Uncle Mike's Pub
Taps: 86 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Czap:
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
Have been to this bar a half dozen times now and have never been disappointed. If you just walk in without knowing anything about it and fail to notice the giant roadside sign boasting their expansive beer menu, you would never think it was a beer bar. Uncle Mike's has all the atmosphere and decor of your common sports pub. You may think you will be greeted with a list heavy in macros with a few safe, old faithfuls like Sam Adams and Sierra Neveda. Not even close to the truth. All it takes is a glance behind the interestingly designed bar at the 48 taps and an upward, westward look at the chalkboard with a 250+ bottle selection (with beautiful penmanship, I must say), to realize that this is not your father's sportsbar. However, that may not be altogether true, this may be your father's sportsbar as well. You will find a very eclectic mix of patrons gathered around the bar, pressed into the window-front seats and seated in the spacious beer garden.
I attribute this mainly to the prices. Cheap, cheap, cheap. So very cheap. I am a newbie to the craft beer scene. A friend of mine, and fellow advocate, introduced me to it about two years ago. One truth I have found in visiting beer bars in Chicago with him is that you better come equipped with a pocket full of cash. Not the case at Uncle Mike's, relatively speaking. Compared to beer bars with similar selections, the prices cannot be beat. This seems to invite a larger customer base and takes some pretention out of the scene. Don't get me wrong, I love a good pretentious beer bar. It creates an interesting atmosphere and keeps out the riff-raff, but at times I will trade it for an exquisite $4 barley wine.
Proper glassware, no frosted mugs, aforementioned huge selection. As expected, very Midwest brewery heavy, but also large non-local and import selection. They even had a beer from Vietnam that my dad told me to look for. Couldn't believe it.
Food is good, nothing spectacular. It is a very safe, American menu. Burgers, sandwiches, fried foods, wings, etc. I usually stick with the appetizers. Big servings. Wings are great. Get the Mike sauce. Nachos are fantastic as well.
Service is what you'd expect. There will be advocates that walk in there expecting every bartender to be beer educated, and when they discover this is not the truth, will be instantly turned off. You have to keep in mind, you are amoung a lot of swill-drinkers. That being said, there are a handful of bartenders that are very well versed in the beer art, but if they are not, I have found in my experience, they possess other attributes. Without wanting to sound like a misogynistic pig, in my visits, my bartender has either been very beer knowledgable, or has the ability to look very good in a tight tanktop and booty shorts. I didn't create the formula, I just recognize it, and guess what, it works.
So Uncle Mike's is a great place. It has become a go-to spot for me. It's a fun atmosphere. You can catch a game or a ppv fight without feeling like a meathead. Just realize what it is and what it is not before visiting. If you walk into with the right state of mind, you will walk out very pleased and satisfied, and with plenty of cash left for some bloody mary's in the morning.
10-06-2009 01:55:29 | More by Czap
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
If I lived in the area, this is where I would go. They have a huge list, and they have a lot of special releases from Wisconsin breweries. Uncle Mikes attracts an interesting crowd. There’s just as many (probably many more) people there getting tanked on Miller Lite as there are people interested in trying the most unique and new thing on tap. Our bartender didn’t really know anything about the beer that was on tap, and even though they weren’t all that busy, we were left more than once with empty glasses of beer for over 10 minutes. Uncle Mikes is definitely worth a visit, but I wouldn’t make a destination out of it.
11-24-2013 22:56:52 | More by Fluffheady
3.89/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
Stopped here for lunch while in the Kenosha/Pleasant Prairie area for my daughter's basketball tournament.Sunday afternoon and we were one of the first tables in the place.Tap list was about 7 pages long.Lots of New Glarus and Ale Asylum and also some 3Floyds,Great Lakes and Central Waters.Tap handles were all over the place.My distributor friend hates this.I ordered an Arctic Panzer Wolf with my Mango-Habanero wings and finished with a New Glarus BlackTop.Both were fresh and enjoyable.My only knock was that our server was nonexistent.Cool place overall with good food and a great beer selection.Also only a stone's throw from Woodman's.
11-06-2013 02:37:55 | More by StlHopHead77
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
An amazing beer selection for an off the highway bar. More draft choices than I can even remember. There are so many in fact, this is not a one time visit place, because there is no way you can try everything you want in one sitting. Food was exceptional. Craft beer and a Kobe burger?? PERFECT! Not to mention to cheese curds... I mean come on, your in WI for goodness sake!!
10-19-2013 11:44:22 | More by Kempski
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Huge beer selection, I don't know how many on draft here, but its big. The food was great fare and had Hopslam from a cask and bottle...kudos here, can't believe I had a Hopslam cask. My first time here, all I can say is its a place for beer lovers. I'll be back. All the WI craft names, plus a good selection of Founders and some Bells. This has to be the best variety within a significant mileage.
03-29-2013 03:19:43 | More by Fusebuddy
4.46/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Good selection of beers. Changes weekly. Some weeks better than others but always a large type to choose from.
Food is suprisingly good. Made to order. worth the wait. A step above "typical bar food" Always a good time.
Servers friendly. Highly recommended.
03-21-2013 02:03:11 | More by BigMikie
4.6/5 rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a great beer bar right off I 94 & Hwy 50 in Kenosha. I have been in there a couple times for food and it is above average. I went in for lunch @ 11:30 on Wed and had no problems getting a seat at the bar. I ordered the Dairyland Cheeseburger w pepperjack cheese and fries. Burger was juicy and tasted great. They have an extensive tap beer selection, and offer The Gauntlet. This is an array of 28? two oz cups of each tap beer on the row of tappers on the west side of the bar. This included several Lakefront Brewery and Great Lakes selections, along w old school WI favorites like Pabst & Schlitz. Not sure what the cost is, but the current fastest time to consume all of them is 54 seconds. They keep track of the shortest times on a chalkboard.
I started out w a pint of New Glarus Back 40 Bock, which went down pretty smooth. I tried for a Goose Island Bourbon County, but the barrel was dry and there wasn't any more to be had. They also offer 100+ whiskeys, which can be had neat or included in a cocktail. A chalkboard by the kitchen shows the food specials. Had I known, I prob would have taken the special and saved some $$ for an extra pint. There are also multiple big screen tv's, so you can keep up on all the sporting events known to man.
Wish I could come here every day...
12-06-2012 01:30:03 | More by Tiburon
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is one of my favorite bars to frequent when I'm out by I-94. With 86 taps and 250 bottles available, this place is crazy good. The food is spectacular, too. The layout seems a little goofy when you first walk in as the bar area takes up the majority of the room and seating at the bar is usually a premium. If you do manage to belly up, the service is pretty great. Even if you don't the table service is good, too. Aside from a great selection of beers, this place has a pretty good selection of food, and a ton of TV's to keep you occupied. Definately reccomend this place if you're heading somwhere between Milwaukee and Chicago and looking for a good deal.
07-19-2012 22:36:45 | More by mykd
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Finally got to this beer mecca this weekend.
Huge winding bar that almost feels like a maze. Look and feel of any old bar really though. We grabbed a couple stools and got ready for a long lunch.
The beer list is absolutely insane. You could spend an hour humming and hawing over what to drink. After a painful five minutes we decided on a couple beers and got to the food menu.
The food runs the gamut of pretty much every thing you could ever want in pub grub. If it's deep fried or needs twelve napkins they had it.
The servers were very friendly and prompt. It seemed like every person behind the bar served us something. Very cool.
If I lived closer i would hang out here every day.
05-30-2011 04:46:41 | More by beerwolf77
Uncle Mike's Pub in Kenosha, WI
91 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.