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Comet Cafe

Comet CafeComet Cafe

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 127
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.9%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

1947 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202-1409
United States
phone: (414) 273-7677

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(Place added by: BeerBelcher on 12-16-2006)
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mynie

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$

Stopped here for a hangover brunch in between Brewers games. The bloody mary was the best I've ever had. The beer selection? Okay, but nothing special.

The place was packed at 10:30 AM on a Wednesday, so I'd imagine it'd be pretty hard to get into during the weekend. The vibe was hipstery, and again that would probably intensify at night so venture in at your own risk. During our visit it was fine. But I know stuff like that can get quickly out of hand for some of y'all.

Personally, I don't got nothing against hipsters. Especially foodie hipsters, and especially when those foodie hipsters are making me food. Good god, the food here was excellent. The best poutine I've ever had in the states and a vegetarian breakfast platter that was to die for.

But the beer--like I said, the selection ain't nothing special. They do a good job of displaying it--each beer is given its own trading card, and the "menu" is a leatherette booklet containing said cards. But the selection wasn't all that special. (Signs did make mention of a semi-exclusive beer club that met periodically to share rare, cellared beers, but this news was of little use to a tourist like myself) Still, there was a beer for nearly every mood, and taking that into account along with the quality of the food, I'd call this place a borderline must-visit.

07-30-2013 21:14:59 | More by mynie
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I enjoyed this place mostly because of its access to where I was staying. friendly environment,though there are ven friendlier ones in the city. a couple of bars and tables, enough room for me but i can see where it can get very crowded on the weekends. Only a handful of taps, and that rarely changes, for example 3 Floyds mild is always on. A good bottle selection, but then again almost everything available in the stores. Reasonable prices. Again, location was the best part of this for me, as well as being reasonable safe part of town.

09-05-2011 13:10:57 | More by Sammy
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in here last night with a couple BA buddies for dinner.

Typical diner look and feel. Tap handles and chalkboards with beer specials are the only clue that it's more than a typical greasy spoon.

The beer list is pretty solid. Not and amazing tap list but the bottle list is quite long. I come here for the food mostly. It just so happens that I can enjoy a top tier craft brew with my entree. Speaking of the food. It is top notch. Homestyle comfort food any grandma would be proud of.

Service is always a touch slow but nothing I can't overlook.

Overall a great place for down home cooking served with a great beer.

08-25-2011 17:15:58 | More by beerwolf77
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bierbrauer

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Visited Comet Cafe (Comet Coffee Shop appears to be a dated BA title) for lunch. Open, but split interior, with cafe seating on north side, bar & booths to south and tables outside. Varied clientele, including a family with 3 generations represented. The tables and booths appeared to be full, but it didn't feel crowded. Received immediate seat and service at bar, with separate menus for food and for beer/wine/mixed drinks.

8 taps that the web site states "rotate daily." Range of choices today included Reissdorf Kolsch, 3 Floyds Pride & Joy, Unibroue Éphémère Cassis, Bells Oberon, Stillwater Statesman Saison, Founders Breakfast Stout, Ommegang Aphrodite, Oskar Blues GUBNA -- 4 under, 4 over 6% ABV. Menu showed 120 bottles, divided into 10 categories -- Pilsners; Ales (largest group); Wheat, White & Fruity; Belgian & Belgian Style Ales; Lagers; Stouts; Porters; Ciders; Strong Ales; and Barley Wines. Bottle menu included Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, an all but extinct species in WI since DFH (& Stone) pulled their distribution.

Alert, attentive and knowledgable bartenders provided info, taste samples, well-drawn taps and infinite ice water. Has been a "serious beer bar" for six years and the help is clearly invested in beer knowledge and culture. Offers weekly specials, e.g. Wednesday $1 off taps, Saturday $1 off craft bottles and Sunday $2.50 3 Floyd's taps + free bacon(!)

I had the 3F P&J, thinking "what has kept me from trying this acclaimed midwest brewery?" Over-the-top six pack art design, association with a disgraced cyclist or who knows? Whatever the source of my previous hesitations, it was a very good mild ale and I look forward to discovering their other types. Arriving promptly, the Vegetable Heaven Salad w/ grilled chicken was a direct hit, with fresh and varied greens, lightly roasted peppers and a very good ginger dressing. With this delicious salad, I tried the Unibroue Saison, knowing it would be well out of my normal taste zone. But that's something I appreciated about Comet, the potential of trying something that's a bit off center.

Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to future visits to Comet Cafe.

08-20-2011 20:00:09 | More by bierbrauer
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DabblinWiscCraft

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

I lived around the block from Comet for three years, and it was a place I would frequent at least once a week during that span. It has a fun vibe: While it certainly caters to the hipsters, it also is a place that absolutely values good beer, good cocktails, and good food. I love that they put on beer schools and really work to educate the community and their clientele on new and rare specialty offerings. The bartenders--for the most part--are very knowledgeable and friendly, and the wait staff are usually friendly and sometimes knowledgeable. The food is dubbed "slow food," and it is all along the vein of classic American comfort foods. There are also many dishes that appeal to vegans and vegetarians on the menu. Everything I've had there is great. My favorite would have to be their Commuter Sandwich (perfect with sourdough, eggs over medium, provolone, and bacon) for around 5 bucks. As others have mentioned, the tap selection is limited; but they always have good crafts in rotation, and they have a very solid collection of bottles.

Much like this site, Comet is a place that respects and appreciates beer and wants to share that respect and appreciation with others. When I think of Milwaukee beer destinations, this place is right at the top of the list (which is incredible considering it only has 8 taps). This is a great place to bring friends who are just visiting Milwaukee. You won't be disappointed.

07-11-2011 08:06:04 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

Practically lived at this place during my time at Marquette. Lived literally across the street (not Koppas) and spent over 100 hours in this place.

Different now (bar where what, laundry or chinese food used to be?) but yet, the same. Anyways, cool atmosphere, lots of east side type of people, basically doing the early 90s Seattle grunge look but through the indie lens that you can see in just about any large city in the US of A (SF, Detroit, NYC, Seattle, Sheboygan ha etc. . . ).

Bottle and tap list was very nice, over 100 beers to choose from. Service has always sucked. Scenesters. No beer knowledge. No desire to be quick or helpful. Everyone just looks and acts pissy. I dunno, maybe they are in training for that dream job at Toronado SF. Parking has, and always suck on the east side, the meter maids are super vigilant.

Great food, even if they kinda scoff when you order something not vegan.

Check it out. Everything is excellent except for the service.

05-04-2011 22:56:21 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mtunnell

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $

I am fortunate to live within walking distance of Comet though my heart probably doesn't feel that way on account of the bacon on Sundays. The same philosophy that leads to free bacon also applies to Comet's menu, which is greasy, salty and more than ample. In fact, the food holds the primary appeal for me. The menu's sandwiches are delicious and reliable, especially the Reuben and the Cuban, but there are also occasionally interesting specials available (most recently Duck Confit poutine).

The bar pours from a modest selection of 8 taps, but at least one is always pouring a 3 Floyds beer, which is $2.50 on Sundays. The other beers range through Wisconsin locals (mercifully not Spotted Cow) and other American craft with the occasional Wittekerke available. The bottle list is deep and reasonably priced with a number of options in many styles. My only real complaint about the bar is that they don't provide the best glassware. Bottles are always served with an 8oz glass which I find frustrating. Moreover, their goblets are tiny and weirdly shaped, arriving filled to the brim (and often spilling) with no room for head or aroma.

There are TV's behind the bar but the sound is usually turned off and the air is filled with punk rock and other, hipper, music, which is fine by me. The staff is generally friendly and helpful, though it can get pretty crowded so there might be some waiting involved.

On the whole, I recommend Comet highly, and when friends visit I usually bring them there. Any trip to Comet has a high enough upside to make me forget my small gripes about glassware.

05-04-2011 19:33:29 | More by mtunnell
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jmp485

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

Started going to the Comet Cafe about 2 years ago and can't think of a better place to hit up on Sunday evenings for great food, excellent beers, free bacon (yup free baskets of bacon Sunday nights) and a really great atmosphere.

The food is all about comfort. Big sandwiches, compact turkey dinner, meatloaf and pretty solid daily specials that you should try from time to time. The baked goods are awesome and the wife can't leave the place without a piece of cake or pie, or a cupcake for the road.

Since appearing on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives last year its popularity has picked up, so expect crowds most evenings.

The tap beer selection is limited to 7 or 8 selections, but there is seldom a loser in the bunch. You can count on at least one FFF beer on tap (usually Alpha King or Pride & Joy). Its pretty common to see them running the leftovers from their Beer School (1st Tuesday or each month) on tap, which are usually harder to find beers. They have a knack for getting kegs of stuff the other beer bars in the area can't find. They also have a good selection of bottles including bombers at decent prices. Bar staff is very knowledgeable and easy to talk to.

Definitely worth stopping in if you're in the area.

09-23-2010 03:14:00 | More by jmp485
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dirtylou

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

have al. ways been intrigued by this place - stopped in for lunch on my birthday, prior to the CUBS-brewers game a few weeks ago

lots of natural light on a sunny day - there were a handful of tables outside, but we settled into a booth. They serve breakfast most of the day but also have a lot of large-portion creative sandwiches. I had some pancakes stuffed with bacon - all the food on the table looked good.

KBS was on the beerlist but wasn't actually present - there was 8-10 taps of fairly high quality - we had flying dog raging bitch. They also had 3F pride and joy, ruination, and some various high quality locals. I didn't even catch a glimpse of the bottle menu, but it sounds like its fairly comprehensive

cool spot - would be more inclined to return because of food than tap selection.

06-19-2010 18:29:44 | More by dirtylou
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Beerfayce

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Comet Cafe is an excellent bar that serves "from scratch" meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to a number of excellent craft taps and numerous specialty bottles.
The atmosphere of the place is comfortable and often lively; you'll find local art on the walls, comfortable booths and a dark wood bar along with a diner style counter opposite the bar that features a beautiful curved wood back. It is a popular place to go, and not a very large place, so expect it to get quite crowded during evening and weekend hours- but don't let that stop you from going.
Of the dozens of times I have visited this establishment, I can only think of one or two times where the service was not outstanding! The menu is not complicated (sandwiches, Mac and Cheese, dinner plates such as homemade meatloaf with some delicious options for our vegetarian friends as well) but consistently good with daily specials if you need a change from the norm. The baked goods are also from scratch and are made in Bayview daily; I have never had a cake, pie, or cupcake there that I didn't love.
I often go there for the beer alone, although they make great cocktails and have a decent wine list as well. They stock many different bottles and have a large selection of bombers, plus 10(?) craft tappers. They always have a FFF on tap, and I can't remember visiting them without having at least a Great Lakes, DFH or Stone tap as well along with a variety of imports and regional beers passing through. The prices for the tappers can get a bit steep sometimes, but the quality is excellent and the food is very reasonably priced as well.

It is a bar aimed at the younger, "hipper" crowd, but Comet has revamped itself from a humble coffee shop in recent years and become a really stellar place to eat and drink.

06-15-2010 20:50:55 | More by Beerfayce
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Comet Cafe in Milwaukee, WI
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