Best Spots for Holiday Cheers in Middleton

Cheers with friends in Middleton — whether it be a craft brewery, cidery, wine bar or favorite restaurant!

Pull up a seat, raise a glass, and relax with friends at one of Middleton’s fun bars or restaurants. Here in Middleton, you’ll find venues with unbeatable beer and cider lists, cozy spots for a glass of wine, and great places to grab a classic cocktail. Here are some of our favorite locations to say “cheers!”

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The Free House Pub

Beer Lovers

Craft beer lovers will discover outstanding options in Middleton.

Middleton’s award-winning German-style craft brewery, Capital Brewery, is conveniently located downtown near many restaurants and free parking. Pull up to the bar in the Bier Stube (“beer hall”) for a beer or seltzer on tap. Winter hours are Sundays: noon-6 p.m.; closed on Mondays; Tuesdays-Thursdays: 4-9 p.m.; Fridays: 3-10 p.m.; and Saturdays: noon-9 p.m.

Visit Longtable Beer Cafe in downtown Middleton to find a charming café-bottle shop-tasting room that boasts more than 300 bottles for purchase (to take away or drink on-site) and a dozen rotating taps. World of Beer near Greenway Station offers an eye-popping selection of more than 500 bottles and 50 craft beers on tap from across the state, the country and the world. The Free House Pub, another downtown favorite, has 22 draft lines that rotate regularly. Craftsman Table & Tap on the north side of Middleton features 18 rotating taps, two dozen bottled beers and nine thirst-quenching cocktails with two special New Year’s events planned – Surf & Turf Dinner on New Year’s Eve and a New Year’s Day Brunch.

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Capital Brewery IPA Beer
A plate with crab legs, mashed potatoes and green beans.
Craftsman Table & Tap’s New Year’s Eve Dinner

Hard Ciders Fans

Middleton is home to Hidden Cave Cidery, a locally owned and operated cidery on the northwest side of town. All ciders at Hidden Cave Cidery are made with Wisconsin-grown apples and sweetened with local honey and fresh fruit.  Hidden Cave Cidery’s tap list changes each weekend to feature something fresh, new and often seasonal.

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Hidden Cave Cidery

Wine Aficionados

Want to raise a glass of red or white — or something sparkling — instead? Head to Grape Water Wine Bar on Hubbard Avenue in downtown Middleton, where you’ll find more than a dozen wines on tap, including varietals from California, France, Spain and South America. Grape Water also sells sparkling wine, beer and seltzers. Barriques is a combination café and bottle shop in downtown Middleton that offers a wide variety of wine, spirits and beer and is open until 6 p.m. Grace Coffee also has a wine menu available.

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Grape Water Wine Bar

Local Favorites

When one of your nicknames is “the Good Neighbor City,” you will discover some friendly local haunts.  Monk’s Bar & Grill has served cold beer and hot cheese curds at its Middleton location near Greenway Station since 2011. The Village Green is an old-fashioned tavern in downtown Middleton known for its traditional pub fare, like hamburgers and homemade chili. Also in downtown Middleton is Louisianne’s ETC. This elegant New Orleans-style restaurant welcomes guests with beautiful French Quarter-style décor, sparkling chandeliers, an old European-style wine cellar, and, often, live jazz music. Mid Town Pub is Middleton’s lakeside neighborhood bar and grill, featuring ten draft lines, over 100 bottled beers, more than 200 spirits, and an award-winning fish fry. You’re in for a historical treat at 1847 at the Stamm House as it was built in 1847 and first served as a service station, and now has been restored into a modern, upscale supper club-like restaurant with two beautiful bars that serve a variety of beer, wine and classic cocktails.

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Louisianne’s ETC.
A group of people sitting around a table.
1847 at the Stamm House

Modified December 28, 2023