Stubby's Gastropub & Beer Bar
Taps: 53 / Bottles: 4
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
4.48/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Upon entry on a quiet weekday afternoon, the vibe for what would follow is wrong. It *looks* like a college/party bar that serves cheap beer and standard bar food fare. (Let it be said here that we didn't look at a food menu or eat anything, so I have no opinions or knowledge about the food.)
Then we saw the tap handles at the bar and knew we were in the right place. 53 taps, many offering various in-state brews from multiple breweries, and even a very selective bottle list (Central Waters Space Ghost? Yay!)
Ordered a few wonderful beers, including a Central Waters Brewer's Reserve BBA Imperial Stout, and had a great conversation about the state's craft beer scene and learned a lot of neat things from the personable and knowedgable staff.
If you have the ability to frequent this establishment regularly, they have a membership club that gives early and/or exclusive access to special releases. While we live too far away for that, we cannot wait to visit them again.
05-30-2014 18:58:57 | More by IMFletcher
3.35/5 rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75 | $$$
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.
05-24-2014 20:29:49 | More by robear
Stubby's Gastropub & Beer Bar in Milwaukee, WI
91 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.