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Shakespeare's Pub

Not Rated.
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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(Place added by: CRJMellor)
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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Danielr26
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

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

Bung, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Fatdenny
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
Photo of sweett3k
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
Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo, MI
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.