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Sep 17, 2007 08:44 PM

Help Us Plan the Party - Madison

Flying in Thursday night, 9/27 - done upscale to L'Etoile & downscale to State Street Brats plenty of times. Looking for something Oktoberfest'y with good food for either Thursday or Friday night. And something just fun & good for the other. And... 16 year old daughter flys in Friday late, will do Michigan State game next day & need somewhere fun and 'Badger-inspiring' for her Sat night - don't think they'll let her into State Street Brats after dark...

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  1. We took our 16 year old daughter to eat at State St. Brats around 8:30 last Saturday. She was was adults, so there was no real problem getting past the bouncers at the door.

    If you're planning a party there, you might want to check beforehand with the management, but I don't your daughter's age would be a problem.

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    1. re: nuttree

      Thanks - I guess I used the wrong title - we're not actually throwing a party, just want to have fun in Madtown!

    2. Wisconsin may be the only state that allows minor children to be in and to have a drink at a restaurant/bar when with their parents. It is at the discretion of the establishment to allow this.
      Alcohol/beverage laws:
      Can children be in a bar with their parents?

      Yes. Persons under age 21 may be on licensed premises, and can be sold and allowed to drink alcohol beverages, if they are with their parents, legal guardians, or spouses, as long as those persons are of legal age; but this is at the discretion of the licensee.

      So State Street Brats could be an option. Another may be:

      The Great Dane Brew Pub

      Great Dane Pub & Brewing
      2980 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 53711

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      1. re: Living4fun

        If I had to choose between State St. Brats and the Great Dane, I'd definitely go with the Great Dane. The Great Dane has a varied and excellent menu -- bar favorites and more -- while State St. Brats has ... brats. The Great Dane also has a great selection of beers brewed on the premises, plus home-made cream soda and root beer for the 16-year-old.

        But instead of the Cahill Main location, which is out in the wilds of Fitchburg, I'd suggest the original location, at the corner of King St. & East Doty St., a block off the Square.

        1. re: nuttree

          I would too.

          Ffor some reason, when I posted my above reply with a link, the Cahill location was inserted even though I clicked on Doty. I tried it again and the same thing happened.

      2. friday night at the Essenhaus-can't get any more oktoberfest-y

        1. Quivey's Grove is traditional Wisconsin food, (which might qualify as Octoberfesty) with style. You can have a nicer meal in the main house, or eat in the bar, the Stable, where on Fridays they have a great fish fry. You can't go wrong with fish fry in Wisconsin. Or try the Avenue Bar on East Washington Ave., for traditional supper club choices including a fantastic prime rib. They make a very good Brandy Old Fashioned, too.

          Enjoy Madison! There are so many great places to eat . . .