Stubby's Gastropub & Beer Bar

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Stubby's Gastropub & Beer BarStubby's Gastropub & Beer Bar
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Stubby's Gastropub & Beer BarStubby's Gastropub & Beer Bar

Type: Bar, Eatery

2060 N Humboldt Ave
Ste 1
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53212-3530
United States

(414) 763-6324 | map

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Added by CurtisLoew on 11-05-2010

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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1/5  rDev -75.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Photo of aobrehm
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I began my beer education as a regular at Stubby's, so my review is admittedly slightly biased... but this is a spectacular beer bar with spectacular variety and a knowledgeable staff.
These guys have 53 rotating taps and a beer list loosely organized by style (light, hoppy, amber, dark, etc.). Milwaukee is a city that sticks close to its German beer roots, so there aren't many places in town with a good variety of hoppy ales. This is a noteworthy exception.
Expect to see a good selection of local brews, noteworthy micros, and a handful of quality imports. Join their mug club for access to the exclusive 53rd tap.

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Photo of Hendrick24
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here for a friend's birthday with a party of ~20. Firstly, the waitstaff was very good. Throughout dinner they were prompt and friendly.

Nice tap list, with a couple surprises that hadn't, to that point, been available in MKE or Madison. Service at the bar was also good, jovial bartenders and, to my slightly inebriated palate, clean tap lines.

Should be noted that I saw CBS on the menu, but upon further investigation it was reserved for their beer club members only. Noted.

Enjoyable place all around, with shuffleboard and other games to mess around with. They even allowed me to stick around after a wayward shot from their basketball game landed on the bar and broke a goblet. Definitely bad form on my part.

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4.56/5  rDev +10.7%

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Upon entry on a quiet weekday afternoon, the vibe for what would follow is wrong. It *looks* like a college/party bar that serves cheap beer and standard bar food fare. (Let it be said here that we didn't look at a food menu or eat anything, so I have no opinions or knowledge about the food.)

Then we saw the tap handles at the bar and knew we were in the right place. 53 taps, many offering various in-state brews from multiple breweries, and even a very selective bottle list (Central Waters Space Ghost? Yay!)

Ordered a few wonderful beers, including a Central Waters Brewer's Reserve BBA Imperial Stout, and had a great conversation about the state's craft beer scene and learned a lot of neat things from the personable and knowedgable staff.

If you have the ability to frequent this establishment regularly, they have a membership club that gives early and/or exclusive access to special releases. While we live too far away for that, we cannot wait to visit them again.

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Photo of robear
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75

Atmosphere- the best thing Stubby's has going for it is that it's on the river. Interior is your standard near-campus "high-end" gastropub. Think of a classed-up Applebee's. Large Jenga set greets you as you enter. Odd-shaped oval bar off to the left w/ dining room behind. Lighting is dim. Shares the building with a gym? New building, no old world charm here. Ok, not bad, not good.

Quality- I'm going to focus on the food here. The menu is impressive and appetizing, but the food is not. We've visited several times and what you're getting is just what you'd expect from the atmosphere- classed-up chain restaurant food. Very salty, lots of sauces. Screams Sysco Food Truck and line chefs. While nothing we've had here has been so bad we couldn't eat it, every bite has left me wondering why I was spending $13 on a "bratwurst" when I could be enjoying a meal at any one of several small beer-centric restaurants in town. The beer quality ( see selection below) is excellent.

Service- Not bad, not good. Again, we're talking run-of-the-mill college students. The place is too corporate for them NOT to pay attention (so that's a plus) but they clearly don't love what they are doing.

Selection- I'll focus on the beer here. The selection is incredible. A solid tap list, growler fills on most stuff. My only complaint is with the "Stub Club" which forces you to pay for the right to buy "special" beers. Not too big a deal since the best beers are often on the regular tap list. But if you want to try to get Zombie Dust or growlers of rare beer, you've got to join the club.

Food- fair-to-middling. It will impress folks who regularly dine at Chili's.

Value- None. Beer and food are both over-priced. With the beer, I don't mind paying an extra buck or two if it mean good selection. For the food, there is no excuse.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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Stubby's Gastropub & Beer Bar in Milwaukee, WI
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