Madison Music Venues

Live Music, Dance Clubs and More

Cafe Coda

Café CODA is Madison’s premier new jazz space dedicated to the presentation of traditional, contemporary and creative music. Café CODA facilitates the long-desired manifestation of a space with suitable staging, a tuned concert piano, and state of the art drum kit, to inspire great music to be played by great artists. Café CODA maintains an arts-centric program of musical performances, workshops and master classes available to residents and patrons of the Madison Arts and Culture District. Located at 1224 Williamson St. Café CODA is in the heart of the Willy St. corridor; the creative and cultural hub of Madison. Café CODA presents the musical works of local, regional and world-class musicians as it offers a sizable contribution to the Midwest American music scene.

Madison Music Venues: Crescendo Music Cafe - Monroe Street, Madison, Wisconsin

Crescendo Espresso Bar + Music Cafe

We are an approachable coffee bar nestled between Edgewood and UW campuses on Monroe Street. Exclusively serving Anodyne Coffee Roasters from Milwaukee, also featuring some of our favorite roasters as pourovers. Quick breakfast offerings daily include our specialty toast menu, breakfast sandwiches, burritos, and oatmeal bar.

Madison Music Venues: High Noon Saloon - East Washington Ave, Madison, Wisconsin

High Noon Saloon

Founded in 2004 in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, High Noon Saloon is a live music venue that features many different styles of music, including rock, alternative, metal, indie, alt-country, pop, punk, bluegrass, folk, jam, hip hop, world music, and more. We host large national acts, smaller touring bands from around the world, and lots of local music. In addition to live music seven nights a week, High Noon Saloon also has bar games, Glass Nickel pizza by the slice, and a wide selection of liquors, craft beers, and wines. In warmer months, we offer cocktail service on our spacious outdoor patio.


Knuckle Down Saloon

The Knuckle Down Saloon was established in 2010, with the hopes of bringing good’n’hearty food and great live music to Monona and Madison’s east side.

Lazy Oaf Lounge

The Lazy Oaf Lounge is Madison’s eastside place for friends and family to hang out in a fun, laid back atmosphere. Besides relaxing in our cocktail lounge and, in nice weather, outside on our large patio, you’ll enjoy great food from our restaurant including pizza, burgers, sandwiches, salads and appetizers. We also feature nightly entertainment, including free live music on most Saturday nights, Karaoke, and Team Trivia.

Majestic Theatre

The Majestic Theatre is Madison, Wisconsin’s oldest theatre, opening on December 15, 1906 as a vaudeville theatre. Over the years, everything from silent movies to the shows of Harry Houdini have graced this historic stage. There were even a few years where the theatre showed movies that featured the letter “X” rather prominently after the title. After a brief incarnation as a dance club, the Majestic Theatre has returned to its history of show business roots — this time as a world-class live performing arts venue.

Nomad World Pub

The Nomad World Pub is a new music venue in a very familiar location. While the name is new, the establishment has been better known over the past several years as The Cardinal Bar.

The North Street Cabaret

The North Street Cabaret is a small new music venue in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to our musical offerings, we also have a full bar and kitchen with regularly rotating menus. Inclusivity is our highest priority – all are welcome at the cabaret.

Orpheum Theater

Constructed in 1926 by Rapp and Rapp, the Limestone, Art Deco exterior and French Renaissance interior made the building a Madison icon, with the Orpheum sign towering over State Street. The Orpheum Theater first opened its doors on March 31, 1927. Originally built as a vaudeville venue and a movie theater, it was the first building in Wisconsin to have air conditioning. In 2013, after the theater had spent years in disrepair, the Gus Paras family bought the building and lovingly restored the theater to its former glory. Currently, exclusively booked and operated by Live Nation, The Orpheum Theater hosts regular concerts, stand-up comedy shows, weddings and events.

Red Rock Saloon

Locally owned and operated, Red Rock Saloon is Madison’s for Award-Winning, authentic, regional BBQ and Country music! The first Red Rock Saloon was opened in 2010 in downtown Milwaukee and since, has earned a reputation for monster burgers, signature wings and the best Texas Red Chili North of Amarillo.