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Romans' Pub

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.44%
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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5/5  rDev +9.4%

WesMKE, Jul 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

BarrelAgedG, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of DrDom
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

DrDom, Jun 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

bowzer4birdie, Jul 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

GregHicks, Feb 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

WiscoHabsFan, Jul 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Alpar, Aug 08, 2014
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 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 drpimento
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

drpimento, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of JayCheG
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%

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!

JayCheG, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Nemers
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

Nemers, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of hansenm72
4.8/5  rDev +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.

hansenm72, Feb 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Stezz420, Oct 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

MilwaukeeBeerMaker, Jul 28, 2014
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4.74/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Mscarpen, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of duffcalifornia
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

duffcalifornia, Mar 28, 2011
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 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
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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 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
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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
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4.58/5  rDev +0.2%

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!

BeerFMAndy, Sep 19, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

kbaker91, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of coldriver
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%

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.

coldriver, Jul 01, 2013
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Romans' Pub in Milwaukee, WI
99 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.