renovation/construction (Jan 2013).

2  Thank zoomball2
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

I've been to Madison numerous times for business or to visit family and have always wanted to go here.

Huge variety of beer. Beautiful outdoor area to relax and look out onto the lake. Will definitely go again next time I'm in town.

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Reviewed May 1, 2012

The Memorial Union is in the heart of campus. It stands for a rememberance of those who have fallen in our sacrifice. The Great Hall has hosted events over the years that include Frank L. Wright to alumni dinners. When I went to school I even studied in here. It has history and helps define this University as one of the finest in the country. Walk thru, it is open almost always for a walk thru time. If you get to go to events there, take time to look up, look around and soak it in.

1  Thank hilloboy
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Reviewed November 17, 2011

Best place to visit in Madison! Best beer and atmosphere! Live music in the summer. NOT A PLACE FOR FOOD - BUT ...... BYO (Bring Your Own) and this is the BEST! How about Brothers Three or Five Guys! Best atmosphere in Madison - dining by the lake!

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