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Bomb Shelter

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Type: Bar

1517 S Second St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53204
United States

(414) 384-2662

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by SteelersX:
Photo of SteelersX
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here after a long day of Wisconsin beer hunting. Place didnt open until 4 PM which sucked because we got there at 3:30 PM.

We waited until it opened and I'm glad we did.
Maybe 6 taps total but a boat-load of bottle offerings.

I ordered a Central waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine which the bartender had a hard time finding. After a complete search she found one in the basement. Great service.

I dont beleive there is a food menu.

The decor is vintage beers signs and unique beer related items. The Bartender spent time turning on every piece of electric powered decor there was. Great Bar!

A must stop for wisconsin beer hunters!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Friendliest place I went to in Milwaukee. The bartendress was terrific, it is nicely lit up. Despite the bar being very buzy, people were very relaxed about other squeezing in to grab a pint(There was no table service). The bottle selection was thought out, as in special additions and the new ones from Wisconsin mostly. Mixed quality in the taps, but also very generous tasters. Pinball machines and baseball and beer trophies decorated and made it very homey. Locals were very giving in directions, beer selection tips. Good time.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Not much to look at on the outside, however on the inside is a really nice, small comfy bar with classic local breweriana lining every inch of its walls.
The beer list was extensive with choices of both bottles and what was on tap. The beer menu was essentially a small book!
An extremely good choice selection when looking for local craft. It was a cool place where the cellar is actually under a trap door behind the bar!
If this place was around the corner from where I lived, you better believe I would stop there everyday after work to grab at least a beer or two.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped in here this weekend with some friends. Nice corner townie bar feel here. Wall to wall breweriana. Pool and other games in the back. Bar upfront. Decent jukebox and plenty of seats.

Now that the tiny details are covered lets get to the beer list that reads like a phone book! 374 beers at the time I was in there. Only about 10 or so were on tap. The rest were all bottles. It seemed as if every Wisconsin brewery was represented. Not with just one offering either. It seemed like the top 5-6 beers from each brewer were on the menu. It took me a solid ten minutes to choose my next beer.

Beers seemed fresh and were served in proper glassware. The bartender was quick with the service and very pleasant.

Some of my friends had the pizza and seemed to enjoy it. I may have to try it when I go back. Which I plan to soon. This place is a beer geeks heaven.

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Photo of professorninja
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1

This place is the bomb. There are tons and tons of different beers to choose from (almost all in bottles). They have loads of selections from local Wisconsin micros, which is great, because those beers kick ass and you can't find them in Chicago (WTF?!). My wife and I went there on a Wednesday night, so we got the place mostly to ourselves. The bartender was friendly, and he directed us to all the right beers (he even gave us a taster of Imperial Brown, which of course prompted me to buy a full glass). From talking with the bartender, I gathered that the owner is some kind of uber beer nerd intent on running a bar with the most selection in Christendom (or at least in Milwaukee). Definitely worth multiple visits.

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Photo of emerge077
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Bomb Shelter is a true destination for beer-lovers in the Walkers Point area. Nothing else around but poultry factories and railroad tracks... and one of the best beer bars in Milwaukee!

Once inside, up a couple stairs, there's a bar to the right, and a small game room in the back. It's wall to wall vintage breweriana in this place, which is awesome. Pabst, Hamms, Schlitz memorabilia are featured in every shape and form. There's Packers carpeting in the back, and assorted deer heads and case displays of assorted breweriana (including a Tempo bottle, a fresh hop beer once marketed by Blatz).

At the bar there is an exceptional selection, some vintage options on the menu, and local taps from Milwaukee Ale House (Vanilla Cream Stout), and Imperial Brown Goose (!!!) from Goose Island, also Sawtooth, and Lakefront IPA. Bottle selection is extensive and US craft focused, with an emphasis on local brews. The bartender was friendly and chatted beer with us. They have a beer style tasting session every wednesday, and I saw a flyer for some sort of homebrewing event. Pool table and classic arcade in the back. With all the classic breweriana everywhere, it kept the eyes occupied that's for sure!

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Photo of xblft3
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A neighborhood bar in a rundown neighborhood that appears to be on the way back. Down the street from the Bradley Clocktower and huge factory. Small place, but what a beer selection, well over 200. Seemed to be primarily domestics but had 'em all, and at reasonable prices. Owner behind bar, friendly and informative, must be given credit for putting all these beers in a small neighborhood place that seems to drink mainly local, retro brews. Great collection of Milwaukee beer ads and collectibles for Blatz, Schlitz, Miller, etc.

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Photo of pphunkdelux
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

After a long night of band practice we decided to hit up a local bar none of us had been to. Walk in and the first thing I notice is the Optimator tapper. The place was decent, atmosphere of a typical Milwaukee bar, you've got the couples in the back by the tables, the bro dogs hangin' by the pool tables and the hipsters hugging the tappers. Being newcomers we hung around somewhere in the middle laughing at the music and getting wasted on Optimator. Not a bad night at all. There were other good beers on tap but (un)fortunately I've forgotten their names.

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Bomb Shelter in Milwaukee, WI
Place rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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