Taps: 31 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
4.74/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Went to Roman's the other night because it was the one great beer bar in Milwaukee I hadn't been to yet. It's a decent enough sized place - ten or so seats at the bar, some booths and tables, and an outdoor patio that appeared heated in the winter.
First off, the tap selection is great. You can search for it online and see what they have on tap, what's coming soon, and what they have sitting in the cellar. I headed over there because they said they had KBS on tap. Got there, sat down, and chit chatted with the owner Mike who was running the bar. Had a ~8oz pour of KBS for $8.50 just before the keg kicked. Besides the KBS, there's a wide selection of American craft brews (JP, Founders, Tyranena, "No Spotted Cow - not now not ever", Bells), Belgians, and German beers. For a Friday night, it was easy to walk in at 11p and get a seat at the bar. Not too loud or too crowded.
Mike was super helpful talking to other patrons about various beers, and beers were almost always poured into an appropriate style glassware.
If Roman's serves food, I wasn't made aware of it.
A pretty cool place, if a bit out of the way. Will definitely be going back.
03-28-2011 16:23:52 | More by duffcalifornia
4.53/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-04-2011 18:01:12 | More by MarcatGSB
4.54/5 rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stopped by with my brother and our wives to check the place out. I had been checking out the tap-list regularly via their web page. I was not disappointed in the selection. All taps are easily visible on a large dry erase board over the bar. There was a great variety of different beers, some of which I hadn't tried. The place wasn't too crowded and there was ample seating and a large outdoor room for smoking cigars. My overall impression was very favorable except, the restrooms seemed were dilapidated, it was like I was in a third world country.
01-04-2011 17:48:15 | More by drpdaddy
4.5/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
10-04-2010 00:01:14 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.58/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I'm happy to have finally made it out to Romans' after hearing about it constantly. This place was worth the drive for me. I made my way down to the south side and found the place on a Monday night. I met my cousin there for some Pumking on tap.
Once inside this small house that's easy to miss, you find yourself basically inside a living room. The bar is to the left and covered in massive tap arrays. To the right are benches for drinkers to sit in groups. I saw, through the window behind the bar, the outside lounge which looked nice as well as the back room with more seating available.
It was nice to meet Mike finally who is quite a blast to talk to. Fantastic service! Got a fresh beer in a squeaky clean glass. For a Bell's tulip full of Pumking, $7.50 seemed a little steep considering a 22 oz bottle costs less, but I wasn't about to complain about it considering the great conversation that came with it. That and it's the south (ish) side. It's to be expected.
As for the selection, there was plenty of great beer to be had there. Taps all over the place and bottles behind the bar. I went in knowing exactly what I wanted so I only took a light gander at the selection, but it was something worth coming back for time and time again.
Thanks Mike! Hopefully I'll see you again soon!
09-19-2010 22:14:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.51/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
11-28-2009 06:00:39 | More by emerge077
4.44/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
We were looking to kill time before a Cubs-Brewers game, and while a bit out of the way, it was nice to finally get out to this place.
Romans' Pub is pretty much just an old house on a street full of old houses. There isn't a whole lot else around - a sleepy barber shop, a catholic high school, a divey diner.
As we waited the opening, we were greated by Milwaukee Mike as he brought us into his very divey craft beer/cigar bar. The smoke wasnt an issue as there was only one other person around who was smoking and the doors and windows were open.
Cosmetically, the place is a bit lacking - bathrooms are condemn-worthy and the place is showing its age (and character). The beer board seemed to be a big checkered white board and had about 32 taps. There are a few flat screen tv's that were a nice touch. The place probably doesnt fit more than 40 comfortably.
On to the beer...holy crap what a selection. Unquestionably the best tap selection i have seen in Wisconsin. I had 2 beers - Goose Island Imperial Brown Goose (fantastic!) and Goose Island Night Stalker. My compadre went with a 3F Dreadnaught and North Coast Old Stock Ale. There were a ton of other appealing choices as well - Goose Island Demolition (as well as 312, kolsch, IPA), Sierra Nevada Harvest and Tripel (they make a tripel?), Flying Dog Gonzo Porter, NG Imperial Saison, Tyranena BW in the Rye, and the list goes on and on.
Milwaukee Mike seems to have a gathering of regulars, as he well deserves. This place is a diamond in the rough that is Milwaukee
09-22-2009 16:05:54 | More by dirtylou
4.5/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
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.
08-06-2009 05:42:47 | More by ThickestHead
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.
06-29-2009 17:31:47 | More by kbaker91
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.
01-16-2009 15:22:38 | More by kmeves
Romans' Pub in Milwaukee, WI
99 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.