General Manager & Proprietor

Jennifer Trost
Office Manager



The Coopers Tavern is a neighborhood tavern that serves craft beer and rustic food in a relaxed atmosphere. Inspired by the travels of its owners, The Coopers Tavern features an outstanding selection of beer & wine from around the world and a menu designed to soothe your soul.

In ancient Egypt beer was a staple of every person's daily diet. In fact, the workmen who built the pyramids received part of their pay as a ration of beer. Wine too can trace its past to the Minoan society from 2700 b.c.

It is the barrel however that carried these two beverages throughout time. And the cooper was the man who made it. Barrels are built by hand using simple tools like the in-shave, used for hollowing out the barrel, and the hoop driver, used to tap down the large metal ring that holds the boards, known as staves, of a barrel together.

Crafting a barrel good enough to house beer or wine is hard, painstaking work that requires the precision of a master cooper. Fortunately for us, enjoying what's inside is easy. So raise a pint in honor to the cooper and his barrel.


If there is no private event scheduled

The second floor is open

Thursday - Saturday

4:30 to Midnight

host your event in our second floor space

with seating for up to 100 people

it's perfect for

luncheon meetingsrehearsal dinners

wedding receptionsanniversary parties

retirement partiescompany functions

our second floor has its own private bar. it also
boasts an amazing view of the capitol building.

please email Jen Trost at

to schedule an event



Wisconsin's best takes on cheese
January, 2016 - Mac and cheese at Coopers. Read More
January, 2016 - This chili wraps you in a warm blanket of brothy goodness. Read More
Cooper's Tavern: Brewing a Good Time
September, 2015 - Peter McElvanna, Cooper's owner, was inspired to open a beer bar after traveling overseas and learning bits of world history. Read More
Yum Yum Fest returns for second year with bacon s'mores, duck confit risotto and more
August, 2015 - Coopers had one of the most popular items at the festival, if lines were any indication...Read More
REAP Hosts Tomato Beer Dinner
August, 2015 - General manager and proprietor of The Coopers Tavern, Peter McElvanna, along with REAP Food Group business-program director Sarah Larson, will host the event. Read More
Eating Out in Madison: The 10 Best Local Restaurants
January, 2015 - The bar's extensive imported craft beer list makes it the only spot in Madison to offer such variety.... Read More
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  20. Best Burger in Madison March, 2012
  21. European Escapes December, 2011
  22. Meet the Chef: Tim Larsen October, 2011
  23. The Coopers Tavern Named Best New Restaurant!June, 2011
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  33. A guide to Great Taste of the Midwest 2010 Eve pre-parties and beer tastingsAugust, 2010
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  42. Salud! Traditional Irish nook popular at Coopers TavernMarch 2, 2010
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  46. McElvanna: New pub overcomes credit hurdles to open strongJan. 26, 2010
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