Nebraska fans are hitting the road once again. After a previous trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Huskers are now heading to Madison, Wisconsin, and many will be looking for things to do around town.
In 2014 and 2015, I put together a series of travel guides for the Hail Varsity Yearbook. I set out to understand what I believed to be the top three most important things in every city or town: must see, must eat and must drink.
For the first time, those travel guides are moving online. They will hopefully help Hail Varsity readers know what to eat, drink and see in Big Ten college towns.
Next up? Wisconsin. Enjoy.
Must See: Regent Street
Depending on kickoff, a favorite routine of many Madison locals is to park at the Capitol a few hours before the game. The two-mile walk will take you down State Street before heading over to Regent Street. Expect a party to greet you. It’s the go-to place before a game.
And if you get to campus with a little extra time before kickoff, stop by the Terrace at Memorial Union. The Memorial Union sits on the shore of Lake Mendota, creating a beautiful and relaxing space to enjoy a moment before heading to the chaos of game day.
The Brat Stand is also conveniently located at the Terrace at Memorial Stadium, so you can grab a beer, brat and a seat.
Must Eat: The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
123 E. Doty Street, Madison, WI
Beer and good food. What more could you want? The quintessential pub prides itself on “great beer, great food, great fun.” Make sure to order the Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese.
Another option? Monty's Blue Plate Diner, which serves breakfast all day long. Just look for the retro blue and white gas station and you'll know you've found the place.
And if you're willing to wait (especially on game day), Mickies Dairy Bar is right across the street from Camp Randall. The portions are nothing short of insane. They also have a reuben omelette, which Nebraska fans may be intrigued by.
Must Drink: The Old Fashioned on Capitol Square
23 N. Pinckney Street, Madison, WI
As you make your way down to the stadium, stop at The Old Fashioned for a Bloody Mary. Depending on how early your game day begins, grab breakfast, too. The reviews are nothing short of stellar. There's a reason the tagline for The Old Fashioned is, "Where Wisconsin is King."
If you're looking for the best dive bar in town, The Plaza Tavern is your place. There's a lot of history at The Plaza, and something called "Plaze Sauce." No one knows exactly what "Plaza Sauce" is (it's top secret!), but it tops their Plaza Burgers and you have to order one if you stop in for a drink.
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.