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Romans' Pub

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 7.46%
Taps: 31
Bottles: 12
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar ]

3475 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53207-3169
United States
phone: (414) 481-3396

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Reviews by Rumrunner:
Photo of Rumrunner
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

We were visiting friends in Wisconsin and based on the beerlfy reviews of the Milwaukee area we decided to try Roman's Pub. We were staying in the main section of town but the google map directions got us right to the front door. Easy to locate if you are not staying in the immediate area.

The quintesential neighborhood bar. An old house that was renovated in to a tavern and an owner who is a purveyor of quality beer, spirits and atmosphere, with a friendly staff and friendly locals.

What would have been the living room is the main bar area. A few wooden booths and a great old wooden bar. The back room has a dining room table in it and a small humidor. There is a ton of swag on the walls. Plenty of mirrors, signs and banners. Some signs are very old and from breweries that do not exist anymore. The old place really rubs off on a person in a positive manner and this is certainly the place for a quiet pint or three. The back yard has some tables and chairs for those who crave the fresh air.

For a Saturday night there were only about ten other customers in the place. We chatted with a few of them, the owner Mike and the bartender. Quality people, easy to talk to and all of them made us feel welcome. We talked with Mike and the bartender about beer for some time. Mike's enthusiasm for beer shines through. Just another reason to check this place out. The bartender happily poured us small tasters of the beers we do not get in California. What a treat.

The selection is excellent. Mike tries to keep it fresh and interesting. For me, getting to try Great Lakes, Founder's, Bell's, New Holland, Summit and if I was not driving, I wished I could have tried a few others. They also had Goose Island, Rogue and Capital when I was there. A fine selection of beers from the local area, the west coast, the east coast, Belgium, England and a few other countries.

Roman's Pub is definately worth the visit. I highly recommend this place. We had a wonderful time and the people we met made us want to venture back some day.

Highly recommended.

Note: I got the impression they are closed on Sundays unless the Packers are playing.

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Photo of robear
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Atmosphere- nicely designed clean bar with a patio. In a nice part of St. Francis. Can't think of any reason why I wouldn't want to go drink a beer here. Romans himself is a jovial fellow who loves talking beer. As long as you bring your craft beer chops, you'll be fine.

Quality- no shitty beer here. Even good borderline beer (Spotted Cow) doesn't get a handle here. If you don't feel like looking up taplists but want to be guaranteed 10-12 awesome beers and a few more pretty good ones, Romans' is your stop.

Service- If you're at Romans' drinking a beer, then Romans' himself poured you that beer. Can't beat that.

Selection- Well curated. I'd love it if he had 50 taps, because I know he wouldn't put anything he didn't approve of on any of them.

Value- yes. You'll get great beer at a good price.

Romans' isn't your typical bar. It's well-lit and clean. If you're looking for a place to take a frat house or a bachelor party, this isn't it (although I have the feeling he might say ok to a craft beer drinking bachelorette party...)

Photo of JayCheG
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

If you are looking for a laid back environment to enjoy awesome beer this is the place to go. If you are looking to rage I recommend looking elsewhere because Mike, the owner, makes it abundantly clear this is not the place for that. The beer is awesome and there is always something good to drink. Mike knows his beers and goes to great lengths to make sure that he is getting his customers the best beer he possibly can and that they are drinking at the right time. It is my understanding that this is one of the first bars in the area and the interior is almost unchanged which provides a great environment to enjoy those great beers. If you consider yourself a beer aficionado or an aspiring beer geek with a good attitude check this place out!

Photo of GregHicks
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of hansenm72
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Mike, the owner, is actually a really great guy and more knowledgeable about beer than anyone else I've met. When it gets busy and he's the only one behind the bar, maybe he can come off as a bit short but I've had nothing but great experiences there. They also have never hesitated to let me try a beer before committing to a full glass. I love the place and go there every chance I get.

Photo of Nemers
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Best beer in the City of Milwaukee. Lines are cleaned almost weekly to keep the beer tasting great. The owner knows his beer and the menu is constantly changing. Only gripe is that the bar is a bit small. This place is a must on any beer enthusiasts list.

Photo of jnoff78
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of coldriver
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on the afternoon of June 27th. With Milwaukee's Summerfest going on the rather small place was almost empty. That was okay, because we got the owner's (Mike Roman) nearly full attention as he patiently explained the local beer selections to us out-of-staters. Must say he was spot on with his recommendations! Mike obviously takes his beer very seriously, with a fantastic tap selection and impressive glassware. He's somewhat of a dichomoty because he's not what you'd expect such a meticulous craft beer bar owner to look like (pardon the profiling here) - in fact he looks more like someone you'd expect to see hanging out with your dad in a bowling alley after a hard day driving a steamroller. Don't mean that in a bad way, he's a friendly dude who loves great beer and sharing his love for beer with his customers which makes him the best kind of bartender in my book. He does not serve food.

Photo of DrDom
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What's not to like. Great assortment, interior is true to it's original heritage. Mike Romans, the proprietor, is as friendly as they come and makes the whole experience fun and interesting. He knows how to properly pour a beer, and has proper glassware for the products he pours. I found it interesting that on the night we were there, the customers included a couple of other bar owners. That's usually a sign of a great place. Never had to wait or ask twice when we needed refills, or wanted to try something different. Highest recommendation.

Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in this place after the Palm tavern on a Wednesday night. The bar was full but the rest of the small place was empty. Unlike the Palm this one has a bright sports bar vibe but with some old school Milwaukee traits thrown in.

The bartender is a friendly guy. Also drinks on the job which I respect. The music is sort of loud and sort of crappy. The vie in this place could be better.

The beer list though is amazing. There was a Fullers "hand pull" which I had and it was good. Also a nice variety of craft on tap, nothing extremely out of the ordinary, just a solid list. The prices were reasonable.

Overall a great stop on this road with many.

Photo of Mscarpen
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

What a fantastic bar! When you go out in Milwaukee and ask around, this is where the local bartenders will tell you THEY go to drink. Turns out it's true. In fact, last night I even met a local beer distributor who had chosen belly up to the Romans bar. The proprietor, Mike Romans, is simply a cool dude and is 90% of the reason I love this place. He strikes a beautiful balance between old-school Milwaukee barkeep and beer nerd. There is nothing fancy about the Bay View watering hole, but once you get inside you will quickly discover why those who "know" come here. Old school service, a great beer selection, and a fun crowd

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Romans' Pub in Milwaukee, WI
99 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.