The Coopers Tavern is a gastro pub on the Capitol Square, in the heart of downtown Madison. Our menu is influenced by our travels, but sourced locally as much as possible. We have 28 premium craft beers featured on draft, inspired by European style taverns. We also offer over 120 bottled beers from around the world. Our whiskey list features over 120 of the finest bourbons, American, Scotch, and Irish whiskeys around. We feature oak barreled wines, whiskeys, and bourbons whenever possible as coopers—our namesake—were barrel builders.
The Coopers Tavern is open seven days a week, offering lunch, dinner, bar and weekend brunch menus. We use the best of local ingredients, intentionally sourcing meats, cheese, produce, and breads as locally and sustainably as possible. Our goal is to offer high-quality, artisan-crafted flavors in a friendly, comfortable pub setting. Our famous Reuben, award winning burger, and Amy’s salad have garnered a cult following.
We’re conveniently located across from the state capitol — next to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and just off State Street. Accessible and friendly to all, comfort food welcomes you in. We emphasize community and aim to have a genuine public house. We show international sports, with a heavy emphasis on soccer.
The Coopers Tavern opened in January 2010. The first floor offers a warm, relaxed atmosphere and during the beautiful summer months – our patio sits at the steps of the capital and is a great place to enjoy the day. Our upstairs is a spacious, open room, with a magnificent view of the Capitol building.
We pride ourselves on being a family-run and community-centered business. We take an active role in community causes that support the city we call home – from annual Gilda’s Club and Wounded Warrior golf outings to the Clean Lakes Alliance, and local organizations fighting hunger and working towards sustainable, community supported agriculture like Second Harvest, REAP and FairShare. We may be a small business, but locally, we can make a difference.