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Romans' Pub

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Romans' PubRomans' Pub
BA SCORE
99
world-class

46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.66%
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 kmeves
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

kmeves, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of vkrazzy
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%

Roman's if widely known if you are a beer conisoure. But it's a place for all people who just like good beer. I had heard great things about this place and I was not disappointed.

Upon entering this bar it reminded me of a college bar, and as most reviewers have stated it's a typical south side of Milwaukee type bar, which isn't a bad thing. I would say thou that you go to romans for the beer not the atmosphere. They do have 3 big screen tv's above the bar for watching sporting events or whatever else is on.

Quality is where this place stands out. While they don't have a crazy selection what they do have is always top notch, and as the owner says he's got an ever changing array of beer. This place prides itself on having gems cellularing in the basement and he has never disappointed this reviewer.

Service was good, again as most people have said, don't go into this bar and ask for specials, or any "swill" beer, as if they do carry it you probably will get ridiculed for ordering it. This place is operated by beer conisoures period. So with while you may not have heard of some of the beers there, if you explain what style or even type of beer you like they are more than willing to tell you what you should try.

Selection in this place is ever changing, and is always good, while I may not have liked some of the beer that they were serving in the grand scale it was still exceptional beer.

** For value I gave it a bit pricey and here is why. I personally think this bar is right on tap with what they charge, Personally if your into micro brews than you know what your going to pay up front at a place like this, but most people (especially in Milwaukee) are used to the paying for Miller Lite, and the stuff that you get down on Milwaukee's Water St. DON'T LET THAT DISCOURGE YOU!! Trust me this is one place that you want to stop into and have a few.

vkrazzy, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of botham
3.91/5  rDev -14.4%

Roman's Pub might be a bit overrated on Beeradvocate. The selection for taps is second to none in Milwaukee (and probably in southern Wisconsin), but the atmosphere and quality do not do the selection justice.

the atmosphere is decent. there is smoking, so one will smell like a cigarette upon leaving, and the decor and layout just seem like a second rate facility.

quality is good. the proper glassware is used, along with clean-ish conditions. again, the smoking ruined it for this BA, because it discounts the quality of the brews themselves.

service is good. the owner is knowledgeable, but is quick to slam any of the Milwaukee breweries for being 'boring' or 'inconsistent.

the selection is masterful. many hard to find brews on tap, and a wonderful variety. enough said.

overall, Roman's is a solid stop for hard to find brews, but do not expect to smell nice upon leaving, and do not expect anything less than an over-opinionated bartender. all things considered, Roman's is definitely worth a stop for all BAs.

botham, May 26, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%

Walking in, this is a fairly typical southside bar. When you glance to the left and take a solid look at the bar you realize that this place is not typical at all.

30 beers on tap (with no BMC in sight) in such a small section of the bar can be a little overwhellming at first. No need to worry because Mike (owner) and his staff are very knowledgeable about the beer selection, and the craft beer scene as a whole. Just don't ask the stupid question, "Whats good?" because he'll just give you a dirty look and say that, "Its all good". To help decipher the tap handles, he has menues on hand to help make sense of it all. If that still doesn't help he's pretty good about steering you in the right direction of something you'll like. If you default and ask for something from BMC he will inform you that he, "only carries ballwash in bottles".

True the attmoshpere may seem bland to some but lack of x-mas lights and whatever free promo crap that barowners get from the brewery adds alot of understated class. In the summertime the deck/biergarten is a very nice touch as well.

Timely service, correct glasses, reasonable prices, whats not to like? In my opinion simply the best craft beer selection in the city. Arguably (albeit barely) the best beer bar in the city!

Pauly2X, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of nchrist13
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

this is basically mike romans' downstairs. it's a small, unassuming place (look for the neon flying dog sign in the window). but pick up the beer menu and you can't help but be impressed. probably 15 taps, about half import half domestic taps (no swill). prices are reasonable but might seem expensive to the untrained eye because a lot of the offerings are pretty expensive in the bottle (new holland dragon's milk, rogue batch 10,000, stuff like that). beers will run you anywhere from 4-7 bucks or so, often bigger beers like DIPAs are served in pints, but otherwise stemmed glasses get generous pours. Mike knows his shit, so feel free to ask away if you're not familiar with what is available.

the neighborhood isn't the most attractive for say a pub crawl, but with so much great beer on tap you wont need any more bars. but palm tavern is just down the street, with a short but sweet tap list and a looong and delicious bottle list emphasizing belgians.

i'd call Romans a must stop in the milwaukee area.

nchrist13, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.39/5  rDev -3.9%

Wonderful place. It's the bottom of a guy's house, in a neighborhood that's about 3/4ths residential. If that sounds appealing to you, keep reading.

The owner was tending bar and he had the air about him of a guy who just does not give a fuck. The music that was playing was from an I-Pod, and even if I didn't like about half of it it was still as unpretentious as you can get. The decor was clean and the only smoke was from a cigar, heavy but pleasant.

Tap selection was astounding, including several one off and hard to find brews.

My only complaint is that the beers were a tad pricey, for the area.

mynie, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of Flyer
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%

The best beer bar in Milwaukee and one of the top two in Wisconsin (Madison's Maduro being the other). This is beer fanaticism at its best. Rotating selection of approximately 25 taps that ranges from the best of American craft beer to semi-obscure imports. Tap lines are always clean and proper glassware is a must. Despite all this, the atmosphere is as down-to-earth as at any corner pub. The only nit is that the place doesn't have the humongous selection of beers that some places do because Mike Romans only serves great beer on draft -- no craft beer in bottles. But if that purist mentality limits my selection just a little, more power to him. Mike will also gladly chat about the local beer scene with you -- with refreshingly uncensored opinions.

Flyer, May 08, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%

This was my week for meeting owners! Mike Romans had the stick (the bar) when I stopped in and he immediately asked me about my shutterbug status. He was concerned that perhaps I was part of a neighborhood watch group that felt that his business was a nuisance, or some equally bizarre thing. Do I look like a narc?!? Once I explained myself, he visibly relaxed and invited me to poke around to my heart’s content.

This place is the first floor of Romans’ home, and while I have been in those types of places in PA, some of them were utter dives. Not here! The place was kept up immaculately with the back room the result of a renovation and on a buttonhook left was a biergarten/wood patio with wrought iron tables and chairs with umbrellas attached to the patio for cover. There were three wooden booths along the right wall, upon entering, with the washrooms just past the booths. The wood bar started just left of the door and featured three ceramic tap towers, as well as special taps for Trumer Pils and Delirium Tremens. The back bar was all wood with shelves and drawers, especially for the various glassware, all of which Romans kept on hand. To the right of the back bar was a two-sided cooler with mostly pedestrian beer and pop, but also Grimbergen, Gouden Carolus, and Chimay Blanche et Bleu.

The draft beer selection was fantastic! There was NO crap on tap, plus Romans really knew his stuff. Bell’s was really well represented, as well as New Holland, Goose Island, Great Lakes, and Lagunitas. Others included Two Brothers and Founder’s. Lovely, just lovely.

I would be entirely remiss if I did not mention Mike Romans in greater detail. He was a barrel-chested fellow who I have no doubt would have given me the old heave-ho if I had been a creepy peepy as he first believed. By the same token, he had a great sense of humor and he was telling me about his longevity as a bar owner. At that point (August 2006), he had been in business for twenty-eight (28) years with ten (10) of those as a quality beer bar. He gave me a great quote, imparting, “My marriage and my business were both in the toilet, so I had an epiphany and saved the important one.” Ho ho. My feelings about the place and about Mike were that there were lots of places that try, but just do not get it. Mike got it. My kind of place.

woodychandler, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.25/5  rDev -7%

Roman's is an unpretentious south Milwaukee bar with a surprise inside...Roman’s has the best selection of high-end/specialty beers on-draft in the Milwaukee area. Mike Roman consistently rotates a stock of fine craft and import beers through his 25+ tap lines. While a friend of mine described Mike as a "21st century Archie Bunker," he pays attention to the details such as correct serving temperature and proper glassware which results in a great beer drinking experience. Visitors to this site should give it at least a try whenever near the Milwaukee area.

BeerBelcher, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%

Talk about quality and quantity. Roughly 30 taps and hardly a bad or even average one amongst them. Great, detailed list with a decent description of each beer. I sampled Hercules, Allagash Bourbon Tripel, and Black Tullip. Other options included Affligem blonde, young’s double chocolate, a couple bells, founders, great divide, some weird Germans, and several more. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, on the spot when I needed new beer, offered samples when I had questions, the whole works. The owner was there too talking up all the beers he was excited about and how he takes pride in clean lines and fresh beer. Bottle selection was small but really bad ass. It included all the Chimays, Westmalle, Achel Blonde, a couple fruit lambics, and a half dozen other Belgians of some renown. Most of the domestic bottles were just AB or Miller products. The atmosphere is just average. Roman’s pretty much looks like every other neighborhood bar in Milwaukee. It does have a decent sized patio, which earns it a small bonus in my book. All in all a wonderful place, the best (strictly for beer) that I’ve been to in Milwaukee.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of PuckLSHS
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%

This bar is the best in Wisconsin, hands down. The selection of beers is better than some of the places I can go to in Southern California and the people are a hell of a lot nicer at times.

Upon walking in, I was greeted immediately by the owner of the bar. He was happy to help us out with the selection and finding the right beer for what we were looking for. I happened to be there at the right time and he had the Dogfish 120 IPA on tap....amazing. When it came to selection, I was blown away. He had the best beer and the right glasses, so the experience was top-notch.

The bar has a definite following among people with great taste in beers. Much different than the other corner bars in Wisconsin. The guys that come in here really know their stuff.

This place is the main reason for visiting Wisconsin. Trust me on that one.

PuckLSHS, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of Rumrunner
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Rumrunner, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of battlekow
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%

Roman's is the exact opposite of the typical Milwaukee Water Street bar. It's in a quiet, residential part of town, and the clientele aren't there to get wasted, but rather to enjoy a quality beer or two--very refreshing. The selection is the best in town, by far, and the owner, Mike, really knows his beer. A self-professed hophead, a lot of his domestic selections are IPAs, complemented by some fine Belgian beers. As a nice touch, he serves each kind of beer in its own glass. A great bar and a must if you're ever in Milwaukee.

battlekow, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of bnuttz
4.26/5  rDev -6.8%

Well, what can I say. Romans is a very small bar that has a definite small bar feel. There isnt much of a personality to the place. That is until you look at the beer list. The list is ever changing, always with several belgians on tap. Just take a look at the website to see what is currently on tap. A nice selection and always top notch beers. The bartender although, not very knowledgable about the belgian beers, because he did not like them, let me sample them to decide what I like. A definite must stop in Milwaukee if you are looking for some good beer

bnuttz, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of grynder33
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%

Every person who comes to this website should have a place like Roman's Pub in their neighborhood. The selection of beers are as top notch as can be, with an always incredible assortment of micro's , imports and always something on the handpull. Small, without being cramped, clean, and just has that great southside feel. The patrons have always been good friendly people every time I've gone,people who know quality beer, or eager to try one. Mike Roman, the owner and more than likely your bartender, seems to know everything about and everybody in the microbrew bussiness and is friendly and charming in a southside attitude type of way. Tv's to watch the game, snacks to keep the thirst up, and the fantastic ,always changing choices of beer make this a must stop for any member of the BeerAdvocate family.

grynder33, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%

Does anyone know about this place? They should... talk about an oasis.

This place seems out of PLACE. I think this bar is technically in Saint Francis, which is basically the south side of Milwaukee. Good luck finding a microbrew down there... unless, of course, you're at Roman's Pub.

The owner is often there tending bar. He's your archetypical Milwaukeean South Sider - brash, burly and likes to swear a lot. But he stocks his bar with a very impressive selection of microbrews.

He carries a little bit of everything. Last time I was there he had at least 12 different taps. He had rare Belgian Style beers on tap, German specialties, and some domestic micros as well. There also was a decent selection bottles.

Great place to go if you live on the South Side and are looking for a good brew.

Sixpoint, Nov 15, 2004
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Romans' Pub in Milwaukee, WI
99 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.