Taps: 60 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 40 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mynie:
4.64/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Came here, as always, after a Brewers game. I was, as always, already drunk.
It was dimly lit in a good way. I felt classy, not like there was any stabbing or grifting afoot. The bartenders were very pretty. The bar itself was made of gilt, polished wood. The music was good, too. A playlist instead of a jukebox, and so long as the person making that playlist knows anything about music that's usually a good thing. Or, well, really all I ask is that there's no Jack Johnson, Nickelback, or Lady GaGa, nor any other of the dozen or so shades of beige that make up the music at must pubs. If you toss in F-IRE Collective and Portishead, then that's just a double win.
The tap selection is expansive in the best possible way. There are several beers for every mood. I adore Waterloo, Iowa's Lava Lounge, but too many of their beers are high ABV. Same with the Map Room. On the other end of the spectrum, Hook's Pub in Clinton, Iowa brags about having 21 beers on tap, but aside from a single Sam Adam's all of those taps are from Bud, Miller, or Coors. Sugar Maple's selection is not only crapless, it is also varied enough so that you can get tipsy or sloshed or both, depending on your mood. Lots of rares and one-offs, too.
Large, relaxed, clean, and inexpensive, this the easily the best beer bar in Milwaukee.
06-16-2010 17:15:13 | More by mynie
More User Reviews:
4.82/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $
ANY 4 6oz taps for $13... that cannot be beat. If you want a place to try a ton of different beer without having to fork over a bunch of money this is the place to do it. The bartenders are always great, super attentive, and very knowledgeable. This place is a must if you're in the Milwaukee area ever.
02-12-2014 20:19:36 | More by hansenm72
4.33/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Good tap selection, bordering on great (when special kegs/casks come in especially). Staff is always friendly and willing to send tasters your way.
More of a coffee shop vibe than a bar vibe. Sometimes I appreciate that!
Ping pong out back when winter is over.
11-06-2013 20:45:44 | More by sisterthelonious
4.44/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in again recently and had a much different experience. This Friday night was busy but we got seats at the bar. The taplist was outstanding. Black Husky, Alesmith IPA, some random sours (Sweet Mullet and O'so), and a handful of unique keg only beers. The bartender was attentive, knew his beer and was talkative, full of tips for the city. Prices were more than reasonable. Will stop in again soon.
Original Review 1/13/13
Original score 3.84
The Sugar Maple, I'm conflicted on this place. I want to like it, I really do. I hear nothing but good things and I hear them often.... With that said I can't seem to find much I really like about this place. The exterior makes it look like it's going to be a cool place. Walking in the decor and feel are just off. Strange paintings line the walls, strange for a bar, not a hotel lobby. The loopy bar itself seems out of place as does the weird, mismatched placement of uncomfortable furniture throughout.
The service has never been anything but good and the taplist is usually pretty solid but never anything to go out of my way to find. I will say that the beer seems to be expertly taken care of and the servers friendly. To me there's just seems to be a little something off about the Sugar Maple. I do usually end up at the bar at some point on my Milwaukee travels though so it must have something that draws me in. Must be the reasonable prices on some good drafts.
10-18-2013 01:24:24 | More by joe1510
4.41/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Sugar Maple is a great place to drink great beer - especially with a group of people. The bar is big and there are lots of tables across from the bar. The decor may not be to everyones liking but the place is clean. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgable as you would expect. I had an Alesmith IPA, Central Waters Coffee Stout and Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA on my visit - all fresh tasting. If you're in the Bayview area this should be on the top of your list for a visit.
10-06-2013 14:27:47 | More by bound4er
Sugar Maple in Milwaukee, WI
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