Let’s Build a Community, Let’s find COMMON GROUND!

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Thank you to everyone who supported Common Ground Middleton over our brief but mighty years in existence! We loved being a part of the Middleton community with all of the amazing events hosted over the years. Book clubs, writers groups, knitting, art classes, children’s events, scouts, fundraisers, winter markets, Memory cafes, board gamers, bluegrass jams, jazz nights, murder mystery dinners, celebrations, all the amazing brunches, fish fries and so so so much wonderful live music!

We will miss you! ❤

Check out our FACEBOOK PAGE to see more photos from our fabulous events we had over the years 🙂



We are taking FISH FRY orders tonight for curbside pick up or delivery between 5-8pm! Call in (608) 820-1010 for delivery or pick up! Here is what we have available for fish fry tonight, including our regular lunch/dinner menu!

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We are still fine tuning our new delivery & pick up order system, & will have more details on that very soon – but in the meantime, you can order from us through EatStreet (their delivery starts @11am daily) or order pick up by calling in (608) 820-1010 beginning at 9am Today (Tues. March 17). We won’t be taking walk ins, but you are encouraged to call ahead or message on Facebook for pick up!! We will be maintaining strict hygiene during preparation & during the hand off process. We are committed to getting you your much needed caffeine & other goodies when you need it!

Our music & events calendar are cancelled/postponed for the time being.

Love to you all in this new & hopefully very temporary reality. We may be physically isolated, but we are all in this together ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️



As all of our routines are getting tossed mercilessly into the air, we have been over here brainstorming the best way we can still serve our community while maintaining a safe environment for our Common Ground family & the community as a whole. After much deliberation, and with restrictions already beginning to be put onto restaurants & bars, we have decided the best option for us is to close our dining room to the general public to maintain as sterile environment as possible so that we can offer our own delivery & pick up service in the coming week(s) as everyone finds themselves in this surreal springtime quarantine. This way we can be here if anyone needs their cafe drinks, breakfast, lunch or dinner delivered or picked up for you and your family! In order to prepare for this big change, we will be CLOSED on Monday March 16 & the plan is to be open for delivery & pick up orders beginning on Tuesday with our new (temporary) hours being 8am-7pm.

I choose to look at this whole situation as an opportunity to show how humanity can use their creativity & compassion to ban together (while maintaining “social distance” of course 😉) & it is now more than ever that I am grateful for the modern technology that can keep us linked together in spirit, if not in person. We will keep everyone posted on our plans & hope to open back up to the public as soon as it is safe enough to do so. Sadly, our regular music & community events calendar will be cancelled until further notice.

In the meantime, we’ve already seen many folks making use of our parking lot to go on Pheasant Branch Trail enjoying this lovely weather. Guests are welcome to do so, but please remember that we still have staff we need to support & building expenses, so call in/online pick up or delivery orders will be welcome to help keep us going until we can open our doors once again!

Stay tuned for more details on our new ordering process & feel free to share thoughts & ideas for any other ways we can be of service during this time!



Owner/Events Coordinator-

Common Ground Middleton


Check out the NEW CoEvolution Radio featuring streaming music from many of the bands who have graced our stage and a variety of shows aired live from Common Ground throughout the week! CoEvolution Radio is now the home of our weekly Saturday show – Durango’s Roadhouse!

For more events & happenings, make sure to check out our monthly newsletter HERE!!!


Thank you to everyone who voted for us for Best of Madison 2019 “Best New Restaurant” (bronze) and “Most Kid Friendly” (bronze)!!! We are very honored to be ranked amongst other Dane County businesses!

Common Ground has also been nominated for Best of Madison 2020 in 3 categories:

  • Best Coffee Shop
  • Best Music Venue
  • Most Kid Friendly

Stay tuned for results of the 2020 Best of Madison poll!

CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS! There is something for all ages and interests 🙂 Click the link below to check out our meetup events calendar:


And make sure to “LIKE” us on facebook to keep up to date with all the happenings at Common Ground!



Bluegrass & Old Time Music Jam every Monday 6:30-10pm in the main dining room – Come check out Madison’s Longest running Bluegrass Jam!!!


Bluesday – Live blues every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30pm in the main dining room


Gypsy Jazz Jam” or Django Jazz every Tuesday from 7:30-9:30pm in the main dining room. Guest musicians are welcome to join in the fun! (Note: this jam used to take place at Brochach on Monroe St.)


Open Mic! – Music, comedy, spoken word – Come on down to Common Ground for a friendly and fun Open Mic the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays each month from 7-9pm!

Madison Jazz Jam – Middleton Jazz Jam has joined forces with the Madison Jazz Jam to bring us a magnificent show every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6-9pm! Each session features a professional house band followed by the opportunity for guests to sign up for a spot to play with the pros! More info on the OMJ Jazz Jam and Jazz workshops HERE 

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Thursday Line Dancing from 3:30-4:30pm (large room upstairs) Email Sue for more details on how to sign up! svrtrace60@gmail.com


Thursday night is Piano Night which features guest musicians each week playing on our upright piano on our main dining room stage from 6-8pm!


Friday Night Fish Fry every week from 5-9pm, featuring live music, beer battered cod, baked cod, perch and a weekly salmon special!  Our full menu is also available during this time as well as cafe and bar drinks.  Click HERE to check out our menus!

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Drama Kids Youth Acting Classes – Fridays 5:15-6:15pm (Elementary age) and 6:30-7:45pm (Middle School age). More details on how to sign up HERE!

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Durango’s Roadhouse Radio Show featuring live music, trivia & other shenanigans every Saturday night from 7-9pm and aired will now be aired live on CoEvolution Radio station HERE weekly. Click HERE for a list of our upcoming music guests! Dinner, cafe and bar items available for purchase during the show (we close at 10pm Saturdays)


Sunday Brunch featuring live music served every Sunday from 8am-2pm! Our full cafe, bar and bakery options are available during this time as well, and we are open until 4pm  (cafe and bar menu only from 2-4pm)

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Good Neighbor Yoga! Weekly Schedule: Sundays 9:30-10:45am (Vinyasa Yin) and Monday nights 7-8pm (Vinyasa Flow). Classes are $10/ drop in & pay upon arrival & they take place in the large room upstairs33086459_233809657200585_8060875808899596288_o

Madison West Writers Group – holds bi-weekly evening meetings at Common Ground. For details and specific dates, make sure to join the MWWG Meetup page HERE! Fun Fact!! Madison West Writers Group was founded by Common Ground owner Adrienne Hulburt-Stroud and it was her first foray into regular event hosting, which was a foretaste of the community event organizing monster to come!fullsizeoutput_328

*NEW* Drawing Time for Young People with Heather C. Williams. Saturdays 10am-12pm. Make sure to look out for her sign at a table in the main dining room and join her for great conversation and mental stimulation!


Open Art Studio – last Tuesday each month, 6:30-8:30pm (upstairs) – bring a craft or project you are working on, and create amongst friends, new and old!

New Orleans Jazz Brunch with the New Valley Jazz Band – last Sunday of the month 11am-2pm (brunch served 8am-2pm & we are open til 4pm)


MAUI Ukulele Sing-Along – first Saturday of each month 2-4pm in the main dining room. More on MAUI Madison HERE

Memory Cafe – a dementia/Alzheimers friendly morning with guided assistance and activities to spur memories – second Tuesday every month, 9:30-11:30am in the main dining room (free to attend!)

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Alzheimers Association Presents: Caregiver Support Group, Second Mondays monthly at 5:30pm (meets upstairs – free – drop in, brought to you by the Alzheimer’s Association) 

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Rooted Dad’s Group – 2nd Friday of the month: 6-8pm on the upper level of Common Ground. For more info on this group and more parent support groups and resources, check out MAPS Madison Area Parent Support HERE


We have oodles more events and happenings, so make sure to follow our facebook and check out our meetup calendar for more!



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Check out our monthly NEWSLETTER to read about upcoming events, music and other fun updates!!!

COMMON GROUND NOW HAS A BLOG!!  Check out the first article “The Birth of Common Ground” written by owner Adrienne Hulburt-Stroud HERE!


Common Ground is a small family owned and operated business that offers it’s space for community groups such as various scouting troops, art, writing and book clubs, support groups, family events, discussion groups, various non-profits, nature organizations, fundraisers, Alzheimers Association events, independent film showing, host to local politicians and public figures for speaking events and so much more! Click below if you’d like to contribute to help keep our community calendar full, contribute toward the wide array of musicians we feature (whom we pay for their time and talent) and our beautiful shared space running for all to enjoy!