Bar Review: Brocach

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by Taylor Nye

Brocach Irish Pub
Brocach Irish Pub on the Square

Located on the Capitol Square, Brocach, an Irish Pub, means “badger’s den” in Gaelic. But this bar is not just for Badgers: professionals, legislators and young couples alike flock to this quaint locale to enjoy stout beers, whiskey, shepherd’s pie and all other Irish staples.

I originally came to Brocach with a friend who loves the 3-6pm half-priced top-shelf scotch special. However, I found myself enjoying more the $3 Stoli martini specials they frequently run. If you’re a beer drinker, though, you might be more attune to the 20 oz. pint of Guinness for $6.25. In terms of drinks, there’s really something there for everyone.

Food, though, is not so easy on the wallet. Don’t get me wrong: the Ploughman’s Plate of homemade bread, grilled sausages and assorted cheeses sounds mouth-watering. But if you drunk eat like I do, you don’t want to be shelling out $15 for a platter you’re probably going to have to share with friends.

A must-try drink is a robust glass of Murphy’s Irish Stout; although filling, it is less heavy on the palate than Guiness and is a $4.25 happy hour drink special. A nice pairing, although untraditional, are the lounge fries, a $10 mountain of tomato, bacon, scallion and two kinds of cheeses. But most items on the food and drink menu pair well together– if there’s one word to describe Brocach, it’s hearty, and both their dishes and drinks reflect this soundly.


Happy hour daily from 3-6pm and 10pm to close:

  • Half-priced top-shelf Irish whiskeys and scotches
  • $5 wine-by-the glass
  • $6.25 pint of Guinness
  • Plus food specials

Live Irish music every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday

Drinks: 7 out of 10

Specials: 7 out of 10

Atmosphere: 8 out of 10

Location: 7 out of 10

Overall rating: 7.25

Brocach is located at 7 W. Main St on the Capitol Square. Its hours are 11am to close on weekdays and 10am to close on weekends. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 4-10pm. For more information, call (608) 255-2015 or visit 

Photo Credit: Brocach Irish Pub

MODA Magazine and the WUD Publications Committee do not endorse underage or irresponsible drinking. This article is intended for informative culinary purposes, and these beverages should be consumed in moderation by those of the legal drinking age.


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