Romans' Pub

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: n/a
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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Photo of bowzer4birdie
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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%

Photo of DersOne
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of TheRealPour
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of atone315
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

Photo of drpimento
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went back here yesterday and luckily the owner, Mike, was bartending. Not only did we get rare treats such as Sierra Nevada Juniper Black Ale, but we got to enjoy a good measure of Milwaukee humor - dry, biting, and loads of fun. They have a nice beer garden that complments the coziness of the pub itself. Mike is the quintessential beer pub owner: knows his beers inside and out, the intricacies of the biz, how to be a first rate bartender and to tie it all together. A real fun place to go to. Already looking forward to a return.

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

Went to Roman's the other night because it was the one great beer bar in Milwaukee I hadn't been to yet. It's a decent enough sized place - ten or so seats at the bar, some booths and tables, and an outdoor patio that appeared heated in the winter.

First off, the tap selection is great. You can search for it online and see what they have on tap, what's coming soon, and what they have sitting in the cellar. I headed over there because they said they had KBS on tap. Got there, sat down, and chit chatted with the owner Mike who was running the bar. Had a ~8oz pour of KBS for $8.50 just before the keg kicked. Besides the KBS, there's a wide selection of American craft brews (JP, Founders, Tyranena, "No Spotted Cow - not now not ever", Bells), Belgians, and German beers. For a Friday night, it was easy to walk in at 11p and get a seat at the bar. Not too loud or too crowded.

Mike was super helpful talking to other patrons about various beers, and beers were almost always poured into an appropriate style glassware.

If Roman's serves food, I wasn't made aware of it.

A pretty cool place, if a bit out of the way. Will definitely be going back.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great place. Not an overwhelming amount of taps, but very well thought out and had a great variety. The price for the taps was just right, and I enjoyed the place greatly. Definitely a mid-west style bar, with a few TV's, small maybe 8-12 seat bar, with booths on the side. Seems like a great local bar, and the owner is there most of the time, so can learn your name and taste profile. When driving by, be sure to keep your eyes open as you near, because from the outside it resembles a residence. Worth the hunt, you wont be disappointed.

Photo of drpdaddy
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped by with my brother and our wives to check the place out. I had been checking out the tap-list regularly via their web page. I was not disappointed in the selection. All taps are easily visible on a large dry erase board over the bar. There was a great variety of different beers, some of which I hadn't tried. The place wasn't too crowded and there was ample seating and a large outdoor room for smoking cigars. My overall impression was very favorable except, the restrooms seemed were dilapidated, it was like I was in a third world country.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Roman's Pub was originally my first and only choice for a beer bar in MKE. I'm glad I learned about The Sugar Maple and went there first, though! My wife and I liked it better than Roman's.

But Roman's is very good too. 30 taps, with 3 Belgians and 4 Germans among them and the British Fuller's ESB on the beer engine. Selection was very good but not as great as I expected it to be, considering the amount of kudos this place gets.

I felt teased by the "upcoming" brews listed on the menu: Burton Baton, Founders CBS, Avery Samael, North Coast Old Stock '07, Goose Island Bourbon '09... when I asked the very nice bartender (whom I believe was Roman himself) he said those rare brews would not be tapped for months. Why list them already then?

Love the ambience, blue-collar atmosphere, very nice, no hipsters here. Great garden too.

No food, though (too bad). I tried Tyranena HopWhore and Hinterland Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale, both local Wisconsin brews.

Prices were higher than Sugar Maple ($7-$7.50, as opposed to $5-$6), and no happy hour was available that I know of.

I would definitely come back if I were a local, but I favor Sugar Maple.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I'm happy to have finally made it out to Romans' after hearing about it constantly. This place was worth the drive for me. I made my way down to the south side and found the place on a Monday night. I met my cousin there for some Pumking on tap.

Once inside this small house that's easy to miss, you find yourself basically inside a living room. The bar is to the left and covered in massive tap arrays. To the right are benches for drinkers to sit in groups. I saw, through the window behind the bar, the outside lounge which looked nice as well as the back room with more seating available.

It was nice to meet Mike finally who is quite a blast to talk to. Fantastic service! Got a fresh beer in a squeaky clean glass. For a Bell's tulip full of Pumking, $7.50 seemed a little steep considering a 22 oz bottle costs less, but I wasn't about to complain about it considering the great conversation that came with it. That and it's the south (ish) side. It's to be expected.

As for the selection, there was plenty of great beer to be had there. Taps all over the place and bottles behind the bar. I went in knowing exactly what I wanted so I only took a light gander at the selection, but it was something worth coming back for time and time again.

Thanks Mike! Hopefully I'll see you again soon!

Photo of emerge077
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Amazing taps. We just left Roman's, and it was easily the best tap selection in Milwaukee (missed Sugar Maple this time around).

Friday night, there was a good crowd, fairly mixed age wise. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the awesome tap selection. I had an '08 vintage Expedition and Third Coast on tap as a nightcap...pretty sweet! Plenty more goodies, too many to choose from, Imperial Brown Goose, Torpedo, Duchesse, and a bunch i'm forgetting. Atmosphere seemed like a standard WI bar at first, yet it was stocked well with beer and cigar aficionados. The stucco walls were covered with an impressive collection of tin beer signs and breweriana. Mike was behind the bar, who was a friendly regular guy. A few booths were opposite the bar, with a few more in back. The only drawback was the smoke, but it was less smoky in the back.

Our experience was as genuine as it gets, and worth seeking out for sure. I regret not stopping at Roman's before, but I always showed up before 5pm when they open. Next time it will be an evening-only affair...

Addendum: Roman's has a "no large groups" policy that reflects the fact they are a tiny place with minimal staff on hand, this ensures equal service for everyone. To get upset and vent here after bringing in a dozen of your friends, take into consideration the circumstances, and lose the entitled attitude. Respect is a two way street.

Photo of dirtylou
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Roman's.

We were looking to kill time before a Cubs-Brewers game, and while a bit out of the way, it was nice to finally get out to this place.

Romans' Pub is pretty much just an old house on a street full of old houses. There isn't a whole lot else around - a sleepy barber shop, a catholic high school, a divey diner.

As we waited the opening, we were greated by Milwaukee Mike as he brought us into his very divey craft beer/cigar bar. The smoke wasnt an issue as there was only one other person around who was smoking and the doors and windows were open.

Cosmetically, the place is a bit lacking - bathrooms are condemn-worthy and the place is showing its age (and character). The beer board seemed to be a big checkered white board and had about 32 taps. There are a few flat screen tv's that were a nice touch. The place probably doesnt fit more than 40 comfortably.

On to the beer...holy crap what a selection. Unquestionably the best tap selection i have seen in Wisconsin. I had 2 beers - Goose Island Imperial Brown Goose (fantastic!) and Goose Island Night Stalker. My compadre went with a 3F Dreadnaught and North Coast Old Stock Ale. There were a ton of other appealing choices as well - Goose Island Demolition (as well as 312, kolsch, IPA), Sierra Nevada Harvest and Tripel (they make a tripel?), Flying Dog Gonzo Porter, NG Imperial Saison, Tyranena BW in the Rye, and the list goes on and on.

Milwaukee Mike seems to have a gathering of regulars, as he well deserves. This place is a diamond in the rough that is Milwaukee

Photo of ThickestHead
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Went here on a lovely Saturday night kind-of expecting this place to be crowded from all the positive reviews I had read on BA and other Milwaukee sites, but it wasn't.There was a mostly 30+ crowd almost filling the mainroom in the pub area, but the bar seating and the beer garden were mostly unoccupied. There were a few folks smoking inside but the ventilation system was working splendidly, I know this since none of our party are smokers and they don't like smokey places yet nobody had any complaints. In fact, we all had a good time. It was personally nice to find out that my GF's siblings (low to mid twenties) also don't care for the pretentious nightclub scene with obnoxious idiots and music that can only be shouted over. Selection here is awesome, I got a '04 vintage SN Bigfoot barleywine that was worth every penny and then some when I got to watch my GF and her sister each make a priceless face when they had a sip. Some of the selections are overpriced though and it would make it easier to choose if they had it labeled on the board. Service was good, but I seemed to be spending alot of time waiting for the barkeep as she was working solo and only has two hands but plenty of people requesting her attention. I hope to come back to this place soon.

Photo of kbaker91
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I was in Milwaukee for the weekend, and had Friday night free from obligations so I wanted to find a decent, mellow beer bar to try selections I cannot find on tap in MN. Wanting to avoid the Water/Brady/Summerfest scene, I found this place on Beerfly, and was rewarded for my search.

Romans is located in the South side of town, several miles away from the downtown scene, in a regular working-class neighborhood. The tavern itself is actually a converted home, the street level converted into a bar. Not a large bar, with tables to the side and two smaller rooms in back as well as a lovely porch to the side behind the bar. This tavern looks like many other working-class neighborhood taverns at first glance, until you notice the beer selection.

The beer selection is outstanding, including 30 taps. Every one, to my memory, was devoted to an American, German, or Belgian craft beer. I cannot obtain FFF in MN, so I was delighted to find several selections from that brewery here. Romans has a handy beer menu, it looks like it is updated every couple days, or whenever a tap runs out. The menu also lists several "beers in waiting" for when a line opens up, which I thought was a nice touch. I am not a cigar aficionado, but they also sell what appears to be a high-end selection of cigars on the premises as well.

The clientele is a nice mix of locals and other beer geeks that made the trip to the neighborhood because this place is a beer destination. Unpretentious is a great adjective for the scene here, unlike many other taverns with top-notch beer selections. The other patrons were having pleasant conversations about beer or the Brewer game on the large flat-screens behind the bar.

The owner that has been mentioned on several other reviews was not present as far as I could see. Instead a lovely lady was tending the bar. She was friendly and knew her beer as well as any beer geek I have ever met. She chatted up my wife & me about her beer vacation she had taken recently to Belgium.

Prices were more expensive than what you would expect for that neighborhood, but in line with other great beer bars in the Midwest that I have visited. Basically, you are getting what you pay for.

Overall, I love this place and wish I had one in my neighborhood. Highly recommended for any BA looking to get away from the crowds of the downtown Water St/Brady St area of Milwaukee.

Photo of kmeves
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A world class beer bar in an old Milwaukee neighborhood. Romans' specializes in draught beer with ~30 different taps all specialty beer, all fresh, all served in proper glassware, at the proper temperature, with great care. There's a nice mix of American Crafts, Belgians, and other quality imports. Also (although I don't smoke) there's a nice selection of cigars. Another nice thing is that the website is kept up-to-date so you always know what's available. Very cool little beer bar. Awesome beer selection although the owner/bartender can be your best friend or a total jerk. Too bad.

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