A new look, all the while maintaining the charm of the old
From the moment you enter one of Madison’s oldest establishments, you sense that things are very different. From the garage door facade window opening up to the street on Ohio Ave to the repurposed wood walls adorning the joint, it feels much like the old Ohio with the dimly lit space opening its arms to the patrons, both new and old.
Right in the heart of the Atwood neighborhood between the bike path and Atwood Ave sits this newly renovated tavern at 224 Ohio St, created by Kristi Genna and Jack Williams of Genna’s Lounge on Capitol Square. Most famous as a haunted site in Madison, WI this 107-year building has new life! However, you will see the painted on Ouija Board just next to the back door in case you have a hankering for the paranormal.
What’s new about the old joint? For one you walk into new floors, painted on murals, a huge Taco Lounge sign (Kristi Genna states that instead of craft cocktails they will be serving craft tacos!) as well as one of Madison’s finest of jukeboxes. The decor is not over the top and feels rather cozy.
13 beers on Tap, Wine & Tacos
With 13 beers on tap and a nice selection of wines, there is plenty to choose from. For you that favor a solid cocktail, then this is the place. When we happened into the place on a Tuesday night around 8:30 the garage door was open while Frank Sinatra and Otis Redding serenaded the large crowd. You have a wide variety of local and not so local beers served on tap or in the bottle. The bar is long and beautiful with a blue rail, not something you see so often. The bartenders are indeed friendly, but not overbearing and the tacos…well, I must admit that I was in heaven. For $10.00 you get 3 large tacos that are really quite good!
So now that you have the insight on the newest bar in the neighborhood I highly suggest you check it out. They are open from 2pm to 2am daily and will have the World Series on this week, as well as continuing Packer and Badger games. Visit their Facebook page to find out more.
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