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Looking for beer? Madison is the place. Wisconsin brews a number of delicious beers (Capital and New Glarus are Wisconsin breweries), which most bars in the area carry. There are numerous bars all over Madison with each one catering to a different crowd. When in town, try designing your own pubcrawl if you would like to taste the full flavor of Madison bars. There are cheap cabs and an extensive bus system, Madison Metro, so please be responsible and safe while enjoying Madison nightlife.
A Madison tradition and a must see for people visiting to the area is the Essen Haus. This lively German restaurant features live Polka music and traditional German food, such as the Brat and Schnitzel. Beer enthusiasts can try the 17 German beers on tap ranging from D.A.B. to and Paulaner Oktoberfest. For the full German experience, come in with a large group and pass around a boot full of beer. The "boot" is a large glass in shape of a boot and holds over 1 Liter of beer. The tradition is to take a "sip" of beer, flick the glass, and pass it to the next person. It is an experience not to forget! The Essen Haus is located on 514 East Wilsonstrasse and open quite late.
Another bar that exudes the Madison experience is the Great Dane with 4 locations: Downtown at 123 East Doty St, in Madison at Hilldale Mall, in Fitchburg at 2980 Cahill Main, and inside the Dane County Airport. This restaurant has a brewery which makes a wide variety of ales and lagers on site to be enjoyed fresh and unpasteurized. Bored of sitting around and drinking? The Great Dane offers billiards and shuffleboard at their downtown location. This place gets packed with people of all ages ranging from college kids to families. On the far west side on the Middleton border, metro Milwaukee brewer Sprecher is now operating Sprecher's Restaurant and Pub, with a fine variety of draft beers and ales. Finally, the former J.T. Whitney's on the west side on Whitney Way is now Vintage Brewing Company, brewing on site and serving a fine variety of food.