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Palm Tavern

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Palm TavernPalm Tavern

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Taps: 25
Bottles: 134
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar ]

2989 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53207-2518
United States
phone: (414) 744-0393

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Reviews by Mscarpen:
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4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

Located in the hipster/bedroom community of Bay View, The Palm Tavern is a special find. From the outside, it appears a bit scary, with a door and a single window of construction glass. Only a small neon light, behind the glass, is any indication this is a bar. Actually, from the outside, it looks like someone's two story blue-collar home.

Although related to the more mainstream "Sugar Maple", the Palm keeps a low profile with no listings on Twitter or Facebook. Not even a website. I once told the bartender, you would never know this was this nice on the inside. I was told, "only people who want to be here, find their way here. No one walks in by accident and we like it that way."

The comparison is quite striking once you walk in. Small bar, polished brass, and a spectacle of liquor and fine beers from around the world. There's always something special there.. including some unannounced, unpublicized CBS just last week.

If you have a beer or two and chat up the barkeep, he/she is often willing to go into the cooler and find something special you might like. This place is all about relationships... so tip heavy and see if you can get access to some of the rarer treats in the back.

Great place all-around. Try to stop by if you are in the area.

Mscarpen, Oct 13, 2011
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4.81/5  rDev +9.3%

Atmosphere - This is a small dark bar that is designed for quietly enjoying a good beer, not dancing to house music in a club

Quality - The beer is fresh and served in the proper glassware and the bar is clean

Service - The bartenders are knowledgeable and willing to go over the beers available and really seem to have a passion for craft beer

Selection - The selection is fantastic with some of the best offerings in WI. Such greats have included: The Bruery - Humulus Lager, 3Floyd's Zombie Dust, Founders Breakfast Stout... The list goes on

Overall - Just a great little beer bar that is perfect for kicking back and enjoy a quality beer served up by a knowledgeable staff

WiscoBrewsco, Aug 20, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev -0.9%

The Palm is more my speed. If you don't know exactly where you're going this place is easy to miss so keep an eye open. A cozy little spot with polished brass and row upon row of whiskey. The taplist has been excellent on every visit and you couldn't ask for nicer bartenders. Every draft is kept up to date on the chalkboard at the end of the bar with no shortage of quality suds to choose from.

The small, homey, comfortable quarters make The Palm a place you could easily spends a few hours on a bar stool talking the day away with friends and locals while putting away great beer with the occasional whiskey pour mixed in here and there. Highly recommended.

joe1510, Aug 20, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +4.1%

One of the best places in milwaukee to grab some select craft brew. Their draft list and bottle list can rival some of the biggest bars and brew pubs in the city. And every once in awhile they get some rare stuff that no one else has (CBS on tap in Oct of this year).

Atmosphere is a little on the hip side. Not exactly a high energy bar, but I like the artsy touch to it.

NOT a place to grab a brew and watch a sports game. But who cares when you are drinking some of the best beer the city has to offer.

Definitely one of the hidden gems of the city.

mobius387, Nov 01, 2011
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4.34/5  rDev -1.4%

This is a belly-up type tavern that does its main job very well and that is serve good beer (and spirits if you are into that). Move along if you you want chique and hip.

Their tap list isn't very long but it is of high quality. Had a glass of Founders CBS followed by a glass of FFF Dreadnaught. Doesn't get much better than that. Quality was top notch - fresh beer with nearly spotless glassware. Service was friendly and prompt. I also got to chat with the owner for awhile too, which was cool.

For kicking back in an unpretentious atmosphere while enjoying good beer, this place is hard to beat.

bound4er, Oct 09, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -15.9%

Must stop for beer geeks, in word unique selection. Not many taps, but a few amazing ones such as two struisse IPAs. A great bottle list, with the expensive ones from the stores at decent prices/fair markups, and other expensive imports. Very dark, hard to see at all. Very knowledgeable bartender. Neighbourhood dive atmosphere. i wouldn't let my wife walk around the streets here. Smallish place and everyone more or less to themselves. Would check this place amnd the Sugar Maple regularly for your Belgium one-offs, double IPAs. They are near each other.

Sammy, Sep 05, 2011
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Palm Tavern in Milwaukee, WI
97 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.