5 spots on Madison’s Main Street you don’t want to miss, like Old Black Bear Brewery and Taproom

A Free Library With Complimentary Dog Parking On Main Street In Madison
A free library with complimentary dog parking in front of Murphy Homes on Main Street in Madison. (Emily Phillips / The Bama Buzz)

The Huntsville metro, including Madison and surrounding communities, is growing faster than any other spot in the state right now. However, that doesn’t mean that the area has completely lost its small-town charm.

Here are five spots you should check out in downtown Madison.

1. South & Pine and Tiny Pines

South & Pine and its sister store, Tiny Pines, is a home decor and gift shop serving the Madison community. South & Pine has a collection of signature candles perfect to gift or to keep in addition to a wide selection of classic, Southern home decor. They also host classes, workshops and private events, like a soap making workshop coming up on January 23.

Address: 14 Main St Suite C, Madison, AL 35758
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM
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2. Main Street Cafe

A Sign For Madison Beside The Train Tracks
Train tracks run adjacent to Main Street, right behind Main Street Cafe. (Emily Phillips / The Bama Buzz)

For a taste of Madison’s history, grab lunch or dinner at Main Street Cafe. The building was Madison City Hall during the mid-1950s and has been a restaurant for more than two decades.

When the building operated as City Hall, it housed two jail cells, the chief of police, the mayor’s office, the volunteer fire department and several other local offices. Now, restaurant patrons can sit in those cells and offices and enjoy classic Southern fare.

True Southerners-at-heart will swoon over the dessert selection, which includes selections like:

  • Coca Cola Cake
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Hummingbird Cake
  • Mississippi Mud
  • Strawberry Pretzel

Address: 101 Main St, Madison, AL 35758
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11AM-2PM for lunch; Wednesday-Thursday 5PM-8PM and Friday-Saturday 5PM-9PM for dinner
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3. Noble Passage Interiors

Noble Passage Interiors In Madison
Noble Passage Interiors, another home goods and gift store located on Main Street in Madison, has a wide range of decor to satisfy all tastes. (Emily Phillips / The Bama Buzz)

Noble Passage Interiors is not just a home store, but a full-service interior design shop offering everything you could need to make your residence feel like home, including

  • custom upholstery
  • window treatments
  • lighting
  • furniture
  • art
  • rugs
  • decor

The store is filled to the brim with furniture and decor to suit a range of tastes, from rustic to traditional and everything in between. Noble Passage also offers an assortment of gifts like jewelry, clothing and specialty barware.

Address: 204 Main St, Madison, AL 35758
Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM; Saturday 10AM-4PM
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4. Old Black Bear Brewery and Taproom

Old Black Bear Brewing Company Taproom In Madison
The Old Black Bear Brewing Company has a taproom on Main Street. (Emily Phillips / The Bama Buzz)

Old Black Bear Brewing Company has been active since 2010. The company brews their craft beers right in downtown Madison, adjacent to the taproom.

There are currently 10 different beers on tap with two more coming soon. Those include:

  • Cave City Lager: a dark amber lager and Old Black Bear’s flagship beer
  • Whiskey Porter: slow aged in Knob Creek Barrels
  • Speckled Trout: lemon honey American wheat
  • Hey Girl Hey: a blackberry key lime Berlinerweiss

Address: 212 Main St, Madison, AL 35758
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4-11; Friday-Saturday 11-11; Sunday 10-4 for brunch
Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram

5. Madison City Veterans Memorial

Madison Veterans Memorial
The Madison Veterans Memorial is adjacent to Main Street. (Emily Phillips / The Bama Buzz)

The current City of Madison Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 2017 and features a Wall of Heroes honoring all who served for the US Armed Forces. The memorial is courtesy of American Legion Post 229 in Madison, which initially installed a veterans memorial at the spot in 2001.

Recently, a memorial garden was added to the right of the marble monument that highlights three local Medal of Honor recipients: Paul L. Bolden, an Army staff sergeant; Leo K. Thorsness, a colonel in the Air Force; and Cecil H. Bolton, an Army lieutenant.

Address: Corner of Front and Church Street

Bonus: Antiques and local history

As you walk, keep your eye out for hidden gems like historical markers and antiques. In addition to these five spots, Main Street has:

Have you visited any of these spots in downtown Madison? Let us know on Facebook and Instagram!

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