The original Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company opened one block off the capitol square in November 1994 and became the first brewery to operate in the city of Madison since the closing of the Fauerbach Brewery in 1966.
The Great Dane building’s classic look features the main bar room with a rich mahogany bar and an outstanding view of the brewing process, the dining room with restored brickwork, and the Rathskellar bar with original stone walls are all unique spaces to enjoy the Great Dane’s hand-crafted beers and fresh, hearty pub fare. The secluded, arboreal garden updated with real brick pavers and dramatic lighting has garnered annual awards for best outdoor dining in Madison.
In 1996, The Great Dane expanded into the adjoining space at 203 King Street, a former antique shop on the corner of Doty and King streets. Four Brunswick billiard tables, newly crafted booth seating, a hand-crafted shuffleboard and a raised lounge area, and gift shop are some of the new amenities the “pool hall” offers – along with additional brewery space that allowed The Great Dane to expand the number of beers styles available at any time.
With free live music most Thursday and Sunday nights and a wide variety of hand crafted ales and lagers, the Billiards Lounge at the Downtown Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company is the Madison area’s favorite place for pool, people, and award-winning beer.