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Madison 10 Planning Thread
May 13, 2009 3:11 PM   RSS feed for this thread Subscribe

date / time: between July 17 & July 19
location: somewhere central
pants: appreciated

Saturday the 18th? 7pm? The Up North? Or a place with an outside?
posted by mimi to Madison, WI at 3:11 PM (20 comments total)

I'm up for it. The Up North has an outside, but I'd just as soon go anywhere other than the Essen Haus/CBI/UN conglomeration. It's not awful, but it does leave something to be desired in the food and comfort department.

Terrace? Dane? Argus?

I love the Big 10 Pub, and they have a nice back room. They don't have outdoor seating, though.
posted by Madamina at 9:16 AM on May 14, 2009

Agreed about the EH/CBI/UN--it's just where others have been. Who's got a deck downtown with good beer? Mellow+cozy+room to converse seems to be a good thing.
posted by mimi at 6:48 PM on May 14, 2009

The Dane will be insane on the weekend, but I guess I'd be game for it. Madison's first meetup was held in the basement there.

Since it's summer, we could have good luck with some of the State St.-area establishments. I will never say no to the Plaza.

But the trifecta of Mellow/Beer/Deck in the downtown area is a tough one. In my experience, the best "hangout" spots are further down the isthmus, on the near-east side, in the Willy/Bago/Atwood corridor.
posted by rocketman at 12:21 PM on May 15, 2009

Rocketman, you're not wrong there. What's Mickey's deck like in that post-dinner, pre-goingout time?

I don't think I've been to the Plaza... will check it out tonight!
posted by mimi at 6:34 AM on May 16, 2009

I'm no regular at Mickey's, but it's a good bet to remain low-key before 9-10pm.
posted by rocketman at 10:01 AM on May 19, 2009

I'm on the Near West so slightly support something closer in than Mickey's -- but if the attendance is east-heavy, I'm happy to concede this point.
posted by escabeche at 10:10 AM on May 25, 2009

I'll go west for this, for sure, but I'm limited in range by my bicycle. I can get to anywhere in a 45-mile radius, but getting home after several drinks might pose a problem.

Some promising areas for congregating: Monroe St., the Park St. corridor, State St./Capitol Square, how about the Caribou?

Also, this is maybe too far east for some, but the Cottage Grove Road area is getting some neat places.
posted by rocketman at 12:44 PM on May 26, 2009

As much as I dig the Caribou, it'll be too small if we have more than two people...

Total fail on my part so far re: the Plaza. Will try again this weekend. Any thoughts on Montemarte?
posted by mimi at 6:05 PM on May 28, 2009

If we're still suggesting venues here, how about the Alchemy (former Wonder's Pub) at the corner of Winnebago & Atwood? There's a bank parking lot nearby that's never full, and the onion rings are excellent.
posted by echo target at 9:44 AM on May 29, 2009

I like Montmartre a lot though it'll be too loud if a band's playing.
posted by escabeche at 3:22 PM on May 30, 2009

Ack, good point about the bands. I've been looking to get to Alchemy but every time I've tried, the noise level chases us right back out the door. Is it better Sat. nights 7-10?
posted by mimi at 9:28 AM on May 31, 2009

OH, RIGHT, that The Plaza. Yeah, that'll do nicely -- big enough, central, and mellow. And yeah, the burgers are pretty good and the beer selection is reasonable.

Calling it -- see you there -- Saturday the 18th at 7pm!
posted by mimi at 3:22 PM on June 2, 2009

Yay for the Plaza!
posted by rocketman at 12:12 PM on June 3, 2009

Well, good thing we didn't pick Montmartre; they just closed.
posted by escabeche at 1:39 PM on July 6, 2009

I may be there a bit late, by the way -- will be taking Escabechito to the county fair that afternoon and need to get him home and to bed before heading out to celebrate.
posted by escabeche at 9:15 AM on July 16, 2009

We'll wait!
posted by mimi at 7:08 AM on July 18, 2009

We're in the back corner opposite the door!
posted by mimi at 5:02 PM on July 18, 2009

Should be heading over there in a half hour or so -- how's parking?
posted by escabeche at 5:24 PM on July 18, 2009

Oh man, I just remembered this was tonight. D'oh!
posted by rocketman at 8:57 PM on July 18, 2009

Hope y'all had a good time - had a busy weekend. Hope to catch you next time.
posted by echo target at 8:35 AM on July 20, 2009

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