Oblio's Lounge

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Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

426 N Main St
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 54901-4924
United States

(920) 426-1063 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2006

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by nflmvp:
Photo of nflmvp
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I stopped into Oblio's for the first time, after the Hops and Props festival in March of 2006. I was very pleased at what I found but due to my altered state, I forgot to pursue it here.

The atmosphere is nice and as any of the locals can tell you, Oblio's recently doubled their floor space by opening up into the adjacent building. A nice move and a great place for the addition of additional seating, pool table, etc.

The quality is nice. They've taken two old (connected) buildings and kept the historic flavor....right down to the extremely high tin ceilings and lots of original woodwork.

Service was great, but what can you expect when you get a chance to talk to the owner, who is bartending and happens to love great beer too!

The selection has to be the best in Oshkosh with 27 taps, 22 of which are craft and imports. While there, I had a chance to sample some Rogue Shakespear Stout, North Coast Red Seal Ale and Sprecher Black Bavarian. They also had some New Glarus, South Shore, Lagunitas and many other fine craft beers. According to the owner, 6 of the taps are rotated regularly.

I thought the value was very reasonable. Pints ran me a mere $3.25. Not a bad deal at all, considering what some of these go for in the bottle.

Overall, I must say that this is the kind of place I could hang out at on a regular basis if I lived in Oshkosh.

What could be better than drinking great (reasonably priced) beer and having someone behind the bar to talk beer with?

Check it out if you find yourself in Oshkosh!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of IAMJOSH
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Unphased
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Diverse crowd, no one comes for the food, cause there isn'T any...just great beer selection constantly rotated. (27 taps) Tasting sessions usually in Thursday evenings. Co owner Todd is the beer expert. Other employees are great, but just don't know as much beerwise. Great place to hang! Pint prices range from $2-$7 depending on beer. Most crafts are $4.00.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.98/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is one of the better places to go in the Oshkosh area. They have quite a few taps there so if you want a broad range of beers this is a good place, although they didn't seem to have too many high end beers. The atmosphere is good there, with many bar games including shuffle boarding and in the summer time if I can recall I think there was a place out back to drink. I like this place but there are a few places in town I like better... but for the novice it is a good stop in the inexplicable relative obscurity of craft beers in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I had a strange evening, eating with older people who I had never met before and who kept feeding me beer and telling me stories. There hung around us the scent of old death just kicked over, a corpse sitting harmless in the corner until someone went and jabbed a spade through it and let let out all its gasses. Us being, like everyone else, completely unprepared to discuss or comprehend death, we fell into the kinds of embarrassing behaviors you don't exhibit around strangers. They cried and drank. I drank and drank (and drank) and thought about inevitability, of death and of thinking about death, first with people older than me and then with people younger than me. And then, death.

So, after a big ol' round a' that, who wants to go out and do some partying?

Wisconsin is wonderful because in every town, sometimes in every square mile, there is a bar to fit whatever mood you are in. Sometimes it even goes deeper than moods and into shades of moods. Sometimes you're feeling red and sometimes you're feeling brown and usually, in a decent-sized city, there will be a place for both of those, but in Wisconsin even a smaller town will have a joint that'll suit you when you're feeling offwhite, lazuline, picric, or turquoise. And even though my state was altered when I was there I got the feeling that Oblio's is one of those magical moodring bars that changes colors to whatever the hell your heartrate wants it to be.

The crowd was great. It was very full but the crowd was just great. I like Wisconsiners. They, like me and my loved ones, take drinking seriously. Getting drunk at a bar is not something to make a sport out of, and neither is it something to laugh at or treat as a novelty. Committing oneself to drinking is like committing oneself to marriage. If you go about things haphazardly your children will earn Ds in school and get caught starting fires.

Tap selection is awesome. No bottle selection, but that's totally my style since I almost never get bottles at beer bars since they're always too expensive. Wait staff is awesome. Three bigass rooms and a patio, so if you're feeling like a crowd you go to one room, if you're feeling like a game of foosball there's another, and if you feel like having a serious--fucking serious--but rambling and worthless conversation about death you can go in the other room, or outside.

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Oblio's Lounge in Oshkosh, WI
4.19 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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