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The University Club

Madison, Wisconsin View map

About

The University Club is a full service event venue located in Madison, Wisconsin. This classic venue has proudly hosted weddings and events for over 100 years. The retro venue is placed in the heart of University of Wisconsin’s beautiful campus. The event space is ideal for upscale affairs that will make you feel like you're stepping into the past with the charming turn-of-the-century venue.

Facilities and Capacities
The University Club can comfortably accommodate your big day, whether it be big or small. The venue boasts three unique event spaces that are ideal for any aspect of your wedding, from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception. Sitting off the main drag of State Street, guests can get a stunning view of Lake Mendota and the Memorial Union, making it the perfect choice for a sophisticated wedding day.

Services Offered
The University Club offers a long list of services, all sure to make your big day run smoothly. Their talented wedding staff will work closely with you to make sure that every linen is in place, every piece of cake is perfectly cut and every detail is perfectly executed. Additional services include:

  • All inclusive packages
  • Bar services
  • Catering services
  • Clean up
  • Event planner
  • Pet friendly
  • Set up


Cuisine
The University Club offers both in-house catering and in-house bar services. They use only the freshest ingredients and are willing to work with you to create a personalized menu. They also offer bar services without a drink minimum, making great spirits more affordable. The skilled chefs and bartenders at The University Club will take care of all your culinary needs with comfort and care.

Accommodations
Located in the heart of the University of Wisconsin’s campus, The University Club provides a variety of accommodations for you. The venue is placed in downtown Madison, ensuring that you and your guests have multiple lodging options leading up to and after your big day. The club also has ample parking and wheelchair access.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Restaurant

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Pet Friendly
Set Up

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Furniture
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December
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    Kate S. Married on 06/22/2019
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    Our guests loved it (and so did we!)

    My husband and I are so glad we chose to get married at The University Club, it made planning our wedding easy (or, at least as easy as wedding planning can be!) They had every detail covered - we dropped off some decorations and our wedding day, everything was set up beautifully. The food is delicious, and the staff are friendly and attentive. It's a perfect location for overnight guests with hotels within walking distance, and we all were able to grab a pitcher at the terrace and bar crawl after the reception!

    Also, our guests loved it - they were able to take advantage of the beautiful summer night and sit out on the patio (we also had games out there), socialize in the lounge area, stay in the dining room, or hit the dance floor. The layout is great for allowing people to find their own space to mingle. We had our rehearsal dinner the night before in the basement, which has a vintage hunting lodge vibe.
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    Lindsey Married on 08/04/2018
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    The University Club is a Fantastic venue. It provided great food, great service, and flexibility. I have a complicated diet restriction that was accommodated beautifully. Sarah does a great job communicating and responds quickly to requests. My guests were so impressed with the quality of the food that was served from the appetizers to the their dinner options. (However the cake that they provided was not good-we ended up being reimbursed for the low quality of the cake, Sarah did a great job communicating to us after the event.) They did a great job working well with other vendors. The beauty of this building can speak for itself and does not need many decorations to make it look like a wedding venue. The location is perfect and the ability to reserve rooms at the Lowell center (which is a block away) makes the UW club one of the best wedding venues in Madison. There is no food and drink minimum which allowed us to stay on budget. Overall great experience!
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    Katherine Married on 06/17/2017
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    The University Club was wonderful. We had our reception here. They had worked with most of our vendors before, and handled all the setup arrangements without needing my middle-man-ing at all really. Patrick Bailey is the new catering/events manager and while he wasn't there when we booked the venue, he was super responsive and fantastic. We had about 90 people total and that was a good number--the space can accommodate more but I think it would be tight if you went over 125 seated guests.

    The food was delicious, the venue had everything set up exactly as I wanted, and they were awesome. When you are a wedding there, you've rented the whole building, and there are back rooms and lounges that you can use for more intimate moments. We arranged for a special toast in honor of my husband's late father, and the U club handled setting that up in a back room. The patio was also perfect for my family members who don't like crowds to sit and smoke a cigar.

    Having my reception at the University Club was everything I hoped. Thank you!
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Wisconsin Historical Society Wisconsin Historical Society Museum Weddings

Excellent reception venue in historic and elegant building. Very accommodating staff and exceptional appointments and service. I highly recommend the UW Club for wedding receptions.

Paulius Musteikis Weddings Paulius Musteikis Weddings Wedding Photographers

University Club is one of those well-hidden gems of Madison Downtown. New management that stepped in few years ago really did a tremendous work and gathered finer banquet crew. This unique reception venue not only radiates charm and history but also serves fantastic food and has carefully selected staff that radiates hospitality and care. One of my favorite venues to work with!

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The University Club frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The University Club?

The University Club includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The University Club, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The University Club includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)

At The University Club, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The University Club includes:
  • Bartender(s)

What are the most important characteristics of The University Club in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The University Club for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Historic Building
  • Restaurant

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The University Club for wedding events?

The University Club offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does The University Club offer?

The University Club offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The University Club offer for wedding events?

The University Club offers the following services for wedding events:
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up

What furniture and decorations does The University Club have available for wedding events?

The University Club offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The University Club and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The University Club is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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