First date Madison?
posted January 4, 2011 11:32 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat January 29 at 6:00 PM, Great Dane Brew Pub - Hilldale
357 Price Pl, Madison, WI, USA (Map & Directions)
Madison! Let's figure something out go to the Hilldale Great Dane on January 29th for dinner and drinks!
Here are a couple of [future] possibilities; I'm pretty broke right now so free/cheap is my preference, but I know not everyone loves being outside in winter, and anyway it seems pitchers are traditional for both Wisconsin and MeFi.

Other/better/cooler ideas are most definitely welcome.

Outdoorsy: skating/"hockey" at Tenney Park, bicycling
Coffee: Ground Zero, Fair Trade on State, something farther westward?
Drinks&food: downtown/Hilldale Great Dane, High Noon, Mickey's, Rathskeller (technically one guest/member, I believe)
Misc: Hubbard Ave Diner in Middleton for delicious pie

Opinions about days/times?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

[Oh wow being able to edit something on MetaFilter is so cool you guys.]
posted by teremala to Meetup (47 comments total)

You had me at pitchers.
posted by mimi at 2:44 AM on January 5, 2011

We'd be coming in from Milwaukee so Saturday or Sunday would work best. The 16th is out. I'm not familiar with the drink/food scene there so I'll defer to the locals. Dinner sounds best; would rather not drive out for "just" coffee.
posted by desjardins at 7:38 AM on January 5, 2011

This is a great idea! How about dinner at the Dane? I prefer Hilldale, just because they've got a ton of room and it's a little less noisy, but downtown is certainly doable if there's a preference. If we're meeting on a weekend, Sunday nights are generally a little better for me. How about the 23rd?
posted by lriG rorriM at 12:04 PM on January 5, 2011

Sounds good to mee.
posted by Vibrissa at 12:28 PM on January 5, 2011

Is Visions still going?
posted by i_cola at 5:35 PM on January 5, 2011

Hilldale Great Dane is my favorite too, no real idea about Visions. The 23rd sounds good as well. Six o'clock?
posted by teremala at 7:30 PM on January 5, 2011

Six on the 23rd works for me, too.

What's Visions? When I googled "visions madison" a strip club was the top hit, and I suspect that's not what y'all are talking about.
posted by lriG rorriM at 9:48 AM on January 6, 2011

I would be coming in from Janesville, so work something out and I'll see.
posted by dhartung at 11:58 AM on January 6, 2011

Egh, no Visions please. Meetup attendees can hear why. 6:00 on the 23rd is good for me too.
posted by yomimono at 1:21 PM on January 6, 2011

In that case, the Dane!
posted by teremala at 1:52 PM on January 6, 2011

I'll show! It's OK if I bring non-MeFi-reading family members, right?
posted by escabeche at 11:39 AM on January 11, 2011

As long as you explain mefi to them on the way there. ALL OF IT.
posted by desjardins at 1:50 PM on January 11, 2011

I/we am/are a maybe.

And others can only come along if they know what taters are.
posted by Madamina at 3:26 PM on January 11, 2011

Oops, I'm changing to "maybe"--the NFC conference championship is at 3 that afternoon. O_o
posted by mimi at 6:43 AM on January 12, 2011

You know, mimi, I hear they have the tee vees at the Great Dane :)
posted by Madamina at 7:32 AM on January 12, 2011

OK, I'm a yes, together with one to three relations.

But be warned: if the Packers make it to the NFC championship, the Dane is going to be full of either very happy drunk people or very angry drunk people at 6pm.
posted by escabeche at 7:52 AM on January 12, 2011

Anyone carpooling from the Iowa City or surrounding areas?
posted by saveyoursanity at 2:00 PM on January 13, 2011

What's this about a championship now? Ha! Well, if fans are threatening to overrun the place, there's a lofted dining area in back: we can barricade the stairs. :)

Also, I seem to recall them accepting reservations for groups of eight or more. We're sorta tentatively there (and I might bring a friend to meet people from the Internet too), so as long that holds I'll give 'em a call early next week.
posted by teremala at 4:01 PM on January 13, 2011

Sorry, but we have to bow out. We're a "mixed marriage" (he's from Illinois) so the championship game is very important as it will determine things like who gets to clean the litterboxes for the next month. I'd rather stay close to home; driving 75 miles in the snow just after a Packers championship game sounds kind of risky.
posted by desjardins at 7:11 AM on January 17, 2011

So, um, anyone up for changing the date?
posted by Madamina at 3:46 PM on January 18, 2011

Yeah, I'd be down for changing the date - we really need an excuse to get out of town. Pretty much any weekend works for us until March.
posted by desjardins at 8:42 AM on January 19, 2011

Oo, a meetup! Never been to one. I could come on the 23rd, but a date change might be wise to avoid the crowd. How's Jan. 30th?
posted by echo target at 9:42 AM on January 19, 2011

I'm heading out of town the evening of the 30th (but don't make the whole thing depend on me, I have small kids and my presence is always somewhat tentative.) So if it's to be that weekend, I prefer the 29th.
posted by escabeche at 6:39 PM on January 19, 2011

I'm feeling a little nervous about the whole football thing (eep crowds!), but if we're still on for this Sunday, I'll be there.
posted by lriG rorriM at 7:33 AM on January 20, 2011

Ack, sorry, school started this week and I've been crazy-busy. The thirtieth is fine by me too, especially if that's better for everyone. I'll go ahead and switch it, then?

(Congratulations to everyone whose team is playing, and thank you all for pointing out the conflict!)
posted by teremala at 9:07 AM on January 20, 2011

Or rather the 29th! I was thinking there was an overwhelming vote for a Sunday, but I guess not.
posted by teremala at 9:10 AM on January 20, 2011

Let's do the 29th, then.
posted by lriG rorriM at 10:03 AM on January 20, 2011

Great I think I can make it now!
posted by Horatius at 12:22 PM on January 20, 2011

It's on our calendar.
posted by desjardins at 12:26 PM on January 20, 2011

That may be the day we do our magical family birthday dinner in Chicago. If not, though, we'll be there.
posted by Madamina at 1:52 PM on January 20, 2011

I can make it on the 29th.
posted by syanna at 11:02 PM on January 20, 2011

The Beer & Cheese thing is that afternoon at the Expo. We'll have to catch y'all next time!
posted by mimi at 6:49 AM on January 23, 2011

I'm too lazy to come to a meetup, but everyone should go to the fire ball at the same night
posted by drethelin at 1:32 PM on January 25, 2011

Well, the trip is off, so you're stuck with us after all. Huzzah!
posted by Madamina at 10:02 PM on January 27, 2011

Mr. desjardins has the stomach flu so I changed us to a maybe. If he isn't better tomorrow, I might ditch him and come by myself.
posted by desjardins at 6:32 AM on January 28, 2011

So how will I recognize you all? MF flag? Taters? "Hey, do you know Matt Haughey?"
posted by echo target at 7:37 AM on January 29, 2011

i'm in for tonight! i'm coming with someone sporting a MeFi t-shirt. maybe i'll make her stand on a table.
posted by nanhey at 10:10 AM on January 29, 2011

I'm at the bar with the dorky fluorescent yellow cycling jacket and panniers.
posted by yomimono at 3:12 PM on January 29, 2011

I'm on my way. I'm wearing a red sweater, and will have on a moderately silly hat.
posted by lriG rorriM at 3:46 PM on January 29, 2011

Hi guys -- I'll be the one with a trailing 5-year-old boy. Will probably be fifteen minutes late or so, save us seats!
posted by escabeche at 3:50 PM on January 29, 2011

I have one of the pagers; we should have a table in ~45 min. Registered under MetaFilter!
Meanwhile, off to the bar!
posted by teremala at 3:57 PM on January 29, 2011

OK, we'll be there shortly -- just checking, did you count me and Escabechito as part of the table?
posted by escabeche at 4:02 PM on January 29, 2011

Yep, eleven total. We're at the bar for now, straight in from the main door.
posted by teremala at 4:16 PM on January 29, 2011

Please tell me this is in Pacific time and you guys haven't been sitting around for two hours...

We're on our way over.
posted by Madamina at 4:20 PM on January 29, 2011

Hey kids, now we both have the stomach flu, so we're staying far away from y'all.
posted by desjardins at 4:30 PM on January 29, 2011

Good times, everyone. Thanks for coming!
posted by echo target at 8:31 AM on January 30, 2011

Yes, lots of fun, good to meet y'all! We'll have to do something again and catch those who couldn't make it. :)

desjardins, hope you and husband are feeling better.
posted by teremala at 9:33 AM on February 1, 2011

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