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

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Photo of atone315
3.25/5  rDev -28.7%

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 botham
3.91/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of vkrazzy
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

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.

Photo of DersOne
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of jamato3000
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of bnuttz
4.26/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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

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.

Photo of Pukey2k2
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mynie
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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 Eman17
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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 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.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of nchrist13
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of jnoff78
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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 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 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 DaPeculierDane
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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