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Stubby's Gastropub & Beer Bar

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Stubby's Gastropub & Beer BarStubby's Gastropub & Beer Bar

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: n/a
Taps: 53
Bottles: 4
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2060 N Humboldt Ave
Ste 1
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53212-3530
United States
phone: (414) 763-6324

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @stubbysmke

Place added by: CurtisLoew on 11-05-2010

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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 10
Photo of Rilesmiles
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here for a friend's birthday with a party of ~20. Firstly, the waitstaff was very good. Throughout dinner they were prompt and friendly.

Nice tap list, with a couple surprises that hadn't, to that point, been available in MKE or Madison. Service at the bar was also good, jovial bartenders and, to my slightly inebriated palate, clean tap lines.

Should be noted that I saw CBS on the menu, but upon further investigation it was reserved for their beer club members only. Noted.

Enjoyable place all around, with shuffleboard and other games to mess around with. They even allowed me to stick around after a wayward shot from their basketball game landed on the bar and broke a goblet. Definitely bad form on my part.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of IMFletcher
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Upon entry on a quiet weekday afternoon, the vibe for what would follow is wrong. It *looks* like a college/party bar that serves cheap beer and standard bar food fare. (Let it be said here that we didn't look at a food menu or eat anything, so I have no opinions or knowledge about the food.)

Then we saw the tap handles at the bar and knew we were in the right place. 53 taps, many offering various in-state brews from multiple breweries, and even a very selective bottle list (Central Waters Space Ghost? Yay!)

Ordered a few wonderful beers, including a Central Waters Brewer's Reserve BBA Imperial Stout, and had a great conversation about the state's craft beer scene and learned a lot of neat things from the personable and knowedgable staff.

If you have the ability to frequent this establishment regularly, they have a membership club that gives early and/or exclusive access to special releases. While we live too far away for that, we cannot wait to visit them again.

Photo of robear
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75

Atmosphere- the best thing Stubby's has going for it is that it's on the river. Interior is your standard near-campus "high-end" gastropub. Think of a classed-up Applebee's. Large Jenga set greets you as you enter. Odd-shaped oval bar off to the left w/ dining room behind. Lighting is dim. Shares the building with a gym? New building, no old world charm here. Ok, not bad, not good.

Quality- I'm going to focus on the food here. The menu is impressive and appetizing, but the food is not. We've visited several times and what you're getting is just what you'd expect from the atmosphere- classed-up chain restaurant food. Very salty, lots of sauces. Screams Sysco Food Truck and line chefs. While nothing we've had here has been so bad we couldn't eat it, every bite has left me wondering why I was spending $13 on a "bratwurst" when I could be enjoying a meal at any one of several small beer-centric restaurants in town. The beer quality ( see selection below) is excellent.

Service- Not bad, not good. Again, we're talking run-of-the-mill college students. The place is too corporate for them NOT to pay attention (so that's a plus) but they clearly don't love what they are doing.

Selection- I'll focus on the beer here. The selection is incredible. A solid tap list, growler fills on most stuff. My only complaint is with the "Stub Club" which forces you to pay for the right to buy "special" beers. Not too big a deal since the best beers are often on the regular tap list. But if you want to try to get Zombie Dust or growlers of rare beer, you've got to join the club.

Food- fair-to-middling. It will impress folks who regularly dine at Chili's.

Value- None. Beer and food are both over-priced. With the beer, I don't mind paying an extra buck or two if it mean good selection. For the food, there is no excuse.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of jumboj11
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Stopped in at Stubby's this weekend when I was passing through MKE. Tap selection was huge and featured a lot of Wisconsin's finest. Service was great and friendly, though our waitress could have been a bit more knowledgable about the beer. The food was better than average, but priced accurately for the larger portions.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of WRBeerFan
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My first trip here was an impromptu get togethor with a buddy. Neither of us had been here and wanted to give it a try. We sat at the bar and had pretty good service. After a few great beers and Wisconsin Badgers touchdowns it was time for food. The food was great! I really enjoyed the beer selection and signed up for the Stub Club 53, where I can get in on their special tap beer only available to club members. I now come here pretty regularly with my wife and daughter. Its a little pricey but worth it. Our daughter is on the Autism Spectrum and has sensory related issues with noise so we come in the late morning/early afternoon when its not busy. She has her favorite booth and really enjoys their grilled cheese sandwich (which they have modified for her). We haven't had anything bad to eat and always enjoyed our time there. If your in the area, stop by... you won't regret it!

Photo of Mspread
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I am a member of the Stubby's Club, it allows you to track what beers you have had in each visit. The restaurant has a wide selection of crafts on tap that I can't find anywhere else in Milwaukee's East Side.
Only down side is the price. Parking is tight. They were on a groupon special a few months ago, and their Thursday night deal is great. They have very good food and recommend beer pairings. It is a great place to get started on learning more about craft beers and overall enjoyable place.


Photo of crossovert
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went on a Friday night. It wasn't too packed despite it being their Firkin Friday.

They have like 55ish taps and they all are relaly solid. The waitress was quick to point out that they only sold 1 BMC product. The vibe is o your typical sports bar. If any of you have been to Uncle Mikes this is like it but quieter, nicer, and better.

The food was pretty good. I had a pork knuckle that was extremely filling. I paired it with an Emelisse Jack Daniels RIS. The cask was vanilla bean Old Chub which was delicious when I tried my friend's.

Overall a decent bar that I would recommend for the selections and food but not atmosphere.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A friend of mine is a waitress, and she invited me out with a bunch of friends from her restaurant on a Thursday a couple weeks back, letting me know that this pub has a nice special on taps on Thursdays ($2 for almost all domestic crafts). I thought it was a pretty good atmosphere...it seemed to cater to a post-college, pre-settling-down crowd, with a bit of sports bar vibe coupled with a music venue (there was a DJ and an MC there the second time I went). It has nice seating, a big patio, and a fairly impressive selection of taps. The bartenders were very busy that night and came off a little distracted, which is understandable. They did seem fairly knowledgeable of the beers they served, though. It seemed that there were about 50 beers on tap (great for this part of town), mostly domestic craft offerings--these come from all over the country, though Wisconsin crafts are probably the most represented. I liked that their menus were very clear and easy to navigate, and the bar is set up in such a way to allow easy access. I wish it was a little quieter, but that's what you get when you've got a special like that going on.

I will definitely continue to hit up Stubby's for their Thursday special, as it's a great (affordable) way to try crafts that I wouldn't get the chance to otherwise.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I made a stop by this place to try get a snifter of DFH's Bitches Brew on tap since all the bottles had been depleted from stores when I went in search of it.

A prime location right on the river gives the place a good view. Inside was a large dining area with ample space. The bar was large and also provided plenty of seating.

Above the bar was an angled chalkboard that had beers on tap written all over it colorfully. While nothing about this place screamed awesome design, it was pretty decent.

The service from the bar was fairly average but I didn't have much interaction in that way. I don't have any knowledge of the staffs' beer knowledge.

A good, large list of taps ran the gamut but didn't offer anything way out of the ordinary. And while I can't comment on food consumption I can say that as I was leaving a friend got a burger and fries that smelled absolutely delicious.

I'd have no problem heading back here for a pub dinner and a few brews.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here last night for dinner and a few pints.

First off the parking sucks. So if you go unless you get one of the five spots out front prepare to walk.

The place itself has a sort of sports bar vibe with tons of flat screens and video games throughout. Huge full 180 degree bar is a nice touch. For a Wednesday night it seemed a bit loud for my taste. I can't imagine what it's like when the place is full. There were times when I had to shout to my fiance' for her to hear me.

The beer list pretty much sealed the deal for me though. I can forgive all short comings with a list like Stubby's boasts. 53 beers on tap. Not a single BMC product in the entire place. SCORE! Not even Spotted Cow! This amazed me. The beer menu was seperated from light to dark. Which is nice for people who need help. They had beers from the west coast to the east coast and everything in between.

The food was good and plentiful. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. No complaints there.

The outside patio is going to a great place to sit by the water and drink this summer. I will be before then I'm sure.

If you are looking for a great tap list and a little less pretentious atmosphere this is your place.

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Stubby's Gastropub & Beer Bar in Milwaukee, WI
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