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Shakespeare's Pub

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Shakespeare's PubShakespeare's Pub
BA SCORE
87
very good

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.14%
Taps: 44
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

241 E Kalamazoo Ave
Ste 100
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007-3869
United States
phone: (269) 488-7782

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @shakespub

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Reviews by granger10:
Photo of granger10
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%

I'm surprised I haven't yet reviewed this place. It's a typical college sports bar right next to Bell's with a nice tap selection. A fairly popular place on the weekends, this place has a couple pool tables, hand shuffleboard, golden tee and a few other bar games. Small porch out back. Tap selection is impressive with a couple Kraftbrau, a couple Bell's, a Short's is there, some Michigan Brewing Co, Bar Harbor, and Rogue have been seen before. Really not too bad. Service has been decent to good, and always friendly every time I'm there. I've only had nachos here so no food rating. A decent place to go to watch a game, maybe before hitting up Bell's.

granger10, Jul 25, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Shakespeare's Pub was the last stop on our Kalamazoo beer crawl, and we were (or at least I was!) drunk at this point.

Shakespeare’s is a very busy joint located only a block from Bell's and filled with what appeared to be twenty-somethings drinking bad beer and cheap liquor, despite the 44 taps they have here. Or maybe because of it, considering they have Heineken, Bud Light, Strongbow, Newcastle and other macro garbage brews on tap… If you check out their draft offerings online (their menu is posted on their website) you'll see. Some good Michigan stuff like Bell's, Founders, Short's, Dark Horse, Hideout, Greenbush; also stuff from Southern Tier and other major breweries from around the US. But this is not the place to find crazy-good brews.

Not sure I would come back, even though I had a lot of fun here.

DoubleSimcoe, May 29, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

Shakespeares has one of the largest beer selections in town, so if you like a variety, this is a cool place to go. They have at least 30 or more beers on tap at any given time, and most of them microbrews. It is also only about a block away from Bell’s which a bonus is. It tends to attract a college age crowd (especially later in the evening), but I am over 50 and don’t really feel out of place. The atmosphere is just ok. The food is just ok as well, although I do like their pizza. They have a live performance space in the basement (used to be a comedy club), and two outdoor patios which are great in nice weather.

SteveSly, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Danielr26, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Zaphog, Nov 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Bung, Oct 14, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Fatdenny, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Randydetman
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%

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.

Randydetman, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of adamdd
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

adamdd, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of wellestone
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%

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.

wellestone, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of b3shine
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

As someone from Kalamazoo, I LOVE SHAKESPEARE'S! The pub has good food and the best selection of draft beers in Kalamazoo, if not SW Michigan. Tons of great drafts that rotate regularly. Atmosphere is excellent. Phenomenal food and beer specials, especially on the weekends. It's cheaper to drink Bell's Beer at Shakespeare's than it is two blocks away at Bell's Brewery. This place is home base for my wife and I, along with all of our friends. We even had our rehearsal dinner there. The bottle list is the only complaint, but it's minor because of all the esoteric beers they have on draft. A must-visit if you're in the Kalamazoo area!

b3shine, Mar 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Take an old fishing pole factory and turn it into a pub what not to love about this place. They have a great Saturday and Sunday afternoon special. Cheap draft beers with great selection. This bar is come as you are style. A verity of people are always there and everyone seems to fit just right in, so put on you people watching glasses. I have been going to this establishment for over 8 years know. Great place to play Golden Tee or throw darts. Great food (Pizza, wings, nachos) and local beer selection as well with all over the globe. The new place Kalamazoo Beer exchange is too trendy and too busy. Cross the street, stop in and check it out. You'll fit right in without the head aches.

sweett3k, Mar 07, 2011
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2.55/5  rDev -33.4%

This place is a louder, college style bar. The place itself seems pretty nice but had never been able to impress me. The prices on drinks are relatively normal and I am not very familiar with their specials, but they seem to be alright from what I hear.

The main thing that I have noticed about this place is that they think that they are the best place in town. I have seen and know many people who got kicked out of the place for things that most normal college bars would not care about. From small arguments (not physical fights, like what people should be booted for), to "looking" sick, to puking discreetly in the bathroom. Also the "bouncers" seem to not even be 21 and some look like high school kids.

This is not a rant either because I myself had a bad time there, it is just an observation I have made after being there multiple times. My suggestion is if you are looking for either a nicer college style bar or a bar downtown to look elsewhere, there is definitely many better places to be.

Spiekerbox, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of TheBear11D
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%

This is usually a noisier place. You can find a rather large college crowd with a small mix of the thirty to forty age range. They have a kareoke night which can feature some decent singers along with some who are awful (of course to be expected), however, that is always a popular night.

The servers are pretty good. I tend to find the servers who are distracted by a friend or relative and get poor service, but my friends seem to find good service when they go here.

The selection is nothing to get excited for. They have beer which is about all I can say for them. Pretty much your average bar stuff here.

I haven't tried the food.

TheBear11D, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of sloppymoose
3.56/5  rDev -7%

The best thing about this place is when you find a brewery special or a day when micro's are on special. hella beers on tap, but only 5 to 6 ever worth trying, the rest are macro or fake ass micro. love the length of the bar and the quality of the booths, the pool tables, and if you dig on butter, the free popcorn could be a plus. one of my favorite places to go during the afternoon and have a beer, it's just hard to go here when it's literally a block away from bells tap room. make sure you don't go on a weekend night or you will be bombarded by fraternity humans.

sloppymoose, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Magpie14, Dec 05, 2008
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Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo, MI
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.