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The Rumpus Room

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Taps: 25 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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8 Ratings
Ratings: 8
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 4.1%
$$$$ - very expensive

[ Bar, Eatery ]

1030 N Water St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202-3120
United States
phone: (414) 292-0100

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rumpusroommke

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(Place added by: bayviewscott on 10-05-2011)
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$$

Stopped into the Rumpus Room midweek on a recent trip to Milwaukee and had dinner at the bar. This place is a gastropub that is part of an upscale restaurant group which I presume, from their website, has about half a dozen different restaurant formats in Milwaukee.

Walking into the restaurant there is a charcuterie/cheese prep station on the side, followed by a long bar. Tables line the window opposite the bar and there are more tables in the back.

The crowd was business professionals and the beer appeared secondary to many both at the bar and dining tables. It is the kind of place that a beer geek on a business trip might take some colleagues for drinks/dinner. Best of both worlds for both the beer geek and the colleagues.

Having read the thread here about the "rare" beer list when the place first opened, I was expecting to see some whales on the beer menu (Dark Lord, Westvleteren, etc.) but the bartender told me that the "rare" list had been discontinued.

I had a nice chat with the bartender, who was generally knowledgable about beer but still learning the topic. Still, the tap list was good, though it was surprisingly light on Wisconsin beers. I had a Pride and Joy on cask(there were a lot of Three Floyds on tap and in the bottle) and a Breakfast Stout.

The menu was interesting, offering a choice of either small plates or apps/entrees. Lots of good choices and the presentation was thoughtful and creative.

Rumpus Room is part of the growing trend of upscale gastropubs with a decent beer and food selection and a crowd that is older and nicely attired. In other words, it is not for everybody who frequents this site but it fills a gap in the market for those who are comfortable drinking and eating in this type of establishment.

11-12-2011 19:49:18 | More by brentk56
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-25-2013 17:19:40 | More by DersOne
Photo of UncleT62


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$

Great environment for a night out with friends. A little on the pricey side, but with an excellent Beer and Whiskey selection.

I had the sea scallops and they were cooked perfectly, I know everyone in my party enjoyed their dish. The rest of the menu has a good variety, can't wait to go back there.

The bar is very accommodating with plenty of bar tenders to answer questions.

11-15-2013 18:03:32 | More by UncleT62
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

10-16-2013 13:13:56 | More by atone315
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$

Stopped in here for some grub recently.

The atmosphere was typical Bartolottas. White linens, black ties on all the help, dark wood etc. The tap list was solid if lacking any real sexy offerings. The bottle list is extensive. Littered with bottles from all points. Service was very helpful and patient. A couple of the people I was with were fairly intoxicated and required some careful handling. The food was awesome. Which is expected from these guys. I've eaten at just about every Bartolottas and have never been disappointed.

Overall a bit stuffy for my tastes as far as beer bars go. For a great meal and some craft to wash it down it's top notch.

02-20-2012 02:38:55 | More by beerwolf77
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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$

Place inside of a big building near MSOE.

It has a posh, upscale vibe to it. The host/hostess is near the back of the place which is odd. There isn't too too much seating but it has a nice long bar.

I got Aventinus on tap which was amazing. The waitress did seem to know beer although when she gave it to me she called it "AVentis". But I pronounced it the correct way "Ahh-vent ee - noose" (more or less) and she understood.

The charcuterie chef was gorgeous. Kind of a side note I know but she appeared to handle the meat well.

Overall a decent place, there was what about 30 taps, the soup was good.

01-19-2012 19:33:56 | More by crossovert
The Rumpus Room in Milwaukee, WI
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