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Take yourself out on the town in Madison

Check out these local spots in and around Madison that are great for locals who are flying solo.

A man sitting alone at the bar of Mason Lounge

The Mason serves up craft beer and classic cocktails. | Photo by 608today

Valentine’s this, Galentine’s that. Sometimes the best time spent is time spent alone. We’ve rounded up a few solo activities in and around the 608 great for independent endeavors.

Sit at the bar

No need to reserve a table when you’re flying solo. Here are a few of our favorite bar seating options downtown:

Forward Craft and Coffee, 2166 Atwood Ave., Madison
Bring your laptop to get some work done with the help of some caffeine or craft beer.

Harvey House, 644 W. Washington Ave., Madison
Be sure to select “Bar Stools” on your reservation to snag one of the best seats in the house, which share a room with the exposed kitchen.

The Mason Lounge, 416 S. Park St., Madison
You may be one person, but you can drink for two since all drinks are poured as doubles (and cost $10 or less).

Play tourist

Bascom Hall

How much do you know about UW-Madison’s campus? | Photo by 608today

Don’t feel too proud to explore tourist destinations as a local. Check out these tours:

Campus Tours, UW-Madison campus
You don’t need to be a student to participate in a campus tour. Check out the tour app for a self-guided option.

Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr.
Learn something new about Madison’s favorite architect (Frank Lloyd Wright) and how he created one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

State Capitol, 2 E. Main St.
Free tours are available to the public every Monday through Saturday. Stop by the information desk at the top of every hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding 12 p.m.

Find your passion

A group of people on aerial ropes practicing a performance

Find a unique class to try out at MCS. | Photo by Madison Circus Space

Unearth a new passion, or hone your craft at one of these classes:

Crimson Artist Collective, 1031 N. Edge Tr., Verona
City Editor Ally suggests the adult wheel-throwing class for a fun introduction to pottery.

DelecTable, 3248 University Ave., Madison
Upcoming classes include Southern Comfort Brunch, Cooking with Wine, and Puff Pastry Perfection.

Madison Circus Space, 2082 Winnebago St., Madison
This is your chance to run away and join the circus, kinda. Classes include flying trapeze, tumbling, and aerial ballet.

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