The Hotel Foster
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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 45
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
Reviews by beerwolf77:
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
If Jim Morrison were alive today and owned a bar this is how I imagined it would look. Full on mash up of Parisian inspired chic meets eclectic hipster. Music was a touch loud for my taste. Especially on a Friday afternoon with about 5 patrons in the place.
The tap list was modest but well put together. Jacobins Cuvee Rouge was the shining standout for me. Love that beer. The bottle list was rather impressive. The elaborate mixed cocktail list was a nice alternative for the non beer geeks.
The bartender seemed disinterested in my opinion. Hardly a spec of emotion. Almost as if he was annoyed by us. I suppose all bars can't be staffed by friendly, outgoing people.
We grabbed a couple drinks and headed upstairs and out onto the balcony/patio. Small but cool space. The wrought iron and space just above the street made it feel like we were in New Orleans.
Overall it's a cool place with a decent beer list. Maybe not a destination stop but if you're in the area it's a nice alternative to the typical North Ave fare.
06-05-2012 00:12:43 | More by beerwolf77
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Whenever me and the wife are on East North Ave (or anywhere on the east side for that matter) we try to stop in to The Hotel Foster. She loves the cocktail menu and I always find something on tap/ on the bottle list. I have stopped in here randomly and had BCBS on tap, no lines, no waiting....just on tap. Why, yes...I will take another!!! On another occasion during Milwaukee Beer Week 2012, they had both Founder's KBS and Better Half on tap. No lines, no waiting, no BS. Had about 3 glasses of each, strong 10-12oz pours, $5. My buddys did the same. It was a good night...
Enough of the pours, onto the location...walk in the front door, bar is to the right. Seating to the left, sit on a comfy couch/ leisure chair area, restaurant style seating, or the high top table/ chairs. There is also the option of chilling up on the stage (this location used to be known as The Globe, a Milwaukee start up for Ska music), which brings back fond memories for some. And then there is also the option for chilling upstairs, either on the outside balcony or inside. (outside is where it's at for people watching!!!)
One thing that confuses me slightly is their prices...some beers are ridiculously underpriced and them some are overpriced. I guess if you drink there long enough it all evens out.
I have never ate at Hotel Foster, I am not even sure they serve food. Regardless, quite the chill spot to stop and grab a beer, or 2, or 3.
05-21-2013 03:49:08 | More by atone315
4.36/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Hotel Foster is a french/america cafe serving artisan teas and coffees by day and craft cocktails and beers by night. This place has a great atmosphere with an eclectic art/deer antler collection. Old brick interior, two levels with a cool outside balcony overlooking the busy street. There was a really diverse and quality selection of craft brews on draft. I enjoyed an Ommegang Aphrodite on draft, tasty! The can/bottle selection was stellar too with plenty of local and American craft offerings and classics from around the world. Location is great with lots of bars, good eateries, a historic theater and whole foods within walking distance.
12-19-2011 17:22:19 | More by JohnWaynes44
The Hotel Foster in Milwaukee, WI
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.