A guide to food, drink and Madison Game Days celebrations



A year ago, we could only imagine hearing the echoes of cardinal red-and-white-clad fans cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium, but now the game-day experience is back. The crowded shops along Regent Street and the fans jumping in the air at the end of the third quarter make it look like Madison is alive again.

Over a million people flock to Madison for the event. It takes some planning – here are some suggestions for places to celebrate, watch the game if you haven’t bought a ticket, and the best places to eat before and after games. Remember to bring a mask and be careful.

Where to tailgate and / or celebrate

Union South Badger
With over 100 hot food and drink options, the Badger Bash is a classic, family-friendly celebration, perfect for private or public parties. Connect with friends and dance to live music as you watch the game at Union, which has hosted the event for over 40 years. See the Marching Band and Spirit Squad, and you might just be lucky enough to spot Bucky. 1308 West Dayton Street

Rocky rococo
A game day wouldn’t be complete without a slice of pizza. Rocky Rococo is a Madison staple, with burgers and kids served starting at 9 a.m. Beer and cocktails will also be available – grab a drink on the way to the stadium. 1301 Regent Street

state street kids
With wings, burgers, sandwiches, and vegan and vegetarian options, there’s something for everyone at Brats. The Grill Bar is the perfect place to watch the game with the family for those who want to sit outside, have a bite to eat or just relax. 603 State Street

Kollege Klub
The alumni remember the good old days spent at KK, full of life and good friendship. And current students love the drinks, its central location, the music, and the camaraderie. The best part is you can get a free drink before you even leave – just download the LineLeap app to purchase a $ 5 ticket in advance. It also opens at 8 a.m. on game days so you can start the party early. 529 N. Lake St.

Jordan’s Big 10 Pub
Near Camp Randall is Jordan’s Big 10 Pub, which has the largest beer garden on Regent Street. Every weekend at home, hundreds of people flock to the beer garden to watch the game and open a beer. 1330 Regent Street

The red zone
There are four different areas for a drink in the sports bar and an outdoor tailgate area at The Red Zone. In addition to the interior spaces with 35 large TVs, there is an exterior hatchback with music and games. 1212 Regent Street

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Danny’s Pub has all-day deals for patrons who stop by the bar. Offers may change weekly, but the $ 8 pitchers and $ 4 Badger bombs are still core offers. 328 West Gorham Street

Chasers Bar and Grill
Opposite Danny’s Pub is the Chasers Bar and Grille which has a large outdoor area with televisions and all day specials. In addition to the original location, Chasers 2.0 recently opened a second location next to Riley’s Wines of the World. 319 W. Gorham Street, 408 W. Gorham Street

Where to eat before the game

Mickie’s dairy bar
Before you start drinking, be sure to eat a hearty breakfast. At Mickie’s, you can treat yourself to sweet pancakes for the start of the game from 6 a.m. Omelets, eggs and sandwiches are just a few of the options on the menu. 1511 Monroe Street

MacTaggart Market and Delicatessen
Just off Langdon Street is a hidden gem known as MacTaggart’s, which sells wine, beer, soups, snacks, and breakfast sandwiches. You can customize yours and enjoy freshly baked bread on the way to the game. While you’re at it, grab some free popcorn with a purchase. 230 W. Lakelawn Place

Greenbush Bakery
Donuts are a treat, but at Greenbush – who has been voted Madison’s best time and time again – they’re almost impossible to beat. Greenbush donuts are good for breakfast or dessert and close to Camp Randall. 1402 Regent St., 5225 High Crossing Blvd.

Additional pre-game culinary ideas:
8 cozy Madison cafes
14 breakfast restaurants in the Madison area

Where to eat after the game

Dotty Dumpling’s dowry
Dotty’s opens at 11 a.m. So when you are about to get hungry, you can dine there or get a specialty burger to go. The “melting pot” is a bestseller, made with cheddar, Swiss and provolone cheese, smoked bacon and its signature garlic sauce. 317 N. Frances Street

Ian’s Pizza
Eating a slice of one of Ian’s signature pizzas is always the best way to comfort yourself after a win or a loss. Try the classic Mac and Cheese pizza or be spontaneous and opt for the “Drunken Ravioli”, which combines vodka marinara sauce, mozzarella, cheese ravioli, butter and asiago. You can even add your veggies with one of their salads or while eating the spinach pesto and tomato pesto pizza. 100 State St., 319 N. Frances St., 3241 Garver Green

The old one
Known for “paying homage to all things Wisconsin”, The Old Fashioned is a great sit down restaurant to stop off in honor of game day. And in the name of the dairy state, trying beer cheese curds is essential. In addition to burgers, salads, soups, and sandwiches, there are many other cheese-related items, including grilled cheese, Wisconsin fondue, and beer soup, to name a few- a few. 23 N. Pinckney Street

Additional food options after the game:
11 hamburger restaurants
15 new establishments
13 black-owned food businesses

Wisconsin Badgers Home Game Schedule
Sept. 4, 11 a.m .: Wisconsin v Penn State
September 11, 6 p.m .: Wisconsin vs Eastern Michigan
Oct 2, TBD: Wisconsin vs. Michigan
October 16, TBD: Wisconsin vs. Army
Oct. 30, 11 a.m .: Wisconsin v Iowa
Nov 13, TBD: Wisconsin vs. Northwestern
Nov 20, TBD: Wisconsin vs. Nebraska

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