Dine outside and stay within your bubble – literally. This year, Madison-area spots are extending outdoor dining well into the fall and winter months with heated domes. These igloo-like structures are great for your household and keep the cold wind at bay. So, mask up, bundle up, and make a reservation. Better yet, why not try them all?
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The heated Dutch domes at Café Hollander provide a cozy spot in the middle of Hilldale Shopping Center. All pre-booked reservations include a Snackuterie Box, and pre-ordered meals are served family-style. Add on a la carte snack and beverages during the first half-hour of your 90-minute stay. Find reservations, menu and FAQs here.
Mount Horeb’s cidery has a few outdoor seating options, including domes and ice shanties. Sip on a variety of ciders ranging from dry to sweet, plus farm-to-table sandwiches, burgers and snacks. Space is available to rent for $5 an hour, with a minimum purchase of $10 - $25 in food and drink, depending on rental size. Make a reservation here.
Winter wonderland meets Fantasy Factory at Karben4 Brewing. Up to six people can enjoy 90 minutes in a heated dome – with beverages and snacks to order. Rather brunch? Book a brunch time for a meal featuring Taco Local, Greenbush doughnuts, and K4 beer and mimosas. Pricing varies for weekday and weekend rentals. View availability and book here.
String lights and igloos turn Robinia Courtyard into a winter wonderland. Reserve a heated dome for your household and stay as long as you’d like. Dome dinners are served family-style and include a main dish, two sides and dessert. Additional appetizers and beverage packages available, too. Browse the menu and make reservations here.
The Madison Club
Madison Club members and guests can dine atop the club in two reservable snowglobes. Overlooking Lake Monona, it’s sure to be a magical sight. A variety of cocktail and food packages are available. Find reservations, dining packages and safety precautions here.
This neighborhood spot, kitty-corner from the Henry Vilas Zoo, added domes to their outdoor seating. The kid-friendly favorite serves a variety of sandwiches along with Mediterranean comfort foods like gyros, stews and hearty rice dishes. Coffee, bakery, wine and beer are available too. No reservations required.
The Cross Plains wine bar has three heated garden globes available to rent. For $75, you can bring up to eight guests for a two-hour visit. A menu of wine, drinks and snacks are available for purchase, but you can also bring your own food. Plus, there’s a family-friendly weekend package, featuring hot chocolate and cider, and rentals lowered to $50. Find reservations, dining packages and FAQs here.