Riverfront District Liquor License

The Beer Wine & Liquor-River & Lake License was established by Ordinance. These permits are for restaurants and/or cultural entertainment experience venues. In order to apply for these permits, the primary business’ focus of operation must be on a dining or cultural experience. Riverfront licenses shall be granted to businesses that substantially contribute to the cultural fabric and quality of life in Madison, and/or support the vitality of our tourist industry. 


To Apply:

Please fill out an application and pay the attached fee to the Economic Development Department. The Economic Development Office will then schedule a meeting with the applicant and the Mayor to go over the application and business plan. The applicant or their representative is required to attend. The Mayor’s action will be in the form of a recommendation or rejection to Common Council for their consent at a public meeting. If the application is approved the Mayor and the Common Council of the City of Madison will give the applicant a signed letter with the conditions of eligibly to that effect. 


Current businesses that hold a Beer & Liquor-River & Lake License:

Crafted Coffee
Rivertown Grill
Red on Main
Pizza Uncommon