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Ale Asylum

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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2002 Pankratz St, Madison, WI 53704
+1 608-663-3926
11:00 - 23:30
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Madison, WI
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First, it's about the beer. Second, it's about the beer. They also have interesting food ( not the ordinary burger/fries here), very creative. Most of all, the staff really makes you feel welcome. Mary, we love you.

Thank cosmicannie
Tampere, Finland
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294 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

2013: Magnificent. Absolutely great beers. Very cool atmosphere and great service. It’s not in the center of the city but that’s why it was easy to reach by car. I definitely would like to visit again. 2016: And another visit. 15 beers on tap. Flight of 6 available. This time I wasn’t exactly as impressed. Slow and inattentive service but... More 

Thank Jan R
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arguably the best tap room in Madison, maybe the best in Wisconsin. The limited food menu is better than you will find at most tap rooms. They almost always have some experimental beers on tap: Catnip for us beer geeks. Cocktails also available.

Thank jscopper
Sun Prairie, WI
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

My husband I were looking for something to do on an afternoon off. They have 20 beers on tap with a reasonable price for a flight. The female bartender was very friendly and assisted us in picking out our beer flight. They also have a nice selection on their food menu; the chicken salad sandwiches with chips and salsa were... More 

Thank mandjkoll
Watertown, Wisconsin
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199 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Another "must stop" when you are in Madison. Very good microbrewery food and really good beer. The staff is friendly and upbeat. I have visited about a dozen times and have always been pleased.

Thank Tom H
Williamsburg, Virginia
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316 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I had the seafood taco -- cold salmon with wonderful trimmings inside a grilled tortilla. Nothing spectacular about the menu. Just good comfort food. Same can be said of their beer selection. It's a fine spot for locals to hang out after work.

Thank Bern R
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49 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Went here with in laws for dinner. I had the asylum smash burger with the mac and cheese. The burger was delicious and the a1 aioli was to die for. My husband had the special which was a bbq pulled pork. He really enjoyed it. Great atmosphere.

Thank Shena D
Salem, Virginia
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Ale asylum has my vote for best brewery in Madison. Flights are generous. Never disappointed with the rotating selection. They offer pints and half pints. Atmosphere is cool inside (lots of tables too) and there's also a patio area outside when the weather is nice. They offer a food menu that's surprisingly good too- with emphasis on local ingredients. Noticed... More 

Thank alicia p
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Stopped by for a flight as me and my husband along with another couple were brewery hopping seeing what all Madison had to offer. This was our last stop so it was late but it was still pretty busy! The atmosphere is pretty cool and the beer was average. Take in mind though everybody has different taste buds so you... More 

Thank nursebritt91
Halstead, Kansas
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396 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We had some time before our flight, so stopped in for a drink. It's very cool inside and the beer was good, too.

Thank beth ann k

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2002 Pankratz St, Madison, WI 53704
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-663-3926
Visit the Tasting Room and enjoy a pint while dining on seasonal menu items such as specialty pizzas, sandwiches and more!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?