14. Finally, Thrillist Executive Editor Ben Robinson spent the best 5 and 3/4 years of his life there, and swears that "drunk Wisconsin people are still the nicest people in the world". In fact, he adds, "if you pick the right street, people will literally just hand you brats for free as you walk by". So there's that, too.
Tickets: Yep, you can definitely still get 'em right here.
Accommodations: Billed as Madison's "first true stylish boutique hotel" (suck it Days Inn), Hotel Red's a stone's throw from the stadium and rocks a daily happy hour at the bar, a fitness center, and 48 rooms tricked out with mod bespoken art that looks like sound waves.
Bars and restos: In addition to the aforementioned Mickies, KK, and State Street, a couple of solid must-hits include local breweries Ale Asylum (10-beer flights for $20) and Great Dane Pub. Also, if you're craving a bacon-peanut butter cheeseburger (and why wouldn't you be), check out AJ Bombers.