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Climbing & Bowling

Sett Recreation

Climb, bowl, shoot pool, play games, and hang out at The Sett, the center of recreation at Union South.  Sett Recreation is located on the lower level of The Sett Pub.  Play until your heart is content, then head upstairs to grab a bite, hang out and watch all of your favorite sports at The Sett Pub.

Please note, all climbers must be 18 years or older, unless they are enrolled as a UW-Madison student. For more information, call (608) 263-2514 or send an email.

Sett Recreation Fall Hours

Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 12:00am

Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 1:00am

Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

Climbing Wall Summer Hours

Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 1:30pm, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Sunday: Closed

Climbing Wall Fall Hours

Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 1:30pm, 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Saturday: 2:00pm - 7:00pm

Sunday: 2:00pm - 7:00pm

First-Time Climber Orientations 

First-time climbers must complete orientation prior to climbing. Orientations are available during the following times through summer: 

Orientation Times 

Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Every Other Friday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm 

Saturdays: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm 



Belay on! Experience Sett Rec's two-story climbing and one-story bouldering wall.  The only climbing wall in downtown Madison, we have four auto-belay stations, four top rope stations, and frequently changing routes. Equally friendly for beginners and advanced climbers.   

Climbing Pricing & Details



Our eight-lane bowling center is perfect for the casual bowler, league play and group reservations. The bowling center is also where the UW-Madison Bowling Team practices.

Bowling Pricing & Details



Your break.  Grab your friends and shoot at one of our five full size Brunswick Gold Crown tables. Rent a table by the hour and play as long as you like.  

Billiards Pricing & Details



Gather with friends and check out our wide-selection of popular games. Play board games, Xbox 360 and wii for free - check out the full list of available games here. Try out the fast action on our air hockey table at $1 per play. 

The Sett Recreation

Sett Rec Lounge

Sett Rec Lounge

A place to relax after all that play time, the Sett Rec lounge features a wall constructed of the old basketball court salvaged from the Kohl Center. The area is complete with comfortable seating and a selection of large, flat panel TVs.

The Sett Recreation

Private Parties at Sett Rec

Private Parties at Sett Rec

It's not your birthday?  You don't need an excuse to celebrate with a reservation at Sett Recreation. Take a break from a conference session, meet up with friends, or host an actual birthday party. We have a variety of fun activities and food options to offer.

Plan a Party