Taps: 44 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Magpie14:
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This was my main hangout when going to WMU. Large rectangular bar and bustling atmosphere. Typical bar feel, nothing really stands out. But in any event, I always try to get to this place when in town.
I always found the draft beer selection great and accommodating. The patio, although somewhat prefabricated, is a nice feature in the summer. Good quality all around!
Service is always pretty good, it can have its lapses and mishaps on busy nights. I like the nice row of taps and they always have some special whether beer, food, or cocktails on every night.
I regularly enjoyed the hummus with a cold one in hand.
I must say, for Kalamazoo, they have a nice large selection of drafts overall.
The only quarrel I have is the smokiness in the place
12-05-2008 07:10:25 | More by Magpie14
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.5 | $$$
went there for a company christmas gathering. very pleasant atmosphere but the crowd was a little loud. the beer selection is enormous. I tried two or three different beers. I always worry about the beer lines where the taps number greater than 30 or so, but I did not taste anything to indicate the lines are not properly maintained.
09-20-2013 02:08:07 | More by Fatdenny
2.46/5 rDev -34.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Very, very poor customer service.
I was in kzoo on vacation from DC so we decided to check this bar out. Unfortunately I was immediately harassed by a bouncer at the door because I had an out of state ID. Then at 1:50 am they announced last call. So we purchased one last beer and about 1 min after the bartender handed us our Oberons two bouncers came up to us and told us we had to "finish our beers" now or they would take them away. Even though we just bought them. I asked the bouncers if they could give us a couple of minutes...they rudely responded "no" and moved in closer to us and put began to reach over toward the beers in our hands. At this point it's about 1:53 am, not 2 am! We were forced to slam our nice beers instead of enjoying a great Michigan beer on a Friday night.
This type of harassment was completely unprofessional and intimidating. I will never come back to this bar! They need to teach their bouncers how to respect their customers before they can earn my future business.
07-06-2013 19:00:05 | More by Randydetman
3.23/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $
Shakespeare's is a great place to go for a beer when in Kalamazoo. They have the largest selection in town, and are up to 44+ taps. Half of the taps are rotating, and they seem to get first crack at anything new that comes to town. Their draft prices are very low, and are usually between $4 and $5 per pint. They also provide ample free popcorn, which is always a bonus.
One of the worst things about Shakespeare's is that it is not clean. It has a "college bar" atmosphere and the look of a frat house. They recently had their 9th anniversary, and the carpeting (yes, a bar that has carpeting) has been there the whole time and is filthy. The crowd definitely changes as the night goes on, so if you want to avoid hanging out with some of the less desirable patrons make sure you go earlier in the evening. The service is typically quite bad, unless you sit at the bar. The food is average to below average, and will definitely take a while to arrive, no matter how busy (or not) they are.
Overall, expect some great draft beer at reasonable prices. Just don't expect much else! It is still one of the four places I recommend stopping at when in Kalamazoo, especially if you are in town to visit Bell's.
*Edit/Update* Shake's thankfully decided to replace the carpeting in the bar with a wood-look vinyl floor. It looks great, and really improves the aesthetics.
10-01-2012 23:32:04 | More by adamdd
4.9/5 rDev +30.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Great beer list with 44 taps of national and Michigan craft beers (6-8 macros). Specials on the weekends are $3 taps with great food specials as well. Food is awesome..bar food but awesome bar food. Service is friendly, fast. Ownership is also friendly. Highly recommended. Great beer list with 44 taps of national and Michigan craft beers (6-8 macros). Specials on the weekends are $3 taps with great food specials as well. Food is awesome..bar food but awesome bar food. Service is friendly, fast. Ownership is also friendly. Highly recommended.
03-17-2012 14:49:10 | More by wellestone
Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo, MI
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.