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Great Dane Brew Pub in downtown Madison, Wisconsin

Great Dane Pub - Downtown

123 E. Doty Street
Madison, WI 53703
Tel: (608) 284-0000

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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’s revitalization of Madison’s brewing industry also marked a new beginning in the fascinating history of The Fess Hotel property. In the 1850’s George and Anna Fess opened a hotel, livery and eatery on Doty Street (then called Clymer Street), a business that was to stay in family hands for over one hundred years. The Victorian cream brick half of the building was erected in 1883, while the Queen Anne pressed brick side, originally built in the 1850’s, was remodeled to its present appearance in 1901. Both portions of the structure are among the finest examples of their architectural styles in Madison. In 1973 an ambitious renovation of the property began; upstairs hotel rooms were converted into office suites, the Fess Restaurant began its twenty year run of fine dining and the building was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. In June 1994 the Fess restaurant ended operations, the property was sold, and The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company had found its home.

The 1994 remodeling established a new but classic look for the fess Hotel building’s interior space; 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.


The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company. With four locations serving the Madison area, you are always within close reach of great food, great beer and great fun!

The Great Dane has built its success by offering our guests a wide variety of award winning ales and lagers, hearty pub fare served quickly at a friendly price, and smart-looking, well-maintained restaurant facilities. But the number one reason we are Wisconsin’s number one brewpub company is our dedication to exceeding our guests and our employees expectations, every time.

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