Best Madison, WI Nightlife

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    10. The Casbah

    Adding a touch of novelty to Madison, The Casbah offers a visual and culinary jaunt to the Mediterranean world. Spread across three floors, the establishment specializes in traditional fare like grilled lamb chops,...

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    9. Maduro Cigar Bar

    Upscale and deliciously mellow, this establishment caters to folks who appreciate fine cigars and cocktails. As a result, you'll often find groups of business people scattered around, lounging on comfy sofas, taking...

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    7. Blue Velvet Lounge

    Retro styling and a young, upscale crowd impart a certain sophistication to this bar, whose dark, streamlined interior glows with blue neon accents. Apropos to the decor, a martini menu offers up tasty potions and...

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    6. Cardinal Bar

    For more than a generation now, Cardinal Bar has been one of the city's best places to catch new music and dance the night away. Set in a Victorian building, the club offers great sound and lighting, and musical...

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    5. FIVE Nightclub

    Catering to Madison's gay and lesbian residents, Club 5 actually encompasses several venues, including a busy dance club, a restaurant, an outdoor patio, and distinct areas for men and women. The dance club draws in...

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    4. Opus Lounge

    When you feel the need to trade in typical, rowdy clubs for a more subdued experience, Opus stands out as an ideal oasis of urbanity. Dimly lit and romantic, the establishment provides an optimal environment wherein...

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    3. Capital Brewery

    This prominent local microbrewery -- which has won a number of prestigious awards at beer-making competitions -- offers a place to kick back and sample the house product. The Bier Garten is Capital's seasonal,...

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    2. Porta Bella's Cellar

    Situated in the space beneath Porta Bella, a well-known Italian restaurant, this cozy haven is especially favored by couples and small groups. The romantic place invites intimacy with its warren of rooms, and its...

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    1. Vintage Spirits & Grill

    This kitschy downtowner is hard to miss, with its telltale purple facade and Art Deco design. Inside, you'll find a laid-back atmosphere that encourages folks to kick back and hang out. Draft beer flows freely,...

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